No-Makeup Makeup: How To Nail The Au Naturel Look
Spring 2014 said it all—bare it and make a splash, say the beauty pros. Untouched yet dolled up; the catwalks meowed the au naturel look from Paris runways to New York. But one can’t help wonder how these models get sparkling eyes, dewy skin and a rosy pout without the slap. Well, guess what—it isn’t! Here’s a sneak peek into how to get the ‘no-makeup makeup’, au naturel and beautifully bare look within minutes.
Follow 3 Simple Rules: Minimalism, Minimalism And Minimalism!
To get that amazingly natural look, the skin should be prepped well. Use a mild and skin-friendly face wash to remove makeup. Once that’s done, use a moisturiser that suits your skin type. Since the pores open up after a cleansing ritual, the moisturising effects last longer. An oil-free moisturiser would be the best to use for any skin type—it’ll make the skin glow and the results won’t be ‘cake-like’.
Conceal It With The Right Concealer
Let’s face it, not all women are blessed with flawless skin. This is where a concealer comes in. The right concealer will help keep the primer in place, blot away excess oil and allow the application of foundation with ease. Our pick is the Bobbi Brown Extra SPF25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm, which helps even out the skin. A liquid foundation such as the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is another great option as it gives a dewy finish.
Even Out The Problematic Areas
The next step would be to apply tinted moisturiser or a light foundation using a nice sponge. Use the spongein a circular motion, paying attention to the edges so that visible lines are done away with. None of us are born with matte skin tones, hence complete the act by using dry foundation powder as and when certain areas of the skin become oily. Our choice of sponge to help with the application would be Beautyblender.
You Glow And Flaunt Girl
Use a cream blush for this step—it will give a healthy and au naturel glow to your face and neck. Just put three drops of the cream blush on your cheekbones and near the temple region and use your fingers to blend. Our choice of product is the MAC Cremeblend Blush. Use MAC Fix+ to help tone down the cake-effect, letting your skin remain fresh and glowing.
Embrace Colours, Aesthetically!
For a natural look on your eyes, ditch the eyeliner and use a teeny-weeny bit of mascara. Stick to browns, blacks or dark greys and only line the inner rims of the eyes.
Hot, Natural Lips
When the face is ready and the eyes are done, why ignore your lovely lips? Exfoliate them with the help of a toothbrush and petroleum jelly, which will wash off the nasty dead cells. Ditch the lip gloss and the lip liner and apply a lip balm, which brings in some subtle colour and shine. Our choice of product would be Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Lip Balm.
So here you go, the difference between being a rainbow fairy and a gorgeous diva explained. Get gorgeous and keep it minimal—you’ll be flooded with compliments and accolades, we promise!
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