Apparently the beauty blogosphere has decided that the “no makeup” look and being fresh faced are the must-have looks for January. It’s a far cry from the glitter-heavy makeup we all donned for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
I gave this look my best shot after obsessing over the Instagrams of Miranda Kerr and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. These two supermodels always have perfect, glowing skin, strong brows, voluminous lashes, and full lips…even on their days off with little makeup on. Even Kim K’s February Australian Vogue cover has her embracing her “natural” side. No smokey eye or (over the top) contour in site.
Below are the three steps I would suggest for getting that “no makeup” look. You know, the “you, but better” look.
1. Go light on the base, heavier on the concealer
Skip the heavy coverage and matte finish foundations. Go for a lighter base, like a BB cream, tinted moisturizer, or sheer foundation. In the above photos, I opted for Diorskin Nude BB Creme. If you have less than perfect skin like me, go in with concealer to correct any redness, conceal any blemishes, and erase those dark circles. I used a combination of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer and Treatment and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. For this look, it’s much better to go with a light base and then go in with a heavier concealer to spot conceal. It will keep your skin looking natural.
2. Add color and glow back into your skin
Now that you have your complexion set, it’s time to add color back in. Opt for a cream blush over a powder blush. Cream products mesh better with the skin and don’t just sit on top of your makeup. I used the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Fresh Melon. It’s a peachy color that isn’t over the top pigmented or shimmery. Again, natural. You can apply cream blush with your fingers, but I prefer using a stippling brush. Finally, you have to add in that tan that supermodels gain from sunbathing on location. However, it’s January and I’m in New York so I faked it with the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium. It’s a fantastic color and matte texture. I use this on the contours of my cheeks, through my temples, along my hairline, down my nose, and a little on my chin. It helps things look naturally healthy and sun-kissed. Finally, I finished off my complexion by taking some of Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin (a pink-champagne shimmer) on my cheekbones as a highlight. (P.S. I set things with a powder because I have oily skin, but if you have normal-dry skin, skip the powder!)
3. Keep it simple on the eyes and lips
For my eyes, I again turned to my Urban Decay Naked Palette and used Sin on my lids and as an inner corner and brow bone highlight. I used Half Baked (a warm gold) through the crease and underneath my eyes. These shades seem super shimmery, but once they are blended into the eye Sin offers a bit of sheen and Half Baked warms things up and provides a bit of definition without using a harsh, matte, cool color. You could skip eyeshadow all together or go for a matte eyeshadow that matches your skin tone, but personally, I can blend shimmers way easier than mattes. Finally, I skipped liner and went straight to my lashes. I curled them and applied Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara to my top lashes. Even though this mascara is hard to get off, it holds a curl like no other. I used MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash on my bottom lashes (it does not run or smudge underneath my eyes). Finally, keep it simple on the lips by applying a natural pink, peach, or nude gloss. I went for Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is 06 Rosewood Shimmer with a pit of Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Non Stop Glamour on the center of my bottom lip (it’s sheer with a slight gold/peach shimmer in it) to try to fake a Rosie Huntington-Whiteley full pout.
It seems crazy to go through all the above steps for a “natural,” “no makeup” look, but understated makeup can take just as much effort as a winged liner or overdrawn lips.
After it was all said and done, I loved this look because I still felt and looked like me.