It can often be difficult to compromise between enhancing your features with makeup and cutting down on makeup use for a more natural look. Luckily, you don’t always have to make a choice between using makeup and looking natural. In this comprehensive guide to the no-makeup makeup look, we’ll go over the best makeup options to get your low-key beauty fix!
For natural-looking face coverage, you’ll want to stay away from heavy liquid foundations and contouring products. Luckily, skipping heavy foundation products doesn’t mean you can’t cover up imperfections. Here are some lightweight products that can help you to even your skin tone:
100% Pure’s Bamboo Blur Powder: This pressed powder is designed to blur away your imperfections without sinking into your skin or becoming oily. Its key ingredient, bamboo silica, gives your skin a natural, silky finish. We recommend blending this pressed powder into your skin with a kabuki brush to get maximum coverage with minimum obviousness. ($40)
Juice Beauty’s PHYTO-PIGMENTS Flawless Serum Foundation: This cult favorite is a cross between a serum and traditional foundation–so it nourishes your skin with key nutrients while delivering lightweight coverage. It’s an anti-aging serum, a perfecting foundation, and a radiance booster all in one! We recommend blending a serum foundation into your skin using a makeup sponge or a wide, tightly-bristled brush. ($44)
Dermalogica’s Hydrablur Primer: You can also use a primer to cover up imperfections and even out your skin tone. This primer is an excellent multi-tasker, as it hydrates your skin while mattifying and perfecting. It’s a great option for anyone who is prone to oily skin. And the best part is, all you have to do is blend the primer into your skin using a brush, a sponge, or your fingers! ($48)
Sappho Beauty’s Concealer: If you want to make the switch to a more lightweight face coverage product, but you need more help covering up imperfections, try using a high-impact concealer like this one from Sappho Beauty. Just apply your all-over face coverage product, then follow up with concealer in whichever spots need extra love. ($32)
When it comes to no-makeup makeup for the eyes, we recommend keeping it simple. While eyeliner and eyeshadow can make your eyes pop, these products tend to give you more of a bold look. If you want to keep it natural, stick to products like the ones below:
e.l.f Cosmetics’ Clear Brow and Lash Mascara: This clear mascara will condition your brows and lashes, lengthen them, and add a little shine. While black-pigmented mascaras tend to make your lashes stand out, this clear version will give them a boost that looks more natural. ($2)
Juice Beauty’s PHYTO-PIGMENTS Ultra-Natural Mascara: If you don’t want to compromise when it comes to mascara, opt for a product that uses natural pigments. This mascara from Juice Beauty also contains argan oil to strengthen and condition your lashes. To get the most natural mascara look possible, try using one coat of mascara, and zig-zagging the wand over your lashes to avoid clumping. ($24)
NARS Cosmetics’ Vanilla Radiant Creamy Concealer: Try brightening your under-eye area with a dab of concealer to make your eyes pop without resorting to noticeable eyeshadow. This cream concealer’s wand applicator makes it perfect for swiping under the eyes. ($30)
Makeup for cheeks and cheekbones
Bronzers and blushes can often make it obvious that you’re wearing makeup, even when they’re properly blended in. To highlight your cheekbones and add a little extra radiance to your skin, we recommend using a light shimmer product like Sappho Beauty’s Chiaroscuro Shimmer ($32) or a sheer luminizer like RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer ($38).
Camille Bond is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has interned in the film industry and the publishing industry, as well as for a political campaign. When it comes to the world of beauty and wellness, she loves researching natural skincare brands, concocting DIY recipes, and discovering new mediation techniques!