The “No Makeup” Makeup Look

They say that the beauty of make up is to look like you have none on at all. I couldn’t agree more! It’s certainly fun to play around with a smokey-eye, or a bold lip, but I believe that every woman should be able to master the “no-makeup” makeup look. This look isn’t about achieving perfection but is to mask slight imperfections and to let your real beauty shine through. I don’t often leave the house without makeup on, I’ll admit it. I’ll even go as far as admitting that I will sport this look to the gym, sans bronzer. It’s a level of comfort for me and with my blonde lashes, frankly, without mascara I feel as if I look like a boy. Those who dare to go bare-faced I commend you, and think you look beautiful just as god intended. For those who want a minimal makeup look that adds some definition, here are some tips on how I achieved this look.

What I used:

  • Tinted Moisturizer – After cleansing and moisturizing my skin, I applied Nars Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer in St. Moritz to face using my favorite stippling brush from Real Techniques. For less coverage try Origins Vitazing or Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. For more coverage try YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation.
  • Concealer – Because of my dark under-eye circles I like to use a heavier creamy concealer like It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. Creamier concealers blend well, do not settle into fine lines and have a more natural appearance. If I am doing a minimal makeup look, like I did here, I will mix it with MAC select cover-up in NC30 to lighten it a bit. I choose a shade just the slightest shade lighter than my natural skin-tone. I apply the concealer using a concealer brush then pat it lightly to set. I also applied it to my brow bone for natural definition. Apply the concealer to imperfections you wish to disguise. Try the MAC select cover-up alone for less coverage.
  • Liquid Bronzer – To brighten my complexion I applied a gel bronzer from Bobbi Brown (discontinued) using a large stippling brush moistened with moisturizer, to cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead, making sure to blend well using the brush. Choose a non-shimmering formula. Other product recommendations are Chanel Tan de Soleil and Laura Mercier Gel Bronzer.
  • Powder – Using a large fan brush I applied Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting powder sparingly. Use a light hand.
  • Eyebrows – Eyebrows can do much for the face. Keep them close to their original shape and well groomed. To fill them in I opt for a powder choosing MAC eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown and use a small angled brush. I then apply Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to set the shadow and to keep them in place.
    Onto the Eyes:

  • Waterproof Liquid Liner – To give my eyes definition that appears more natural,  I apply liquid liner in between my lashes as shown in the image. You can do this by dotting the liner in between your lashes or by applying it in small strokes making sure not to come too far above the lash line. I prefer to use a liquid liner for more control, you may also use a pencil. This method will make your lashes look fuller and your eyes more defined. My go to liquid liner is Make Up For Ever’s Aqua liner in Mat Black, it dries fast, waterproof, and never smudges. Brown liner will of course give you a more natural appearance.
  • Mascara – Apply one coat of lengthening mascara to upper and lower lashes. Try Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes.
  • Lips – Opt for a lip tint in a natural shade. I used Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment

17 thoughts on “The “No Makeup” Makeup Look

  1. That is a really really pretty look!! I have always loved the less is more look. It looks very fresh and romantic! Melanie

  2. Very natural and clean makeup! It looks easy but I find ‘no make up’look is quite hard to accomplish!! you did a great job and you look gorgeous! 🙂

  3. I’ve been opting for a more natural look lately, as I do love the way it looks – what usually prevents me from going TOO natural is the fact that I have SO. MUCH. MAKEUP. LOL! I think I need to learn from your approach though – do a less-is-more approach but just amp it up for an occasion. I’m trying! My big things this season is only focusing on one feature. I know that’s a ‘no brainer’ but I’d still often ‘do’ my eyes and then add noticeable blush. Not heavy, but just more than I probably should. Now I literally keep almost everything else near bare except for that one feature I pick. I’m loving it!

    And, you look great with the minimal look – it really brings out your natural beauty 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Latoya! I totally agree, so much makeup and lovely options to choose from. You always keep it tasteful and sophisticated though, which is the key 🙂 And your natural beauty always shine through, even with blue lipstick! xx

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