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Sure, a full face of makeup is beautiful, but there are times when light makeup better fits the situation. Maybe you’re off running errands, having a seriously good skin day, or don’t want your makeup look to melt away in the heat. Whatever the case, we’re here to let you know that doing light makeup is easy—you just need the right products and techniques! Ready to get the look? Read on for a step-by-step light makeup tutorial.
Creating a light makeup look starts with your skin care. Apply a moisturizer with SPF that will hydrate your skin while protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, which layers well under makeup.
Just because you’re doing a light makeup look, doesn’t mean you want to skip primer! Opt for one that has a hydrating formula that will feel light on your skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer.
Since you want to keep things light, a BB cream is the way to go when it comes to coverage. We love the L’Oréal Paris Magic By Studio Secrets Skin Beautifier BB Cream. Smooth it on with your fingers for light coverage.
If you find you’re really partial to foundation, just make sure to use one with a lightweight formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight.
For a light makeup look, you won’t want to layer on face makeup products like highlighter and bronzer. Still, to add a bit of color to your face, sweep a powder blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Summer Belle Makeup Blush Please!, onto your cheeks. This blush has a shimmering finish that will add a bit of glow to your look in lieu of wearing highlighter. Since you won’t be donning any other face makeup, you can also apply your blush along the hollows of your cheeks to define your cheekbones in place of bronzer.
While you don’t have to wear eyeshadow when rocking light makeup, a little bit of color on your lids can go a long way. Simply dust a thin layer of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in your color of choice onto your lids, making sure to blend into your crease.
Just as with eyeshadow, eyeliner isn’t a must. That said, if you can’t part ways with a bit of liner, opt for a pencil formula. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Bronze to tightline your upper lash line for an invisible eyeliner effect.
Of course, mascara is one product you can’t skip! Apply a washable formula that won’t feel heavy on your lashes, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. While you can totally rock a black hue, a brown shade is even more perfectly suited to your light makeup look.
When it comes to lip color, keep it sheer and subtle. Use a shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick line to give your pout a light dose of shiny color.
We’re almost done! Light makeup or not, we’re sure you’d like your look to last day and night. That’s where a setting spray comes in. To give your makeup a boost, look for one with a radiant finish that will complement your look, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist. Mist it over your complexion for a dewy glow. All done!
Now that you know how to do light makeup, perhaps you’d like to focus on a specific light makeup trend. To update your smoky eye with a trendy, lightweight twist, check out our article on How to Create a Sheer Smoky Eye.
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