How to Achieve a Timeless No-Makeup Makeup Look

Ever wonder how your favorite starlet looks so flawlessly fresh in candid photos? Or how models strutting the runway catch the light at every angle with—what may seem like—a naturally bare face? The answer: no-makeup makeup.

No longer a secret kept behind the beauty scene, this au natural look is achievable with a few tips and tricks. And although this style is coined as a no-makeup makeup look, the modest collection of products you need expands beyond cosmetics. A smooth foundation application works best with a solid foundation to build from, after all. Feel free to incorporate some or all of these tips into your day-to-day regimen to master this timeless look in no time.

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1. Start With a Clean Canvas
Before applying any product (makeup or treatments) to your skin, cleansing is essential. Working in a rich cleanser like The Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser alongside the FOREO LUNA will help provide a deep, intensive cleanse while imparting lasting hydration.

2. Jumpstart Your Glow
After cleansing, it’s time to jumpstart your glow with a gentle peel. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel 2-step system offers a unique, saturated packette for some toning and smoothing action. Powerful ingredients like glycolic and lactic acids work to visibly brighten your complexion in an instant.

3. Hydrate Your Skin
The trick to achieving an enviable, no-makeup makeup radiance? Quenching your complexion with moisture and hydration. SkinCeutical’s Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier boosts your skin’s natural hyaluronic levels, while Natura Bisse’s Oxygen Cream seals in moisture and recaptures a natural dew of health.

Pro Tip: Apply the Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier all over the face and wait for it to dry completely down before applying a cream.

4. Set Your Makeup Base
Now that your skin is prepped to perfection, it’s time to set a beautiful makeup base. Use Bioderma’s Sebium Mat Control on your T-Zone and anywhere else that may get particularly oily during the day. Next, gently pat in Colorescience’s Skin Perfector Brightening Primer SPF 20 to blur any imperfections. Together, this combo sets the stage for flawless foundation wear.

5. Impart a Subtle Tint
In order to create the illusion of no-makeup makeup, opt for a lighter coverage foundation or BB cream. This No Foundation Foundation Serum from Perricone MD is designed as a lightweight tinted serum, so it visibly evens skin tone and helps bring forth a your-skin-but-better appearance.

Pro Tip: Go easy on the foundation and don’t be afraid to let your naturally beautiful “imperfections” peek through.

6. Accentuate Your Features
Time to add a pop of pigment—but only to accentuate your features. A subtle dab of lilah b.’s Divine Duo Lip & Cheek on the apples of your cheeks delivers a no-makeup-makeup rosy flush. Moisturize your lips with BY TERRY’S Baume de Rose Lip Crayon for a kissable pout to complete the look.

Pro Tip: Steer clear of shimmer, glitter or non-natural hues.

7. Add a Finishing Touch
Complete your look by drawing attention to your eyes. A swipe of W3LL PEOPLE’s Expressionist Mascara coats your lashes with just-enough pigment, adding a natural yet glamorous flutter that will be the envy of even the best no-makeup-makeup mavens.