With the rise in popularity of “your-skin-but-better” makeup looks, there has also been an increase in products to help you create a subtler, more natural look. Having the right products can really make a look, so trying to achieve a minimal base using a full-coverage, matte foundation may not be the best way to go. Below are nine beauty products that are perfect for creating a no-makeup look. Feel free to share your opinions of any of these products that you’ve tried, or recommend others that you like!
1. IT Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+”
The base of your makeup is very much like the foundation of a house. It determines if the makeup will be long-lasting, full-coverage, cakey, flawless, or lightweight. If you want to achieve the “no-makeup” look it is crucial you don’t go too heavy on the foundation. Use a light layer of a product such as the IT Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+”. If you need more coverage to correct dark circles and spots, you can add a thicker concealer on top. This way products won’t start to cake and layer onto your skin or look heavy and unnatural. The IT Cosmetics CC Cream is lightweight with a natural finish. It works for sensitive, normal, dry, combination, and oily skin types. This color-correcting, full-coverage cream with anti-aging skincare and SPF 50+ provides full, flawless coverage and protects skin from UVA/UVB broad-spectrum rays. It also increases hydration, smooths texture, and enhances brightness. The formula doesn't crease or crack and instantly camouflages imperfections, including dark spots. Plus, it’s infused with an advanced anti-aging formula which works in harmony with the product’s other properties to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and pores. IT Cosmetics CC Cream is a cruelty-free product.
2. Benefit Cosmetics “Hoola Matte Bronzer”
After applying a foundation, even a light base, you may want to add some colour back into your face, by dusting on "Benefit Cosmetics’ Hoola Matte Bronzer". Lightly brush the Hoola Bronzer across your chin, cheeks, and forehead for a healthy, natural-looking tan that will flatter any skin tone. This iconic product delivers pure matte colour without leaving behind shine or shimmer. It instantly warms your complexion, leaving a healthy-looking, believable glow year round. The finely milled matte bronzer blends on smoothly and seamlessly. A small amount will achieve a perfect and natural colour that looks as if you had been visiting the seaside for the weekend.
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty “Air Blush Soft Glow Duo”
Blush is undoubtedly my favorite makeup product. All the way from having a bright pop of colour onto the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones, to learning about the history of rouge and how it was used centuries ago, I find women and men have been using blush for so long for a reason. Although some prefer a more bronzy look, I think it’s important to have the perfect balance of being flushed and sun-kissed. With the Marc Jacobs Beauty “Air Blush Soft Glow Duo” you can achieve just that. This powder blush duo palette with two shades delivers foolproof radiance all day. It features two shades that merge together so you can customize your color for a natural-looking glow. The ultra-lightweight, radiant powder is nearly undetectable to the touch and gives your skin a radiant finish. Air Blush is created using a process called soufflage which means “air-whipped”, for a silky-soft, cream-like texture that blends effortlessly with the complexion. This is definitely my number one go-to product!
4. RMS Beauty “Lip2Cheek”
If cream products are for you, RMS has got you covered. The RMS Beauty “Lip2Cheek” is a multitasking cream colour for lips and cheeks. The unique formula hydrates and protects lips and cheeks with abundant mineral colour, creating a beautiful, natural finish. From RMS’ youthful sheers to the more intensely coloured stains, each shade is formulated with nourishing organic ingredients and raw mineral pigments which ensures skin health. All RMS Beauty products are also gluten and cruelty-free!
5. RMS Beauty “Living Luminizer”
I have never been drawn to highlighters or products that create a metallic glow. I prefer more natural looking products that imply the glow is coming from within your skin rather than having been applied on top. The RMS Beauty “Living Luminizer” is the perfect cream highlighter for people who want a more natural look. It leaves a translucent, dewy finish, and enhances the skin's natural youthfulness without being sticky, greasy, or glittery. Similarly to their “Lip2Cheek” product, the highlighter is formulated with organic and natural ingredients made to nourish your skin.
6. Tarte “Tartiest PRO Amazonian Clay Palette”
Eyes are the perfect opportunity to play around with neutral shades, and light shimmers. If you go heavy on the eyeshadow and mascara, including a thick black wing, there is no chance in fooling anyone whether or not you are wearing makeup. You can, however, choose neutral, and cool-toned eyeshadows that will simply even out your eyelids removing the veins that poke through the thin skin on your eyelids, and add light brown shade into the crease. The same system that you used for the base of your makeup goes for your eyes.
The Tarte “Tartiest PRO Amazonian Clay Palette” is a dream palette for creating both natural and more dramatic eye looks. It consists of 20 ultra-pigmented shades, powered by naturally-derived ingredients, that let you create looks like a pro. It features 16 long-wearing matte shadows ranging from neutral, cool-toned colours, to warm-toned, and smokier ones. There are also four lustrous, duo-chrome shades to add some shimmer to your look. There is something for everyone in this palette. The range of neutral-to-bold shades delivers rich pigment payoff and silky-smooth blending with every wear.
7. RMS Beauty “Eye Polish”
This radiant cream-eyeshadow gives eyes a sheer, metallic glow while its oil base helps to soothe and nourish the delicate skin surrounding your eyes. The subtle, glossy, light-reflecting quality brings a modern, flattering appearance to eyes of all ages. Sometimes all you need to rejuvenate tired eyes is a bit of shine. The RMS Beauty “Eye Polish” gives your eyes are glossy and wet finish. Their light, natural colours will create a radiant look that seems to glow from within.
8. Clinique “Naturally Glossy Mascara”
This was the first mascara I ever used and that I still use today. The gel-based formula lengthens and glosses lashes for a natural-looking finish. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump and flake-free through multiple coats. The Clinique “Naturally Glossy Mascara” comes in both brown and black to match your natural colour. Whichever colour you choose, Clinique’s “Naturally Glossy Mascara” will give you the healthiest, longest, and silkiest eyelashes out there!
9. Dior “Dior Lip Glow”
While orange-toned red or pink lips can be beautiful against natural makeup, bright colours are not for everyone. For those who prefer a more natural look, “Dior Lip Glow” is the best product on the market. It’s a sheer balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting lips. The must-have universal balm from the Dior Backstage collection now has two new finishes of Matte and Holographic alongside the original Glow. Lip Glow is the first colour balm by Dior, combining the comfort of a balm with a natural flush of custom colour. Every lady should have this product in their collection.