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How to create the 'no-makeup' makeup look

Master the natural makeup look in 5 simple steps.

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How to create the 'no-makeup' makeup look.

The aim of this look is to make it seem like you’ve rolled out of bed like that. Nailing the no-makeup makeup look can be tricky as it’s easy to apply too much which defeats its purpose.

What do you need for the no makeup look?

Neutral coloured makeup and makeup brushes.

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Pick up the essentials and you can master the natural look anytime, anywhere.

- Moisturiser and SPF

- Primer

- Concealer if needed

- Foundation is optional

- Powder

- Mascara

- Eyebrow pencil

- Blusher or bronzer (your preference)

- Highlighter

- Lip balm

- Makeup brushes

Step-by-step tutorial

Woman holding moisturising.

Step 1: Prepping the skin

  • The key to this look is perfectly prepped skin, so before you even think of applying any makeup, you need to prep your skin.
  • Use a hydrating moisturiser with a couple of drops of Barry M Cosmetics Glass Gloss Illuminating Serum to create healthy radiance.
  • Make sure you massage the products into the skin. This will bring a fresh flow of blood to the surface creating a youthful, plump glow.
  • Follow this with a primer to smooth the skin's surface for that perfect canvas.
Woman dabbing a makeup brush into face powder.

Step 2: Perfecting the imperfections

  • Only apply foundation or concealer to the areas that need it - we’d recommend the Rimmel Lasting Radiance concealer for its long-lasting formula, satin finish and buildable coverage.
  • Let the rest of your skin speak for itself, you’ve just beautifully prepped it after all!
  • Use a small, fluffy brush to buff a small amount of product into areas that are discoloured or blemished, such as under eyes.
  • Start off with less and build if required, remember, the product shouldn’t be visible on your face.
  • Finish with a powder if your skin can get oily. 
Woman applying mascara.

Step 3: Enhancing the eyes

  • Fill in gaps in the brows with a pencil, then use a gel to set.
  • Eyeshadow is optional, but if you like to wear it, keep it neutral. Opt for a shade that’s close to your skin tone, and depending on your preference, it can have a touch of shimmer. The Barry M Cosmetics In The Buff Browns palette have lovely shades for this look.
  • Use a small, fluffy brush, to buff the product over your eye lids, starting from the lash line and working up towards the socket.
  • Then finish with a coat or two of mascara.
Woman using a blusher brush to apply blusher onto her cheek.

Step 4: Cheek technique

  • Think about where you naturally flush after exercise and focus the product there - this is typically the apple of the cheeks.
  • Using a soft blusher brush, do a cheeky grin and pop blusher there, sweeping up and out towards the top of the ear.
  • Adding some highlighter to your cheek bones gives extra luminosity to the skin.
  • And a bit of bronzer in the areas where the sun naturally tans you is a nice extra too. Think around the hairline and across the nose.
Head shot of woman with natural makeup.

Step 5: Last but not least, lips

  • Keep your lips hydrated and healthy with a tinted lip balm that adds a hint of colour but is lower maintenance than a lippy.
  • Remember to exfoliate a couple of times a week to rid of any flakiness for a polished pout.

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Removing your makeup

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Feel fresh faced

An important part of super smooth skin is ensuring you thoroughly remove all makeup from your face. Use soft cotton pads or reusable face cloths with a gentle makeup remover like micellar water. Wash your face with cleanser, pat dry and complete with a toner...beautiful.

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