Skincare-grade foundations are on the radar

Gone are the days when clients would leave your beauty salon red faced and blotchy from a facial. Makeup application over freshly treated skin used to be a no-no, but the new slate of skincare-grade foundations and tinted skin products means your clients can walk out of the salon looking as calm and radiant as they feel with zero downtime required. They help the skin post treatment and beyond with the added coverage of makeup. Why shouldn’t your skincare extend beyond your moisturiser or sunblock anyway? Check out our edit of the best professional skincare-grade foundations and tinted skin products on the market.

Lycogel® Breathable Camouflage

Lycogel® is the first breathable colour corrective foundation treatment that combines cosmetic and skincare technology to promote the healing of damaged or post-procedural skin offering an immediate solution. Lycogel combines a breathable base with powerful ingredients and vitamins to allow skin to breathe and is formulated with active ingredients that deliver oxygen, moisture, and nutrients to the skin. Each Lycogel product is designed with a variety of skin types in mind be it for anti-aging, blemishes, pigmentation, sensitive skin, everyday coverage or for post-cosmetic procedures. Lycogel products feature the revolutionary LYCO-Complex, a carefully balanced set of 12 active ingredients that work together to deliver oxygen, moisture, and nutrients to the skin including hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants and peptides. Lycogel’s designer gel base is specially formulated to deliver each and every one of the LYCO-Complex’s 12 active ingredients to the skin for maximum benefits. It’s also water resistant, providing long lasting wear.

Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, RRP: $108 (20ml/0.7 Fl Oz.), 1800 242 011.

1SKIN Natural Fusion Treatment Foundation

A fusion of corrective skin care and makeup, 1SKIN Natural Fusion Treatment Foundation is all about that base! Formulated with Desert Date Oil to offer hydrating, nourishing and purifying benefits, an Organic Fruit Extract to help fight environmental stress, repair skin and support firmness, elastically and elastin synthesis and Natural Texturisers to hydrate, protect and leave the skin with a velvety finish. Buildable, smoothing, comfortable to wear and lightweight for the perfect finish.

1SKIN Natural Fusion Treatment Foundation, RRP $59.95, Available in O Cosmedics Skin Clinics and online at

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix is a revolutionary breathable makeup that doubles as skincare. Originally formulated for use by Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists and other aesthetic professionals, Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation is designed to heal, conceal and protect your skin whilst providing long lasting coverage.  Oxygenetix  makes soothing and healing the skin a priority with vitamin E and aloe vera-infused ingredients. While most foundations are water-based, Oxygenetix has a gel base which helps in preventing the collection of bacteria and won’t clog pores.

Oxygentix Oxygenating Foundation, RRP $85 (15ml), 0410 010 252.

Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+

It’s not technically a founation, but if you’re looking for sheer coverage that evens skin while packing a sun-protection punch, then the newest addition to the RATIONALE Essential Six Collections, #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+, is what you should apply after a facial that’s left your complexion street ready. It’s a hydrating daily tinted serum that adjusts to every skin tone and imparts a sheer, radiant finish while delivering advanced environmental and solar protective properties with innovative Zinc Fusion technology. It’s suited to even the most sensitive, reactive complexions. The biege-coloured serum-primer-sunscreen lightly evens out skin without the white cast the physical blocker usually leaves. In its place is a luminous fluid that just looks like your skin but better. It’s tinted with Skin Identical Melanin. The melanin is responsible for creating the formulation’s luminescent, non-whitening tint, and you’ll see it goes onto the skin sheer, so is suitable for all skin shades. If you want extra coverage the Beautiful Skin can be layered on top of the #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+.” 

RATIONALE #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+, RRP $172 (30g), (03) 9421 1535.

Sothys Teint jeunesse and Teint Detox Energie

Sothys have just released two new foundation bases made from ingredients of natural origin in an eco-designed and recycled packaging. The two ranges of foundations correlate with two of the Age-management Sothys skincare ranges, containing patented actives from advanced research.   Available in 7 identical shades the “Youthful Radiance” range offers a long-wearing, medium coverage with a glowing satin finish on the skin and suits mature, premature-ageing or drier skin types whereas the “Detox Energie” foundation base with depolluting actives has a high coverage, fluid finish to manage skins with imperfections, redness or pigmentation irregularities.  

Both textures contain mineral pigments, botanical hyaluronic acid and Omega 3,6,9 for hydration and skin health as well as unique active ingredients to enhance skin radiance and vitality. 

Sothys Teint jeunesse and Sothys Teint Detox Energie, (RRP $77.50), information here.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals® A Foundation

Hydrate your skin with this light-reflecting formula for sheer to medium coverage. 100% vegan and always cruelty-free. This serum is pigmented for sheer-to-medium coverage that hydrates, diminishes the appearance of find lines and pores, evens skin tone and sticks to the skin well so it doesn’t transfer to clothes. The spheres visible through the airless pump are liposomes encapsulated in liposomes (i.e. spheres of fats, waxes, vitamins and other things that are good for and found in our skin). Cutting-edge technology keeps the active ingredients stable so they’re only released in contact with the skin.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation, RRP $92 (30ml), become a stockist details.

La Prairie Skin Caviar and Concealer

Natural-looking colour perfects the complexion in this dewy foundation and exquisitely matched concealer, infused with Caviar Extract. The luxurious cream emulsion offers full coverage and the concealer camouflages under-eye darkness and deeper imperfections.

La Prairie Skin Caviar and Concealer, RRP $375 (50ml), 1800 649 849.

Ere Perez quinoa water foundation

A lightweight water based vegan foundation that gives a seamless matte finish. Enriched with quinoa to help heal inflammation & increase elasticity. Blackcurrant is added for antioxidants and vitamins. These ingredients rejuvenate while helping reduce redness, pigmentation and fine lines. Glides on, blendable and melts into your skin for a fresh matte finish. For light to medium coverage.  Apply with our eco vegan multipurpose brush. Quinoa is a ‘super grain’ rich in antioxidants. Quinoa is brimming with vitamin B, E and A, considered particularly effective in reducing fine lines, treating pigmentation and maintaining a healthy and youthful complexion. Available in 6 shades.

Ere Perez quinoa water foundation, RRP $46 (30ml), 02 9130 3582 for more information.

Biologique Recherche Serum de Teint

The brand took three years to create their ideal product, combining skincare performance with perfect colour cosmetic coverage. A hint of mineral tint evens out the complexion yet lets the skin breathe. The Serum de Teint is formulated to be anti pollution and photo protecting with active ingredients that shield the skin from urban life, pollution particulates and free radicals. It moisturises all day, maintains maximum barrier function and even out the complexion with optimum grip on the skin (no transferring or sliding off) and results. Non-comedogenic and non-greasy, giving a brighter, healthy glow.

Biologique Recherche Serum de Teint, RRP $230 (30ml), become a stockist form.

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