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How to Create the No Makeup Look 2010-05-18 08:00:00

Faking the "No Makeup" Look

Perfectly made-up girls who looked like they were almost bare-faced were all over the shows this season, with particularly gorgeous results at Ralph Lauren's Spring 2010 show. But as Pamela Anderson once said, "Natural beauty takes at least two hours," and let's face it: all those sweetly unmade runway faces were wearing plenty of cosmetics. Creating a makeup-free look is all about the products you choose and your technique, so to find out how you can get gorgeous results without looking like you're wearing anything at all, just keep reading.


  • Brown mascara and shimmery nude eye shadow are your best friends. The first enables you to put on several coats without looking like you're wearing anything, and the second opens and brightens your eyes without any visible color change.
  • For even more eye brightening, waterline the inner corners and rims of your lower lids with a shimmery nude eye pencil. It will make you look more alert and give you "sparklier" eyes.
  • Use a highlighting pen over your foundation to brighten your under eyes, play up your cheekbones, and clean up your brow bone area.
  • Pick a light-colored cream, gel, or mousse blush instead of a powder — you'll get plenty of pigment, but more sheer coverage. Plus, the shade will look more like a real flush than a blusher.
  • Pick a lipstick in a cream or semi-sheer formula that's pretty close to your natural lip hue. It will emphasize your lips and make them look fuller without looking done up.
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superslickgloss superslickgloss 6 years
The waterline is the small flap of skin that is closest to your eyes. If you gently push down right below your eye the flap will pop out and you can line it for super defined eyes. For the tightline you just have to pull up on your upper lid and line right on the flap of skin. This will create fuller lashes. Overall the tightline and waterline are essential because when you line them you can create a great look.
katieb82981 katieb82981 6 years
What does "waterline" mean? And can someone suggest a good highlighter? I've not yet found one that I'm happy with.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Anon, thanks for asking for clarification. These tips are universally applicable no matter your undertones or skin tone depth. When I say "nude" or "neutral", I mean shades that are close to your own skin tone, not the light beige that's often labeled "nude". I know it can be confusing because the term gets misappropriated a lot, and used to describe one specific, very light shade. For South Asian skin, there's incredible variation in skin tone and depth from person to person, but many South Asian women have a combination of golden and pink undertones, which means that a"no makeup" blush shade would specifically be a subtle coral or peach. You may, however, also have olive or blue undertones, so before you pick out a blush, you should find out what your personal undertones are. There's no one size fits all makeup for anyone.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Anon, thanks for asking for clarification. These tips are universally applicable no matter your undertones or skin tone depth. When I say "nude" or "neutral", I mean shades that are close to your own skin tone, not the light beige that's often labeled "nude". I know it can be confusing because the term gets misappropriated a lot, and used to describe one specific, very light shade. For South Asian skin, there's incredible variation in skin tone and depth from person to person, but many South Asian women have a combination of golden and pink undertones, which means that a"no makeup" blush shade would specifically be a subtle coral or peach. You may, however, also have olive or blue undertones, so before you pick out a blush, you should find out what your personal undertones are. There's no one size fits all makeup for anyone.
superslickgloss superslickgloss 6 years
I personally like to apply primer all over the face for natural radiance and dab a little concealer onto redness and dark circles. Then I layer a soft pink blush onto the apples of my cheeks, swirling it on with a powder blush. For eyes I tightline with a brown eyeliner which just fills out the lashes. I line my waterline with a champagne color, the only more obvious thing, because it brightens the eyes. Finally I curl my lashes and finish with Korres Lip Butter in any shade. It looks un-glossy and un-fussy, but manages to polish your look...
AtelierBeautyDOTCOM AtelierBeautyDOTCOM 6 years
Great tip, will def. try it :D
AtelierBeautyDOTCOM AtelierBeautyDOTCOM 6 years
Great tip, will def. try it :D
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