More often than not, the biggest criteria for judging one's makeup skills, is the extent to which it looks like they have no makeup at all. Talk about irony! Keeping the occasional glam faces aside, visit any celebrity's Instagram page, and you're bound to be greeted by what has been the biggest makeup trend in recent years. And that's the no makeup makeup look. The idea here, is to look like an off-duty model, casually springing your "naturally" flawless beauty, onto unsuspecting strangers. But we all know, celebrity or not, nobody's skin looks like it's been airbrushed by God.
But the idea behind what sounds like a contradiction in this makeup trend, is simple. Cover up the parts you aren't particularly confident about, while accentuating your best features. And all of this, while sticking to products and techniques, that leave you with a look closest to how your face naturally looks. Which means, no winged eyeliner, full coverage foundation or bright eyeshadows. It's not hard to see why this can be a tricky feat to conquer.
So to help you channel your makeup skills and put your best seemingly bare face forward, here are 7 proven makeup hacks, for the perfect no makeup makeup look.
1. Prep & Prime Your Skin
The most important part here is to prep your skin for a natural, dewy radiance. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin thoroughly as the first step of your no makeup makeup look. Slapping on a hydrating face mask can also make your skin look naturally supple, and immensely moisturised. For the perfect base in the case of this makeup look, you need to first get your skin in its best possible shape with a dedicated skin prepping routine. Follow this up by applying primer to further accentuate your glow.
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2. Conceal Cleverly
Foundation is easier to detect, concealer not so much. So make use of a light concealer, in clever ways. Instead of slathering liquid concealer on your entire face, use a light concealing stick to cover up blemishes, dark circles, and spots that you want to reduce in appearance. You can also put on some BB skin for a flawless, base look that doesn't look overdone, or for that matter, done at all.
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3. Stick To Creamy Products And Avoid Matte
Matte makeup products leave you with a texture, that's a far departure from how our skin looks without any makeup. Makeup with a cream base, on the other hand, blends into your natural skin more easily without leaving an evident surface layer of beauty products. However, creamy makeup can also augment oily skin, so be sure to pick what's more suited to your skin type.
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4. Whip Out A Brow Pencil
One of the most prominent features in a no makeup makeup look, has to be a set of bushy, natural eyebrows. So use an eyebrow pencil in a shade that matches the colour of your natural eyebrows, and avoid making clear defined lines to shape your brows. Instead, fill out gaps if any, and lightly run the pencil over to make your eyebrows look shapely, yet untouched by any makeup products whatsoever.
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5. Pick A Cream Blush That Complements Your Skin Tone
Powder blush is again, easier to spot. But dabbling on some creamy blush onto the apples of your cheek and the bridge of your nose, will make your face look naturally flushed and glowy. When you're picking out the shade of your cream blush, be sure to go with one that complements your natural skin tone. For most Indian complexions, a nude-ish rose or a soft peach would work the best.
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6. Apply A Layer Of Light Mascara
You don't want spidery, thick lashes because that's a far cry from how they look without any makeup products. So instead of picking a dark, curling mascara, opt for a lighter or transparent mascara that also volumizes your eyelashes. You want to apply just one layer, because mascara tends to clump together when you put it on more than once, which will hinder your almost perfect no makeup makeup look.
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7. Go For A Highlighter With A Clear Base
This makeup trend, is all about that glow. But there's nothing natural-looking about your traditional shimmery highlight powder. One with a cream and clear base, on the other hand, can really make your face pop without making it seem like you went overboard with the palette. Again, because a cream base will blend more easily, you won't have to worry about the texture. Just take some onto your fingers or a beauty blender, and lightly brush across the high points of your cheekbones.
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8. Tinted Lipbalm Will Seal The Deal
When it comes to finishing off your look with a lip product, we'd recommend going the lip balm way. Even the nudest of lipsticks look like you have a product on, so a tinted lip balm is a better bet in the no makeup makeup look. You can also opt for a creamy gloss, that gives your pout a natural shine, and dab on very little lipstick for adding some shade.
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Don't lash out, throw a little shade instead!