We all work so hard to create the best no makeup looks ever, and despite the name, we use lots of makeup to do so! I think I have curated the best products ever to make sure we always look flawless.
Step 1: Wash, Wash, Wash
To create a real no-makeup makeup, look your skin must be squeaky clean before applying any makeup! Otherwise, anything you put on your skin could look cakey which is a huge no-no in the world of no makeup, makeup.
I usually will first clean my skin with this Bioderma micellar water, then go in with my blueberry facewash (which smells AMAZING) from Glow Recipe, and then lastly, I’ll add in glosser’s solution to really get any other dirt out of my skin.
Step 2: Moisture & Prep
You need to moisturize and prep your skin super well to ensure that you’ll get the best no makeup look ever.
I use the Laniege Water Bank moisturizer (you don’t need too much) and then I give that about 5 mins to settle into my skin (I brush my teeth or hair or just do something else while waiting).
After the Laniege water moisturizer I will use the Charlotte Tilbury wonder glow primer. I find this primer really gives me that glowing from within base that will let people think that my skin is naturally flawless and glowy!
Step 3: Conceal
Now that we’re prepped our skin for what’s to come, it’s time to make a decision. Tinted moisturizer + concealer, or just concealer? Depending on the day and how my skin is acting at the moment I like to see how much really needs and then decide if I need the extra layer of tinted moisturizer.
If my skin needs the extra coverage that day, I like to use the Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer, I just rub it all over my face with my fingers, so it really blends in seamlessly.
Next, I will add Charlotte Tilbury’s magic away concealer (or if you didn’t use the tinted moisturizer you start here). I’ll apply it with its applicator but blend it out with a wet beauty blender. This concealer is light to medium coverage so it’s really great for when you just want a little bit of coverage, I find it makes my skin look like my normal skin but better.
Step 4: Add some colour
In order to create the most amazing no makeup look we need to add the perfect amount of colour to our faces to ensure that you don’t look like a pale empty face. You need the perfect amount of blush, bronzer, and highlight to make it look like you effortlessly just naturally look that way!
The products I use to create this are the Marc Jacobs Omega Bronzer, Glossiers cloud paint in Beam, and the Charlotte Tilbury magic stick highlighter.
First, I start by doing a sort of contour with my bronzer and just go over any areas that would naturally be hit by the sun. I contour my cheek bones (ever so slightly — you do not want to be able to see a line of bronzer on the side of your face), I contour the sides of my nose, and then I put some bronzer on the top of my forehead and the sides of my face where I would usually be hit by the sun.
Next, I’ll take a bit of the Glossier cloud paint on two of my fingers and just blend the blush in by tapping it on the high points of my cheeks, I’ll also add some to the tip of my nose for a more sun kissed look sometimes!
Lastly for this section I’ll add the Charlotte Tilbury magic stick highlighter to highlight my nose and cheekbones, then I’ll buff this out with my fingers. I find my fingers give me more control and make the blending much more natural.
One extra little thing I do is take my finger to the Omega Bronzer and pat some of this on my eyelids to ensure that my eyelids have a little bit of a contour as well. I only add a touch of colour here, it just makes your eyelids look more natural because they are something that would get a hit of the sun if you were really out tanning!
Step 5: Brow Time
I’ve just recently began my journey through the eyebrow makeup world and the two products I have been using and loving are the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow kit, and then Glossier Boy Brow. I usually use the Anastasia pencil to brush my eyebrows up, so they look fluffy and voluptuous, and then fill in wherever is needed with the pencil. Then to keep things in place I’ll go in with a bit of boy brow on top, again brushing up!
Step 6: The Eyes
A no makeup look is difficult because eyes are such an important factor to makeup and can really take a look from casual and low key to sparkly night on the town. Since we’ve already added some colour to our lids with the bronzer, I usually will just keep my lids as they are, go in with an eyelash curler, and use two mascaras on top of each other to get the exact lash look I want. Glossiers Lash Slick is amazing but doesn’t always give the drama that I’m looking for, which is why I always go in with the Charlotte Tillburry legendary lashes afterwards.
So, there you have it! The perfect no makeup makeup look, obviously these are just the products I recommend but please go ahead and try it out with any product! Be creative and it’ll turn out great.
By: Emmy Goodman