Style & Beauty
How to Achieve the “No Makeup” Makeup Look
7/5/2017 10:22:41 AM

It sounds pretty contradictory to put on make-up so you can look like you’re not wearing make-up. However, one of summer’s hottest trends is a fresh-scrubbed, flawless face.  And though most of us aren’t blessed with a naturally photo-ready complexion, there are plenty of inexpensive cosmetics that can help achieve a youthful, barefaced look. Here are a few essentials for achieving the perfect "no make-up” make-up.

Start with a clean slate

The best way to beat the dulling oils that can build up on skin in sweltering temperatures is actually to use a cleansing oil. In the kitchen, it’s common knowledge that oil and water don’t mix, but we somehow forget that when washing our faces. Cleansing oils, packed with antioxidants and vitamins, dissolve complexion-dimming oils for skin that’s soft and glowing. 

Don’t forget to prime

Make sure you follow your cleansing oil with a moisturizer containing SPF to protect against sun damage, and then protect your pores with primer. Primers (which come in cream or gel form) are full of silicone-based polymers that smooth the skin’s surface, ensuring an even application of foundation and locking it in place.  

Everything starts with a good foundation

Foundation is the true hero of the natural look. In the summertime, you want to avoid anything too heavy, since 90-plus degree temperatures might have you melting on the walk to your car. Instead, opt for a tinted CC (or color correcting) cream. These ultra-light creams even out skin tone without layering product, so you’ll look like you rolled out of bed with clear, even skin.

But CC creams can only do so much. For skin issues besides redness or sun spots, try a lightweight concealer one to two shades lighter than natural skin tone. For under-eye circles, dab three small spots of concealer beneath eyes on top of CC cream. Blend with a sponge. For blemishes, dab one small dot of concealer right on top of the swollen area and blend completely with a sponge. 

It seems normal to finish a summertime foundation look with a sweep of pressed powder to soak up oil, but in high humidity, powder can actually cause makeup to get blotchy. You’re better off blotting oil throughout the day with blotting papers or even tissue. 

Keep it creamy

For the same reason that powder foundations don’t work in the summer, powder eyeshadows and blushes can also start to melt and run, resulting in unappealing splotches. To keep your makeup fresh-looking and even, opt for cream eye shadows and blushes. Choose a cream shadow about two or three shades darker than your skin and apply it all over the eyelid, from lash to brow, blending at the edges. Apply a sweep of highlighter to the brow bone for contrast. It’s important not to go too dark with a cream blush, since they’re highly pigmented. Instead, pick a color that looks close to the color your cheeks flush after exercise or on a cold day. To apply cream blush, dab a small amount on the apples of cheeks and use fingers to blend along cheekbone toward temples. 

Highlight Your Look

The key to no makeup makeup is looking dewy and fresh. Amplify that look with an iridescent or bronze-tinted highlighter (usually sold in powder or cream form). Just sweep a tiny bit of the product along brow bones, the topmost parts of cheekbones, and the bridge of the nose — any place the sun would naturally highlight. The finished look is a can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it shimmer that will have people asking if you’ve just gotten back from a spa. 

Summertime is all about enjoyment, and who wants to waste these fun-filled days hunched over a makeup mirror? Just a few key products can keep you looking radiant without taking up too many precious minutes of your vacation days. 

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