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Let's face it, there are days when a full face of makeup just feels like too much of an effort. Thankfully, for the no-makeup makeup trend that has returned to the feed! As it turns out to be, looking put together doesn't require hours spent blending and contouring. The "a la naturelle" look is your secret technique for those lazy days when you still want to feel fresh and radiant. This natural approach focuses on enhancing your natural features for a healthy, effortless glow. And here is how to get it!

What Products Do You Need for No Makeup Makeup Look?

The beauty of this look is that it requires minimal products. Here's what you'll need: 

Moisturizer: A lightweight, hydrating moisturizer is key for creating a smooth base for makeup application. Look for one infused with high SPF, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors. 

Concealer (optional): For those days when you need a little extra coverage for dark circles or blemishes, a lightweight concealer will come in handy. Pick a shade that goes with your natural skin tone for that seamless blend.

Cream blush and highlighter: A cream blush offers a more natural flush of color compared to powder blush. This is especially important for a clean makeup look where harsh lines are a no-go. A touch of highlighter strategically placed will enhance your natural features and create a dewy glow. Opt for a liquid or cream formula for a more diffused effect. 

Mascara: A few swipes of mascara can make a world of difference by opening up your eyes and adding a touch of definition. Brown or dark brown mascara is ideal for a more natural look. Tinted lip balm: Skip the bold lipsticks and opt for a tinted lip balm that provides a hint of color and keeps your lips hydrated. 

Eyebrow groomer: Even if you don't fill in your brows, brushing them through with an eyebrow spoolie will help keep them in place and define your eye shape. 

concealing breakouts on the face before and after picture
Masking annoying breakouts...but look at that glow!

How to Do a Simple No-Makeup Makeup Look?

  • Start with a skincare...

The secret to a flawless "no-makeup makeup" look is a fantastic skincare routine that pampers your skin with minimum products without overloading it. Healthy, radiant skin is your built-in foundation, concealer, and powder – all in one! 

Cleanse: Give your face a refreshing shower with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil buildup. Look for cleansers that are formulated for your skin type (oily, dry, etc.). 

Toner: I love using Vitamin C toner for that natural, dewy complexion. If you use a toner, apply it after cleansing to remove any leftover traces of makeup or cleanser and to balance your skin's pH level. 

Moisturizer: This is a crucial step for creating a plump and hydrated canvas for makeup application. Apply a lightweight, yet hydrating moisturizer to your face and neck.

  • Don't forget to apply sunscreen...

Sun protection is important every day, regardless of the makeup look you are going for. Try picking a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher for broad-spectrum protection. Applying sunscreen daily not only helps prevent sunburn and premature aging but also helps maintain your skin's overall health and radiance, enhancing that natural glow.

  • Fluff up your eyebrows...

Even with minimal makeup, eyebrows play a crucial role in framing the face and defining your features. Every makeup artist and beautician always emphasizes the importance of well-groomed, natural-looking brows. Alternatively, DIY henna eyebrows that last for weeks without ever smudging!

  • Skip contouring, go for creamy blush...

Contouring can be a great technique for sculpting the face, but it's unnecessary for a no-makeup makeup look. Instead, opt for a cream blush to add a hint of natural color and warmth to your cheeks. Apply a tiny dot of cream blush onto the shin and apples of your cheeks. Use your fingertips to gently blend the blush outwards towards your temples for a diffused

  • No makeup makeup loves highlighters...

Highlighters are the unsung heroes of the no-makeup makeup look. They strategically add a touch of luminescence to your face, mimicking natural light and giving you a youthful, awake appearance. However, not all highlighters are created equal. Opt for a sheer or dewy finish for a natural, lit-from-within glow. Avoid overly sparkly highlighters, which can look out of place in a no-makeup makeup look. Blushlighters (blush+highlighters) are one of the best for a natural look!

In the end, it doesn't matter what type of highlighter product you are going to choose, just make sure to blend it well.

  • Curl your lashes...but skip falsies

Curling your lashes is a simple yet effective way to instantly brighten and open up your eyes. This step takes mere seconds but makes a big difference in your overall look.  Skip the false lashes for this look – they can overpower the natural aesthetic.

  • Add some (optional) accents...

How about some small tough-ups? Fauz freckles is my favorite low-key makeup trend that adds some spice to a minimal makeup look. Another cool way to add accents – rediscover your beauty marks! CC and BB creams can still cover them, and you can go back and emphasize them with a touch of makeup.

  • Contour your lips...in a soft way

Contouring might seem counterintuitive for a no-makeup makeup look, but hear us out! Here, it's not about creating dramatic shadows and definition.  Instead, we're using a nude lip liner to subtly enhance the shape of your lips.

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Glam Up No-Makeup Makeup Look at the End of the Day

One of the best things about a no-makeup makeup look is that you can easily build it up by adding more makeup. Planning a romantic date night? Add a fresh coat of mascara and a thin line of eyeliner with a brown or dark grey pencil. Tightline your upper lash line for a more defined look and your glamorous, yet simple look is ready for the date.

Wrapping up...

So there you have it! Now you can conquer those lazy days with a fresh, glowy look that takes minimal effort. Just keep in mind that beauty = healthy sleep, and this simple routine will come in handy to reveal your natural radiance shine through.