How to Wear Makeup That Doesn’t Look Like Makeup.

As much as I love wearing my bright eyeshadows and bold lipsticks, my boyfriend doesn’t appreciate the look as much as my beauty blogger friends do.  The terms “clownish” and “’80s” have been thrown around a few times.  Hrmph.  I’m not bitter.  Anyways.


Lucky for us, the no makeup look is so on trend this Spring (and forever).  It is a versatile look that can take you through your day in school or the office without scaring the boys.  While I wish that I naturally look this good without makeup, there is work to be done before I get there.  It really isn’t that difficult to do, and it only takes five steps from being scary to looking cute.

#1 — Tame the Brow Beast, or Fill In Your Non-Existent (air quotes) Brows.

If you have sparse or very light brows, fill them in with a pencil or brow powder.  I still love my MAC Brun eyeshadow and MAC Spiked Eye Brows.  If you have a lot of brow hairs (me), use a brow gel to keep the beast in place and fill in any bald spots.  You are trying to get natural looking brows, so go in with a light hand.

#2 — Fake a Good Complexion the Right Way.

Unless you’re a model who doesn’t have a single imperfection or dark circles (and in that case, stay far far away from me!), then grab your favourite concealer now.  I like theBalm Time Balm and MAC Pro Longwear concealer.  Apply it under the eyes, all over the lids, and around the nose to conceal darkness and red areas.

If you want to, you can also apply a little bit of foundation mixed with a highlighter like NARS Orgasm Illuminator or MAC Gold Studio Finish Powder to get a glow all over.  Again, minimal foundation is key to fake good skin.  You might want to invest in a good brush like the Sigma F80 or F82 brushes to buff in that foundation.

#3 — Go Forth and Glow Like Edward Cullen.

Just kidding. 😛  You want to glow like JLo, and not like that vampire.  Blush is another thing that’ll depend on your skin’s undertones.  Pick pink if you have more pink in your skin, and choose peach if you are more yellow.  On my skin (NC35 – NC40), I use either MAC Peaches or MAC Cantaloupe (PRO) blush, and top it with a sheer highlighter with a low amount of shimmer.  A satin (translation: skin like) finish is what we’re after.  If you have a cream blush, that’s even better.  Apply to the apples of the cheeks to achieve the most natural look.

#4 — You Can Always Have More Lashes.

There’s nothing like a clumpy mascara to ruin a minimal makeup look.  Apply a great non-clumping mascara to your top and bottom lashes.  Rimmel Glam’Eyes and CoverGirl Volume Exact mascaras are my drugstore picks.  Apply brown eyeliner to the upper waterline to make it look like you have more lashes at the root.

#5 — Wear a “Your Lips But Better” Colour.

Finish off the look with a very sheer lip product (lipstick, balm, gloss, or stain) that mimics your natural lip colour.  I used Revlon Life’s A Peach lipgloss all over my lips.

Aaaand you’re done!  Easy, right?  Now step out of the house and tell everyone: “Why yes, I woke up this morning looking this fabulous, thank you!”

Wearing My “No Makeup” Look

I really like this fresh face and I might start doing it more often.  Do you wear the no makeup look?  Doesn’t it make you want Spring to arrive now, pleez can haz nao?

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  • Great tips! Thanks for the post! You look natural and pretty in the pic.

    • Thanks Penelope! Trust me, the before photo is NOT as pretty. I was going to post it too, but I looked kinda scary.

  • pretty, pretty! <3

    love your tips. thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • You’re welcome. Glad the tips were helpful. 🙂

  • Excellent tips! you look fab dah-ling!


    • Thank you dah-ling! You should’ve seen the “before.” Not so fab LOL. 😉

  • This is basically me, every day. Minimal makeup, playing with neutrals, out the door.

    If I don’t line the bottom of my eyes, it’s even better. I guess that’s a “night” look for my face. 🙂

    • Well aren’t we trendy? 😛

  • amazing pppppposst… love your look n ur extremly pretty

  • These are great tips! You look wonderful btw:)


    • I’m glad they are helpful! 🙂

  • i know i say it allll the time but you really are beautiful Arianne! you carry this look off so well 🙂 x

    • Haha try seeing me withOUT makeup. 😉 I look sooo tired without my concealer!

  • Your skin is amazing! I love the no makeup makeup look. 🙂

    • Thanks! My skin is not THAT amazing. What you’re not seeing are my dark circles. I don’t have any breakouts though (thank goodness!).

  • Super interesting post, thank you for those tips!

    • You’re welcome Gaby! 🙂

  • LOve the tips! And yes, I think that you DO wakeup looking that gorgeous!

    • Hahaha you’re sweet. But BF said I look funny in the morning, and I kinda believe the guy. LOL.

  • I wonder how long this “clean face” trend is going to last for (on the runways). It shall be interesting to see… hehe I love your non-makeup look. It always amuses me when my guyfriends get super judgmental about makeup, and make a big deal about how girls look much better w/out makeup. Then they show me a picture of what they mean, and it’s always a model who’s definitely got makeup on xD

    • Exactly! I certainly look horrible without a slap of concealer on. That’s what I absolutely must have, if I can’t have anything else.

  • Love this post. I love the effortless look, but it’s definitely something I need to work on.

    • Thanks! 🙂 It’s a good lazy day look.

  • Awww.. I loved your no makeup look a lot… very pretty 🙂

  • Great post! Your makeup looks flawless and absolutely radiant!

    • Ahh the power of a good concealer, eh? 🙂 Thanks doll!

  • No makeup look is one of my favorites to do! 🙂

  • I absolutely love your version of the no make up look.. U look stunning and truly natural..

    Great post hun.. Thank you

    Awesome blog btw.. i’m following 😉

    • Thank you! 🙂 I like the freshness of this look, too.