Your Milk-Approved No Makeup Makeup Look
We’ve all been there, scrolling through Instagram: a model rolls up on your feed with the classic caption, “no makeup, just me.” While that may be true, (and good for them!), that is not a reality for most of us. Going day in and down out with perfect skin and that ever-so-perfect pouty lip and fluffy brow is a dream, but not always a reality. The other option is to apply makeup, but for many there are worries of ending up looking like a different person. The key to the natural ‘no makeup makeup’ look is light application and dewy skin.
Before you know it, in come the copious amounts of makeup tutorials that are meant to encourage but can be intimidating and the amount of products used can be overwhelming. But fear not, with just a few products you too can look fresh, natural, and ready to take on the day.
To start, prep your skin with a primer. I like The Silk Canvas from Tatcha mixed with the J.One Jelly Pack by Glow Recipe. The Silk Canvas blurs, primes, and protects the skin by creating a barrier between your skin and your makeup, preventing makeup from getting into your pores and creating breakouts! The J.One Jelly Pack firms and hydrates the skin while gripping the makeup so it lasts all day. It’s basically glue for your makeup, but a glue that is good for your skin. These two primers together are an unbeatable combination. If primer isn’t your thing, just make sure your skin is sufficiently moisturized. I love the Water Cream by Tatcha because its consistency is gel-like and thin, yet packs a punch when it comes to moisture.
Next, it’s time to add a little coverage so we can have a nice base to work with. If acne scarring is not your main concern, a BB or CC cream will be your go-to. The Milk Makeup Sunshine Skintint is great option because you’re getting moisture, SPF and a dash a pigment all-in-one. I also enjoy the Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For Mineral-Matte CC Cream.
If your skin needs a little more love, the ilia True Skin Serum Foundation or the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation will get your skin covered in a hot sec. Now this step is all about application. Often I find that people are weary of using fuller coverage foundations because they are afraid that they will look like Jim Carrey in The Mask (if you haven’t seen that movie, go watch it immediately!), but if you learn how to apply it correctly then you will be well on your way to having your skin looking like a Ford model.
The debate between whether to use a brush or a beauty sponge has gone on for years but here’s the tea. For a natural look, pump ½ to 1 dollop onto a palette or the back of your hand (always use less than you think you will need, you can always add more later). If you use a brush, a kabuki or flat head brush that is densely packed with bristles will help blend the foundation around so it doesn’t get stuck in one spot. A dampened beauty sponge will help sheer down a foundation that it full coverage. Don’t sleep on the applicator that is free and with you all the time: your fingers! I love using my fingers to blend foundation in because the warmth of your fingers help push the product into your skin for that coveted “my skin but better” look. Start application at the center of your face then move outwards. In most cases, the sides of your face won’t need as much product. The most important thing is to blend out the foundation so there is no line of demarcation.
Next, it’s time to cover any areas that you might not want all your coworkers to see when you arrive at your 10 AM meeting. I am loving the CoverFX Power Play concealer. Concealing the area right below your eyes will not only hide your activities from last night but will also help brighten and bring dimension back to your face. Start slow with the concealer and if needed you can add a bit more until you feel like the bags from staying up and binging the last season of the Handmaid’s Tale are sufficiently covered. I like to use the pointed tip of a beauty sponge to work the concealer into the skin and to get right up against my lower lash line and into the inner corner of my eye.
After that, setting the concealer is a must so it doesn’t crease 20 minutes after walking out the door for the day. I love the Hourglass The Veil setting powder because it’s both brightening and translucent. The key to keeping the makeup looking natural is having dewiness to the skin, remember? That means any powders need to be applied with a super light hand. I like to use a small pointed brush like the E.l.f Cosmetics Small Tapered Brush to gently dust a tiny amount under my eyes and onto the areas (past pimples that are healing) that I have added concealer for extra coverage. If you have an oily skin type, grab a large powder brush and give you skin a light dusting of setting powder all over so the makeup stays locked in place all day.
Cream products will become the Dionne to your Cher (any Clueless fans here?!). To add more structure to your face, adding a cream bronzer is the way to go for this look. I love the Matte Bronzer in Blaze by Milk Makeup for me but a deep concealer will do the trick too! I apply this with an angled brush just below my cheekbones but conscious of not bringing it too far in near my nose because I want to make sure I am keeping this look natural.
Once that is applied, I add a cream blush to the apples of my cheeks with either my fingers or an angled synthetic brush. Currently I cannot get enough of ilia Beauty’s Multi-Stick’s that create a beautiful flush with all natural ingredients.
To round out the face, the one thing that makes model’s skin what it is, is their natural glow. I like a gel highlighter like the Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Dew Drops. This gives the skin that “glow from within” look that we’re going for; it’s natural but will still make people do a double take when it’s hit with some sunlight. You can use your fingertips or a brush like the Wet n Wild Tapered Highlighting Brush to blend it in.
Lastly for the face, it must be set so it doesn’t slide all over the place any minute that you work up a sweat! If you are oily, I would recommend the White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray by Boscia. This will lock your makeup in place without that annoying tight feeling once it dries. If you are dry or are a glow addict like me the lilah b. Aglow Face Mist or Pixi Glow Mist setting spray sets, refreshes and hydrates while adding an all day glow.
To finish off this look, comb through those brows and give them a fill and fluff with a super thin brow pencil if you have sparse brows like me with something like the Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil and lock them in place with a gel like the Milk Makeup Kush Brow Gel. Don’t forget to coat those eyelashes with your favorite mascara. If you like to add an extra dose of cute, add some fake freckles with your brow pencil by lightly dotting it around your nose and cheek area and lightly tapping it in with your fingertip to make it look like you were born with them.
Voilà! You have created your very own ‘no makeup makeup’ look and will be posting your best selfies yet. These products are of course interchangeable based on what works best with your skin. Be adventurous, try some news products or a new routine, and I’ll see ya on the ‘gram!
Images via Chelsea March
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