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Scrolling through our social media feeds these days makes one thing clear: The “no makeup, makeup” trend is alive and well—and it’s the must-follow look of the season. In fact, no makeup, makeup is the ultimate solution for naturally-looking dewy skin, bright eyes, and flushed cheeks. But while the end result looks pretty minimal, the process to get there requires a bit of hard work—but trust us, it’s worth it! Here’s how to master the no makeup, makeup technique from start to end. Let’s get started!
The key to a flawless-looking complexion? It all lies with how you prep your skin. So, cleanse your face, apply your serum—and then moisturize (yes, even if you have oily skin!) to maintain your beautiful glow. If you have oily skin, opt for a lightweight formula, while if you have dry skin, reach for one that’s a little richer. Got oily skin? Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, which has a matte finish. Got dry skin? Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, which can help skin look more luminous.
To create a flawlessly smooth canvas on which to apply your makeup, use primer first. Try the light-infusing L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.
The real basis of the no makeup, makeup trend is a natural-looking skin tone—which you can get by using foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, or BB cream. For a dewier finish, don’t use your fingers or a brush to apply it—grab a makeup sponge! Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. The rounded edges make application effortless. All you have to do is apply a small amount of foundation to the blender and use dabbing and rolling motions to blend it onto your skin.
Next, use concealer on any areas you want a little extra coverage, like under your eyes, around your nose, or any blemishes you might have. Just like you did with your foundation, apply your concealer with a makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender.
Once you have your foundation and concealer applied, seal it in place with a setting powder to ensure that your fresh face stays put all day long.
Instead of sucking in your cheeks, create definition with bronzer and highlighter. Using an angled fan brush, warm up your skin tone with a swipe of bronzer on the hollow of your cheeks and around the outermost edges of your forehead. Follow this up by applying highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones. Just be sure to blend it all in so that there aren’t any harsh lines!
To achieve the appearance of perfectly pinched cheeks, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible PAINTS/BLUSH, which comes with four pretty pink shades. You can wear them alone or layer them for a custom hue.
Start by using an eye shadow primer to ensure your look lasts. Then, apply your eye shadow. Go for shades with a matte finish (no shimmer this time!), since they look the most natural. Finish things off with a coat of volumizing mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara. Place the brush at the base of your lashes, then gently sweep it up to the tip.
To keep in line with the natural look, a little grooming is all you need to do. Use a spoolie brush to comb your eyebrow hairs before filling them in with a soft creamy crayon, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender. Once you have the shape down pat, simply grab your spoolie and blend it all together.
With a swipe of nude lipstick—like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible PAINTS/LIPS in Nude Star—you’ll be set to conquer your day (and social media selfies) with the perfect no makeup, makeup look. Get it, girl!