Makeup Looks

How to Create a Natural Makeup Look

While we love a full face of makeup, it can be worth switching things up with natural makeup looks from time to time. A chic way to flaunt a flawless face without all the bold colors, these makeup looks offer a toned-down option for work or a pretty and soft alternative for your everyday makeup. If you’re looking for the middle ground between the no makeup, makeup look and a statement makeup trend—a natural makeup look is just what you need! Below, we’re sharing a few natural makeup tutorials, including natural eye makeup ideas, that will take your look to the next level. 

NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK #1: SOFT AND PRETTY

It’s time to give your colorful makeup a break and embrace a softer look. Great at highlighting your natural features, this look will become your go-to in no time. 

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR FACE

With any makeup look, it’s essential to use a makeup primer to even out your skin, prep for foundation, and make it last all day long. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer to give your skin an all-over natural glow.

STEP #2: CREATE FLAWLESS SKIN

Once you’ve applied your makeup primer, you want to create the impression of flawless skin, while at the same time not boasting the fact that you’re wearing a full face of makeup. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to give your skin medium, all-day coverage with a glowing finish.

STEP #3: DEFINE YOUR FEATURES

To continue with this natural makeup look, highlight and define your features. First, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and jawline to give your skin a sun-kissed look. Then, dip your blush brush in a neutral blush shade. Apply it to your cheekbones in a “C” and inverted “C” shape using a light hand. Finish this step by swiping the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks in Gold is Cold along your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and cupid’s bow for a warm, natural-looking highlight.

STEP #4: FILL IN YOUR BROWS

Nowadays, brows are essential for any makeup look—this one included. Of course, you won’t want to overdo it by creating “Instagram brows,” all you need to do is lightly fill in your arches. Brush the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara through your brows for a fuller appearance.

STEP #5: ADD A NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW SHADE

It’s time to give your eyes a natural pop! Start by applying a nude eye shadow shade all over your lid. We recommend using one of the neutral shades from the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette.

STEP #6: ADD SOME DEPTH TO YOUR EYES

Now that you have a base color in place, you can add some depth to your natural eye makeup look. Using the same palette mentioned above, apply a medium matte brown shade to the outer corner and crease. Build the color until it’s blended evenly. 

STEP #7: LINE YOUR EYES

Instead of opting for winged eyeliner, keep things simple with a thin line across your upper and lower lash lines. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Liner in Black.

STEP #8: COAT YOUR LASHES

Keep your lashes light and natural with a few coats of brown mascara. Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara in Black Brown for lashes with dramatic volume in a more natural shade.

STEP #9: APPLY YOUR LIPSTICK

To complete your natural makeup look, you’ll want to use a lip color that is not too far off from your natural lip. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Matte Lipstick in Matte-Caron or the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Shine Lipstick in Shining Peach.

Editor’s note: Pretty lip colors that closely match your natural lip hue have a name in the beauty industry: MLBB colors. Can you guess what that stands for? My Lips But Better!

STEP #10: SET YOUR MAKEUP

Now that your natural makeup look is complete, make sure you apply a setting spray to seal the deal! Spritz your face with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray for a “just-applied” natural makeup look that lasts and lasts.

NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK #2: BROWN SMOKEY EYE

Nothing says natural makeup like a brown smokey eye. Try out this popular natural look for a classic trend sans the dramatic color.

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR EYES

For an eye-centric look such as this one, priming your lids is a must. If you don’t have eye primer, reach for concealer and dab it onto your lids to create a smooth canvas for the shadow that is to come.

STEP #2: COLOR YOUR LIDS

Start by using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme and apply either of the two brown shades to your eyelids. 

STEP #3: ADD DIMENSION TO YOUR EYE

Using the same palette, apply the lightest shade to the inner corner of your eye and below the arch of your eyebrows. Deepen the color slightly with a fluffy brush and apply the darkest shade of the same palette to your crease. Be sure to buff it out evenly.

STEP #4: APPLY EYELINER

Create a natural eyeliner effect using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Liner in Ivy on your upper and lower lash line. With a small flat top brush, lightly smudge the eyeliner for a seamless, more natural-looking result.

STEP #5: TIME FOR MASCARA

Show your lashes some love without giving them an overly bold finish with black-brown mascara. After a coat or two, your eyelashes will have a voluminous finish with a natural look.

STEP #6: TIME FOR FLAWLESS COVERAGE

Now that your natural eye makeup look is all set, you can focus on creating flawless face coverage to go with it. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Freshwear Foundation, Lightweight with a makeup sponge for a fresh, healthy complexion that lasts all day. 

STEP #7: DEFINE YOUR FEATURES

Define your features with the help of a radiant bronzer. Just like we mentioned above, apply the bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, your jawline, and your temples to warm up your look a bit. Lightly apply a neutral blush to your cheekbones, then top things off with the L’Oréal Paris Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter in Rose Quartz on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. Use a light hand for a natural glow. 

STEP #8: COLOR YOUR POUT

Finish up your makeup look with a lipstick that closely matches your natural lip color. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Dose of Cocoa or the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Saucy Mauve.

STEP #9: LOCK YOUR MAKEUP IN PLACE

Top off your look with a few spritzes of makeup setting spray for all-day staying power. 

NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK #3: NUDE AND PINK

Opting for a soft pink makeup look? Always a good choice! For a look that can flawlessly go from AM to PM, this one is a must-try!

STEP #1: USE EYE PRIMER

As always, you should start with eye primer to extend the life of your makeup look.

STEP #2: APPLY A NUDE SHADE TO YOUR LIDS

To really bring this natural pink look to life, start with a nude shade. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Intense, picking up the lightest nude shadow on your brush. Buff all over your eyelids for an even blend.

STEP #3: BUILD THE INTENSITY—JUST A LITTLE

With a flat-top shadow brush, apply the palette’s pinky-nude shade on your eyelid below the crease. Build the color for an even, seamless look.

STEP #4: VOLUMIZE YOUR LASHES

Coat your eyelashes with brown mascara for a natural finish.

STEP #5: EVEN YOUR SKIN TONE

Apply a glowing foundation to give your skin a radiant appearance without the need for a highlighter.

STEP #6: ADD SOME DEFINITION TO YOUR LOOK

Apply bronzer lightly to the hollows of your cheeks and jawline for a natural, sculpted contour. Blush it up with a warm pink or peach shade that has a subtle finish. 

STEP #7: SEAL THE DEAL

Go over your look with makeup setting spray to lock your natural makeup into place. 

NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK #4: BUTTERY BROWN EYE

Applying a soft brownish tint to your eyes is one of the easiest ways to enhance your natural eye makeup without looking like you’re wearing any shadow. It doesn’t get much easier than this look, so go ahead and give it a try.

STEP #1: PRIME, PRIME, PRIME

We can’t say it enough: Always prime your face to keep your makeup in place all day long.

STEP #2: ACHIEVE FLAWLESS SKIN

Use a lightweight foundation to cover your imperfections without looking like you’re wearing pounds of product. 

STEP #3: WARM UP YOUR FACE

With a light hand, apply a radiant bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, jawline, and temples to sculpt your face. Next, grab a blush brush and use a neutral blush shade to warm up your cheeks. 

STEP #4: AMP UP YOUR EYES

Apply a sheer brown shadow that’s slightly darker than your skin on the crease and lower lash line. Build and buff the color, so it lays seamlessly.

STEP #5: PAINT YOUR POUT

Complete your buttery brown natural makeup look with a shade that’s close to your natural lip color.

STEP #6: SET YOUR NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK

For the final step, mist a makeup setting spray over your face to allow your makeup to stay put. 

Want to achieve a makeup look that falls on the opposite side of the intensity spectrum? Check out our article, 8 Dramatic Eye Makeup Looks for Bold Eyes.