Not much else to say about this one, really. I’m a big fan of Lisa Eldridge’s makeup aesthetics so once I came across her ‘No Makeup’ Makeup tutorial I was immediately hooked on the whole concept.
The ‘No Makeup’ look is perfect for those of you who want to feel great without making it look as if you’ve put way too much effort into it. After all, we all can’t afford to roll out of bed looking fabulous and ready to go.
The idea is to strategically use a smaller amount of product so that you can look like an improved version of yourself while seemingly wearing no makeup at all. I created a complete look that covers all the bases you would need, but feel free to leave any of these steps out if you feel like you don’t need them… Less is more when it comes to the ‘No Makeup’ Makeup!
And now to my actual no makeup face…
Remember how I said before that you could skip any steps? Well I’m sorry to say that SPF is non-negotiable. You must protect your skin at all times if you want to grow old and worry about sunspots, bad acne scarring, premature wrinkles and the ever-scary cancer.
Most beauty products contain a low SPF these days that’s simply not enough to protect your skin thoroughly. Think of the SPF15 foundation or powder you’re wearing and how much of the product goes into your face. The end result is something around a flimsy SPF5 at most.
As for foundation I find it is best to apply it with fingers just in the places where you absolutely need it, so make sure you have a perfect color match and blend the edges thoroughly so that you don’t end up with awkward patches. I have some fading acne scars on my cheeks, so I applied a tiny bit there along with the sides of my nose and my chin both of which can get a little red throughout the day.
I like using the Even Better foundation for this because although it’s very dewy and luminous, it does give a good amount of coverage.
But if you have perfect skin then feel free to either replace the foundation with a tinted moisturizer or just skip it altogether and use concealer to correct redness.
I am very dark under my eyes so concealer is the one step I can never ever skip. Use a concealer that’s going to cover and brighten your eye area without being too cakey. I also applied a little on some red patches around my nose that my foundation did not cover.
I left my eyebrows mostly bare and just brushed them through, patted a little bit of color to cover up uneven spots and the areas around scars in which hair doesn’t grow anymore.
Whoever said lipstick can’t be worn on the cheeks? Most cream-blushers nowadays claim to be especially made to use on both areas but the truth is you don’t need to invest on yet another product to get the same effect.
Use a long-wearing lipstick preferably to ensure longevity and pick something red or pink, instead of orange or peach, to simulate the flush on your cheeks whenever you blush. And don’t freak out at how bright it is! You only need the tiniest bit and then you can blend it away with your fingers keeping the focus on the apples of your cheeks.
And now for the star product of this whole look: Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. I’ve only had this for about two weeks and it’s become one of my favorite lip products. Ever.
Unlike the lip butters, the pigmentation of this balm is a bit sheerer but it really does stain the lips for a couple of hours before you have to reapply.
Apply the balm all over your lips and then rub it into your lips to make it look more natural and to soften the edges to make it look more modern.
A cool trick to make your lashes appear longer without looking as if you’ve got anything on is to wipe off the excess product on the wand with a tissue and then coat the lashes lightly to tint them rather than adding volume. And if you see any clumps forming then lightly brush your finger against your lashes to get rid of it. Curling your lashes beforehand is also going to make a big difference.
And last but not least, dust the tiniest bit of powder where needed to set your makeup into place. Use a soft, fluffy brush rather than a sponge or a puff to avoid making your face look too cakey… aaaand that’s about it, really.