Another little twist on my Five on Friday! As always, I am linking with the ladies at Carolina Charm, The Slaughters and September Farm . The irony of this post is not lost on me my friends. Using makeup to create a no makeup look sounds so silly. But at least 5 products for a no makeup look is a heck of a lot better than some YouTube tutorials I’ve seen with at least 15 products. But before we get started, a little real talk ok?
I like wearing makeup, I don’t feel like I always have to, but I like doing it. Just as there are people criticizing those who don’t wear makeup, there are always those who criticize those who do. Why can’t we all bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy? (#meangirlsforlife). But really people, everyone is free to do whatever the hell they want.
So now that my little rant is out of the way, I want to share some products I use for a no makeup look. This is truly a no makeup subtle look. I’m not even going to include blush or lip products in here since that would be a dead giveaway of makeup. It’s more of a I want to look decent but I don’t want people to realize I’m wearing makeup type look.
I’ll also include some product alternative since the intention is to share to look/technique, not so much the products.
Use a BB or CC cream to even out skin tone
This is really the most impactful step of the entire process. A product with a little bit of coverage will not only even out your skin and camouflage imperfections, but if you pick well, can also protect your skin from the sun.
I love the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. It has great coverage, 50+ SPF and I can just apply it with my fingers. It also doesn’t need to be set with powder and I have combination skin.
Other good options that would work and that I love are Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream ($39 & SPF 35), Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Cream ($36 & SPF 20) or Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream ($7.49 & SPF 30). I’ve used all of these at one point or another and I always apply BB cream with my hands. Just keep in mind that the Tarte and Maybelline ones have the least amount of coverage so they would be best if you don’t have a lot of imperfections you want to cover.
Use a tinted eye cream or light concealer
I usually don’t leave the house without at least a little coverage in my under eye area. And this miracle product should be called the no makeup eye cream because it’s extremely light but effective. First Aid Beauty’s Triple Eye remedy is a hybrid between an eye cream and a concealer. The cream has a peachy tint and really diminishes dark circles.
Unlike a regular concealer, I don’t need to set this with powder. I just squeeze a little drop, spread it with my ring finger and I am done. No brushes, sponges or powder required. Plus it doesn’t look like I am wearing any makeup.
Obviously the coverage of this isn’t like a full coverage concealer. But it’s just enough to brighten the under eye area and make you look awake.
I have yet to come across a dupe for this, but another light-weight concealer that would work is the Maybelline Age-Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. Just dab, dab, dab with your finger to really sheer it out.
Use a bronzer for definition
This is a tricky step. If you apply too much bronzer, or a very shimmery bronzer it will be a dead giveaway. But if you use a light hand to bronze under your cheekbones, along the jawline and on the sides of the forehead you can really give your face color and definition. Stay away from any dense brushes. Use a fluffy brush or a damp sponge.
You should also use the bronzer to define your eyes. Using a fluffy crease brush, blend a smidge of bronzer on your crease. It’s very subtle but makes a big difference.
Since we are going for subtle with this, I like to use the Elf Golden bronzer. There is no powder fall out with this and it’s not very pigmented. So even if you went ham with the bronzer, it would be hard to over do it. It’s also a satin finish so it leaves a very slight glow.
Line the upper inner rim of your eyes
Use a brown eye liner to line the upper inner rim of your eyes. But JUST the upper inner rims. This will help make your eyes pop a little more without being very obvious.
If you aren’t used to doing this, it will probably be really weird the first time you do it. Your eyes will probably water. Just make sure you are using a pencil that easily glides and doesn’t irritate your eyes.
If you are very fair/have light colored hair, you may want to use a taupe or light brown eye liner instead.
Fill your brows with a tinted brow gel
So you have a couple of options here with brows. If you really don’t have any brow hairs and need to use a pencil or pomade then go for it. I have tons of friends who will not be seen without their brows. I get it. You do you.
But, if you can skip the pencil, then use a tinted brow gels to fill in any sparse areas and keep the brows in place. A gel with tiny fibers would be best for this. I like the Essence Make Me Brow or Benefit’s Give Me Brow.
Lastly, if you have perfectly full and groomed brows and could skip any products, you could always do a very, very light coat of mascara to complete the look. I’ve found that this mascara in particular applies very thinly and naturally. If you make sure the wand doesn’t pick up a ton of product you could get away with a very natural look.
There you have it! What are your favorite products for a no makeup look?