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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.