After all that time and effort contouring, bare-faced chic is the look we’re coveting right now, thanks to the likes of Kendall, Gigi and Demi flaunting their flawless, makeup-free mugs in endless selfies. But, truth be told, the ‘no makeup’ makeup look never really goes out of style. So it’s high time you learn to master the art of appearing au naturel with these five simple steps.
Step 1 – Create a dewy complexion
With the no-makeup look, the spotlight’s on the skin, so you want to make it appear naturally radiant. Which is why an illuminating product like MECCA Cosmetica’s Lit From Within Primer or Bourjois’ Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer is the bff of normal and dry skins. If you struggle with oil, go for a mattifying option like Australis Matte Out Mattifying Base, or reduce the appearance of pesky pores with Benefit’s thePOREfessional Face Primer.
For a light veil of colour and sun protection in one, go for a BB or CC cream or tinted moisturiser with SPF. We love Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF30, and Curtis Collection Naked Glow CC Cream, which goes on white then corrects to your exact skin tone before your eyes. Genius.
You want to keep your coverage as light as possible to let your natural gorgeousness shin through, but you have our permission to touch up any dark circles, spots or redness with a concealer. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit comes with dual shades and is great for camouflaging a sleepless night, while Revlon’s PhotoReady Concealer contains light reflecting technology to erase imperfections.
To keep the skin looking dewy rather than matte, go easy with the powder. Stick with an ultra light dusting of powder, such as PRESTIGE COSMETICS Mineral Translucent Finishing Powder, only on the areas that tend to get annoyingly shiny during the day. Prestige Cosmetics’ Mineral Translucent Finishing Powder is winner, and great for sensitive skins.
Step 2 – Fake a healthy flush
What says health and girl next door loveliness like a rosy cheek? A cream blush is our pick for a natural flush, and we’re smitten with MAC’s Casual Colour blush, which doubles as a lip product. Pop a dot or two on the apples of your cheeks and blend. Pay attention to the colour of your cheeks after you’ve gone for a jog. This is the shade you should be going for.
Step 3 – Don’t neglect your brows
Less makeup means you need a good looking set of brows to frame your fresh-as face. Don’t go too extreme, but make sure you’ve brushed into place and filled in any gaps. If your brows are naturally dark and full, a sweep of clear mascara will keep them in place. But if they are patchy or need a little definition, Benefit has the best selection of brow prods around. Gimme Brow Volumizing Brow Gel is fool proof and a saviour for measly browed ladies like me.
Step 4 – Treat your lips
Just because you’re not wearing any makeup (cough), it’s no excuse to have dry, cracked lips. Let your own lip colour shine through with a nourishing balm, like Go To’s Lips! Enriched with all manner of goodness like lanolin, apricot kernel, avocado, almond, evening primrose, vitamin E and jojoba oils and more, your lips will look, smell and feel totally kissable.
Step 5 – Keep your lashes low-key
There is nothing on earth that would make me leave the house without mascara. But, if you’re a fellow fair haired maiden, you’d well know that black lashes often don’t look all that natural. Especially after three clumpy, clumsily applied coats of lengthening and volumising mascara… Stick to one to two layers and consider opting for a brown shade instead of inky black. Try Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara, cos you don’t want dirty smudges giving the game away.
Since you’re keeping the rest of your look super bare, you’ll want to have pretty, wide awake looking peepers, so make sure you curl them first. A heated curler like this one from Sephora is 100% fool proof and won’t catch any hairs.