How to Master No-Makeup Makeup in 5 Steps

June 17, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Master No-Makeup Makeup in 5 Steps

Mastering that perfect no-makeup makeup look is just about every makeup minimalist’s dream accomplishment. Achieving this barely-there look is surprisingly challenging. For one thing, it’s easy to go overboard when attempting it, which basically defeats the purpose. In order to get the look right, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Kasey Spickard to get his natural makeup tips.


STEP #1: Make Sure Your Skin Is Prepped

The key to no-makeup makeup is perfect skin prep, says Spickard. “You want to hydrate and illuminate the skin as much as possible beforehand,” he says. Start with an eye cream and hydrating moisturizer and then apply an imperfection-blurring, gripping primer like the NYX Professional Makeup High Glass Face Primer.

STEP #2: Spot Treat Your Complexion

Instead of applying a thick layer of foundation all over the face, spot treating your complexion is the ultimate way to nail a no-makeup makeup look. “Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff foundation or concealer into any areas that have discoloration or blemishes to even out the complexion,” says Spickard. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Concealer is one of our newest favorites for this because it offers medium, buildable coverage and glides on the skin seamlessly, leaving behind a radiant glow. “Less is more, so you want to use a half-pea-size amount of product,” he adds.

STEP #3: Choose a Warm Eyeshadow 

Use a brow gel like the Urban Decay Brow Finish Waterproof Brow Gel to add some dimension to the brows and stick with a warm-toned nude, taupe or brown eyeshadows. “Take a warm brown shade and buff that into the outer corner and lower lash line, and finish with a coat or two of mascara,” says Spickard. The Maybelline New York Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette has a lot of great warm-toned shadow options to choose from. 

STEP #4: Create a Subtle Contour With Blush and Bronzer

For subtle definition, apply a contour shade onto the hollows of the cheeks, forehead and jawline. Feel free to add a touch of bronzer where the sun would naturally warm your complexion and apply blush on the apples of the cheeks. Spickard’s trick here is to use cream blush when going for a no-makeup makeup look. “It will give you a natural flush while melting into the skin,” he says. “The Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Stick in Werk is my favorite.” Apply this with a stiff blending brush and tap it onto the cheeks lightly.

STEP #5: Finish With a Gloss

To wrap up your no-makeup makeup look, finish with a subtly tinted lip gloss. We like Lancôme Juicy Tubes, a classic gloss formula that’s making a comeback and is available in 20 shades. Or try the new Maybelline New York Lifter Gloss Lip Gloss, which is made with hydrating hyaluronic acid.

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