How To: No makeup look
Believe it or not, the "no-makeup makeup" look actually takes some
effort and makeup! The key is in the foundation and covering any dark
circles or blemishes. For this type of look, you won't be wearing much
in color, but you will have to create the illusion of perfect skin.
If you have clear skin to begin with, a tinted moisturizer should
suffice to even out the skintone and texture. Tinted moisturizers are
sheer so you won't be getting much coverage from it, but the point is
to not look made up. If you have freckles, let them show through! A
good one to try is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20.
If your skin needs a little more coverage, use a foundation that has
a natural satin or dewy finish. Any powder or cream-to-powder formula
won't look as natural. Also, only apply the foundation to the areas
that need it for a more natural look. Key areas to cover are the
cheeks, which can show some ruddiness and unevenness, as well as around
the corners of the nose. You may also want to apply some foundation to
the corners of the mouth, which is an area that has a tendency to be
darker than the rest of the skin. Concealer that matches the skin
should be applied to the under-eye area to cover any darkness.
Eye color should be simple but natural. Choose a neutral color one
shade lighter than your skintone and apply it all over the lid. This
will help to open up the eye area and diminish any shadows on the lid.
Again, the key is to make it look like you are not wearing any makeup,
but at the same time making you look refreshed. Eyeliner can be worn,
but applied in a very fine line on the top lid only. Sharpen your eye
pencil to a very fine point and smudge the liner in between the lashes.
In this step, you are "backing the lashes up," which is a technique
that makes the lashes appear fuller by coloring in the spaces in
between each lash. This can also be accomplished using an eyeshadow
closest to the color of your natural lashes along with a very fine,
angled liner brush. Push the color into the lash line for the most
natural effect. Also remember to curl your lashes and apply either a
clear coat of mascara or one that matches your natural hair color. If
you are fair, choose brown for a soft look. Darker complexions can wear
a brown/black or soft black mascara.
Blush color should closely resemble the color of your cheeks when
they are naturally flushed. Apply the color to the apples of the cheeks
only. Use a light hand and blend well. If you decide not to wear blush,
you can opt for a bronzer to add a little color to the face
On the lips, try either a lip stain or a simple clear gloss. MAC
Tinted Lip Conditioner is very hydrating, has SPF 15 and looks
completely natural on the lips.