When the “no-makeup” makeup look became really popular last year, I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t super into it at first. I just always felt like I looked tired and not like myself.
But I kept trying and tweaking it, because I loved how it looked on other people. For about 6 months, almost every single makeup client I worked with wanted “no-makeup makeup.” I got my practice in on this look! I added and subtracted little things here and there and one day it sort of all came together for me.
Now it’s become a go-to look for me for every day makeup. With that being said, my “no-makeup-makeup” takes me almost as long as regular makeup. Just an FYI. I love this look but it’s not a super speedy look for me.
I wanted to share my best tips for this look, my quick fixes I made that changed the whole look for me! And to stream line this post, I’m just adding my favorite products for each in the tip. Click on the underlined word for a direct link.
My Top 7 tips for Natural Makeup:
1: The most important part of a perfect natural makeup look is to have a flawless base. Most people are surprised that going a bit heavier on your foundation or BB / CC cream will actually allow to you wear less makeup overall. When you even out your skin, the focus shifts to your beautiful features (eyes, cheekbones, lips, etc.). I do medium coverage on my skin with either foundation or CC cream, and a light contour and highlight with cream products.
Whenever I’ve tried to go with lighter coverage on my skin, my eye makeup always looks off. With a smokey eye, it looks too dark, but with minimal liner I look exhausted. But with a little more coverage on the skin, everything just looks softer and better.
Make sure to use primers that really work with your foundation. The prep is really important, to keep the slightly fuller coverage foundation looking dewier and still light, like skin. Also, a beauty blender is my #1 pick to make my base look airbrushed and flawless. I blend as much as I can with my fingers first, then bounce the dampened blender over my skin after to give it the airbrushed look.
2. For natural lipstick, start by applying a lipliner that matches the color of your lips all the way around the natural line of your mouth. If you don’t use a lip liner, the lipstick can slide off the edge of your lips and make the lipstick look a little messy. I also find that if I don’t use lip liner, I look older because the lipstick slides into the fine lines around my mouth. So there ya go, my best anti-aging tip is: lip liner. Ha ha!
Then apply full coverage swipes of your lipstick on both your upper and lower lips. Don’t try to do light coats on each side, it’ll be too hard to get an even amount of pigment and will end up looking splotchy.
Then, instead of rubbing your lips together, take a piece of tissue or paper towel and press both sides evenly into the tissue. This will blot your lipstick into a more natural coverage, but still give you even pigment on your lips. For an even more natural look, use your middle or ring finger to pat the color into your lips.
3. Switch to brown eyeliner (on the top of your eyes only) and mascara. Unless you have naturally darker hair, the brown will read much softer against your eyes and skin. A little brown eye shadow right over the liner will soften it and set it for all day wear.
4. Individual lashes are kind of tricky to learn, but once you get the hang of them, they make a HUGE difference. I like to smudge in a brown liner right into my lash line, apply individual lashes all the way across my eyes (shorter length on the outside and inner corners and medium length in the middle/outer corner). Then I let them dry and add a coat of mascara. People always think they are my real lashes.
5. Pick a crease shade (Kjaer Weis in Grace is my fav) that is only one shade deeper than your skin tone. You can swipe this into the crease of your eye, blend, it it will open up your eyes and make them look bigger, without looking like you are wearing eyeshadow. You can wear this same shade under your eyes smudged into your lower lash line, instead of eye liner.
6. For blush, pick a rose shade that is the same shade as your natural flush. I prefer a cream formula, it tends to look more like real skin.
7. Fill in your brows using powder or a pencil (for sparser brows). I always fill in my eyebrows before I do any eye makeup, because they make such a huge difference. I usually end up wearing less eye makeup.
Here is a before and after shot to show the difference these tips make for me.
In the “Old Way” photo I am wearing one light layer of foundation, concealer, black liner, mascara, and lipstick. In the “New Way” I am wearing everything listed above.
Here are some favorite makeup looks I’ve done:
Thank you so much for reading! What is your makeup style? Natural, dramatic, or somewhere in between?