10 Products to nail the ‘no makeup’ makeup look
How to get the glowy, moist look of bare-face beauty with these makeup bag must-haves
image Bertie Warner
words Brit Dawson
One of the most enviable makeup looks frequently depicted in films seems like it involves no makeup at all. It's when an actor ‘wakes up’ in the morning and, unlike our haggard 8AM reality, they look dewy and glowing whilst seemingly bare faced. That’s because their makeup artists have mastered the ‘no makeup makeup’ look – a trick to keep you looking fresh and glam when you’re not in the mood for a statement look.
Of course, you don’t need to be a Hollywood actor with a professional crew around you to nail the no makeup makeup look – there’s plenty of products out there to enable you to master it 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.
THE HYDRATING LIP GLOSS
CALIFORNIA LIP MILK
This soft gloss treatment comes in a recyclable glass tube so it’s good for you and the planet. A product for those non-lipstick days, it’ll complete your natural look with a soft moonglow finish. The formula is blended with clean actives to treat the lip for daily lip-smacking goodness.
THE AFFORDABLE LIP MASK
sweet lips lip-mask
Dry and chapped lips are officially a thing of the past. Treat your lips to some ultimate TLC with Lottie London's overnight lip mask & balm. This lip balm is formulated with nourishing jojoba oil and moisturising shea butter to guard against chapping and protect against moisture loss. Make this the basis of your everyday makeup routine for lips that look and feel plump and fresh.
THE LASH CLEANSER FOR EYELASH EXTENSIONS
Cleansing Lash Kit
Peep Club's Cleansing Lash Foam is designed to gently but effectively clean and protect your eyelids and eyelashes. This kit is an all-round eyelash, eyelid and eye area treatment so your lashes are looking and feeling their best whether you decide to wear makeup or not.
THE SUBTLE BLUSH
sweet liquid blush in 'say it'
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 this one from Lottie London can give you a lightweight finish for a long-lasting and hydrating look.
THE SKIN BLURRING PRIMER
Face & Eye Instant Blur Primer
The Face & Eye Instant Blur Primer is a silky, lightweight, universal primer that works to instantly perfect the look of your skin. It is formulated with powerful ingredients to create the ideal canvas to enhance the look and wear of your makeup. Hyaluronic acid works to retain moisture in your skin and helps mitigate the drying effects of make up and environmental stressors.
THE SKINCARE SUPPLEMENT
Feel Skin Care
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.
THE AFFORDABLE EYE ROLLER
Make your eyes shine bright without the aid of eyeshadow palettes and an army of brushes. This budget beauty tool can be used with serum or eye cream (or by itself) and is perfect for boosting circulation, improving skin tone, texture and relieving facial tension meaning the skin around your eyes will be left with a natural glow.
THE ULTIMATE LIP BALM
Vitamin E Lip Balm
For the days when lipstick is too much, Haeckels vitamin e lip balm has pretty much all you need to keep your lips looking and feeling good. It contains hyaluronic acid to retain moisture in your lips whilst the seaweed extract Haeckels protects your lips from the elements.