Clean Swap

Play with Makeup (and Wear Less)

Written by: Brianna Peters


Published on: August 1, 2022


I used to wear makeup as a way to cover up because I was incredibly insecure about my skin. I have breakouts, sensitivity, redness, and splotchiness, plus scars from a dog bite when I was a toddler that became more uneven and pigmented with sun exposure. When I switched to clean beauty, I was shocked—not just by how much better I liked the clean options but also by how significantly my skin improved. I feel good wearing less makeup now (and I have more fun with it than I ever did before).

  • 1

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion

    goop, $58/$52 with subscription

    Before I touch any makeup, I prime my face with this—it’s a real secret weapon. It’s the perfect base for makeup, and my skin looks so much better once I smooth it on that I need less makeup in general.

  • 2

    Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer and Daytime Eye Cream

    goop, $28

    I’m predisposed to dark under-eye circles, so concealer is important for me. This super creamy one covers so seamlessly, no one can tell I’m wearing it. It’s made with skin-care ingredients like caffeine and hyaluronic acid, and it leaves me looking refreshed and wide-awake.

  • 3

    Tower28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

    goop, $30

    This tinted serum-meets-sunscreen foundation blends like a dream, evens my skin tone, moisturizes, and soothes with white sage and aloe vera. It has the most gorgeous dewy finish—my skin looks and feels incredible. Plus, I love that it has SPF 30.

  • 4

    ILIA Limitless Mascara

    goop, $28

    This mascara gives me the most fluttery, glossy lashes ever. The wand has two bristle lengths: The shorter side curls, and the longer side lifts, lengthens, and separates. The formula swipes on like silk—it’s made with shea butter and keratin to condition.

  • 5

    Westman Atelier Bonne Brow Pencil

    goop, $38

    This brow pencil brilliantly mimics the look of real hair, making it easy to fill in sparse areas, and the spooley on the other end smooths and fluffs to make my brows look fuller—and the formula never smudges.

  • 6

    Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter

    goop, $75

    This golden-peachy-pink highlighter gives my skin the best glint-of-shimmer glow—a single swipe warms and brightens my face, and it makes my cheekbones pop. And it feels so hydrating and silky going on.

  • 7

    RÓEN Mood 4 Ever Eyeshadow Palette

    goop, $46

    These velvety cream-to-powder eye shadows are subtly shimmery and beautifully pigmented. They build easily, so you can dab on just a bit to brighten up the inner corners of your eyes or work them into a full smoky-eye look for date night.

  • 8

    Kosas Weightless Lip Color

    goop, $28

    On the insistence of practically every staffer at goop, I tried Rosewater from Kosas, and it is, as promised, the most flattering shade. It gives me great is-she-or-isn’t-she-wearing-it color on my lips, and I dab it on my cheeks for a beautiful just-worked-out flush.

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    goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm

    goop, $20

    I’m already on my third tube of this amazing balm. It’s silky-smooth and ultramoisturizing, and it leaves the most gorgeous sheen that’s the perfect finishing touch.