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4 Easy Steps to Achieve the No Makeup Look

Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough, at The Physics Wonder Girls Camp. Photo: Miss USA Facebook
Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough, at The Physics Wonder Girls Camp. Photo: Miss USA Facebook

Whether or not you are a titleholder in any pageant system, the winter and holidays bring opportunities for a lot of volunteer experiences and ways to serve the community.

With these opportunities, you may find yourself needing to look polished and put together, but still seem approachable.

Enter the no-makeup makeup look, where you are actually wearing makeup, but in a very natural way. The point is to still portray the image you want to convey without being completely done up, as this can be intimidating to children at a homeless shelter, for instance.

4 Easy Steps to Achieve the “No Makeup Look”

1. Even Skin Tone

The first step is to even out your skin tone and let your real skin shine through. Start with a good layer of moisturizer and let that soak in for at least five minutes before adding any product.

Take a BB cream or your favorite foundation and place three dots on your face; one on each cheek and one on your forehead. With your fingers, spread the color in an outward motion, covering any blemishes. Once the skin is covered, take your fingers and pat the product into your skin, or use a moist beauty blender sponge for this step.  (For other tools you must have in your arsenal, read: 8 Beauty Tools You Shouldn’t Compete Without.)

Let the makeup set for about five minutes. Take a tissue and blot your skin gently (a press and pull away motion) to remove any excess product.

Gently pat on a translucent powder with a sponge (a beauty blender works great here) only on shiny areas, like the T-zone. Gently dust off any excess powder.

Beauty Blender, foundation, dewy, glow
A sponge like the Beauty Blender will not only make foundation application easy, but it will create a natural, dewy glow to your skin. Available at Sephora.

2. Add Color

Add a light flush to your cheeks using a gel or cream blush, as this will keep your skin from looking cakey. Gently pat the color into the apples of your cheeks and blend out towards your temples.

My favorite is the cream/gel hybrid — the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape.

Josie Maran Gelee, gel blush
Josie Maran’s Gelee blush creates a natural flush of color that won’t look cakey.

3. Define Your Eyes

Again, simplicity is key here. Use a flesh-toned eye shadow and sweep across your lids. You could use an accent color, such as a whiskey or cognac color in the crease, but look for a matte color to keep it natural. (For more about a neutral eye shadow pallet, read:  Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection: Spend The Money Or Save The Dough)

Brush your eyebrows up and out and keep them in place with a clear brow gel. My favorite brow gel is by Anastasia, available from Ulta Beauty.

brow gel
Help set your brows in place with a clear brow gel, like this one from Anastasia, available from Ulta Beauty.

Curl your eyelashes by clamping them at the base and holding for at least 30 seconds. For even more curling power, gently heat up the curler with a hair dryer for about 30 seconds prior to using. Test the heat of the curler on the back of your hand first to avoid any burns on the sensitive skin around your eyes.

Instead of applying mascara on the front side of lashes, take your wand and go behind the lashes and apply from here, curling the wand as you go up and out on the lashes. This will keep the curl to the lashes as well as separate and define each lash.

Apply a light coat to your bottom lashes by turning the wand vertically and coating the bottom lashes in a side-to-side motion.

4. Lips

Apply a moisturizing and sheer color that will keep you looking healthy and glowing. My favorites are the tinted lip balms by Fresh Sugar. They moisturize like a balm but also have a slight tint in a myriad of colors, plus they have SPF to protect from the winter sun!

Sugar lip balm, tintet lip balm.
Add a sheer swipe of color to your lips, plus protect them from then winter sun with Fresh Sugar Lip Balms. Available at Sephora.

Get the No Makeup Look

The below infograph will help you bring together the total “no makeup, makeup look”. If you have any questions ask them in the comment section below and we will gladly answer!

no makeup,makeup look
Create the “No Makeup – Makeup Look”

I hope you are able to master the natural look for your upcoming activities, although it may take some practice and getting used to! If you have any questions about this look, leave them in the comments section!


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