Beauty article-shayan ahmed-the no makeup makeup look

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Written By: Shayan Ahmed

The simple “no makeup” makeup look is one of the makeup looks that we are seeing being worn for almost any and every occasion. This makeup look gives an innocent, fresh, and natural look to the person, and can be worn in the daytime or at night.  We have seen many models wearing this look on their leisure days and on the red carpet too, and it is a heavily used look in high-end fashion. 

Make skincare a priority

A solid skincare routine is a key to achieve a flawless no-makeup makeup look because having clean, and hydrated skin prevents makeup from looking too cakey and unnatural. 

Having a good diet that you can stick to on a daily basis will keep your skin healthier so that you do not need to add layers of makeup. And choosing the right products for your skin type is crucial to start your glowing skincare journey.

Also, you might hear this advice quite a lot “wash your face before applying makeup” but it is a really important step because it will rid your skin of any dirt and grime that has built up during the night or day.  

Product Recommendations:

La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

For moisturizer, we would recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel for dry skin (this version is also fragrance-free). 

For sunscreen, EltaMD UV Clear Face Sunscreen.  The good thing about this sunscreen is that it does not leave a white appearance on the skin and it also is super lightweight.

It is optional to use your primer

Primer is an important step for full face makeup, but not for more natural makeup looks unless you would like a little help with controlling oil. If your skin isn’t oily, then your skincare routine should build a perfect foundation for the rest of your no-makeup makeup products. 

Product Recommendations

For those with oily skin who want to make their skin less oily or shiny, we suggest applying the SMASHBOX COSMETICS Oil & Shine Control Primer

Don’t go crazy with the foundation

 Some people like to skip foundation with this look, while others go for a lighter foundation, it’s up to you!

 There are many alternatives to foundations out there if you still want some coverage but you don’t want to use something too heavy.

Here are some product recommendations for you:

 BB cream (beauty balm) is a great choice if you want a product that gives sheer coverage. This product usually combines primer, moisturizer, SPF, and light coverage in one formula. However, if you are Looking for a little more coverage, but still don’t want to use foundation then Try a CC cream. -the cc means color corrector- and is created to help with blotchiness, redness, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and dark spots; in another word, anything “color” related. 

Focus on the eyes

 In the same way as a foundation, concealers don’t always play a crucial role in this look. You can use it whenever you want to hide dark circles or blemishes. 

To look natural and effortless, it is a great trick to apply the same bronzer color on your eyelids.  Also, apply mascara, by brushing the lashes out to the side to create a cat-eye shape. 


L’Oreal Voluminous in Deep Violet. In contrast to the black mascara, this mascara’s color enhances your own so you appear naturally full and vibrant.

Add blush to your cheeks and lips

Even if you are going for the no-makeup look, it is essential to add blush to add some natural color to your cheeks. However, make sure to use a Cream Blush because Cream blush will blend into your skin with a more natural look than powder. Also, it will be easier to deal with it if you start off light, and then eventually build it up if you need to. Blush can even be used on your lips for a pop of color, for example, TOWER 28’s BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm can be used on both the cheeks and lips and it adds a natural color to them. 

Tinted lip balms are also a good addition to your no-makeup look. Colors like rose, baby pink, and berry are all top choices for my no-makeup look. Try to pick a color that aligns naturally with your lips. 

Let your brows be natural

For a no-makeup makeup look, brushing up the eyebrows makes the biggest difference.

To keep your eyebrows in place throughout the day, you can use brow gel or generic hair gel.  

BENEFIT COSMETICS gimme brow volumizing fiber gel is a tinted option for those who want to add fullness to their eyebrows.

Finish with setting spray

After you have done all the steps above. It is time to set your no-makeup makeup look with a setting spray that will leave the skin looking glowy and fresh, and that also makes your makeup last all day and night.  

These are our tips and recommendations for achieving a natural makeup  look with minor use of makeup. What makes you like or dislike this makeup look? Let us know in the comments.