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We're So Obsessed With Lightweight Makeup Products, Here Are The Best Ones We've Tried

Yep, even underneath a mask.
PHOTO: (1) Ira Nopuente, (2) Retty Contreras, (3) Ira Nopuente
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We're two girls who've always loved a full face of makeup, but since the pandemic, our beauty routines have drastically changed. It just doesn't make sense to wear full-coverage products anymore, so we found ourselves reaching for those that were lightweight, dewy, and any other adjective that sounds like we'll look fresh AF.

On that note, we've come up with a list of lightweight makeup products that will make you look like a fresh-faced queen while still letting your skin breathe. These babies feel like nothing so they're super comfy to wear. Check out our recommendations below:

Best Lightweight Makeup Products That Will Let Your Skin Breathe

Ira's lightweight makeup finds

Skin type: Oily

Makeup style: Obsessed with glowy powders and primers; a blush addict

Ira Nopuente wearing lightweight makeup
I like to let my skin breathe so I tend to skip foundation. I'm also wearing a pimple patch here! Breakouts are normal and they shouldn't ruin your mood to take selfies. Courtesy of Ira Nopuente
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NGL, I can't be bothered to wear makeup when I'm out. I'm super conscious of letting my skin breathe because I'll be wearing a mask and a face shield the whole time. But there are times when I try to live a little and apply a primer or powder and a bit of cream blush. I also got myself New Lounge lash extensions! Y'know, just to make me look and feel good while I'm at the grocery or working onsite. If maskne is your concern, my big girl advice is to take it all off as soon as you go home as an extra anti-breakout measure. Also, always use sunscreen! Anyway, here are my faves. Enjoy and stay cute!

SkinPotions Glowdust Powder

I can't stop raving about this loose powder! It keeps the shine away while granting a subtle glowing finish. I've got oily skin, and I swear that this has never triggered a breakout on my face!

SkinPotions Glowdust Powder
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SkinPotions Glowdust Powder, P399, Lazada

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Perfect Diary Stay Loose Powder

Another option that will keep the shine away for hours. You only need a sheer layer of this finely-milled loose powder. It's available in five shades to match your skin tone.

Perfect Diary Stay Loose Powder
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Perfect Diary Stay Loose Powder, P449, Shopee

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Son and Park Filter Cream Glow

This is my secret weapon on days when I don't want to wear makeup but I like my complexion to look radiant. It's basically a ~*priming moisturizer*~ with tiny pearlized particles that create an illuminating finish on the skin.

Son and Park Filter Cream Glow
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Son and Park Filter Cream Glow, P1,499, Zalora

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Careline Oil-Control Blush-On

You guys, if you haven't tried this powder blush yet, you're missing out a lot! The lightweight formula feels like a dream to blend, plus the shades are ultra-flattering on Pinay skin tones.

Careline Oil-Control Blush-On

Careline Oil-Control Blush-On, P110, Lazada

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NARS Air Matte Blush

The cloud-like mousse texture of this blush will get you addicted to using it! It's available in eight shades that will create a ~*blooming*~ effect.

NARS Air Matte Blush
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NARS Air Matte Blush, P1,800, Rustan's

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Retty's lightweight makeup finds

Skin type: Normal

Makeup style: Loves dewy bases and coral-toned looks

Retty Contreras wearing lightweight makeup.
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Pre-pandemic, I enjoyed taking my time every day to do my makeup. But these days, I only ever wear sunscreen when I go out. When I'm feeling extra masipag, I'll do my brows and maybe swipe on a tinted lip balm. My job, however, requires me to be on camera a few times a month, and during those events, I turn to lightweight bases to make me look camera-ready. I don't want to pile on products because my skin has been through a lot since the pandemic happened. I've been choosing skin tints because they're usually full of ingredients good for the skin and they set so well—super uncomplicated! Here are the best ones I've tried:

Issy & Co Active Skin Tint SPF 35

This lightweight base sets beautifully onto the skin. It's packed with fantastic ingredients that will help keep your skin healthy: niacinamide, glycerin, squalene, and sunscreen actives. It's also oil-free. It comes in six adaptable shades, so it's suitable for all Pinays. Tip: Lightly set this with the loose powder from the brand to lock it in. 

Issy & Co Active Skin Tint SPF 35
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Issy & Co Active Skin Tint SPF 35, P499, Lazada

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Happy Skin Rescue Me Sun Gel Primer SPF 50 PA+++ with Anti-Bluelight Technology

Aside from sun protection, this base also shields the skin against harmful blue light rays. (Which we get from our gadgets!) It's a great daily product since it also contains skin-nourishing ingredients. I'm unofficially calling this every tamad girl's bestfriend!

Happy Skin Rescue Me Sun Gel Primer SPF 50 PA+++
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Happy Skin Rescue Me Sun Gel Primer SPF 50 PA+++ with Anti-Bluelight Technology,
P799, Lazada

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SelfCoding Never Be The Same Liquid Foundation

This internet-famous foundation offers full coverage but does not feel heavy on the skin AT ALL. It's ~*magic*~. My favorite thing about it is that it's transfer-proof, so if you have to wear foundation under your mask, this will work very well!

SelfCoding Never Be The Same Liquid Foundation

SelfCoding Never Be The Same Liquid Foundation, P729, Shopee

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Deoproce Green Caviar Skin Perfecting Tint

Count on a K-beauty brand to create a base product that will instantly become your new fave. The key ingredient in this skin tint is green caviar, which is known to provide moisture to the skin.

Deoproce Green Caviar Skin Perfecting Tint

Deoproce Green Caviar Skin Perfecting Tint, P790, Amorfia

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Origins Ginzing™ SPF 35 / PA+++ Hydrating Prettifying Finisher

Instantly get a brighter complexion with this skin tint. I swear, it makes you look like you had 10 hours of sleep. As in, you'll ~*glow*~! The best part? It also offers sun protection.

Origins Ginzing™ SPF 35 PA+++ Hydrating Prettifying Finisher



Origins Ginzing™ SPF 35 PA+++ Hydrating Prettifying Finisher, P2,250, Lazada

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