Getting glammed up and playing with bright colors is always fun. It's a great way to express your creativity and individuality. You'll never run out of glam makeup inspiration to try since social media is crawling with all sorts of trends.
Of course, no one really has the time to follow the latest cut-crease craze or the sultry smoky eye every single day. You probably only have a few minutes to spare before that short-notice Zoom meeting starts. A neon eye look isn't exactly appropriate makeup for video conferences with your boss or clients. There is a suitable occasion for that bold makeup look.
Makeup trends also come and go. What's considered "hot" today may be tacky in a few months. But if there's one makeup trend that stood the test of time and served you well on any occasion, it's the no-makeup makeup look. It focuses on enhancing your natural beauty, giving you a radiant and youthful look that's effortless. Plus, you can do it in a few minutes.
No-makeup makeup is truly more than a trend. Knowing how to achieve a low-key and casual look is a technique that makeup lovers need in their arsenal—and you can achieve it with these basic steps.
1. Prep with a good moisturizer and primer
Primers and moisturizers are particularly crucial for a natural makeup look, which emphasizes healthy-looking skin. Having a good moisturizer can help your skin stay hydrated, minimize dry, flaky complexion, and keep breakouts at bay for that radiant glow.
Meanwhile, a reliable primer can even out texture and help your skin hold on to your makeup longer. It can smoothen out your skin to ensure that you'll be working with an even base.
Apply a small amount of moisturizer after cleansing your face and wait a few minutes for it to set in. Then, apply the primer using your fingers and blend it from the nose and outwards towards the rest of your face.
2. Pick the right foundation for your skin
Acing your base is a fundamental part of no-makeup makeup, so picking the right foundation for your skin tone is just as crucial as priming. Many beauty experts recommend choosing a foundation that is typically two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. This allows the rest of your makeup to blend in more naturally to match the rest of your skin.
Maybelline's Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
To achieve a natural makeup look, dab a bit of the lightweight matte foundation under your eyes, on your chin, nose, and the center of your forehead. Blend it all out with a blending sponge or brush to ensure even application and set it with your face powder.
If you are unsure with what shade of foundation suits you best, Maybelline's foundation shade finder can help you.
3. Conceal the unwanted
To perfect your base for flawless no-makeup makeup, grab your trusty concealer. Concealers like the Fit Me Concealer and Instant Age Rewind Eraser can effectively hide red spots and dark circles around your eyes without looking cakey. You can also use these products to highlight and brighten specific points of your face.
Use the tip of a sponge to apply small dots of concealer under your eyes and over any spots you want to hide. Be careful not to apply too much that it creases in your makeup later on.
4. Make your eyes pop
eyes are the windows to the soul, and what better way to highlight these windows than with good mascara! This simple product can quickly draw more attention to your eyes by lengthening and intensifying your natural lashes.
Before applying mascara, don't forget to curl your eyelashes for a more dramatic effect. When applying, start with one or two coats from the base going upward and wait for it to dry.
Maybelline’s Hypercurl Waterproof Mascara can help you achieve that bright-eyed look plus more. It can also help thicken your eyelashes and make your eyes pop even more.
Meanwhile, the Define and Blend Brow Pencil can give you that naturally defined brows without looking too drawn in. Thanks to its slim angled tip, you can draw hair-like strokes to make it look feathery and real.
5. Finishing touches with multipurpose products
Multipurpose makeup products are not only heaven-sent for when you're in a hurry; it's also perfect for no-makeup makeup. Since it's one product, it can tie in your whole no-makeup makeup look with just one shade. A great example is the Sensational Liquid Matte.
With the Sensational Liquid Matte, you've got eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick to help you complete your natural makeup.
To use the Sensational Liquid Matte as an eyeshadow, apply a small amount of product onto your eyelid and blend it out until it fades nicely with your foundation. You can also do the same when using it as a blush.
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Perfecting the no-makeup makeup look can be effortless with the right products and basic makeup tutorials to guide you. Just remember, the core principle of no-makeup makeup is that it should complement and highlight your best features as naturally as possible through makeup.
Having products that work best for your complexion can go a long way in making you feel your best self every day. From moisturizer to finishing touches, never be ashamed to share your beauty with the world!