While there is nothing more satisfying than having your makeup on point, with your eyeliner making the perfect wing, your flawlessly done eye makeup making your eyes pop and your bright bold lip color accentuating your features, it goes without saying that doing a full face of makeup everyday takes a huge amount of effort. And let’s face it, in the summer, the heat can easily cause your makeup to melt, leaving behind streaks, and that is not a look you want to sport, especially before a meeting or on a date you’ve been looking forward to.
So on most days minimal makeup not only helps you look fresh and radiant, but also allows your skin to breathe. As a result, barely obvious makeup, often referred to as the ‘No-makeup’ look has become extremely popular, with beauty brands adding products to their lines that help you easily achieve the look. But there is so much more to achieving the look than just putting on less than normal makeup. So if you’re interested in perfecting the look, keep on reading.
Cleanse and tone
For you to be able to sport a flawless no-makeup look, your skin needs to be in the best possible condition, and that’s only possible if you have an effective skincare routine in place that you follow religiously to the T. It doesn’t have to be as elaborate as having twenty steps. It can be extremely minimalistic yet give you beautiful and smooth skin like the Leovard daily minimalist seven step skin care routine. Starting with gently cleansing the skin using the Multicleanser and following it up with the Leovard Tonic helps to minimize and close up enlarged pores, giving your skin a smoother appearance.
Since little to no foundation is part of the no-makeup look it is important to generously apply a lightweight moisturizer to give your skin a glow and sheen. The more hydrated and supple your skin looks, the more beautiful it will look with little to no makeup on. It’s important to make sure that the moisturizer is non-greasy like the Leovard Multicream as it can otherwise make your face look oily and sticky, Not a pleasant sight!
The reason why applying a primer is extremely important for a no-makeup look is that it helps to give the skin a smooth texture by reducing the appearance of enlarged pores. It also ensures that the makeup stays put instead of sliding across the face as you won’t be using any baking or compact powder today.
Instead of going for full coverage, lightly cover blemishes and dark spots using a concealer. Make sure to not cover up your freckles too much as this will allow your natural skin to show through, allowing your makeup to look more natural and radiant. Also apply a bit of concealer underneath your eyes to help brighten up the face and lightly dust with a loose powder.
Use liquid blush
The best way to add some color to your cheeks while doing a no-makeup look is to use a liquid blush. It blends beautifully into the skin, giving you a naturally flushed and sun-kissed look. Dab a little bit across the nose for a more natural and rosy look.
Highlighter is a must
Even if you are a matte look girl on regular days, on a no-makeup look day you must add a bit of highlighter to make your face look bright and glowy. Apply it to the high points of your face like the bridge of your nose and cheekbones.
Subtle eye makeup
A smokey eye look can instantly take your makeup look up a notch, but not today. A no-makeup look is all about subtle and muted tones, and that’s what is needed for the eyes too. Lightly dab a brown, pink or cream eyeshadow with your fingers. Opt for a brown eyeliner instead of black and apply a light coat of mascara. Don’t forget to fill in your brows without adding too much definition to them.
Hydrate your lips
To perfect the no-makeup look you need to ensure that your lips look hydrated, supple and smooth. Ditch the bright and bold lip color for a hydrating lip balm like the Leovard Lip Luster. Not only will the formulation, containing hyaluronic acid, help to instantly give your look an oomph by adding fullness to your lips, the added titanium oxide will help protect them from UV damage, allowing them to look hydrated and moisturized throughout the day.
Makeup is one of the best ways to help boost your confidence. Not only does it enhance your features, it also helps you feel more comfortable in your skin. But when makeup becomes an escape and you’re too scared to be bare face is when you must realise that something’s not right. Learning to embrace your skin, with all its perfect imperfections is absolutely necessary and starting with a no-makeup look might just do the trick.