The Ultimate No-Makeup Makeup Look for MenDecember 14, 2020
STEP 1: Prep the SkinEvening out skin texture starts with skin care. It’s important to make sure your skin is hydrated before applying any makeup to avoid patchiness or flaking. One of our favorite products is the Baxter of California Oil-Free Moisturizer, which is lightweight and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue.
STEP 2: Spot Treat
According to Gene, the biggest secret to the no-makeup makeup look is to forgo a full face of foundation and instead spot treat areas of redness, blemishes and dark circles. He suggests using your finger to blend rather than a brush for a seamless look. Another tip? Leave a little dark shadow under the lash line for a defined yet a no-makeup appearance.
As far as texture is concerned, Gene cautions against using formulas with an ultra-matte or dewy finish and instead suggests trying to find a product that matches your skin’s natural feel. One drugstore option we love is the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer.
STEP 3: Spruce Up Your Brows
Next up? Brows. Groom brows using a clear brow gel like the NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Brow Gel. This will keep your brows tamed throughout the day without adding any color. If you do opt for a brow pencil, Gene suggests just filling in sparse areas — don’t change the shape.
STEP 4: Moisturize Your Lips
Chapped lips are uncomfortable — and inevitable in winter if you don’t have a nourishing balm by your side. To keep your lips hydrated (and add subtle shine), reach for the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, which soothes and smooths dry lips. Layer on more before bed for added hydration.
STEP 5: Use a Setting Powder
The final step of a natural-looking makeup routine is to lightly dust your face with a blurring setting powder, like the Maybelline New York Lasting Fix Banana Powder. It gives a soft-focus effect and brightens the complexion.