Products to nail the ‘no-make-up’ make-up look

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08 Aug 2022
No makeup makeup tips

How to get the glowy, moist look of bare-face beauty with these make-up bag must-haves

image Bertie Warner

words Brit Dawson

One of the most enviable make-up looks frequently depicted in films seems like it involves no make-up at all – that is, when an actor ‘wakes up’ in the morning. Unlike my haggard 8AM reality, onscreen stars always look dewy and glowing, seemingly bare faced. That’s because their make-up artists have mastered the ‘no make-up make-up’ look – a trick to keep you looking fresh and glam when you’re not in the mood for a more statement look.

Of course, you don’t need to be a Hollywood actor with a professional crew around you – there’s plenty of products out there to enable you to master this look yourself. Not to mention a plethora of TikTok tutorials to help you get started. To launch you into your au naturel journey, we’ve rounded up a handful of essentials that will have you looking like Julia Roberts in Notting Hill. Well, er, maybe.


lip care

lip care

£ 12.00

This lip balm is formulated with cocoa and spearmint designed for lips in need of protection. The luxuriant balm contains cocoa butter to guard against chapping and protect against moisture loss while spearmint has antiseptic and breath freshening properties. Make it the basis of your everyday makeup routine for lips that look and feel plump and fresh.


Rubberlash Mascara

Rubberlash Mascara

Issamaya Beauty
£ 35.00

Just because you’re going for a more natural look, that doesn’t mean you have to neglect your eye make-up. A little mascara is the perfect way to lengthen your lashes, without drawing too much attention to the eyes, like you might do if you wear eyeliner. The key is to find a product that stretches the lashes up, but doesn’t look too heavy or turn your eyelashes into clumps. ISAMAYA Beauty’s Rubberlash mascara does just that. The product uses latex lift technology to wax grip your lashes for a better hold and sculpt each individual eyelash for a neat and natural lift.


Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour

Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour

Daniel Sandler
£ 18.45

As well as making your faux freckles more natural, a little bit of blush will enhance your ‘no make-up’ appearance by giving you a rosy summery glow – except less, ‘I’ve been running for the bus in 40 degree heat’, and more, ‘golden hour tint’. Using a liquid blush like Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour can give you a light, water-resistant finish for a long-lasting and hydrating look – it also comes in a handful of illuminating shades, so you can mix up the warmth of your glow for more versatile everyday looks.


Feel Skin Care

Feel Skin Care

£ 14.95

All good make-up looks rely on base skincare routines to keep your skin healthy and radiant, to glow on through. For those who’ve already tried every product under the sun but still aren’t seeing results, Feel’s skin care capsules might just be the answer. The brand’s formula brings together innovative ingredients – like ashwagandha, polyphenols, and burdock root – to tackle the main factors of breakouts and acne, including stress, oil, toxins, and hormones. After just two capsules a day for 90 days, you should start to feel cleaner, rejuvenated, and ready to start your ‘no make-up’ journey.


Freckle Me Dark Brown

Freckle Me Dark Brown

£ 5.00

As someone with a face full of freckles, I used to spend my teenage summers sheltering in the shade to avoid them coming out. But, as with any insecurity, not only do you grow out of it, but one day it’ll probably become a TikTok trend. And, luckily for me, freckles are, like, so hot right now. However, if you’re cursed with freckle-less skin, don’t fear – you can simply draw them on! Instead of doing a DIY job with an eyebrow pencil, it’s worth getting hold of a freckle-specific tool, like Revolution’s Freckle Me – a pen with a felt tip applicator that enables you to easily give yourself realistic-looking freckles. Top tip: don’t think too hard about the placement of the freckles, and make sure to dab them slightly afterwards for a softer, more natural look. Also compliment me on my freckles if you see me.


Lip Cheat re-shape & Re-Size Lip Liner

Lip Cheat re-shape & Re-Size Lip Liner

Charlotte Tilbury
£ 19.00

Part of the fun of make-up – whether natural or not – is the ability to alter your features and play around with your face. If you’re not going for a bold eye look, you can achieve this transformation by reshaping or resizing your lips with lip liner. For a natural liner that will last all day – so as not to ruin the ‘no make-up’ illusion – you can try Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat, which will give you a velvety finish and maybe even a whole new look.

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