My No-Makeup Makeup Look

Posted 03/08/11 at 08:17PM by Rebekah George

Full disclosure: The only times I don't wear makeup are when I am sleeping or going to the gym. But, having said that I do have a makeup routine for days when I want to have that "no makeup" look. (Why don't I just avoid wearing makeup when I want to look like I'm not wearing any? What fun would that be?) Here are the steps and products I use to get the super natural look:

Step 1: Start with skin

I exfoliate my skin so any dead cells are gone and I have a nice smooth canvas to work with. Then I load on some day lotion with SPF (try Olay Professional Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 $47.99). This really hydrates my skin, plumps it up, and helps create that natural dewy look. Then I use a primer to help even out my skin even more. I like Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer, $32. (Hint: Look for one that helps to minimize whatever your skin issues are from rosacea to sallow skin.)

Next up, I camouflage any remaining imperfections. I use Lancme Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer, $29.50. This is a full coverage concealer so it really works to cover all of my skin imperfections. I also like it because the wand applicator helps you get into all the little areas on your face without leaving behind a "masked" look. After concealer, I top areas that still need perfecting with an illuminating foundation like Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, $38. Why illuminating? To help create a natural looking glow which, for me, this look is all about.

Step 2: Add some color

Even when I'm going for a no makeup look I need a little color to help me look, well, alive. I use an all-over face color for this -- it works wonders. Try Benefit Bella Bamba, $28. But, and this is a BIG but, don't go crazy with it. And don't use the brush it comes with either -- it piles on too much product. Instead use a soft, fluffy blush brush, which creates a softer effect, and lightly dust the color on your cheeks, bridge of your nose, forehead and chin. To finish, I give myself even more of a natural glow by topping my cheekbones with a luminizer (I like Lancome Eclat Miracle, $37). I dab it on with my fingertips to create a really natural finish.

Step 3: Subtly play up your eyes

Amping up your eyes is a definite no-no if you're going for a no-makeup makeup look. But that doesn't mean you have to totally ignore them. I use a soft gray or brown liner just on my top lids. And, although this look requires lots of (natural-looking) lashes, falsies and loads of mascara won't work. Instead, I curl my lashes to open up my eyes, and use one (and only one) light coat of mascara to lock in the curl and add definition. (Try CoverGirl LashExact Mascara, $6.)

Step 4: Tint your lips

I finish off the look by using a tinted lip balm or gloss that's a little darker than my natural lip color. (Try CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm, $6.) And there you have it -- my no-makeup, makeup look.

Like looking like you're not trying too hard when it comes to hair, too? Why not give this messy undone bun a try.
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1-6 of 19 Comments

  • Posted by EricaC123 on 12/30/12 at 08:44am

    Yes to the natural look

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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/06/11 at 12:50pm

    I love the a natural look, especially in the summer.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/21/11 at 10:59pm

    If you're lucky enough to have great skin, you can actually go makeup free or nearly makeup free and still look great. But for some of us with acne, dark circles, etc., a little makeup can help you look natural, but without the flaws. A touch of nearly sheer blush is necessary if you've gone with a full face of foundation, even for a no-makeup look.

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  • Posted by tokyonista on 05/30/11 at 02:49am

    i like using a little vaseline on my eyelids, eyelashes and cheekbones for a natural but glow-y effect :D

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  • Posted by ksumm77 on 04/06/11 at 04:31pm

    I don't do a whole lot different on my everyday makeup routine.

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  • Posted by kenya on 03/27/11 at 05:54pm

    what a paradox!

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