Question: What is a great natural looking makeup routine?
Answer: The natural beauty mantra is simple: less is always more. Taken straight from the runways this season, the latest trend in beauty is wearing makeup without looking like it. When it comes to the “no-makeup” makeup look, a fresh face is always in style. It’s easy to subtly enhance your skin’s natural tone and texture with a minimalist approach to applying makeup. It definitely takes a bit of time and practice to master the au naturale look, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the barely-there look and faking a flawless complexion—all while accentuating your natural beauty.
The most basic principle when it comes to makeup is developing a skin-care regime that works for you—and keeping it. A daily ritual of cleaning and moisturizing your face is imporant because great skin is truly the foundation for a great preternatural makeup look. Even if you don’t have impeccable skin, you can still pull off the makeup-free look in no time. When prepping, make sure your skin is even. An even skin tone creates a clean base for makeup application. Determine what your coverage needs are first, and then fuse together a product that benefits the skin while also providing enough coverage to hide those blemishes.
Got great skin? Opt for a tinted moisturizer, or cover up spots and discoloration with a light dab of concealer. For even more coverage, apply sheer foundation with a lightweight moisturizer all over your face. Practice caution when it comes to how much foundation is used, as you could run the risk of losing that all-natural makeup look. For lighter coverage, use foundation around the nose and chin or wherever you need it most. Our weapon of choice for prep? BB cream.
Get your glow on and take your natural makeup to the next level with a bronzer and highligher for your skin. A few dabs of NARS Bronzer in Laguna is guaranteed to illuminate your face. Sweep the bronzer across your forehead, cheekbones and jawline to create natural contouring and a sexy sheen of radiance. Just make sure it’s perfectly blended from the cheekbones all the way to temples.
Be the ultimate eye candy in powder liners, which have a much more more natural look and feel to them. If you really want to look like you’re not wearing makeup, try lining just your top lid and dabbing a bit of concealer under the eyes with your pinkie finger. Play up your eyes by choosing a light, natural-looking eye shadow that will define your lids without looking overdone. Apply one to two coats of black mascara to make your eyes stand out and you’re finished. Remember to make sure your brows are groomed to perfection for a more polished look.
Your natural look can’t be achieved without proper lip service. Apply a sheer gloss or nude lipstick like MAC Lipstick in Honeylove to your pout. Your lip gloss color should complement the natural color of your lips, so choose the same shade or a shade that’s just one shade lighter.
What are your must-have beauty products for achieving that no-makeup look?