How to master the no makeup, makeup look

Every woman should learn how to apply makeup skilfully to make it look invisible whilst still enhancing their beauty. The “no makeup, makeup” is always popular on the runway. Chloe, Valentino and Giambattista Valli all featured this look in their most recent shows, see the images below (sourced from Vogue UK).




1. The most important feature of this look is the perfect, fresh skin. Unfortunately not all us us are born with perfect skin that’s as smooth as a babies bum so we have to fake it. it is imperative to exfoliate the skin and then apply moisturiser to give the skin a natural and healthy glow. For more skincare tips read this blog post

2. Apply an illuminating primer. I like to use mac strobe cream as it reflects the light beautifully.

3. Now apply a tinted moisturiser or sheer foundation that matches the skin tone on your cheek and neck. It is really important to choose a thin foundation so we make the skin look naturally flawless as opposed to made up. I suggest Mac Face and Body or By Terry Sheer Expert for a tiny bit more coverage. Both of these suggestions are dewy to flatter the skin. If you do have really oily skin then choose a foundation that isn’t illuminating. Blend well and remove excess with a sponge. Pro Tip – Use a beauty blender sponge to buff the foundation into the skin for a natural finish (it’s every makeup artists secret weapon). If you do have almost perfect skin you can use a little concealer where needed instead of foundation. If you do have any pimples or pigmentation add concealer where needed.

4. Apply a small amount of cream foundation to the apples of the cheeks. Choose one without shimmer to give you a natural flush. Benetint by Benefit is a lovely subtle blush, I like to use Stila Convertible Colours in Peony or Gerbera. Keep patting with your finger tips to soften and blend.

5. Set with powder only if oily. Powder can ruin the glow we have created but an oily skin will need to use it.

6. Apply a neutral soft, light brown or golden cream colour shadow to the eye lid. Paintily or Groundwork by Mac are perfect to achieve a natural look as they are both smudge proof creams. Ellis Faas also make some beautiful natural cream shadow tones.

7. Apply a defining mascara. Make sure it doesn’t clump. I like the Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara to achieve this look.

8. Brush the brows into shape and lightly fill with powder if needed. See this post for more help with brows

9. Apply either a lip balm or a very subtle lip stain to the lips. I use Lip De-luscious for a glossy finish or By Terry Aqualip Tint for a really natural rose toned lip.

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