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How to Upgrade Your “No Makeup” Look: Tips from Professional Makeup Artists!

No matter what the trends are, natural beauty is always in. If done correctly, the “no makeup” look is great for interviews, first dates, and pretty much any family get together. A little sincerity goes a long way when it comes to making an impression. Here are a few ways to really amp up your look for that extra boost of confidence:

Your natural beauty does matter…

As much as we like to think that makeup is what makes us beautiful, what’s underneath the foundation is equally important for achieving that true level of radiance. Now that winter is finally starting to dwindle away it’s time to start seriously rethinking the way we’ve been handling our skincare routine. 


Photos by sheenajibson and rockneyoga

Photos by sheenajibson and rockneyoga

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Take an egg yolk and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and whip together. Slather all over your face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. This treatment is the most hydrating thing you can do for your skin, and it’ll leave your face with the most beautiful glow you have ever seen!
— Niki Metz, director of artistry for Jouer

Niki’s got a great point about keeping the skin hydrated. Over time our skin can become used to products like daily moisturizer and acne wash. Instead of going on a splurge for new products, reset your skin with a deep cleansing mask. Another great way to prep your skin for warmer days is a facial. 

Beauty comes from within

So often do women primp their face to perfection, only to destroy the entire thing with an overwhelming heap of blush. Ladies, please stop doing this! After all, the entire point of the “no makeup” look is to look as if you’re not wearing makeup at all! 


Photos by Maria Morri and Rory MacLeod

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Add your favorite blush to the cheeks before you apply foundation for a glow that looks like it’s coming from beneath the skin.
— James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

As James suggests, applying your blush before your foundation gives the illusion of a glow from within. To really take this tip to the next level, use a gel or cheek stain blush with a light coverage foundation such as a tinted moisturizer. 

They say your eyes are the windows to your soul… 

There’s nothing like boxy brows to turn a beautiful “no makeup” selfie into a total catastrophe. If you use a wet brow filler such as a cream or pencil for your everyday look, consider switching up your game for a dry powder or even a tinted brow gel to keep things in place. 

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No. 2 pencils are the perfect graphite shade to sketch in natural eyebrow hairs. Sharpen one to a point and draw in lightly for a finished brow.
— James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

Hope you try these tricks next time you do the “no makeup” look! Don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments below. 

Quotes courtesy of marieclaire.com

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