How to get the no-makeup beauty look (yes, you still need makeup!)
Put that colorful eyeshadow down. Although single bursts of bright eye accents continue to be trendy this spring, what’s really making waves on the fashion front right now is an understated, no-makeup look.
Using makeup, of course.
We saw it on 2015 runways with top designers like Marc Jacobs, who leaned heavily on nude-pink lipsticks and blush, but not much else.
Want to look effortlessly and naturally flawless? Here are some tips to get the perfect no-makeup beauty look.
Build lashes without the liner. Apply mascara but forfeit the eyeliner. Our favorite mascara brand for dramatically fuller but natural-looking lashes is Younique’s 3-D Fiber Lashes. These are easier than they sound—and much more comfortable than fake lashes. Apply “transplanting gel” (basically like traditional mascara), then brush over it with tiny dark fibers made out of green tea leaves. Add a final sweep of the transplanting gel and your lashes will look like you’re wearing falsies—without the itchy glue and chance of them popping off and embarrassing you.
Bronze it up. Especially as we get closer to summer, a bronze look, relying on brown shadows and even brown lipstick shades, offers a more natural look—for some skin types. If you’re a cool and pale skin tone, you’ll do better with soft shades of rose. Know your skin tone and accent accordingly.
Contouring and highlighting is key. Increasingly, more fashionistas are recognizing the power in smart contouring (make your nose look slimmer, your eyes look bigger, your forehead look smaller), and product lines are making it easier with pre-made color groupings and easy-to-follow directions. Technically, all you need is a shading cream or powder and a highlighter.
We love the tri-tone Senna Face Sculpting Kit. For specific instructions on how to contour your skin—including where to apply the darker shades and where to put the lighter shades—here’s a great, simple, short and effective video, courtesy of Senna.
Or, simplify with a single sculpting product from Sephora: a pressed powder palatte that contains five shades that can be mixed and matched.
Don’t forget the nails. Pair your natural face with natural nails. Those wild, bright nails that were so popular last year are, well, last year. For 2015, try soft-colored polish (think tans, creams and nudes, like Essie’s Mademoiselle, $8.50 at nordstrom.com), or opt for a “negative space” mani. This design leaves plenty of open space—often just a single graphic line—which makes it easy to do yourself and more natural than the elaborate nail art that we saw in 2014.
Finish with the hair. Hair is also seeing a less structured look this spring. Low braids and low ponytails swept the recent runways, on the likes of models at Michael Kors models and other trendsetters. One pro trick: Use dry shampoo and volumizing spray to create texture and “mess.” Forget the sleek, perfectly blow-dried locks of seasons past.
A go-to that’s not going away soon: messy braids. So bring back that fishtail that you mastered in middle school, then shake a few strands loose and head out to town for an effortless look that’s totally on trend.