Image: Getty Images for Michael Kors
As we’ve learnt from countless Korean makeup tutorials, a fresh-faced look actually requires a lot of work. Sheer base makeup, concealer, powder, highlighters and blushers are just the bare minimum of what you need for a “my skin but better” complexion. Unless of course, you’ve already got great skin. (Oh, lucky you.)
But for many of us, like it or not, the effects of daily stress and external aggressors tend to show up easily on our skin, especially as we age. And that’s why the no-makeup makeup look has been so popular over the last few years – it makes you look like an enhanced version of yourself, and is great for all occasions, dressed up or down.
The best of all? The look is now a runway staple, so it’s always on trend. And it never seems to get boring with every new show showcasing different ways in which you can actually wear “no makeup” in everyday life.
Here’s how to get each one of the 3 best no-makeup makeup looks seen at the recent fashion weeks.
#1 GLOWY, SATIN SKIN AT TANYA TAYLOR
Inspired by Meryl Streep’s look in the movie Out of Africa, the makeup at the Tanya Taylor show featured glowy, satin-finish skin with a natural flush and matte lips.
STEP ONE: Start off with a sheer foundation – Nars’ International Lead Makeup Artist Uzo used the brand’s Sheer Glow – and apply concealer and loose powder wherever you may require it. Fill in your brows and set them with a clear gel.
STEP TWO: For an illuminated skin effect, layer your preferred combination of highlighters at the high points of the face. At the show, models with fair skin had on the pink-based Nars Copacabana Illuminator and Multiple, while those with darker skin tones used the bronze Laguna Illuminator and South Beach Multiple. (If you’d like to tone down on the blusher, take your cue from the makeup at the Tibi show.)
STEP THREE: Apply a rosy pink blusher like the darker shade in Nars’ Dual-Intensity Blush in Adoration to the cheeks. If you prefer a sheerer finish, use a wet brush during application.
STEP FOUR: Curl and coat your lashes with mascara.
STEP FIVE: Finish with a matte lilac rose colour on the lips. A powder blusher was brushed over the Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never to give an extra matte texture.
#2 GLOSSY SKIN AT OPENING CEREMONY
Image: Nars Cosmetics
Glossy skin is usually an instant no-no for any Singaporean. (Thanks, humidity.) But we can foresee ourselves wearing a modified version of the look created by Nars’ Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer at the Opening Ceremony show in our weather, especially on “dry skin days”. The skin looks hydrated, plumped and even-toned, as if you’ve just had a pampering facial sheet mask on for the last 10 minutes.
STEP ONE: Prep the skin with a hydrating cream like the Nars Luminous Moisture Cream, and the Total Replenishing Eye Cream.
STEP TWO: To even out the skin tone, use a sheer base makeup product, such as a BB cream or tinted moisturiser, and cover discolourations – dark spots, under eye circles – with a concealer. Fill in your brows.
If you’ve got combination skin and want to tone down the gloss a little, add a light layer of loose powder on the T-zone, dusted onto the face over a piece of tissue.
STEP THREE: For the cheeks, apply a gold-toned highlighter. Backstage at Opening Ceremony, the left side of the Nars Dual-Intensity Blush in the shade Jubilation was used. To keep the “tinted cheek” glossy finish, we suggest dabbing on the blusher with a wet sponge. If you’d like some extra gloss, do what James Boehmer did and apply a clear lipgloss to the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, eyes and the high points of the cheeks.
STEP FOUR: In the original look, a pink blush and rose gold eyeshadow was used to create the lip colour, but a semi-matte rose lipstick will do for everyday wear.
#3 SUN-KISSED SKIN AT MICHAEL KORS
No-makeup makeup was given a golden glow at Michael Kors – models were sent down the runway with a cool, just-back-from-a-resort-holiday tan that doesn’t run too rosy. This look is perfect if you you prefer a bronze sheen, or want a extra definition to your cheeks.
STEP ONE: Apply a sheer base makeup product, such as a BB cream, tinted moisturiser or foundation, followed by concealer to cover spots and under eye circles. Set your makeup with a light dusting of loose powder – you want your skin to look velvety smooth, but not matte. Fill in your brows following its natural shape.
STEP TWO: Sweep a golden bronzer from the apples of your cheeks, along the cheekbones and stopping at the hairline. Apply the excess across the bridge of your nose. Makeup artist Dick Page used the Michael Kors Bronzer for the look, but it is unfortunately, unavailable in Singapore. A good alternative to consider however, is the bronzing shade from Shiseido’s Face Enhancing Trio in Apple.
If you want a bit of a sculpting effect, then use a bronzer with less shimmer and apply it slightly below the cheekbone instead.
STEP THREE: Give your eyes and lips a subtle sheen by applying a multi-purpose balm on it, like the Smith’s Rosebud Salve – easy peasy.
There you have it! Three different, but easy ways to wear no-makeup makeup. They’re all perfect for the office, a party, and even if you’re just heading out for a short while during the weekend.
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