Let’s face it: Regardless of what celebs and supermodels will have you believe, getting the natural, no-makeup look takes more work than simply waking up and tossing your hair around. Here, the pros share their best tips for looking effortlessly flawless in a flash.
#1 Bronzed glow
Toss your self-tanner. To get a sun-kissed glow, it’s all about bronzer, which “adds warmth to skin and reflects light like no other product,” says Mario Dedivanovic, Kim Kardashian’s makeup man. “It’s so easy to blend, and you can customize the effect, keeping it sheer or layering for more warmth and drama.”
For olive skin, look for a bronzer with red or yellow undertones. Fair skin looks radiant with a warm pink shimmer. To apply, Dedivanovic suggests using a flat blush brush instead of a large, fluffy one so you can control where you put it and how much you apply. Hit the left and right sides of the forehead, blending into the hairline, then the hollows of the cheeks. Finish with a bit at the center of the neck. Try: NYX Illuminating Face and Body Powder.
#2 Nude lips
To create a kissable pout with just a hint of color, “apply a creamy pink-beige lipstick with a brush so that you can get into every corner and edge, and really maximize the size of your lips,” advises makeup artist Tim Quinn, who’s worked with Gwen Stefani and Kate Bosworth. Try:Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick in #37.
A dab of lip gloss applied to the center of the lower lip helps grab the light, making the fat pad appear fuller. Finish by using a bit of concealer just below the lip line and at the cupid’s bow to add fullness and dimension. “The lighter color creates a 3D effect, and gives the illusion of the lip coming forward and being more pronounced,” says Quinn.
#3 Rosy flush
You know that healthy glow you get from working up a sweat? That’s exactly what you’re trying to mimic. Charlotte Willer, who has perfected the faces of Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman, recommends blending two shades of cream blush into the apples of the cheeks: one a warm, pink shade and the other peach with a hint of bronze. “The delicate touch of color creates structure and the look of a healthy flush,” says Willer. Try: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink and Coffee Cake.
#4 Bed head
Skip the shampoo and give your hair a coat of oil-absorbing spray, like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Refresher, says hairstylist Harry Josh, who has coiffed A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz. “This will help create volume at the roots while refreshing your style by absorbing oils for a full, fresh look.”
Wrap 1 1/2-inch sections of hair around a curling iron, starting at the ends and wrapping up until your ears. Hold each section for about 10 seconds and release. Once your entire head is curled, run your fingers through your hair to loosen the waves. Use a bit of pomade like Garnier Fructis Style Play Style Pliable Clay to massage into the waves and set for the day. Shake your hair out and you’re ready to go.
#5 Tousled faux bob
If your second- or third-day hair needs a respite from your usual buns and ponytails, try a shorter, tousled bob that doesn’t require scissors. Just grab some bobby pins and turn up the volume to create a bouncy, face-framing look, says Josh.
Section hair horizontally from the top of the one ear to the other, and clip out of the way. Roll the bottom section from the ends to the scalp and pin down to secure. Release the top section, and curl large sections with a curling iron, arranging them any way you like. Pin some to the back, and leave short layers to hang loosely in front. Finish with a humidity-blocking hairspray like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray.
What's your favorite natural look?