Achieving a no-makeup makeup look is easier said than done. It boils down to the combination of good technique, the right tools and products. You will want to define the lips, even out the skin tone and draw attention to the eyes – all this without looking like you tried too hard. Ready to see the advice from a professional makeup artist? Read on.
To create a seemingly flawless base, apply a small amount of medium-coverage, hydrating foundation on your face with a fluffy brush the size that you would normally use for blush application. Don't swipe or drag the product around the face, but rather tap it on. The fluffiness of the brush will make sure that the foundation is evenly distributed and blended into the skin. Where some extra coverage is needed due to redness or blemishes, use a concealer, blending it with a tapping motion of your fingers.
Kristjan, our guest makeup artist, applied the highlighting concealer under the eyes and around the nose to cover dark circles and redness, respectively. To avoid using an additional product, i.e. a highlighter, he tapped the same concealer on the center of the chin and along the bridge of the nose, which created a natural highlight.
Set the skin under the eyes with a thin veil of pressed powder, using a small fluffy brush.
When doing the no-makeup contour, you need to take advantage of the natural angles and shadows that appear on your face when the sun shines on you. The sun-kissed look is best recreated with a bronzer, so with the softest of your medium-sized brushes, blend the bronzing powder just a bit over and under the cheekbone. The keyword here is blend. And blend you must, especially into the hairline. This way you will achieve the most natural-looking result.
With the same kind of brush, breath some life into your skin by applying a pink powder brush over the apples of your cheeks.
Your goal is to look like you barely applied anything, but with the presence of a healthy glow.
Since we're going for a soft, yet defined, makeup look, we decided to center the attention on the eyes and keep the rest of the makeup minimalistic. In small circles, blend a light brown matte eyeshadow with a fluffy blending brush up to the natural crease.
With a stiffer, more precise brush, apply a darker brown matte shade in a C-shape in the outer corner of the eye, extending the shade into the crease.
See how the eyes already look more defined?
Next, create a thin eyeliner line tightly along the upper lash line with a precise pointy brush. Make a small flick at the end, just to lift the eyes.
Then blend the line with an angled brush and a lot of tiny, precise movements, so as to avoid making the line too thick.
Fill in the brows with a brow pencil or brow powder, whatever you like best. Don't forget to comb through your brows to evenly distribute the color.
Apply mascara on the upper and lower lashes. If your mascara tends to clump, try finding a disposable eyelash comb, which will help you get rid of spidery-looking lashes when used right after the initial mascara application.
Keeping the lip makeup as simple as possible, just choose a my-lips-but-better nude lip pencil and fill in your lips. This will not only define them, but also ensure a better staying power of the color.
- YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat no. BR30
- YSL Touche Eclat no.1
- YSL Touche Eclat neutralizer in green
- YSL Poudre Compacte no.1
- YSL Blush Volupte no. 6
- Misslyn Beach Please barbados babe bronzer
- Dior 5 coleurs eyeshadow palette no. 777
- Zoeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette
- Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil
- Kryolan lip liner
- L'Oreal paradise extatic mascara
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