We’ve all seen it: the radiant-from-within makeup look that sings the words “I woke up like this.” It can be daunting to pull off the no-makeup makeup look because let’s be honest, sometimes we need that extra pump of concealer to hide those dark under-eye circles, a bronzed-up contour to lift up our faces or a red lip to spice things up. Makeup is fun. We can transform ourselves and play around with colours, textures and shades but the natural, glowing look is timeless and is super beneficial when you have 10 minutes to get ready in the morning (damn you, Mondays!)
We’ve dug deep into the depths of au naturel paradise to bring you our favourite products to get that model-off-duty, no-makeup makeup vibe.
Starting off with the face, use a radiant primer to minimize any imperfections and create a soft, flawless canvas for your foundation to lay onto. This Estée Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer (R475) is exactly that – it illuminates your skin but keeps it supple and foundation-ready.
When attempting the no-makeup makeup look, rather choose a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser. These two products won’t be too heavy on your face but provide just enough coverage. A BB cream is slightly heavier than a tinted moisturiser which is great if you need that extra coverage without going overboard. The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream (R535) contains an SPF 35, hydrates your skin and gives you that natural tint.
Tired eyes? Don’t fear. Clarins Instant Concealer (R350) refreshes and corrects any darkness under the eyes. Its formula is geared towards masking the colour of dark circles while restoring the skin’s natural tone.
Cheek time! We all love a fresh, rosy glow and what better way to achieve it than with a cream blush. Cream blushes are quick to apply and give you a natural flush of pink. Yardley’s Stayfast Blusher (R130.95) is creamy and buildable to help you achieve a radiant result.
Tip: Pop a light wash of bronzer below your cheekbones for that sun-kissed glow (Urban Decay Beached Bronzer (R420))
What’s a dewy look without a bit of highlight? Choosing a liquid highlighting stick gives you a healthy, effortless glow. The Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand (R575) is in the form of a pen (pearl or gold) so just a quick swipe and you’ve got that lit from within glow in seconds.
Give those eyes a pop and go for a lengthening mascara and fluffy brows. A lengthening mascara is great for brightening eyes but skip using it on lower lashes. Remember we’re going for a natural look so just a light coat on your top lashes with the Yardley High Definition Mascara (R151.95) will do the trick! L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper (R171.45) is great for defining your brows but keeping them fluffy for that bushy brow look.
Finally, hydrating your lips and sticking to a gloss or a lip stain will give you the illusion of a lip colour but aren’t as heavy as a lipstick. The Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss (R320) gives your lips a shine as well as a pop of colour and keeps your lips hydrated throughout the day.