The secret's out— the no-makeup look actually does require makeup, but it's easier to nail than you think! Assistant Digital Beauty Editor, Virginia Lowman shares her secret to barely-there makeup and lookoing effortlessly chic".
The key to no makeup, makeup is skin that looks fresh and dewy. This lightweight moisturizer absorbs into the skin easily without leaving an oily residue. It also doubles as an anti-aging product by boosting collagen and incorporating other skin goodies like retinol and my personal favorite, hyaluronic acid. I love to use Rilastil Micro Moisturizing Fluid as a moisturizer and a base to blend my foundation so my skin has a healthy, dewy glow.
Create natural shadows to sculpt your face using a contour powder two shades deeper than your natural skintone. Lightly coat that tip of your contour brush and tap the brush handle against your wrist to remove the excess. Using a single stroke, swiftly trace the contour of your cheekbone from your ear to the base of your cheekbone using Nars Contour Blush in Gienah ($42, available at nars.com). Then, highlight the high plains of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the bow of your lip using Jay Manuel Beauty Bronzer in Foreplay ($34, available at hsn.com). My favorite brush for highlighting and contouring is It Cosmetics 'Heavenly Luxe' Angled Brush #10 ($38, available at itcosmetics.com).
If your lashes look too full or if your mascara is a bit clumpy, it will throw off your "au natural" look. Instead of a volumizing mascara, opt for an all-in-one that will lift, separate, lengthen and volumize. for prefectly lush lashes, I like to use Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara ($26, available at bobbibrowncosmetics.com) For the ultimate guide to mascara application, check out How To Master Feathery Lashes.