Monday, October 21, 2013

How To: The No-Makeup Makeup

Today I wanted to share a tutorial on what I think is an essential makeup look in any makeup enthusiasts bag of tricks - the no-makeup makeup! I'm talking of course about applying makeup in a way that looks as if you aren't wearing any makeup at all. If you follow my handy dandy tutorial, you'll soon be tricking people into thinking you just wake up this flawless!

Bright eyed and bushy tailed, even after my second all nighter this week

The goods you'll need

Start off by cleansing your face thoroughly, and applying your regular skincare bits. It's a good idea to also chuck some lip balm on at this point to get your lips nice and moisturised. I used the Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream, because it's flipping delicious.

Slap on a good primer for your skin type. For myself I love a glowy primer such as the Natio Glow Balm, but oilier skin types may benefit from a mattifying primer!

Select a shear base. Yes even if you have some serious spots or pigmentation! We'll get to that in a minute. I used the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Light, because it's a light, natural coverage.

Now the next step is important. When creating a no-makeup makeup look, you want to keep the most amount of natural skin showing through as possible. This is going to keep your look fresh and looking like real skin. Spot conceal, spot conceal, spot conceal. Even if you have to cover half your face in the heaviest duty concealer you own, keep the nice looking skin in between your problem areas high coverage FREE. Especially the area around the eyes. The eyes are the main place people look when they are speaking to you and if your foundation/concealer is caked around the eyes, they will notice that you are wearing makeup! I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.

Finished Base!

All we want to do for eye shadow is blend a matte colour maybe 3-4 shades darker than your skintone into the crease of your eyes. This shadow is going to just enhance the natural shadows that fall there and help your eyes to look a teeny tiny bit more defined. I used Urban Decay's eyeshadow in Naked. 


I forgot to take a picture of this but I also added a teeny bit of the same eyeshadow to my brows, just to fill in any gaps. The next step is to then curl your eye lashes.

Now because I have white eyelashes I then went ahead and applied the teeniest wee bit of mascara. If you have black or brown eyelashes, feel free to skip this step. If you have invisible eye lashes like me, I suggest you add a light coat of a natural looking mascara. To avoid it looking clumpy, I went ahead and wiped off any excess mascara onto a cotton round before taking the wand to my eyes. I used Maybelline's Mega Plush Mascara.

Lightly defined lashes help to open up the eyes!

Take a blush (I prefer a creme because they look so natural!) that melds with your natural skin tone and blend a little onto your cheeks. This is just to add some warmth back to the face that the foundation covered up. When I see someone with perfect skin and no natural flush to their face, it is a tell tale sign someone is wearing foundation. I used MUA's Blossom.

Lastly I went ahead and applied a very light, moisturisng lipgloss. The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter is amazing for the job!

And that is it! Those are my best tips for no-makeup makeup!

I hope this tutorial was helpful in some way, and let me know if you have any other tips for achieving the no-makeup makeup look! Also, let me know if you like this picture tutorial format, because it is really fun to do!



  1. I really love this look! I definately think I'm gonna try it out for school(: thank you so much for the lovely tips you have such a nice blog

  2. I'm really loving this no makeup makeup look, it enhances your natural beautiful and just looks so fresh! I'm a huge fan :) On another note, I really want to get myself a Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter but just not keen on paying the price for it!

    1. I got mine in a sale, keep an eye out at chemists that stock clarins, they are generally cheaper than myer!

  3. oh I love your make up! it looks very natural :-) I love your hair color btw!

  4. How good is the GLOW from Natio? I love it:)

    You look absolutely beautiful au naturelle and I love the photos too.

    Have a great day lovely x

    1. It is amazing for how cheap the price is! I need to do a full review on it soon!

  5. Great post!

    My pet peeve is when beauty bloggers/youtubers do a no make look and they 17 products (including false eyelashes!!). I love that there isn't too much difference. You wouldn't know you were wearing make up. I would just think you are lucky to have great skin :)

    1. Haha yeah it really is meant to be no makeup, not "natural looking" makeup haha!

  6. Hahaha i love this post. Your expressions are brilliant.. mind you, when I put on my mascara- now that is a funny sight!

    Lucy x

  7. Great tutorial! You look lovely, and certainly very fresh & flawless! This is basically my sunday look if I have to leave the house, but I usually make my makeup look obvious :P xx

  8. Natural and Gorgeous! I love this look. I've been trying out the maybelline BB, so far so good :)

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  9. You look gorgeous, I love this look! Thanks for the entertaining pictures too :)

  10. Wow, how gorgeous and radiant do you look, Mishelle, and on the heels of an all-nighter too! Love the tutorial. :)

  11. You look beautiful Mishelle! I love this look, it looks great on you! Love the tutorial too, your faces are so cute! xx

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