Skin Care Concerns

12 Ways to Look Good with No Makeup

When celebrities go bare-faced and share a no-makeup selfie, it sparks a trend. And in this case—unlike wacky baby names and trucker hats—it may be a celebrity trend worth partaking in. At least from time-to-time, it can be beneficial to your skin to take a break from concealerfoundation, and the like. The trick is to still look good when you aren’t wearing makeup. While there’s no question that you’re beautiful au naturale, you may be curious as to how to look pretty without makeup. Whether you plan to take a no-makeup selfie yourself or simply want to give your face a break from primer and powder on a lazy Sunday, here are 10 tips for looking your best makeup-free.

NO MAKEUP TIP #1. DRINK WATER

Our first tip for going makeup-free is to start your day with a glass of water and keep sipping throughout the day. According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, having more water in one’s regular diet can have a positive impact on skin. So, drink up!

NO MAKEUP TIP #2. PLAN MEALS WITH YOUR SKIN IN MIND

The right diet can boost your natural glow and help keep skin looking hydrated and bright. The American Academy of Dermatology shares that an overall healthy diet—such as nutrient-rich whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats—is good for your whole body, which includes your skin. Work these into your daily diet to reap the benefits on those days when you want to take a naturally radiant-looking no-makeup selfie.

NO MAKEUP TIP #3. EXERCISE BEFORE HEADING OUT

Bring a natural glow to your skin by getting your blood pumping. According to the Cleveland Clinic, cardio can benefit your skin by increasing circulation, leading to healthier skin. Jump rope, go for a jog around the block, or hop on the elliptical before running errands or meeting up with friends. Your elevated heart rate and increased blood circulation will bring subtle color and oxygen to your skin, helping you to look awake and fresh-faced without any makeup.

NO MAKEUP TIP #4. CLEANSE YOUR SKIN

Clean skin is the best base for looking your most beautiful without makeup. Try using micellar water, which is a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option, to get clean. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types or L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal To Oily Skin.

NO MAKEUP TIP #5: COMBAT DARK CIRCLES

Have dark under-eyes? We get that you can’t always avoid lack of sleep, but you can avoid dark circles! Dab the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener around your eye area. The unique whipped texture is formulated with imperial peony to reduce the look of dark circles and visibly brighten skin around the eye area.

NO MAKEUP TIP #6. APPLY MOISTURIZER AS A HIGHLIGHTER

While using highlighter is off-limits, you can achieve a similar effect by applying extra moisturizer or day cream to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and under your brow bone. This will help these key areas reflect light and help your skin attain a natural, lustrous glow. If you have mature skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal* Rosy Tone Moisturizer. This universally-flattering, daily moisturizing cream is enhanced with rosy pigments to instantly revive skin’s rosy tone, so you’ll be left with a healthy, rosy highlight.

NO MAKEUP TIP #7. DON’T SKIP SPF

Never spend a day outside—or indoors if you’ll be around a lot of windows—without applying sunscreen. Avoiding the possible damage that can occur to your skin, like premature aging, is worth adding an extra skin care step to your routine. Look for a moisturizer that’s formulated with broad-spectrum SPF and you won’t even need to tack on another step—you can moisturize and protect your skin all at once. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.

NO MAKEUP TIP #8. CURL YOUR EYELASHES

You can open up your eyes and help them look wider without having to swipe on mascara—as long as you have a lash curler. Gently crimp your lashes with the curler for an instant lash lift effect. Get a step-by-step tutorial in our article, How to Use an Eyelash Curler.

NO MAKEUP TIP #9. BRUSH YOUR BROWS

Bold brows are still a beauty staple at the moment—so don’t ignore them! Simply brushing through your brows to guide them into the shape you want can help your brows look perfectly put together without having to use a brow pencil or powder. So, grab your spoolie and brush away.

NO MAKEUP TIP #10. SMACK ON SOME LIP BALM

Cracked lips aren’t exactly pleasant, and when you do decide to wear makeup again, they’ll impede your lipstick application. Swipe on a hydrating balm to give your lips a dose of hydration. If you want to cheat on your no makeup look just a little, choose a tinted lip balm.

NO MAKEUP TIP #11. DAB FACIAL OIL

Apply facial oil as a last step to seal in moisture. This final step will also leave your complexion with a natural, healthy glow (and glowing skin is totally in right now). Head over to our article, How to Apply Facial Oil, for everything you need to know.

NO MAKEUP TIP #12: KEEP EXCESS OIL AT BAY

While glowing, dewy skin is totally on-trend, excess oil and shine is not so desirable. If you notice your complexion getting shiny throughout the day (or night), use a blotting paper or two to dab unwanted shine away. 

We hope these tips for going without makeup helped, but if you don’t think going completely makeup-free is for you, we have another option for you: You can also opt for a no makeup, makeup look. You’ll wear a little makeup, but it’ll look like you’re wearing none at all! Read our article, How To Rock The No Makeup, Makeup Look: The Complete Tutorial, for a step-by-step tutorial.