Makeup is a great tool to enhance your natural beauty, but no one has to know you’re faking that glow. So, keep on reading for the 8 “no-makeup” tricks to look naturally gorgeous.
- Start by exfoliating.
To give you that natural glow, you must get your skin bare so it will be easier to get gorgeous skin without caking on makeup. You may start with an exfoliating treatment to buff off any dead skin. “If you get off the dry skin, you get that smooth surface for when you apply makeup,” says Hannah Baylog, lead makeup artist trainer in Dallas.
- Moisturize to give you a hydrated looking skin.
Start with a toner or rose water, then, add a lightweight moisturizer preferably with hyaluronic acid that tend to be great for all skin types. “No-makeup makeup is all about the skin, so it’s very important to have very hydrated-looking skin,” says makeup artist and hair stylist Mariah Jere.
- Prime your skin.
Applying a primer before makeup will help your makeup last longer while keeping everything smooth and natural-looking. “Primers have different purposes depending on the formulation,” says Jere. “The variety of primer depends on the skin type and what you want the end results to be.” Just know your skin type, then, decide which primer can serve you well. Some are smoothing, oil-controlling, or color-correcting that can be the best for your needs.
- Pick the right foundation or tinted moisturizer.
Tinted moisturizer gives you a lighter coverage than traditional foundation, letting your natural glow shine through. If you’re aiming for a natural look, opt for light to medium coverage to fake flawless skin. However, if you need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, go for a water-based foundation, which will give you a barely-there feel while evening your skin tone. “Water-based formulas tend to be more long-lasting while still looking dewy instead of matte and heavy,” Jere says. On the other hand, oil-based ones can sit on the skin and separate more.
- Use beauty tools designed to blend.
If you usually use your fingers to blend your makeup, then you’re doing it wrong. Harsh lines will make it obvious that you’re wearing makeup. Using the beauty tools designed to blend will keep your makeup from looking thick and cakey. Also, that will give you an airbrushed look without looking heavy or painted-looking.
- Define with bronzer or add a natural flush with a blush.
If you’re using foundation, you mute the natural color you’d have in your cheeks with a flesh-toned base, so bring back that natural flush with a blush. If the color is too heavy, press a sponge against the pigment to take off the excess while leaving on the light glow you want. Also, a cream-based bronzer just a couple shades lighter than your natural skin tone will let you emphasize your natural shadows without creating a heavy contour. Just blend it into your jaw, temple, and over your cheekbones to get a natural look.
- Never skip your brows and give your lashes some definition.
Eyebrows frame the eyes and complete the facial look. So, stay away from sharp angles and arches and stick to natural looking eyebrow gel or powder. Also, give your lashes definition with an eyelash curler so you look naturally bright-eyed, even without makeup. Though false eyelashes effect is on trend, mascaras with a thin, comb-like brush will look more natural. Just find lengthening mascara that uses natural fibers, which won’t look as heavy as a volumizing or waterproof formula.
- Start fresh and end fresh.
“Spray with toner at the end to give that fresh-faced look,” says Jere. “It gives that glow-from-within look and hydrates the skin.” You may also think of rosewater spray or a setting spray to polish your overall look. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to fake a glowing skin and you’ll look naturally gorgeous.