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Managing to look like you aren’t wearing makeup when you’re really wearing a full face is no easy task. A no makeup, makeup look allows you to look like your style is effortless and natural, when in reality you’ve dedicated time and effort to perfecting your appearance. At its core, this contradictory-sounding style is all about perfecting the appearance of your skin, lengthening the look of your lashes, and grooming your brows. With the right products, you can do all of that—without looking like you’re wearing any makeup at all. Here are the eight steps you need to know to master the no makeup, makeup method.
There’s nothing natural-looking about a face that’s completely flat. Instead of making your skin look flawlessly matte, which can draw attention to dryness or lines, opt for a liquid foundation that can help give your complexion the appearance of a glow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. Use a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to apply, placing the foundation onto cheeks, forehead, and chin before blending outward.
A no makeup, makeup look isn’t meant to look entirely realistic, otherwise there would be no point to doing it at all. The idea is to find the balance between reality and perfection. Basically, you’ll want to cover up any blemishes or discolorations without being too obvious. So, apply a lightweight concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer, to hide imperfections, dabbing it on top of any problem areas and blending with a clean finger.
Real skin isn’t all one shade. Sweeping a sheer blush across your cheeks is an easy way to give your complexion a dose of youthful-looking color. Steer clear of powders, which can be far from subtle, and opt for a cream-formula instead. Reach for a duo-fiber brush to blend a soft peach or pink pigment onto the apples of your cheeks.
Painting a bold color across your lash line or winging out your eyeliner won’t serve you well in achieving a no makeup, makeup look—but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to lay off the eyeliner altogether. Go for an invisible eyeliner effect, using the tightlining technique. Take a super-smooth eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner, and carefully draw just below your upper lashes, directly on your waterline. This simple step can help make lashes look fuller—but no one will be able to pinpoint exactly why your lashes are suddenly so lush-looking.
Let’s be real—what’s a makeup look without a bit of mascara? Don’t go overboard though—a single coat should be enough to pull your no makeup, makeup look together without veering too far into dramatic makeup territory. Instead of sticking with your standard stark black shade, try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara in Black Brown for a subtler effect.
Neat, groomed eyebrows are an absolute must when it comes to no makeup, makeup. Seriously, they totally make the face. Start by brushing out your brows with a spoolie, then fill in any bare or sparse spots using the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Pencil. (If you’re in need of more brow-centric help, head on over to our article, Power Brows 101: How to Find the Best Brow Definer For Your Brow Shape.)
Don’t stray too far from the natural hue of your lips. Pick a lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, that’s just a shade brighter or deeper than your lips—also known as a “my lips but better” (MLBB) color—and carefully outline your lips with the tip of the pencil. Don’t stop there. Fill in your lips the rest of the way for even color. Skip lipstick, and put the finishing touch on your pout with a coat of sheer lip gloss from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss collection.
No one wants their makeup to stray throughout the day, which means you’ll need to set your look before it can truly be complete. Rather than using a setting powder, which can end up making your makeup appear cakey, a setting spray can help ensure your look lasts, without messing with the finish of your makeup. Close your eyes and spray the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray 4-6 times in an “X” and “T” motion, then, you’re all set!
Next, how about learning how to master a more dramatic makeup look? Here are 3 Mermaid-Inspired Makeup Looks to Try.