The natural Make-up Look
There are constantly new makeup trends, techniques and looks evolving and developing around us, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Whether you’re finding it difficult to pinpoint where to start on one look or struggling to find the right color palette for another, it’s always handy to get a little help.
The no-makeup makeup look is a very popular option at the moment, and it’s a very flattering technique to use which enhances and celebrates your natural features, but it can be a little tricky to begin with. Luckily, you’re in the right place to find out exactly how to achieve this look, so read on!
Natural make-up basics
As you probably already know, the no-makeup makeup look focuses on enhances the features and natural beauty you already possess and aims to highlight the parts of your face you like the most. As the name suggests, the main idea is to use the products cleverly, in a way which doesn’t look caked on or extremely unnatural, as if you’re wearing no makeup at all.
Often, a large emphasis throughout this makeup technique is the skin, and many use it as an opportunity to celebrate their radiant skin, sans foundation. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to flaunt perfect, model-like skin, completely free from blemishes and imperfections – that’s not natural for everyone! Instead, it’s about appreciating your own skin for the way it is and accepting any flaws but feeling confident in your own skin, without the need to cover up.
As the movement is all about natural looks, the few products used tend to be of natural hues, too. That means you can put aside your neon pink eyeshadows and red lipsticks and bring along your warmer neutral colours instead.
No-makeup look products
Following a makeup tutorial like this is somewhat like following the recipe to bake a cake, or for cooking your favourite meal. And just like a recipe, you’ll need to get your essential tools and products prepared, ready for use.
Below is a list of the products you need to gather.
- Your skincare
- Face primer
- Face brushes
- Brow gel
- Brow pencil (optional)
- Brow brush
- Some neutral eyeshadows slightly darker than your skin
- Eyeshadow brushes
- A brown/black eyeliner
- Eyelash primer (optional)
- Spoolie or lash brush
- Eyelash curler
- Natural False eyelashes (optional)
- Nude or light pink lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm
- Setting spray
Natural make-up for the face
To begin, you’ll probably be relieved, and grateful, to hear the face isn’t a very complex or challenging element of the no-makeup makeup look. In fact, it’s most likely simpler than the routine you already use if you already apply makeup to your face as part of your daily routine.
The very first step is to start with a fresh, clean face after washing and applying all of your daily skincare products. These will vary depending on your own skin, but make sure to include a moisturizer riser to provide essential hydration and moisture as well as sunscreen to protect the face from sun damage.
Now, you can move onto priming the face, preferably using a radiant or hydrating primer to offer additional glow. Follow this by buffing a bronzer into the cheekbones and sides of the forehead to create natural depth and dimension before adding a bright, coral-toned blush to the cheekbones and a highlight to the high points on the face.
Moving onto the brows, many people choose to create a look which centres around them and celebrates the natural thickness and fluffiness of the brows. Whether your brows are bushy or thin, you can accentuate them in whichever way you want.
However, the current trend in makeup is fluffy brows, and the look is easy to recreate. Start by brushing up all of your brow hairs in a diagonal direction towards the outside of your face using a brush. Then, take a pencil if you’d like to fill in sparse areas by mimicking hair-like strokes as you thicken the brows.
Then, take either a brow gel or soap brow kit and use it to brush your brows up in the same direction as before. When you use the gel or soap like this, it is stronger, giving you more control, and will make the hairs stay that way all day.
Eyes are naturally many people’s favourite parts of the face, and everyone’s eyes are already beautiful. However, there are a few available techniques you can use to accentuate them.
Start by taking either an eyeshadow slightly darker than your natural skin tone, or the bronzer you used earlier, and use a fluffy blending brush to massage it into the crease, diffusing it out towards the edges or the eyelids.
Once you’re happy with the way you’ve contoured this, you can take an eyeliner, either in black or brown, and draw a very small flick on the outer portion of the eye, using it to continue the lash line and elongate the eye.
Then, take your eyelash curlers to add volume to your lashes and coat them in either black or brown mascara. If you’d like, you can also add a pair of dainty, fluttery false lashes here, to finish the look.
Now you’re on the home stretch, you can probably see the entire look coming together, and the only thing left is your lips. This is a very easy step, with very little complication.
All you need to do is start by applying a lip balm to soothe, nourish and hydrate your lips to keep them looking plump and fresh all day. Once you’ve done this, you can either leave them as they are, or apply another lip product on top. This should be neutral or a natural pink hue, and can be a gloss, lipstick, or any other product you like.
Finally, finish the look by sealing it with a setting spray.
Hopefully, now you feel confident to try the look yourself, and remember the entire process is experimental. You can adjust and change the technique to suit you and your personal style better or keep it just the same. And don’t feel demotivated if you’re unhappy with the result the first time, keep practicing in order to master the look!