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For the uninitiated, the No-Makeup Makeup Look is all about putting on makeup so that you look like you haven’t got any makeup on, but still look fabulous. Naturally. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong. It’s actually one of the more challenging and coveted makeup looks out there and there are countless of tutorials dedicated to it. (Check out one of our favourite tutorials by Lisa Eldridge here.)

If you want to achieve this look, let’s get it correct right from the start. We’ll begin with the products you should have in your makeup kit to get the No-Makeup Makeup Look.

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1. Light Foundation

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You want a complexion that’s dewy-fresh and radiant, yet natural. So go for a foundation that’s light and almost like your second skin. Try tinted moisturisers like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer, which is a huge favourite among Hollywood celebrities, and also comes in an oil-free version. Alternatively, there are also BB creams which are also formulated to treat your skin. Missha’s Perfect M Perfect Cover BB Cream and Dr. Jart’s Silver Label Rejuvenating BB are great ones you can go for.

To apply, dot the foundation either on red areas or near the perimeter of your face. Gently pat it inwards for a lighter and more natural coverage at the centre of your face. If you want more radiance, mix in some highlighter with your foundation.

Tip: Learn a nifty trick from English makeup artist, Wayne Goss, by applying loose powder before your foundation. This helps it last longer and you use less foundation, which makes the finish look lighter. Watch the tutorial here.

2. Eyebrow Pencil

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Strong brows add a frame to our features (Hello, Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows.) and instantly perk our face up. After getting them shaped, all you need to do is to define them by penciling in tiny strokes in the direction of your hair to mimic your natural eyebrows. Go a little thicker in the centre of your brows as compared with the end and brush away any harsh lines. Add a brow mascara if you need to tidy things up a little. Try Shu Uemura’s Hard Formula Brow Pencil which is carefully shaped for easy drawing.

3. Eyeliner or Mascara


To brighten up your eyes, line close to your lash line with pencil eyeliner and smudge it with a cotton bud for a barely-there effect. Black will give more definition to your eyes, while brown will look more natural. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are perfect for this.

If you have some time to spare, curl your lashes and swipe on some lengthening mascara for subtle doll-like eyes. Try Dejavu’s Fiberwig mascaras if you haven’t already! They give the prettiest fluttering lashes.

4. Blusher or Bronzer



Depending on your skin tone and the look that you like, you might want to add on a blusher or a bronzer. For the in-a-pink-of-health look, dust on some ballet pink or peachy blusher. Tap on a cream blusher instead, if you have dry skin. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous and want even more radiance, try a lilac shade!

For the sun-kissed Jessica Alba look, opt for a bronzer that’s just one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Draw a “3” on both sides of your face and blend. Too Faced’s Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder works nicely on most skin tones and blends like a dream.

5. Lip Stain or Tinted Lip Balm


Finally, you want lips that look soft, hydrated, and stained with just a bit of colour. If your lips tend to dry out easily, apply a lip balm first. There are tinted ones out there like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms.

If you want something that’s more long-lasting, Benefit has four very well-loved lip stains for you to choose from: Benetint, Lollitint, Posietint and Chachatint.

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