5 secrets to nailing ‘no makeup’ makeup

No makeup makeup

How to perfect ‘I woke up like this’ radiance

Beauty Crew Editor / May 04 2017

Despite the growing popularity of makeup trends like contouring, pencil technique, and graphic winged liner, it seems like the ‘no makeup’ makeup trend isn’t going anywhere. 

Whether it’s for everyday wear or low-key weekend activities, the radiant ‘I woke up like this’ look appeals to women all around the world for its natural-yet-polished result. 

And while the effect is certainly minimalist, to get that glowing finish it pays to know a few tricks to master the look.


Add vitamin C to your skin care routine

A brighter, more even-toned complexion starts with your skin, so look to incorporate vitamin C into your routine to help tackle any dullness and pigmentation, and brighten up your skin. Apply a few drops of Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate to your face after your cleanser and before your moisturiser to get your daily fix of vitamin C.


Pick a glow-enhancing base

‘No makeup’ makeup is all about ditching those heavy foundations and opting for lightweight coverage that leaves your skin even and glowing. Apply a base of Garnier BB Cream Nude – exactly as you would your moisturiser – and watch as the tiny little capsules (technically, micro-encapsulated mineral pigments) burst and adjust to your skin tone, leaving your complexion with a gorgeous healthy and natural glow. The beauty of the self-adjusting formula means the result is totally natural, and it’ll feel like you’re not wearing any makeup at all while also allowing your skin to breath.

Garnier Skin Active BB Cream Nude Effect
TOP TIP: Garnier BB Cream Nude is a handy little multitasker, too. One application means you’ve covered off moisturiser, corrector, light foundation, all with SPF 15.


Make use of colour correctors

While Garnier BB Cream Nude does work to correct your skin tone, if you do need some extra help with redness and dark circles, start your makeup look with colour correcting concealers to tackle any unwanted tones. Keep a handy colour correcting concealer palette like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette in your kit – peach concealer can help neutralise any dark tones under your eyes, while a green concealer can help hide redness.


Add a natural flush to your cheeks and lips

To give your ‘no makeup’ makeup a naturally warm finish, apply a cream blush, like NYX Rouge Cream Blush, to the apples of your cheeks and over your lips. A soft flush of pink paired with the dewy finish of the cream formula will leave you with rosy cheeks that don’t look too overdone, and lips that look like yours, just a little better.


Define your lashes and brows

For a polished finish that doesn’t look like you’re adding too much drama to your look, add a few coats of brown mascara to your lashes (we like Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara), and swipe some brow gel, like Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, through your eyebrows to add colour and subtle definition.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.