Mastering a natural makeup look should be easy, right? Wrong. In fact, subtly shining a spotlight on your best features to create that barely-there, my-face-but-better finish can actually take a lot of work.
Don’t worry though, there are plenty of hacks that can help you perfect your minimal vibe in no time, and we’ve rounded up our top eight below. Keep scrolling for the tips and tricks of the trade.
Invest In A Decent Primer
Pulling off a natural makeup look is all about that base, so start by prepping your skin with a decent primer to promote smooth application. Stila One Step Correct colour corrects, brightens, and nourishes the skin to even out your skin tone and texture, and blur imperfections all in one go. It also helps to control oil production to prevent excess shine and keep your makeup in place all day long.
Conceal Any Flaws
Natural makeup looks are all about feeling like the best version of you. A lightweight liquid concealer like Makeup Revolution Conceal And Define covers up blemishes, pigmentation, and dark circles without making your skin look cakey or uneven. The most important part? Blend. Blend. Blend. We recommend buffing out with the BEAUTY BAY Microfibre Sponges to achieve a truly seamless finish.
Mix Bronzer Into Your Moisturiser
To get that natural-looking glow, ditch the powder bronzers and try Beached Rays For Days Natural Bronzer Serum. On clear skin days, mix a few drops into your moisturiser (we love Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser) to give your skin a healthy, radiant finish. This is literally summer skin in a bottle.
Go Lightweight With Your Foundation
For a barely there base, we’d recommend going for a tinted moisturiser, CC, or BB cream like Holika Holika Holi Pop BB Cream Moist Glow. If you prefer a little more coverage however, The Ordinary Serum Foundation SPF 15 is the best of both worlds. It’s super lightweight, effortlessly buildable, and offers natural coverage for a flawless everyday look.
When going for a natural look, reach for a cream highlighter every time. Unlike powders, they sink into the skin rather than sitting on top, giving you that fresh, dewy, lit-from-within glow. The SOSU By Suzanne Jackson Cream Stick Glow is a firm favourite at BBHQ due to its ability to amp up the radiance in just a few swipes. It’s handbag friendly, so you can keep it close at all times for an on-the-go glow.
Subtly Enhance Your Lashes
Much like the iconic ‘bend and snap’, ‘the wiggle’ works every time. Using a mascara with a finely packed bristle applicator like the Rodial Glamolash Skinny Mascara, gently wiggle the brush into the roots to build subtle volume and definition. This technique creates natural-looking lashes (with just a little bit of extra help).
There’s a time and a place for your cut crease and your glitter, but for a natural makeup look, you want to strip your eyeshadow right back. The BEAUTY BAY EYN Nude 16 Colour Palette contains a variety of neutral shades that are perfect for subtly defining and enhancing the eyes.
Opt For A Lip Tint
Strike the balance between a clear balm and a bright lip colour with a tinted lip balm like Dr. Lipp Lip Tint. Dab onto the centre of your lips with your finger than gently blend out towards the edges to create a neutral gloss of colour. As a general rule, we’d say go for a shade only slightly darker than your actual lip colour to promote a natural look.