You’ve seen those women who appear effortlessly put together without looking made up, with their flawless skin, bright eyes and bold lashes. Blake Lively and Alexa Chung are just two celebrities known for their casual, yet put together, beauty looks. But let’s face it — everyone, even Alexa and Blake, needs a little help now and then. The trick to perfecting the “no makeup” makeup look is using light, multi-purpose products that eliminate any imperfections while they enhance your features. Here’s all you need to look like you hopped out of bed looking polished and perfect.
The key to perfecting the barely-there makeup look is creating a dewy, even-toned base. For a clear canvas, start with an oil-free moisturizer, like Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisture ($78, dgskincare.com). This lightweight moisturizer is packed full of antioxidants and peptides, restoring the skin to health without leaving any oily residue.
To even out your skin, apply a foundation or BB cream using a sponge to blend makeup seamlessly. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19 ($55, yslbeautyus.com) is a lightweight foundation that offers full coverage and highlights the contours of the face in one sweep. For lighter coverage, Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector with SPF 30 ($10.99, revlon.com) is a semi-sheer formula that works for any skin type. Although matte skin is a big trend this season, stick to a dewy finish because natural skin is never matte. Dab on powder where oil builds up throughout the day, or use Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($31, clinique.com) — a cream with a powder finish.
For natural color on the cheeks, go with a cream blush because it enhances the dewy finish. Stila Convertible Color in Lillium ($25, stilacosmetics.com) adds a subtle glow.
With your eyes, you want a natural colored shadow that offers a subtle shimmer. Apply a light coat of Jouer Créme Eyeshadow Crayons in Rococo ($24, jouercosmetics.com). The light shade blends smoothly into the skin, while adding a glistening effect in the light. NYX The Natural Shadow Palette ($7, nyxcosmetics.com) offers an array of natural hues so you can find the shade that perfectly matches your skin tone, or blend to create your match.
Skip the eye liner and, instead, focus on mascara to emphasize the eyes. Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara ($28.50, dior.com) has a curved brush, eliminating the need for a lash curler. The formula includes lipids that strengthen and smooth lashes for a clump-free finish. For a volume boost, use Ardell’s Lash Lites ($3.99-4.99, cvs.com). The collection of natural-looking falsies are perfect for filling in any gaps along the lash line.
Filled-in brows add definition and frame the eyes, making them pop. Skip pencils that create that obvious “drawn-in” look. Instead, opt for a shadow or the Laura Geller Beauty Brow Sculpting Marker ($24, laurageller.com) whose three-piece fiber tip creates natural-looking “hair” lines.
Enhance your natural lips with soft color that hydrates, too. Tarte LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy ($24, sephora.com) has a light tint of pink that blends with your natural coloring by responding to your skin’s pH. Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Abandon ($48, neimanmarcus.com) is a nude with a semi-sheer, long-lasting formula. With a mix of soja seed extract, Brazilian murmur butter and chamomile flower oil, the stick moisturizes and conditions.