Putting on makeup to appear like you're wearing no makeup? Sounds a little counterproductive, right? Wrong. Any girl with uneven skin tone, sunspots or blemishes knows the power of this simple, natural look, and if you don't, it's time to learn! "The 'no makeup' makeup look is all about enhancing and correcting features," says Stila Pro Artist Sarah Lucero.
Since this look is achieved with a neutral palette, it's ideal for all skin tones. With neutral tones you can contour eyes or cheeks to add depth. "You want to create shape and structure for an enhanced natural look, and you want to keep your features balanced," says Lucero. Follow Lucero's step-by-step instructions to get the "no makeup" look just right.
Step 1: Start Flawlessly
The secret to achieving the "no makeup" look is to start with a flawless complexion. Tone down skin's redness factor with a tinted moisturizer to give your complexion a smooth, clean appearance.
Step 2: Add a Flush
Next, you want to give your skin a healthy, subtle glow. If you apply a neutral-toned blush or translucent tint, like
Stila Convertible Color in Camellia, you can use it in the hollow of cheeks to contour, or pop it on the apples of cheeks for a bronzed-babe glow.
Step 3: Make Eyes Pop
To perfect this look, you'll want to enhance the shape and structure of your eyes. Start by evening out the tone of your eyelid with a swipe of nude color. Try Benefit Cosmetics' Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Busy Signal.
Next, apply a nude or taupe eyeliner such as Stila Smudge Stick in Moray. Follow your natural lash line and add a soft lift to extend the line, creating a sultry shape. You can easily blend the pencil into the lid for a softer look. This liner will stay on and will not budge or smudge during the day.
Step 4: A Clear Kiss
Use a sheer gloss such as Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm for a quick swipe of subtle color and shine on your pout. Select a hue that closely matches your natural lip color to create a monochromatic makeup look.