Fresh-faced and looking like you put minimal effort into your beauty routine is my favorite look to create! The “no makeup” makeup look is perfect for any time, but I especially love it for work. It helps you look put together and your best without looking like you spent hours getting there! Truly the best of both worlds. I’m sharing the steps I take and the products I use to create my own “no makeup” look.
Best Products for That “No Makeup” Makeup Look
Best Products for a “No Make-Up” Make-Up Look
Prepare Your Skin
Over the years, my morning skincare routine has looked mostly the same. I started in the spring of 2020 only cleaning with water when I woke up and think my skin has benefitted from doing so. Feel free to try it for yourself! If you would like to cleanse your skin with more than water, these are a few of my favorite products to use.
Regardless of whether you are wearing makeup or not, SPF should always be part of your morning routine! I like a lightweight one that you can even forget you’re wearing at times. These are a few tried and true favorites of mine.
Prime Your Skin
Tula Filter Primer Blurring & Moisturizing Primer
Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Oil-Free Primer
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Primer
Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Face Makeup Primer
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
Priming your skin for the products you will be using is key. The primer helps fill in pores and uneven areas in the skin. This will help your makeup go on more smoothly, making the result much more flawless! There are many different types of primers on the market. Here are some I have used myself.
Even Out Your Skin Tone
This is the part of the “no makeup” routine that really gives you that look you are going for. A BB Cream, CC Cream, or Tinted Moisturizer is more lightweight than a foundation. It will still offer some coverage but does not cover your face as heavily. Some of these even have built-in SPF! I still will apply my regular SPF and think of the added SPF as an extra layer of protection. I prefer to apply these products with a damp sponge or beauty blender to even out your skin tone. This will allow it to blend effortlessly into your skin. These are the products I have found that work the best and stay on the longest.
Conceal Problem Areas
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial Strength Full Coverage Cream Concealer
L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer
You can skip this step if you do not have any problem areas you would like to conceal. I think most people have undereye areas that need a little brightening—especially us tired moms. Use a concealer to help you at least appear well-rested! This is also the time to cover any blemishes or anything else you would like to. I like to blend my concealer in using a damp beauty sponge. These are some of the concealing products in various price ranges that I have found work well.
Add A Little Glow
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer
bareMinerals Warmth All Over Face Color Bronzer
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer
e.l.f. Cosmetics Bronzer Palette
e.l.f. Cosmetics Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette
A dash of bronzer and blush goes a long way in helping you obtain a bit of glow! Add the bronzer to the cheek and outer areas of the face lightly. Use blush to highlight the cheekbone. Here are various bronzers and blushes I have used that will give you a nice glow.
Tame Your Brows
This step could be as simple as combing through your eyebrows. Often, this is what I do since mine do not need a lot of extra help. Sometimes I use a clear brow gel to keep the hairs in place. I also do use a tinted brow gel when I want to even them up a bit more! These are my favorite brow gels.
Accentuate Your Eyes
L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer
L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Volumizing Mascara
L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara
L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Full 'N Soft Waterproof Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara
I do not do eyeliner or eyeshadow for my “no makeup” look to keep it a bit more natural-looking. Instead, I curl my eyelashes, add a lash primer, and then mascara to accentuate the eye area. Mascaras are one of my favorite beauty products, so I have done a lot of research in this area. Do not skip the curling or primer, and remember, a good mascara does not have to be expensive! Here are my favorite products to give your lashes a flirty vibe.
Add A Neutral Lip
Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair Balm
NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Lip Pencil
NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Lipstick
NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Smooth Matte Liquid Lipstick - 16hr Longwear
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream Lightweight Liquid Lipstick
When doing a “no makeup” look on myself, I typically do not add anything to my lips. At most, I will do a little Aquaphor. However, when I do add a lip color, I like to go with a matte lipstick since they are more long-lasting. I suggest penciling in your lip before applying your lip product to help it look its very best! I would select a very neutral color that compliments your skin tone. Here are my favorite lip products to get the best pout possible.
Lock It In For The Day
Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist
NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Vegan Formula
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder
This is such an important step if you need your makeup to last for several hours. I always spray my face as soon as I have finished applying all my products. I like to spray it in a “T” followed by an “X.” Be careful not to spray too much or it will have the opposite effect on your makeup. Here are the setting sprays I suggest to lock in your look.
Having some go-to products for that “no makeup” look will make it easier for you to feel beautiful without worrying so much about putting on a full face of makeup! Which of these products do you love? Are there some you’d add to our list?
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