The first thing many women think to themselves in the morning is God bless makeup, because even with the minimum amount of products, you can look gorgeous. You don’t have to spend an hour putting together the perfect maquillage every day, but you can look flawless with an easy-to-do no-makeup makeup look. This season, skin is in again, so forget about full coverage, and check out the quick tips that’ll help you get that effortlessly beautiful look in only a few steps.
Preparation is the key
Before applying any makeup product, you should prepare your face. Wash it and clean it thoroughly, and make sure there’s no residue from the previous makeup look. After washing your face, apply a hydrating serum or a face cream to make the skin supple, so that it will absorb the foundation much better. If you have enlarged pores, problems with texture or acne scars, a pore-minimizing primer is a must for you, before the foundation. It’ll smoothen the lines and give your face a much better base for the foundation.
Foundation first, then concealer
Once you’ve prepared your skin for makeup, the next thing you should do is correct all the imperfections. Blemishes, dark circles or veins on your face can look unflattering, so before you apply the foundation and concealer, make sure you use a colour corrector to even out the colours. Use a salmon or peach-toned corrector for blue dark circles, or a yellow-based one for purple hues. Green will neutralise the red spots, so use it to cover up blemishes.
After correcting all the imperfections, apply a lightweight foundation to even out your skin tone. Spot-treat imperfections with a long-wearing concealer and apply it around the nose and on the highest points of your face to give your face some highlight and make it look fresh. Use a shade close to your foundation, to avoid looking too bright in the areas you highlight.
Just a hint of blush/bronzer
For the no-makeup makeup look, you don’t need to contour your face, which is a time-saver. All you need for achieving that effortless glow and fresh-looking skin is a little bit of bronzer or blush. If you want that subtle sun-kissed glow, apply a hint of bronzer just under your cheekbones and blend it nicely with a fluffy brush. If you’re not a fan of bronzer, you can add colour and definition to your face with a hint of blush. Even when you’re going with minimal makeup, it’s good to add some colour to your cheeks.
Curl the lashes
To get those full, long and voluminous lashes, make sure you use a lash curler before you apply mascara. Forget about eyeliners and smoky eye smudging, and just go with your favourite mascara to get those gorgeously long and full lashes. To brighten up your eyes, use white or beige eye pencil on your lower waterline, or a little bit of highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes.
Add a bit of definition to the brows
Even though you’re going with minimal visage, you’ll still need to add some definition to your brows, but without making them look too drawn out. To keep your brows in place and add colour, use a tinted brow gel. It’ll also help you fill in bare spots and keep your look as natural as possible. However, a brow gel won’t help you if you have sparse brows, in which case you should turn to a brow powder, that’ll perfectly fill in all the blanks, without making your brows look too fake.
Perfect the pout
A full pout is every girl’s dream, and you can achieve it even with this effortless makeup look. One of the best ways to get natural-looking lips is to fill in your full lip with liner, go all the way up and over your outer lip line. If you want to make your lips look visually fuller, apply your mauve shade lipstick a little bit over the top of the lip line. Opt for creamier textures instead of matte lipsticks which show where your lips end and prevent you from creating that illusion of a fuller lip.
The best thing about makeup is that it can make you look like you’re not wearing it at all. If the no-makeup makeup look is what you wanted to try out, but didn’t know how to achieve it, follow the previously mentioned steps and you’ll look flawless without spending hours in front of the mirror.