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Skincare makeup: The best beauty products that are good for your complexion while saving you time and money

27th May 2024 | Author: Victoria Woollaston-Webber

The skincare makeup trend has been soaring over the past few years and every brand from Revolution to Charlotte Tilbury is getting involved. Here’s everything you need to know

With the seemingly endless number of serums and creams available, it can be difficult to know where to stop when it comes to skincare. If we allowed ourselves to be convinced by every new skincare product, we’d end up spending more time applying them than doing anything else.

At mamabella, we know the importance of saving time and money, which is why we love products that allow us to cut out steps in our routine without sacrificing on the results. Especially when these changes end up saving us money as well, because they mean you don’t need to buy two products when one will do.

A rising trend over the past few years has been makeup that doubles up as skincare, and vice versa.

This trend is a welcome break from the type of makeup that looks amazing but leaves skin dry, irritated or flaky after it comes off. With this in mind, here is our pick of the best makeup that helps improve, rather than damage, your skin; conditions your eyelashes or softens your lips – while also saving you time and money!

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Best skincare makeup

We’ve divided our skincare makeup list below into base products, eyes, and lips.

♥︎ Makeup Revolution Skin Silk Serum Foundation

£11.99 | BUY NOW

Makeup Revolution launches first serum foundation – the Skin Silk Serum FoundationMakeup Revolution

Makeup Revolution’s Skin Silk Serum Foundation offers light to medium coverage with a satin finish. It’s available in 20 shades, starting from F0.5 for very fair skin with pink undertones to F20 for deep skin with a warm undertone.

As its name suggests, it contains a host of skincare ingredients. This includes:

You can read more about this foundation in our: Makeup Revolution launches first serum foundation – the Skin Silk Serum Foundation article.


♥︎ IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

£36.50 | BUY NOW 

Gone are the days of foundation that clogs pores and causes acne breakouts. You no longer need to worry about how much foundation you’re using and what it does to your skin because IT Cosmetics has created the perfect product; foundation that’s good for your complexion.

This IT Cosmetics foundation is packed with:

  • Aloe vera to reduce redness
  • Hyaluronic acid for its moisturising properties
  • Exfoliating sulfonic acid
  • Vitamins E and B5 to repair UV damage and reduce fine lines.

All of these ingredients make the consistency quite runny and the coverage is light to medium, but it can be built up for more coverage without appearing chalky or dry.

It might sound too good to be true but we think this foundation truly has improved our skin, in just weeks! See our IT Cosmetics foundation review for more info.


♥︎ Maybelline Dream Radiant Foundation skincare makeup

£9.99 | BUY NOW

This lightweight foundation is designed to provide medium coverage lasting up to 12 hours while helping maintain your skin’s health. It contains:

At £9.99, it’s one of the cheapest foundations available with inbuilt skincare. It comes in 20 shades and it’s an update of one of the brand’s old foundation, so if you were a fan of Dream Satin Liquid we think you’ll love this new version.

FURTHER READING: How to find your perfect foundation match online and in-store

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Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin foundation

£39 | BUY NOW

Charlotte Tilbury beautiful skin foundation shades matchCharlotte Tilbury

The Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin is a medium coverage foundation that promises to hydrate the skin, and “combine instant glow and buildable coverage with long-term skincare benefits.”

It contains:

  • Rose complex
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Apple fruit water to hydrate the skin and act as an antioxidant to protect the skin from environmental damage, which in turn gives it anti-ageing properties
  • Glycerin helps nourish and protect the skin
  • Bixa Orellana Seed Extract – said by Charlotte Tilbury to reduce oil and shine

Charlotte Tilbury claims her Beautiful Skin foundation improves the look of skin with each wear. You can read more in our Beautiful Skin review, or see how the foundation compares in our best Charlotte Tilbury foundation guide.


♥︎ Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Dual Tip Concealer

£35.50 | BUY NOW

Japanese brand Shiseido has a cult following for its top of the range skincare products. This concealer contains glycerin and hyaluronic acid but it’s the company’s patented ‘ActiveForce’ technology, which appears in other products like their powders, that makes this skincare makeup worth the £35 price tag.

The company’s secret formula is designed to help skin resist heat, oil, humidity, pollution and even motion. This means the coverage will stay for up to 16 hours, without you having to worry about the damage to your skin that other heavy-duty, stay-put concealers might do.

FURTHER READING: How to use concealer on mature skinWhere to put concealer?


♥︎ L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer 

£10.99 | BUY NOW

This concealer is already doing great things for your skin with its built-in SPF 20 but on top of this, it contains:

  • Hyaluronic acid to moisturise those under-eye areas prone to drying out
  • Glycerin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

With this concealer, L’Oreal has created a hybrid product that acts both as an eye cream and a concealer, targeting uneven skin tones.

For people like us who often forget the eye cream step of their skincare routine, this is extremely helpful. It only comes in ten shades but, priced at £10.99, it is a handy addition to the makeup bag.

FURTHER READING: Best eye cream for dark circles, wrinkles, fine lines and bags

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♥︎ Glossier Futuredew skincare makeup

£28 | BUY NOW

Both an oil and a serum, with a slight shimmer to it, Glossier’s Futuredew is designed to be used as the final stage of a skincare routine. It acts as a highlighter and primer in one, providing instant hydration and glow before you apply your makeup.

According to Glossier, in a third-party clinical trial involving 31 people between the ages of 21 and 59, 93% of subjects saw an increase in radiance after 12 hours. After four weeks 96% of users saw an improvement in their skin’s texture.

This is a small sample but in our experience, we’ve seen similar results. We love it because it’s dispensed using a pump rather than a dropper, which can often make oils and serums messy to apply. It smells delicious and it provides a shimmery base which brightens up our often dry, dull skin.

FURTHER READING: Skin serum, facial oil or moisturiser: What’s the difference and which one do you need?


♥︎ Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel 

£14 | BUY NOW

Want to give your cheeks some colour and soothe them at the same time? Pixi is best known for its exfoliating glycolic acid Glow tonic and other cult skincare products, but this blusher gel is part of its makeup range.

The gel is designed to blend into your skin easily, producing a natural tint in three different shades. It contains:

  • Aloe vera which soothes skin and reduces redness. In fact, aloe vera is the second most abundant ingredient in this cheek gel.

The blush is hydrating, moisturising and skin-conditioning. At £14 for a small tube, it’s not the cheapest out there, but a little goes a long way.

FURTHER READING: Glycolic acid: From peels to toners and serums, what is glycolic acid and what does it do to the skin?

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♥︎ ICONIC London Sheer Blush

£16.80 | BUY NOW

For any city dwellers worried about what they are putting their skin through every day, this cream blush contains plant extracts chosen for their anti-pollution effects. It comes in six shades, each in a vibrant colour that can be toned down by using only a tiny bit or built up for a bolder colour.

The blush contains:

  • Extract of marrubium vulgare, a plant used in a variety of medical applications. The extract, which has antioxidant properties, has been shown to help wounds heal by promoting skin growth
  • Glycerin

It also helps prevent the damage caused by particulate matter, the small compounds that float around in the air, which can get under skin and into hair follicles.

FURTHER READING: Best blusher: Boost your complexion with the best gel, cream and powder blush

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♥︎ bareMinerals Hydra Smoothing Lipstick

£20 | BUY NOW

It’s not just skin that needs some hydrating, our lips need it too, particularly in winter. We are used to hydration from lip balms, but this is a lipstick that provides just the same effects.

The lipstick is infused with natural ingredients:

  • Cold-pressed Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil which contains minerals, vitamins and omegas to help provide hydration.
  • Antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract.
  • Olive oil extract to intensify the colour for maximum impact in one swipe.
  • Pomegranate and jojoba oils that seal in moisture.

This formula is designed to hydrate, nourish and replenish for softer, smoother lips.

FURTHER READING: What colour lipstick suits me? 


♥︎ Avon Hydramatic Matte lipstick 

£10 | BUY NOW

Avon Hydramatic lipstickAvon

Avon’s Hydramatic Matte lipstick is a rare breed. Rather than drying out and leaving your lips looking and feeling dry and cakey, like most matte lipsticks, each Hydramatic lipstick has a hyaluronic acid core running through the centre.

This not only gives your lips a boost of hydration but it strengthens the lips’ moisture barrier. In fact, more than 50% of the lipstick’s formula is made using moisturising, and skin-protecting ingredients. This means it gives a smooth, velvety application that maintains a matte finish without compromising the comfort of your lips.

It’s available in 15 beautiful shades, designed to complement all skin tones.

FURTHER READING: Best lipstick: From nude to red and liquid to matte, here are our favourite lipsticks


♥︎ Glow for It Lash Growth mascara

£23.99 | BUY NOW

Glow for it lash growth mascaraGlow for it

You may be familiar with Glow For It. Its eyelash growth serum went viral online because of how it made people’s lashes grow long and thick and now it’s applied this knowledge into a mascara.

With regular use, the waterproof Glow For It Lash Growth Mascara helps promote the growth and volume of your eyelashes without the use of prostaglandins, which are hormones found in some other eyelash serums.

Instead, the mascara includes a blend of natural extracts and peptides that provide nutrients to the lashes:

  • Pumpkin Seed Extract which contains fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins such as zinc and magnesium
  • Panax Ginseng Extract, known for its strengthening compounds ginsenosides and gintonin
  • Swertia Japonica Extract which is rich in natural flavonoids and antioxidants
  • Acorus Calamus Root Extract, believed to strengthen hair follicles and condition the roots
  • Hyaluronic Acid for hydration
  • Arginine, and peptides which are often used in hair and lash care products for their potential to support hair growth

♥︎ Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

£22 | BUY NOW

As well as being an amazing mascara (read more in our best mascaras for short lashes), you can wear this Kush Mascara safe in the knowledge it’s doing some good for your eyes.

It contains:

  • Plant-derived oils, including hemp seed oil and cannabis oil, a common factor in all of Milk’s Kush range.

These are intended to condition your lashes as it’s worn, which we love, especially for our short, straight lashes that need all the love they can get. It also means its vegan, having swapped beeswax for these nourishing oils.

What’s more, the formula contains hollow heart-shaped fibres that lock onto each individual lash and the ‘Puff Puff Brush’ has been designed with criss-cross bristles that coat each eyelash without leaving any clumps.



♥︎ Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara 

£4.50 | BUY NOW

If you want a conditioning mascara but don’t want to pay Milk Makeup’s prices, the Maybelline Total Temptation mascara is a great, cheap alternative.

It’s a conditioning mascara that contains:

  • Coconut oil
  • Castor oil
  • Glycerin
  • Fruit extracts

This formula is designed to leave your lashes feeling soft. It can be removed easily, so you won’t need to be rough with your delicate lashes to remove all traces of mascara leftover.

At £4.50, this is a great option for anyone looking for a mascara that will be gentler on their lashes.

FURTHER READING: What is mascara made of and how does it actually work?

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