Face makeup should enhance natural beauty, but too often, it can actually make skin look worse. Whether it’s powder settling into fine lines, concealer looking cakey or blush appearing too harsh, there’s a lot that could hold back your holiday look. Try these six easy steps for makeup that looks just like your actual skin—only better!
Just as it’s important to prep before applying foundation to dry skin, achieving a no-makeup makeup look means making sure the skin underneath is smooth and balanced. Before reaching for your cosmetic bag, apply a moisturizer, like LovelySkin LUXE Ultra-Rich Peptide Moisturizer, and be sure you allow time for it to sink into skin and offer its full hydrating and anti-aging benefits.
You’re not quite finished prepping once your moisturizer has absorbed. Applying a primer helps makeup last longer and go on effortlessly. Choosing a silicone-based formula will help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and large pores. Try jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, which offers a naturally bright finish and antioxidant protection.
The secret to no-makeup makeup is applying a cream blush before foundation. Yes, before. Just make sure that it’s a cream-based blush so that its texture doesn’t clash with your liquid foundation. Use your clean fingers to apply Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush to your cheekbones for a lifted look. Don’t worry about applying too much or blending, as applying foundation over top will help everything look seamless.
When applying liquid foundation, you’ll achieve the most natural look by blending it with a brush. We recommend glo minerals Luxe Foundation Brush, which will help you achieve smooth coverage while buffing on Dermablend Blurring Mousse Camo. Add a little foundation to the back of your clean hand or a palette, dip your brush in and start buffing the foundation on from the center of your face outward. Blurring Mousse Camo will help mattify any excess oil, minimize large pores, acne scars and blemishes and create an even tone and texture.
When you apply concealer after foundation, not only will you wind up using much less product, you’ll also avoid wiping it off during the process of applying product to the entire face. Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer SPF 30’s convenient stick applicator makes it easy to apply concealer exactly where you need it. Be sure to blend well with a concealer brush, like glo minerals Camouflage Brush.
For no-makeup makeup, we’re skipping the powders completely. Instead of reaching for your favorite setting powder, lock your makeup in place and add a dewy finish with a setting spray. We love Youngblood Minerals in the Mist for its anytime refreshing powers and mega-dose of vitamins and minerals.
How do you rock no-makeup makeup? Let us know in the comments below, or tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LovelySkin!