The key to mastering the no makeup, makeup look actually requires… some makeup.
We don’t mean a full contour, instead, we’re talking about light coverage and a few things here and there to enhance what you’re already working with. For those of us who are not Emily Weiss, the Glossier founder known for her mastery of the au naturel look, we’ve laid out the steps it takes to get it right.*
1. Prep and Hydrate Your Skin
Prepping your skin starts well before you decide you want the no makeup, makeup look. In fact, it’s all about getting into a good skincare routine early to make the look even easier to achieve. Since everyone’s skin is different, we’re focusing on starting with a clean, hydrated slate, and encourage you to add your favorite products to this step as well.
LUNA™ Mini 2
We love a good, deep clean and swear by the Luna Mini 2 to get into our pores and wipe away impurities that get in the way of the skin we want. We don’t use it everyday, but when we do, it makes for a fresh face we always feel great about.Shop the Face Cleanser
Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Drunk Elephant’s Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser gets our skin just the right amount of clean without drying us out, so naturally, we’re obsessed.
Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration
First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration is just what we need on our driest days. It’s like a miracle cream for when your skin needs that extra boost. And we don’t just put it on our face, we blend it on our necks and chest, too.Shop the Moisturizer
The whole point of the no makeup, makeup vibe is to look like you don’t have a full face on, so we opt out of foundations and heavy products altogether. But for pimples, dark circles and pesky spots that won’t go away, we use concealer to even it all out.
Magic Away Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Away Concealer gets rid of whatever discoloration we’re working with and as a bonus, it isn’t too heavy. We use it on dark under eye circles, pimples and more for a quick fix. It comes in a range of skin tones and pro tip: we go for the natural finish option to keep up our glowy look.Shop the Concealer
3. Brighten and Highlight!
Highlighters are all the rage when going for the no makeup, makeup look because enhancing our best features gives us that fresh, natural vibe we are going for. Honestly, we love this step because it’s all about making the most of what we’ve already got.
Glossier’s Haloscope is the product that started it all. It comes in 3 different shades and gives you that dewy special effect you’re going for!Shop the Highlighter
We love this highlighter from Glamsquad. It’s super easy to use (just swipe it on your face and blend) and it adds the perfect amount of luster.Shop the Highlighter
4. Finishing Touches
Congrats! You’re almost at the finish line of getting the no makeup, makeup look you’ve always wanted. All that’s left are the final touches! A little blush for some natural color, brow taming gel and an easy lip are the only things you need to complete the look.
Cheek & Lip Stain
Benetint is a tried-and-true makeup staple for adding rosy color to your cheeks. It’s the OG product in this department and we love it for its versatility and staying power. We use it on our lips, too, for just the right amount of color stain.Shop the Cheek & Lip Stain
Get those fluffy brows with Glossier’s Boy Brow. Another hero product by the brand that practically invented this look, Boy Brow gives you the brows of your dreams by keeping them in place. We love the clear gel, but you have the option to add some color, too.Shop the Gel
Little Dreamers Gift Set
A natural lip color that keeps you moisturized at the same time? Sign us up! These Fresh Sugar minis are perfect to pop in all your bags, so you’re never without!Shop the Lipbalm
Dior Lip Glow
Dior Lip Glow is the lip that keeps on giving. We love its creamy texture and formula that goes on so smooth while adding just the right amount of sheer color.Shop the Balm
It’s that easy! Start working on your no makeup, makeup look now.
PS: *These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, Something Navy may get something in return. Thanks.