You won’t regret it when you wear “no makeup”

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The next time you go on an Instagram stroll and see a celebrity post a selfie and hashtag it as #nomakeup, take it with a grain of salt. These days, “no makeup” mean two things: either the celebrity is really wearing no makeup at all, or her makeup is done in the so-called “no-makeup” style. It’s a style that mimics the face’s natural look through lightweight and subtle-colored makeup products. It makes people ask, “Did she forget to put on makeup this morning? But she looks so polished! She can’t be not wearing anything.”

The “no-makeup” style is suitable for varied occasions but looks best in the morning, under natural light. Here, we teach you how to do it on your own. Good news: it doesn’t take much.

1. Set the canvas When you’re putting on the most minimal makeup, you might as well have a skin that justifies doing it. So, cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Most face masks do everything, peeling off dead skin cells while maintaining your skin’s natural moisture (This list tells you which face mask is suitable for your skin type). If you have sensitive skin, you can moisturize by spraying on facial mist like Avène’s  Thermal Spring Water, which soothing property many swear by.

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2. Leave heavy baggage behind Heavy may be good in drama and babies, but not in foundations, especially when you’re aiming for the “barely-there” effect. Use a light foundation, like Lancôme’s Miracle Cushion. Instead of a tube, this liquid foundation comes in a cushion-in-a-compact that releases just the right amount of liquid so you don’t apply too much on your face. It spreads evenly and leaves a smooth finish.

Lancôme Miracle Cushion

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion – $47.00
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Make your foundation last with a primer and a loose setting powder. As with the foundation, choose the light ones to avoid that weighed-down feeling on your face, like NYX Cosmetics’ Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer and Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Then cover up zits with a concealer like Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Concealer.

NYX Cosmetics | Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

NYX Cosmetics | Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer – $16.00
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Laura Mercier | Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier | Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $38.00
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Make Up For Ever | Ultra HD Concealer

Make Up For Ever | Ultra HD Concealer – $28.00
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3. Be pretty in pink. Or honey. Or… For your blush, pick a shade that comes close to your own skin color. For instance, pale-skinned women would look radiant in baby pink. Peach, on the other hand, suit those with yellow-toned complexion, while browns play up the features of darker-skinned women. WebMD says to create a natural-looking blush effect, apply blush on areas where the sun usually shines on your face: the forehead, nose bridge, cheeks, and chin. Elizabeth Arden’s Cream Blush comes in three shades: nectar, pink, and honey. Because it’s in cream form, you can use your fingers to apply it on your face, resulting in a more natural-looking coloration.

Elizabeth Arden | Cream Blush

Elizabeth Arden | Cream Blush – $24.00
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4. Turn on the light During the colder months, though, you would want to effect a glow than a blush. The luminizer will come in handy. Often ignored, a luminizer like RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer offers a slew of benefits: it hides imperfections; instantly makes your skin look soft and healthy, like you’ve been drinking lots of water and hitting the gym lately; and gives your face that Mona Lisa-like lit-from-within glow.

RMS Beauty | Living LuminizerRMS Beauty | Living Luminizer – $38.00
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5. Open the shutters The no-makeup look is all about opening up than withdrawing in. Look like that bright-eyed girl ready to meet the world by drawing attention to your eyes. If your lashes are the short-and-thin type, give it a natural curl with a mascara like Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. For your eyebrows, draw them in a color that matches that of your hair. E.l.f.’s Instant Lift Brow Pencil comes in three shades: taupe, for blonde and light brown hair; neutral brown, for medium brown hair; and deep brown, for deep brown to dark hair. This brow liner also comes with brow comb on the other end to keep your brows neat.

Benefit | Roller Lash Curling MascaraBenefit | Roller Lash Curling Mascara – $24.00
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E.l.f. | Instant Lift Brow Pencil – $2.00
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6. Kiss ruby red goodbye. Forget bee-stung and ruby red. When it comes to the no-makeup look, plump and natural is the way to go. For your lips, your trusty lip gloss or Vaseline will do. Should you want color, though, choose one that is a shade darker than your natural lip color. Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm comes in 19 shades of pinks, violets, and browns so you’re sure to find one that matches your lips’ own. You can also use it as eyeshadow. The formula includes moisturizing oils and Vitamin E to keep your lips looking supple.

Clinique | Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Clinique | Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm – $17.00
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Smoky eyes and dark contours have their use, but sometimes, you would want a break from carrying all that makeup on your face. The techniques we’ve discussed here favor liquid products, which aren’t only easy to apply but lightweight too. Come to think of it, the no-makeup look does what makeup always should: reveal, not hide, your true beauty.

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