The no-makeup makeup look is here to stay. Bushy brows, glowy skin and a touch of colour across the cheeks is the ultimate accessory – and if our Instagram feeds are anything to go by, less is most definitely more. For a simple everyday look, opt for a few clever no-makeup makeup tricks and step out of the house feeling like a more natural, radiant beauty.
Follow our top tips on how to achieve the ultimate no-makeup makeup look, including the best products for a no make up look and watch the compliments flood in. Just be prepared to share your secrets with friends who suspiciously ask “how does your skin looks so good?”.
Prep the skin
To achieve a radiant and youthful glow before applying your natural skin makeup, prep your skin with the right skincare. A simple routine of “cleanse, tone and moisturise” will do the trick, though if you’re looking for an extra dewy finish, look for products containing AHAs, BHAs and Vitamin C that gently exfoliate the skin, brighten your complexion and even out skin tone. Don’t forget all-important SPF sun care to protect your skin against harmful UV rays and prevent the signs of aging.
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Try these skincare heroes specially formulated to achieve a natural glow:
Choose a light base
To conceal blemishes, hyperpigmentation and dark circles, opt for a light foundation or ditch the base altogether and use a small amount of concealer to hide any problem areas, a quick fix when it comes to basic makeup for a natural look. Use products sparingly and be sure to blend well into the skin for a seamless finish.
Perricone MD’s No-Makeup Makeup Foundation and concealer provide the perfect dewy base for a natural look whilst targeting the visible signs of aging such as age spots and fine lines.
If you prefer a no makeup look without foundation or are in a rush, consider a tinted moisturiser or CC cream to even out your skin tone instead. We love versatility.
Opt for a cream eyeshadow
Brighten your eyes by using a simple natural cream eyeshadow with your no makeup look. If you’re looking for ease in application, this is one for you. You can simply apply with your finger, great for those last minute tube touch ups.
Fake the flush
Add some colour to your cheeks with a small amount of blusher. Look for blushers in cream formulas that you can apply with your fingers for a natural look and choose a shade in the same undertone as your skin. Warm skin tones will match a warm shade while cooler tones will suit brighter shades of pink.
If blusher isn’t your thing, create depth with a small amount of bronzer around the hairline, temples and cheekbones. Don’t be afraid to tie in the look by gently sweeping some of the leftover product onto your eyelids for some subtle colour.
Go light on the mascara
Fun fact: a quick coating of mascara can make almost anyone feel like they can take on the world. We think… anyway. A thin layer of a natural mascara opens up your eyes, and takes seconds to put on. Its up to you whether you do both your top and lower lashes, but we recommend doing both.
Add volume to brows
Lastly, finish a flawless no-makeup makeup look by adding some definition to your brows. Whether you’re loyal to a pencil or a brow powder, use your product with upward strokes to build volume.
Follow the natural arch of your brows and try not to overfill the shape to ensure a more natural-looking finish. If you want to open your eyes even further, add a lick of mascara to tie in the whole look.