The Best Barely-There Foundations & Moisturisers For School

Looking for something to brighten you up on those school mornings?

Now that we’re back in school, you might be figuring out a new makeup routine after a couple of months of fun summery shimmer.

Most schools don’t LOVE students wearing full faces of makeup, and if they allow it, they generally want it to be pretty paired back.

Plus, with getting up early, a busy school day and more laid-back evenings, it’s nice to have a foundation or tinted moisturiser you can just slap on and go.

Of course, the best no-makeup look is just… no makeup. But if you like a little colour or coverage, we’ve got you!

Check out our favourite light-coverage & barely-there products to give you a simple but flawless face.

NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation

This is one of the best products because, as it says on the label, you can control how much you use. The dropper allows you to apply just a little for light coverage (perfect for school) or build the coverage if you want to do a full face on the weekends. It’s really light and glowy and won’t look caked or flaky by 4pm. It’s water-based and good for oily and combination skin. Get it on here on in your fave chemist. €15.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Tint & Glow Enhancer

If you’re looking for something light but effective, Tint & Glow is your gal. It’s a skin enhancer, so it just brings out the best in your own lovely skin instead of covering it up. It’s got lots of goodness in it too which is great if you’re on a skincare journey, with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. It will give you a nice glow even in the dreary winter months, without you looking caked or covered in makeup. It’s also got SPF 30 in it which is so important in your daily routine, with or without makeup. €25 from Boots, and Dunnes etc.

Garnier Classic Perfecting Care All-in-1 BB Cream SPF15

Our fave affordable tinted moisturiser is Garnier’s BB Cream. It’s called All-in-1 because it acts as a moisturiser, a foundation and an SPF, all while being kind to your skin and keeping it breathable. It evens out skin tone and conceals blemishes without covering up your face. And it’s got good stuff like Hyaluronic Acid &  Aloe in it to keep your skin soothed and hydrated all day. €6.49 from Boots and other pharmacies.

NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Tinted Skin Serum

NYX is one of our favourite affordable brands so it’s no wonder the brand makes our list twice. This time it’s tinted serum. The serum leaves your face feeling and looking silky smooth with the light-weight, breathable formula that gives you a natural looking glow. Perfect for when you don’t want to apply a full face of makeup but need something to brighten up your face a lil.  €12.50 LookFantastic, Boots etc.