Want to rock a fresh skin “no-makeup” makeup look effortlessly? Read on….
As a makeup artist for over 20 years I’ve often been asked to create many different looks ranging from dramatic to daytime. And on occasion, while working on some films I’ve even been required to do special-effect makeup calling for me to use techniques to create scars or bruises. For fashion shows I’ve had to do dramatic masks, outlandish effects using feathers, rhinestones, and bold colors. And although those looks are always so much fun and exciting to create there’s something especially telling about a look that exposes the natural skin. When your skin is super healthy and clear you might still want to experience color just not in extremes. I know that when my own skin is at its best I enjoy the break from full-on makeup and revel in the basics of moisturizer, mascara, a little brow gel, and some lipgloss.
Now if you want to turn that up just a little more you can create an even more defined no makeup/ makeup look by adding a few more steps. The first thing is to get the perfect palette to work with so prep your skin with a gentle exfoliating and brightening mask like this one from Tatcha, the Violet-C Radiance Mask. I especially like this because it’s formulated for all skin types whether you are normal, dry or oily and even sensitive. It has a beautiful violet color and smells awesome! Follow that with a good sunscreen like this one from Dr. Dennis Gross, his Dark Spot Sun Defense has an SPF of 50 which means a high level of protection. But let it set for a bit before moving on to the next step.
Now that your skin is ready I like to blend a combination of moisturizer, like this one from, Farsali their Rose Gold Elixir is basically dry oil for the skin. And although you might see the word “oil” there’s no need to get squeamish even if you have oily skin. This Rosehip oil is a fast absorbing concoction made up of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids as well 24-carat gold flakes that absorb right into your skin. In other words, it’s good stuff! I take a drop or two of this and a drop of Nars All Day Luminous Foundation (find your favorite shade) and mix this with another favorite of mine Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer (I like #10 it gives a golden hue). This is the perfect liquid illuminator, its super sheer and can be used alone or mixed with other mediums like foundation or moisturizes as I’m describing here, or simply to highlight a certain area. When you’ve reached your desired consistency apply it all over the face including just under the chin.
The next thing you’ll want to do is brighten under the eyes, and a perfect combined benefit highlight and concealer can be found with, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher concealer. Use the brush to gently apply the product to your trouble spots and under eye areas. Use your fingers to warm the product and dab on and off using a stippling method to get an even layer. If you want a more finished look dust some loose powder on only on the t-zone area, otherwise forgo it altogether if you want a satin finish.
At this point, you’ll groom your brows with a good brow gel like this cult favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel. The easiest way to play up your eyes even more without going over the top is to start with an eyelash curler before you apply mascara. The best out there are Shu Uemura and M.A.C and my favorite lengthening and volumizing mascara is the Lancomé Hypnôse Doll Lashes one. Keep your eyes in focus with a neutral shade with a little shimmer but don’t go too nude. A creamy waterproof shadow with a sheen in beige, taupe or bronze would be spot on—depending on your skin tone. Try this set from NUDESTIX.
And to play up your cheeks for some added sheen and just a hint of color in this muted scheme—you’ll want some depth to give your look dimension or else the idea will fall flat on its…okay, okay I won’t dare say it. For twice the fun try this from Tom Ford, his duel ended Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick has color on one side and a highlighter on the other. This two-time wonder is both practical and portable, who says you can’t have the best of both worlds in the palm of your hand?
Next, give your pout some love with a sheer hint of juicy color and shine with a gloss from Pat McGrath Lust Gloss in Dare to Bare a universal peach with a gold shimmer. No lip liner required. At the end of it all, I finish off with a mist of Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mistto help prolong the look. This is how you’ll pull off the barely there but the ever-present luminous looking skin on a daily basis. This look is achievable devoid of piling on tons of makeup and having to sculpt and contour and easy enough without having to peruse every YouTube video on the web for how-tos. You’ve got this girl!
Written by: Linda Jamison