The “no makeup” makeup trend definitely isn’t new, but it’s pretty new for me (or at least, making it look good is new for me). The idea behind the “no makeup” look is a semi-flawless complexion with a few simple products to highlight particular features while ultimately looking like you are not really wearing a full face of makeup.
Come warm weather, this is a super versatile look that can fit almost any daytime occasion once you figure out which areas of your face you want to accentuate. One thing I’ve discovered can be a big help with such a natural look is to go a bit monochromatic if possible, using a contrasting shade to your eyecolor. With my hazel eyes, a peachy-orange look really helps them pop behind my glasses.
For me, the two main things to take care of for a look like this are brows and lashes. Since I wear glasses with thick plastic frames, it’s important to highlight my brows so they don’t get lost in my face, and my lashes to help my eyes look bigger and brighter. However, because this is such a natural look, I think it’s only natural to have some “flaws” showing or you’ll risk looking too made up; I usually skip the undereye concealer since I would rather cover up any blemishes/acne.
Here are the products I use for my warm weather natural makeup look (in order of application):
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – I am slowly becoming a complete convert to this cream over the seaweed mattifying day cream I was previously obsessed with. Since I’m going very light on the face makeup, it’s important to have my skin looking its best on its own and hydration is key. I use this cream before bed and before I do my makeup every day for soft, hydrated skin which also helps minimize creasing makeup in the under-eye area.
Budget Beauty Tip: The Body Shop often sells their creams in smaller jars advertising a 3-for-$10 deal (or $4 each). The full size of this cream is $18 for 1.7 oz. Buy the travel size/mini jars instead – three of them will net you 1.5 oz for a savings of $8 and it will be a bit more hygienic too since you won’t have to stick your fingers in the same jar for as long.
Makeup Geek eyeshadow, Barcelona Beach – I use an angled brow brush and a tiny bit of this gorgeous matte shadow to fill in my brows before brushing in Benefit’s Gimme Brow tinted brow gel to keep them in place (I use the shade medium/deep).
Budget Beauty Tip: Got your eye on a gorgeous eyeshadow from MAC? Check out the Makeup Geek catalog for near-perfect dupes before you splurge – Marlena’s stunning shadows are only $5.99 for 1.8 grams compared to $16 for MAC’s 1.5 grams. Even the MAC pro palette refill pans will run you $10.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, Perky – You guys know how I love my Paint Pot and this cream coral shade is no different. I skipped the Painterly base for this look and just used a fluffy eyeshadow brush to sweep this pearly shade all over my lids and up into the crease. It’s not super opaque which makes for a great peachy sheen, but still brings some light to my eyes. If you have oily lids or lots of pigmentation, you can use a thin layer of shadow primer with a translucent powder or matte nude eyeshadow to set it before applying your cream shadow.
NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer, green – Again, since I’m going very light with face makeup, the main issue for me is to cover up any targeted redness and blemishes. I just use a tiny detail brush to spot conceal with this green cream to offset any redness and make my skin seem a little smoother.
MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder+Foundation, NW20 – Initially I planned to forego any face coverage altogether, but the green concealer is well… green, so I used a buffing brush to press some of my powder foundation over the concealed areas just to even out the color. Since it’s such a light look, I skipped the bridge of my nose completely so I wouldn’t have to deal with makeup coming off onto my glasses.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush, Mirage – This LE color is so lovely, a soft peachy-pink completely perfect for this look. I lightly stamped it just on the apples of my cheeks using a Luxie #504 brush for a natural looking flush. This blush was part of the “Pigment of Imagination” set which unfortunately is no longer [readily] available, but a light hand with Kat Von D’s Everlasting Blush in Bellisima is a great dupe.
Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara – Hands down my favorite mascara, this stuff is no joke. This mascara will bring some serious volume to your lashes even without a curler and really helps brighten up my eyes behind my glasses.
Budget Beauty Tip: Mascara has the shortest shelf life in the world of makeup, recommended to replace every 3-6 months. Have you ever finished a full size mascara that quickly? I certainly haven’t. Stick to minis, samples, and deluxe sample (DS) sizes to save some money – sometimes up to half the price! – while you hunt for your perfect mascara.
Chella Highlighter Pencil, Ivory Lace – As I mentioned above, I’m skipping the under-eye concealer for this look. That said, a nude pencil in the waterline will do wonders to brighten up your eyes on the sly.
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NARS Lip Gloss, Orgasm – This shimmery peachy-pink lip gloss is the perfect just-natural-enough shade to complete this look. Layer it on top of a thick lip moisturizer like Aquaphor for a soft, supple look that will help keep your kisser moisturized all day. I got my lip gloss mini in the LE Sephora “Give Me Some Lip” set last year which you may still be able to find somewhere, but you can get the full size online or in-store at Sephora.
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