Achieving the ever-elusive natural makeup look (also known as the no makeup-makeup look) is all about finding the balance between glowing I-woke-up-like-this skin and a perfectly bushy brow. Contrary to its name, the no-makeup makeup look actually requires a decent number of steps, but the results are definitely worth it.
Get the look ahead, ahead.
STEP 1: Prep
Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to prep your skin for makeup. Making sure your skin is hydrated and plump before makeup application is key to making your makeup look like real, natural skin.
STEP 2: Base
Apply a light to medium coverage foundation or BB cream like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, stippling it on with a blending sponge or flat brush. If you do use a brush and want a seamlessly blended finish, go over your face with a damp beauty sponge to ensure there are no streaks or lines. Next, pat concealer under eyes (we recommend Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer). Choose a color one to two shades lighter than your foundation to brighten up the under eye area and cover up any discoloration and dark circles. For a more luminous look, apply concealer to your forehead, the bridge of your nose and chin — then blend.
STEP 3: Cheeks
Sweep blush onto the apples of your cheeks to give your face a nice flush. For a natural finish, you’ll want the blush to look soft and diffused, so we recommend an easy-to-blend formula like the Shu Uemura Fresh Cushion Blush. Warm up your skin tone with a bronzer of your choice (we like Urban Decay Naked Flushed). Apply this under your cheekbones and along your temples and jawline.
STEP 4: Eyebrows
Spoolie your brows, and fill them in with a brow product of your choice. Powders give a diffused, natural look while pencils are more precise. We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil for most brows — it makes creating hair-like strokes a breeze.
STEP 5: Eyes
Apply a warm eyeshadow shade to your crease, then swipe a neutral shade across the lower lid. Blend, blend, blend! For this step we recommend a palette with lots of matte brown shades so you can experiment with tones and colors that work for you like NYX Professional Makeup Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette — it’s perfect for beginners and a quality, affordable option. Apply a single coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes and be sure to wiggle your wand vertically to get every single lash.
STEP 6: Lips
Finish the look with a pink or nude lip gloss that compliments your skin tone. For this step, give Lancôme L’Absolu Rosy Plump a try — which enhances your lips and offers a sheer, rosy tint.
Makeup: Justine Sweetman
Hair: Jill Engelsen