LOOKS: NO-MAKEUP MAKEUP // beauty post of the month

Hey Babes!

I love putting on a full face, but if I were to do that routine every time I went to class or ran an errand, it would take me an extra hour or so just to get out the door.

Once in awhile I will take the extra time to do an all-out makeup look for simple activities, but most of the time I go for a no makeup makeup look so I save time and makeup while still feeling glamorous.

The natural look I’m going to share with you today takes me 10 minutes max, is super lightweight, and is really easy to touch up. This look is also great when you’re going places where people expect you to look like crap, such as the airport or camping.

And, I want you to know that besides a little bit of cropping, ALL of the photos of my face in this post are completely, 100%, unedited so that you can get a realistic feel for it.

So let’s get to it!

No matter what look I’m going for, I always start my makeup routine with primer.

I’ve tried out a few different primers, but one of my favorites is the Smashbox “Photo Finish” primer. I use the “light” version, but there’s a few other variations in this line, such as pore minimizing and correcting.

I love the “Photo Finish Light” because it’s super lightweight and oil-free, which is what I look for in a lot of makeup products because my skin tends to get oily at times.

Sometimes your face can feel heavy as you pile on products, but when I put on this primer I hardly notice a difference from before I applied it. That’s a great factor to have for no makeup looks and other minimal makeup looks, because it helps give you a bare-faced feeling.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: Light // $36 @ Sephora 
(I know you can’t see the primer on my face, but this will serve as a “before” photo)

After primer, I dab MAKE UP FOR EVER’s “Ultra HD Concealer” on my forehead, expression lines, under my eyes, and any other blemishes I may have scattered around my face, and blend it in with a Beautyblender “Micro Mini Pro”.

This concealer is kind of thick, but it blends well and gives amazing coverage. My only issue with this product is that way too much comes out when you squeeze the tube, and it only gets harder to get the right amount as you use it, but I’ve learned to just squeeze some on my hand instead of applying it straight to my face.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Concealer // $27 @ Sephora
BEAUTYBLENDER Micro.Mini Pro: Set of 2 // $18 @ Sephora

Next comes foundation. When doing a full-face, I use BB cream, liquid foundation, and a powdered foundation, but for this no-makeup look, I’m only going to use a powdered foundation to keep a lightweight feeling.

Using a BB cream instead of a powderd foundation works too, but for me BB cream alone doesn’t give me the coverage I want. If you don’t care about a little extra heavieness, another option is to use both a bb cream and a foundation.

I use a beautyblender when applying creamy and liquid products, but when putting on a pressed powder foundation like my MAKE UP FOR EVER “Pro Finish”, I use a MAC “150 Large Powder Brush.

Like the rest of the products in this look so far, this foundation is really lightweight, but also gives great coverage without being cakey. It’s always hard for me to find a foundation that matches my skin tone, but this one blends in really well with my orange undertones.

The matte finish is also another big plus because it minimizes any shine on my skin throughout the day.

*** Note: I somehow accidentally took a picture of the Pro Sculpting Duo (idk why I have this still because it’s all gone),  but the Pro Finish looks exactly the same, just instead of “Pro Sculpting Duo” it says “Pro Finish” ***  

MAKE UP FOR EVER PRO FINISH Multi Use Powder Foundation // $36 @ Sephora                     (Pictured Pro Sculpting Duo // $39 @ Sephora)
MAC Cosmetics 150 Large Powder Brush // $42 @ Mac Cosmetics

I am a contouring and highlighting freak, but when you’re aiming for a natural look, contouring and highlighting your entire face isn’t ideal. However, adding a subtle highlight under the eyes and across the cheekbone is the perfect way to add a glam factor while keeping it light.

To achieve this, I put BECCA’s “Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter” under my eyes and on the highest point of my cheekbone and blend it out with an original beautyblender. Sometimes, I accidentally blend it a little too far down my face, but it’s nothing setting powder can’t fix.

I absolutely LOVE this highlighter. It’s a lot more pigmented than some other highlighters I’ve used, it smells good, and after a couple coats, it gives me the perfect shine. The color goes well with my skin too, I just wish it felt a little less greasy.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter: Champagne Pop // $41 @ Sephora 
The Original Beautyblender // $20 @ Sephora

Before I set my face makeup, I add a subtle blush with the “accentuate” shade in Tarte‘s “Tartiest Contour Palette” and a MAC “129SH Brush.”

Natural looks like this one are the only time I really use blush, because I tend to look a little washed out without contouring. I like this shade because it’s really subtle and gives my face color without looking too bright.

Tarteist Contour Palette // $42 @ Sephora 

To finalize my face makeup, I apply e.l.f.’s “HD Sheer Powder” all over my face with an e.l.f. “Studio Kabuki Face Brush.”

This powder is really good at giving you a finalized matte finish, but if not applied carefully it will leave some areas white and cakey. That’s why I don’t reccomend using the pad it comes with or any brush with compact bristels.

Using tools with loose bristles, like the kabuki brush, are not as prone to leaving cakey areas. However, this problem can be easily fixed by evening everything out with a fan brush.

No matter what brush I use to apply the setting powder, I always sweep a fan brush across my face after for a more even look.

e.l.f HD Powder: Sheer // $6 @ e.l.f. Cosmetics
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush // $6 @ e.l.f. Cosmetics

When it comes to eyeshadow, I stick with three neautral shades from the Anastasia Beverely Hills “Modern Renaissance” palette that match my skin tone to give the illusion I’m not wearing anything on my eyelids at all.

The first shade is Golden Ochre, and I put it over my entire lid with a fluff brush. The second shade is Tempera, and I use a large eyeshadow brush to highlight my brow bone by starting at the inner corner of my eye and going up and out to the outer corner. Lastly, with a smudge brush, I apply a small amount of Warm Taupe across my lower lash line. And when I say small, I’m talking barely noticeable small.

The only reason I do this last step is because I like my bottom lids to be a tiny bit darkened as if I have natural eyeliner.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette // $42 @ Sephora

And now the finishing touches: mascara and lipstick.

I have two mascaras in my makeup bag, one for every day casual wear, and one for major extention when I want to look fabulous. My every day casual wear mascara, and the one I use in this look, is MILK Makeup’s “Ubame Mascara.”

It gives my lashes length, but not a false-level length, which is perfect for what I’m trying to achieve in this look. The three-ball brush allows it to go on smoothly too. If you want a more in-depth review, you can check out December’s beauty post.

MILK MAKEUP Ubame Mascara // $24 @ Sephora

And because I never go without lipstick, the very last step is putting on MAC’s “Cremesheen Ravishing.”

This lipstick is not my favorite because it’s sticky, but it is my favorite for the no-makeup makeup look.

If putting on a full coat, it’s a pinky-peach, but I can use it to give my lips a more natural tint by gently rubbing some on with my finger. This method enhances my natural lip color instead of completely changing it.

MAC Cremesheen Ravishing Lipstick // $17 @ MAC Cosmetics 

That’s it! The look is complete!


I know it looks like a lot, but it’s actually a really simple process, especially when you get the hang of it. The best part is that it’s not too technical, so if you’re in a rush you don’t have to worry about spending time to fix your mistake.

Be sure to give me your feedback, leave suggestions, and/or tell me about your fave makeup looks/products!

March’s beauty post is coming up soon!

dress well. eat well. live well.



7 thoughts on “LOOKS: NO-MAKEUP MAKEUP // beauty post of the month

  1. Gorgeous no-makeup makeup look. I have read so many good things about almost all the products that you have used for this look. I personally love smashbox primer. It is awesome. I must try out products from make-up forever, at least their foundation 😊
    Love the look.

    1. Thank you! The only thing from make up forever I haven’t liked so far is their lipstick. I had a red one and it was a nice cold but it didn’t stay on very long compared to some other brands.

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