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Your grandma was right—there’s a time and place for everything. High-drama makeup is perfect for a fancy night out, but on a hot spring/summer day, it’s always fresher and younger to sport a soft, subtle, barely-there look. The idea is to look like you’re not wearing a stitch of makeup (no one needs to know you spent twenty minutes artfully applying neutral-toned eye, lip, and cheek hues). From Beyonce to Alek Wek, here are the A-listers who make looking au naturale totally easy!
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With her sheer berry blush, black mascara and clear gloss, Alek Wek looks polished, but not overdone.
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The key to Chanel Iman’s barely-there beauty? Clean, matte skin, defined brows, and a sheer plummy-nude lipstain.
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Keisha Knight Pulliam manages to make barely-there makeup look totally sexy! To get the look, line the inner rims of your eyes with a sharp black eye pencil, layer on two coats of mascara, swipe bronzer over your cheekbones and apply a nude lipstick (Pro tip: Blend concealer over your lips and add Vaseline!).
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With her softly shimmering lids, sun-kissed skin and soft, bronzey lips, Jada Pinkett Smith looks like she just stepped off some glamorous beach resort.
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Gabrielle Union owes her radiant complexion to a touch of highlighter on her browbones, cheekbones, and bridge of nose. Try Sephora Collection Luminous Glow ($12, sephora.com).
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Nude makeup can be super-glamorous! Leona Lewis amps up the drama factor by adding a dramatic swoop of black eyeliner. Hot, hot, hot.
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Kelly Rowland’s soft, nude makeup is the perfect shopping-with-your-girls weekend look. To get the look, dab concealer over imperfections, set with powder, and add mascara and clear gloss.
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Halle Berry accentuates her eyes with a thick black line along top lashline and tons of mascara—but she leaves the rest of her face almost totally bare. So pretty!
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Nia Long’s bronzey, natural look is to die for, and it’s not hard to recreate at home! Simply dust a sheer bronzer over cheekbones and the perimeter of your face (we’re obsessed with Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder, $14.99 at ulta.com, and then add mascara and a pearly-nude gloss.
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