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How to Nail the ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look Like a Pro

By Ellie Child -
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‘No makeup’ makeup has been gracing the SS19 catwalks, serving us dewy, blushy, au naturelle goodness that has us reaching for the makeup wipes and going barefaced. Except when we remove all traces of makeup, we aren’t looking at a clear, glowing complexion that is reminiscent of those “I just woke up” selfies on Instagram. Instead – if you’re anything like me – you’ll have a slightly pasty, rosy-cheeked, unkempt reflection staring back you with dark circles that give away the fact you only had five hours sleep last night. Yeaah, we’re (unfortunately) not seeing that on the runway.

With that in mind, we were wondering how one may achieve this natural-looking flawlessness. Well, besides layering on the airbrushing and filters, there are a few tricks of the trade that enable you to pull of a naturally perfect complexion. So, say goodbye to the full coverage foundations, glittery eyeshadows and high pigment blushers (for now) because we’re stripping things back to basics.

Tone your way to beautiful skin

To get a long-lasting healthy sheen, you’re going to need more than just a glow-inducing primer. Clear, fresh-looking skin is the key to achieving a successful 'no-makeup' makeup look, which is why skin care is a key step in this ritual. Get skin looking preppy and perky with the cult-loved Pixi Glow Tonic which buffs away dead skin to reveal a visibly brighter complexion.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

£10.00
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Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Skin should both look and feel naturally beautified, which is why it’s so important to provide your complexion with long-lasting hydration. With the correct moisturiser, the appearance of fine lines and flakiness can be successfully avoided, providing you with your best glow-up yet. We (and the internet) are obsessed with the MAC Strobe Cream as it adds a generous pop of hydration and glowy goodness that reflects light for a brighter-than-bright complexion.

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream

£25.00
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Prime

Okay, we’re nearly done with the skin prep now, we promise! Next up is priming. Want that dewy-yet-not-sweaty natural glow? Prime. Desperate for your look to stay in place all day? Prime. Fed up with creasing? PRIME. Get yourself a decent primer that has the ability to lock down your look and add that sun-reflecting glow. Our tried-and-tested favourite is the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Face Primer Colour. It's infused with micro-fine golden specs to add a soft, radiant look to all complexions and give you your brightest finish yet.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Face Primer Colour Corrector Blue

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Face Primer Colour Corrector Blue

£30.00
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Colour correct:

It’s all well and good applying a splash of sheer coverage foundation or BB cream, but it won’t get you very far if you don’t colour correct first. BB creams will give you a boost of warmth but won't cover up red spots or dark circles. What you need is to avoid using heavy-duty foundations and concealers whilst still maintaining a flawless complexion. The answer? A strong colour correcting palette. The Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette is your go-to weapon of choice for battling uneven skin tones. Mask away dark circles, redness and grey tones with the lightweight yet pigmented palette.

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

£26.00
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Add a sheer pop of warmth:

Now don’t get us wrong, we love a full coverage glam look. But to nail that fresh-faced visage you’re going to need a sheer pop of warm colour. Depending on how comfortable you are in your own skin, opt for a light-wearing BB cream. Their moisturising formulas not only keep skin looking peppy but also work to add an even amount of true-to-life colour that gives a healthy glow to paler, dulling complexions.

The Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35 is the perfect option for a sun-kissed finish that also boasts UV protection *adds three to the shopping cart*.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35

£32.00
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Glow up:

One thing you’ve probably noticed from all of these Pinterest photos is the unearthly, goddess-like glow each of these ladies has. The secret? A liquid highlighter. You’re already going to have that naturally dewy look from your skin care routine but to ramp it up a notch, add a super blendable highlighting formula for a natural glow. Our pals at Benefit have created the ultimate sun-kissed solution that highlights the best parts of your face without looking too full-on or OTT. Add the Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter into your routine for that post-holiday glow.

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter

£18.70
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Lashes and brows

Subtlety is key when it comes to ‘no makeup’ makeup. To save room in your makeup kit, try using either a brown or clear mascara that can be used on both your lashes and eyebrows. The aim is to define and enhance in a natural-looking way, which is why brown is a safer option than harsh blacks. The mascara gracing our kits is the blinc Mascara in shade Medium Brown.

blinc Mascara

blinc Mascara

£19.00
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Lipstick

We recommend sticking to hues similar to your natural lip colour, but it is still safe to go a shade darker or so for a little more of a statement look. Looking for the ideal bold nude? Explore the Mac lipstick range and get your hands on the – yep, you guessed it – Velvet Teddy shade. This sellout colour has earned its cult status as it beautifies and enhances your lip colour in the best way possible. If you need a little more help finding the perfect shade, check out our guide to The Best Nude Lipsticks for Every Skin Tone

MAC Little MAC Lipstick Trio

MAC Little MAC Lipstick Trio

£30.00
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Now you've found the perfect 'no makeup' makeup style, you're probably going to want to keep it in place. Read the ultimate guide on how to beat the midday makeup meltdown to keep your look on lock down.

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