[tfb username=’beauty_tonic’ count=’true’ lang=’en’ theme=’light’]If there’s one look that all make-up addicts should perfect, it’s the art of “no make-up” make-up. Skeptic people might say that we should just not put any make-up on if we don’t want to look like we are wearing make-up, but it is not only that. No make-up make-up is about having the confidence that comes from really polished, perfected make-up, whilst still looking natural and not over done.

Skin

– For a no makeup makeup look, I think it’s really important to make sure your skin is in good condition. Chances are you will be opting for lower coverage than usual, so imperfections are more likely to show. To make sure my skin is looking it’s best, I cleanse with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and use a good quality moisturizer every day. If you suffer from spots and blemishes, you might also like to use a spot treatment daily. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo works really well in order to control breakouts. Once a week I also like to use a facial scrub in order to remove any dead skin cells.

Base

Next it will be more important than ever to make sure your base products like foundation and concealer are a good match for your skin tone. If you struggle at finding a really good shade for your skin, never be afraid to chat to assistants at make-up counters, they can be really helpful. If you want to use a foundation but are really between two shades, I would recommend going for the lighter shade as it is much easier to add in color using bronzer and blusher than it is to tone down a darker shade.

– Alternatively, if you are fairly confident in your skin you might prefer to use a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. I like to use No. 7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser in the shade Fair. I apply this with my fingers as I find it is easier to really work it into the skin and achieve a nice even and polished finish. I then like to apply concealer to any slight blemishes and to cover the dark circles under my eyes. At the moment I am using Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light. You will then need to set your make-up with a good quality powder.

– At this stage you will next need to decide whether you want to use blusher and bronzer. There is no reason you shouldn’t use these for a no make-up look, providing you pick the right products. If you have very pale skin like me, you obviously need to be a little more careful than most. A great alternative to a bronzer is to take a face powder that is one or two shades darker than you would normally use and apply it to the areas where the sun would hit your face. This will set your make-up in the normal way but will also add a little hint of natural color.

Blusher wise, I like to use a cream blusher, like this MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in the shade Dolly, and blend it into the apples of my cheeks with a clean finger. This achieves a more natural finish than a lot of powder blushers do. Whichever type of blusher you decide to choose, be careful not to pick one with a lot of shimmer in it. You should also consider the color your skin usually flushes – would a pink or peach toned blusher look more natural on you?

Eyes

– When it comes to eyebrows, there’s nothing wrong with filling them in or making them darker, providing you do so in a subtle way. To achieve a no make-up look I would recommend using a brown eye-shadow rather than a pencil as it can give you a softer finish. You may then want to use an eye-shadow on your eyelids to make them pop and bring out the color in your eyes. If you do, pick a color which is just a shade darker than your skin tone so that it still looks natural.

– When picking an eyeliner for a no make-up look, I go for a brown pencil like the Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in “Birdy Song”. Pencil liners tend to be less harsh and more natural than liquid and gel liners, and using brown rather than black tends to add a higher degree of softness. Use mascara sparingly and choose one which adds length rather than volume, like the Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara mascara. There’s nothing natural looking about thick, clumped eyelashes!

 

Lipslips nude makeup

Finally, finish your look with a lip product. For this you could use a nude or pastel lipstick, a clear or slightly tinted lipgloss, or even just a slick of Vaseline. At the moment I like to use 17 Mirror Shine lipstick in the shade Camisole. This just adds the slightest hint of color and shine to the lips, whilst still looking very natural.

There we have it, those are my tips for perfecting the “no makeup makeup” look you are looking for. If you enjoyed reading this post, please support The Beauty Tonic, subscribe in our website or follow us on twitter.

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Nicole

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