All the other beauty gurus sure are going to get all crazy at what I’m about to say… Would you believe me if I tell you that it only takes me 7 to 10 minutes to do my makeup each day? Tell you what, I’m obsessed with the no makeup makeup trend just like any other gal. It keeps my face looking fresh and simple on a daily basis. No need for all the crazy layers of foundation. Definitely no baking situation required. And because of the reason that I fortunately don’t have too much acne on my skin, it saves me so much time when I’m preparing for the day.
With this, I have come up with a list of tips and tricks on achieving that natural look.
1. Moisturize and prime your skin before putting anything else on.
I go by the mantra that makeup and skincare are never to be without the other. With naturally fresh and radiant skin, makeup products settle on the skin better giving you perfect application. That no makeup makeup look is all about the glow and radiance, so the trick is to actually have glowy and radiant skin even without the makeup! While it is understandable that not all of us may have that perfect skin (and that’s okay!), I’ve got backup for you. It all goes into choosing the right skincare products.
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2. Pick out the essential makeup products you only need.
This is my favourite part about the no makeup drama, there isn’t too much products needed. I can definitely carry the products in a small vanity kit any day, anywhere. Also, let’s be honest, less products mean not having to think TOO MUCH about maintenance. For me, all I’ll ever need are the following:
- The Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream (view product here)
- Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Powder (view product here)
- The Face Shop Designing Eyebrow Pencil (view product here)
- Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer (view product here)
- Kylie Cosmetics Blush in X-Rated (view product here)
- Tarte Lashy and Flashy Lash Curler (view product here)
- Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara (view product here)
- MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy (view product here)
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Gold Lava (view product here)
3. Consider using cream products over powder ones.
Obviously, I use powder ones because I have really oily (and acidic) skin and naturally switches into just the right dewy look after about twenty minutes of applying the makeup. But if yours isn’t as (frustratingly) oily as mine, you may want to consider using cream products for the said dewy effect. My mother has really dry skin and is very picky about both skincare and makeup products. And when it comes to the makeup she uses, cream products work perfectly on her despite the dryness of her skin. Thus, giving her a more natural look.
4. Use BB cream as your base instead of foundation.
BB cream is lighter than foundation giving you just the right amount of coverage that isn’t as heavy. BB creams also have skin benefits as specific products can sometimes contain sunscreen. It also helps protect the skin from radicals and possible damages due to pollution because its products are mainly made up of antioxidants.
5. If you want to contour or bronze your face, use a powder brush as your applicator instead of the actual contour brush.
This one I discovered all on my own but I’m not quite sure if others have been doing it, too. When I’d watch makeup tutorials, I’d see everyone use the basic contour brush when applying. And so for a few months when I started learning makeup that’s what I did. But my mom called me out and told me it was a little “unnatural” for a natural daily makeup look. Boy did I have to learn it the hard way that I actually used to line my cheek and jaw with contour too harshly it looked quite too much. While it is proper to use the contour brush when you’re going for the full glam look (I still use it when applying makeup on others if they want the full look), turns out it isn’t always the case if you prefer the more natural look.
Since then, I started using the powder brush (which is obviously thicker and has more volume than the contour brush) giving my face just the right amount of dimension it needs. Definitely more natural and gives a “shadowy” look rather than a too-strong one.
6. Go for the drunk blush look.
I mean, it’s been proven and tested even by your favourite makeup youtubers. Applying the blush lightly on your cheeks plus a small amount across the nose is just perfect as it gives off a youthful and glowing look!
7. Resist the temptation of over-lining your brows.
For full-glam, it is ideal that you fully line your eyebrows in order to balance it out with all the other makeup elements you apply on your face. Even defining it with concealer is a must for a clean and decent finish. But for the no makeup makeup look, filling in the brows is enough. You want to keep the natural shape of your eyebrows so just filling in the spots that lack eyebrow hair would perfectly work.
8. With the right pigmented lip tint, you’re good to go.
Here’s an option: with the right lip tint, it also doubles up as a cheek tint! You probably already know that but… just sayin’. It’s one of the perks why I use it sometimes in replacement of the MAC’s Velvet Teddy. For the ideal look I’ve always loved, just dab a light amount of it in between the lips. That’s when you swipe it lightly across your lips just so the color spreads a little and doesn’t stay there in the middle. It produces kind of an ombre effect.
9. Or, if you really would like to use a lipstick, settle for nude shades.
Clearly, you don’t go full-on red if you want the natural look. Unless you just have a lipstick on and nothing else on your face, it could sorta pass off as no makeup makeup since you technically don’t have anything else. I personally am a fan of nude shades because it’s perfect if you’re trying to achieve a subtle look as opposed to other shades of lipstick. But if you prefer darker shades, that’s totally fine, too. It’s just my personal preference.
10. Wrap it up with a highlighter.
The key into getting that natural glow from a highlighter that it makes your skin look like it’s naturally glowing is choosing the right product with the right formula and undertone. Some highlighter products might come off like you applied eyeshadow on the high point of your cheek and we do not want that to happen. Make sure that the product you choose fits your skin tone, too. For pale or light toned skin, a lilac or silver-toned one is the match for you. If you have light to medium-toned skin, a rose gold tone is the ideal one. Medium to olive skin would need a warmer tone like peach or rose-pink ones. Lastly, olive to dark skin would call for the bronze tone for a much more lifted look.
There you have it! This is just my personal take on achieving that no makeup makeup vibe. Do you have tips and tricks of your own? Let me know in the comments if you do! I’d be happy to read them!