The "no makeup" look is underrated -- beauty doesn't have to be over the top or always include bright red lips and cakey foundation. Here's how to achieve a natural glow without all the hype.
Before you apply any makeup, make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. Your complexion will look healthier if your skin is supple, not greasy, so go easy on the moisturizer. Try Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($24.50, Sephora.com) or Eucerin's Everyday Face Lotion with SPF 30 ($8.99, Drugstore.com) for extra sun protection.
The key to the natural look is the appearance of a near perfect complexion. If you weren't blessed with a completely blemish-three complexion, use makeup that helps your skin look like you were. Revlon ColorStay Foundation (12.99, Drugstore.com) or Mac's Studio Fix Fluid ($26.80, MacCosmetics.com) are two great options.
Camouflage your blemishes and dark spots with concealer. Skip foundation if your skin is in good condition, and just apply concealer over the imperfections. Try Black Opal's Fade and Conceal ($6.75, BlackOpalBeauty.com) to fade and hide scars, or Iman's Corrective Concealer ($9.99, Walgreens).
Clear or Tinted Gloss
No lipstick needed. Instead, go for a clear gloss to highlight the tone of your bare lips, or try a pink or pinkish brown color that is similar to your natural lip color. Check out NYX's Lip Gloss w/Mega Shine in clear ($5.49, Ulta.com) or Nivea's A Kiss of Shine Lipgloss ($3.79, Soap.com).
If you have the time and want to add a few extra touches, you can dab your tinted lip gloss on your cheeks for a subtle pop. And for picture perfect eyebrows, groom your eyebrows with an eyebrow brush and fill them in with a pencil like Cover Girl Brow and Eyemaker Eyebrow Pencil ($3.59, Target). Then you can coat your lashes with a clear mascara like E.L.F.'s Clear Mascara ($1, EyesLipsFace.com) to open up your eyes.