How To Wear The ‘No-Makeup’ Look

Who wants to look like they’ve piled on layers of makeup to go to the supermarket? Keep your makeup looking natural with just a few of our favourite techniques below which will highlight your natural features instead of concealing them.

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Tinted moisturiser

Don’t opt for full coverage foundations which can often look thick and cakey during the summer. The secret to a no-makeup look is with light, translucent products that match your skin tone. Use your hands to distribute the tinted moisturiser onto problem areas (mainly the t-zone, cheeks, and chin), then blend it out with a cosmetic sponge.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Tip: Damp cosmetic sponges such as the BeautyBlender help to create an even base by working with the skins natural oils. They set the product a lot smoother into the skin, even though they might take longer to apply.


Apply a touch of bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face; forehead, nose and cheeks. A little goes a long way, so make sure to tap the excess off your brush before applying.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look


For a healthy glow, apply a concentrated amount of highlighter onto the tops of your cheekbones. This gives a healthy, sun-kissed look that won’t make you look shiny.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Tip: Use a liquid highlight as it applies very smoothly onto the skin and won’t disrupt oily skin.


You could leave it with just a coat of mascara, but eyeshadow is an easy choice if you have a little extra time. Use cream shadows which apply quick and easy, then simply blend out with your fingers!

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look


For blush, use a 2-in-1 cheek and lip tint in a soft shade of pink. It’s difficult to go wrong with liquid blush since it absorbs easily into the skin and is easy enough to fix if you’ve applied too much.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

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How To Achieve The ‘No-Makeup’ Look

The no-makeup look is one of the biggest beauty trends this season since it’s so quick and easy to achieve, especially if you don’t have time on your side. Regardless of your skin type, you will only need 5 essential products to transform your look for work, drinks, or even a first date.

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A perfect base is a reflection of your skincare routine, so don’t ever miss out on cleansing, moisturising and exfoliating your skin on a daily basis. Before applying a foundation, use a moisturiser or primer to make it last the distance. This is an essential if your skin is dry, oily, or even combination, since it creates a barrier between your makeup and won’t clog your pores.

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Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, $12.95

For a truly natural foundation look, use something with a light coverage. This could be anything from a powder foundation, BB cream, or even a tinted moisturiser. To apply, use a damp cosmetic sponge such as the Beauty Blender to carefully work the product into your skin. It may require a little more patience, but it will truly look like your skin, but better. If you just don’t have the time, apply it with your fingers – it will melt easily into the skin.

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Beauty Blender Classic Sponge & Solid BlenderCleanser Kit, $42.20


To give an extra bit of dimension to your face, a highlighter is a must-have. Powders, liquids and even balms are all great ways to give your face an extra glow for any occasion.

Dab it lightly over your cheekbone, above the cupids bow and on the brow bone to make your face glow instantly. Just remember that less is more and that it’s easier to build up your makeup rather than applying too much. Apply your makeup in natural light so you will know exactly what it looks like once you’ve left the house.

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Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35


A bit of blush on the cheeks can completely transform your entire look – trust us! If you’re worried about distributing too much product over your face, use a liquid formula instead. It’s easier to control and won’t leave your cheeks looking too flushed. Liquid or cream blushes melt into the skin and give a rosy appearance to your face without looking too artificial.

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Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, $44


There are a few different ways to make bronzer work for your skin tone, especially since it can create so much dimension in the face. Mix it into your foundation for a subtle hint of colour, use it to contour your cheekbones (just don’t forget to blend), or apply it all over for a sun-kissed glow.

If you’re worried about the bronzer looking a little too artificial, choose a formula which is matte rather than shimmery. This will only attract more light to your skin and will be a dead giveaway that the glow is in fact, fake.

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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30


Finally, where would we be all be without mascara? It’s the best way to hide a late night, hangover, or even puffy eyes after an illness. Remember to curl your lashes and apply just a thin coat to emphasise your eyes. If your lashes are blonde, use a brown mascara instead of black, since it can look quite harsh on pale skin.

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Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler, $18

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Kirsten Dunst’s No-Makeup Tutorial

If we could recreate just one makeup look every single day, it would have to be of actress Kirsten Dunst.

With skin that is always glowing, rosy cheeks, and glossy lips, this is definitely a quick and easy look which is perfect if you’re constantly on-the-go. Here are some quick tips on how to copy her (no-makeup) makeup look at home!

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To keep skin feeling hydrated all day long, use a rich moisturiser which won’t cause dry patches or irritate the skin. Apply a pea-sized amount all of the face and neck, then wait for it to dry completely. This particular product is ideal for women who suffer from extremely dehydrated and sensitive skin.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99


You can skip this step if your skin is mostly free from blemishes or simply doesn’t have a reddish undertone. If you have a few blemishes, use a lightweight powder foundation to even out your skin tone. Dust lightly with a powder brush over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

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Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15, $65


Create a subtle hint of colour on your cheeks by using a liquid blush. This not only settles well into the skin, but keeps your face looking natural and radiant. Most cheek tints can also be used on the lips, so don’t be afraid to use this in the centre of your lips if you’re on-the-go!

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ModelCo Cheek & Lips, $24


For flirty lashes, skip the eye liner and use just a mascara to create the illusion of bigger eyes. Curl your lashes, then apply a thin coat of mascara onto both the top and bottom. Feel free to curl lashes once again once the mascara has dried.

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It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara, $24


Kirsten never wears anything too harsh on her lips, so something like a glossy lip tint is perfect for finishing this look. Choose coral shades if you have an olive-dark complexion, or pink/purple shades for a fair complexion. Most of these chubby sticks can also be used as a blush and eyeshadow as well!

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Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm, $35

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The Dangers of Mineral Makeup

Who would’ve though that mineral makeup could possibly be dubbed as dangerous or harmful to the human body? These are recent claims which slam the purity of mineral makeup, and expose the dangerous chemicals included into products which both women and men use on a daily basis.

Do you ever catch your face feeling itchy throughout the day? This may happen 5 minutes or 5 hours right after applying a full face of makeup. Most big-brands have the means to mass produce makeup that is packed with fragrance, preservatives, talc, and parabens – all of which can jeopardise healthy skin. So naturally, many people turn to mineral makeup which is often recognised as being free from impurities – besides bismuth.

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What is bismuth?

Bismuth oxychloride is a bi-product of copper and lead which serves as a main ingredient in most mineral cosmetics. This is the reason your face feels itchy, breaks out irregularly (you though it was that time of the month), and can cause substantial rashes to your face and body.

Why is it added in mineral cosmetics?

This ingredient is found in a large portion of mineral cosmetics because it gives an artificial glow when applied as an illuminator or foundation, and generally helps your makeup to really last the distance.

The Dangers of Mineral Makeup

Nude By Nature Liquid Mineral Foundation, $39.95 (Bismuth-free)

How can I tell if my makeup contains bismuth?

All ingredients are generally published on the packaging of the product, but if you have thrown all that out then there are other ways to determine whether your makeup contains bismuth. Apply the product on the back of your hand, and wait for it to settle onto the skin. Even if the product doesn’t contain SPF but still has a shine, then it probably contains bismuth.

Another way is by rubbing the product between your fingers – you should be able to feel if it has a very soft and silk-like texture which is normally bismuth. Sometimes the colour of foundation can also be another way to determine whether your makeup contains bismuth – it will often take on a pearly or pink hue when observed away from the light.

How is bismuth bad for my skin?

As mentioned previously, bismuth causes an irritating itchiness on the skin – this can vary from the forehead, chin, neck, and cheeks. If you’re in a warmer climate, then sweating can often bring upon a nasty rash, which is very difficult to get rid of.

Are there any makeup products which don’t contain bismuth?

Absolutely. But please take into consideration that these products aren’t packed with as many ingredients and you will find that your makeup generally won’t last that long – that’s why bismuth and talc are used in the first place! Mineral makeup which doesn’t contain bismuth is harder to get your hands on, but if you’re taking the longterm effects into consideration – it’s so much healthier for your skin.

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How To Dress Up A Natural Makeup Look

One of the most common make-up misconceptions is that a natural look only really works in the day. Truth is, a neutral and simple look can work just as well when you need to dress up and look a little fancy. You just need to know the clever little ways to enhance your features, like these four super easy ways…

1. Illuminate your skin

While a natural glow works wonderfully for any daytime look, you can definitely up the ante in the radiance and luminosity department for an evening or nighttime look. Notice how Chrissy Teigan has illuminated her cheekbones, forehead and chin? Too much for day-to-day activities, but spot on for a more formal affair.

Chrissy Teigan

Hot tip: Dust an illuminating or highlighting powder, like Mary Kay Highlight Powder, over your cheekbones, chin, brow bones and even décolletage for a radiant finish. A light dusting will do for a delicate and natural finish, while a few layers will help give you that extra red-carpet intensity. 


2. Define your brows

Sarah Hyland

Never underestimate the power of well-defined and perfectly groomed brows. Just look at how brilliantly it balances out Sarah Hyland’s au naturale beauty look and complements her winged liner and luscious lashes. The trick for a taking this look from day to night is to fill in your brows that little bit extra to make them look a touch darker and more defined.

Hot tip: Brows looking a little sparse? Try a brow mousse. blinc Eyebrow Mousse helps tint your natural hair while filling in those gaps with a water-resistant colour. Gently comb your brows with the mascara-like brush to apply and rest easy knowing that the formulation is holding your brows in place.

3. A glossy lip


Beyonce’s make-up looks perfectly acceptable for a special occasion, right? If you look carefully, you’ll notice she hasn’t done anything extra special or over-the-top – she’s just finished off her look with a high-shine lipgloss. The finish helps to add an element of glitz to your look without you having to do much at all.

Hot tip: No one likes the feeling of dry lips, so look for a lip colour that’ll offer the shine of a lipgloss and the comfort of a lip balm. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Vibrato will give your lips that barely-there colour with maximum shine and comfort.

4. A smoky eye

Kate Mara

The reason so many people steer clear of a natural make-up look when they’re getting dolled up is because they feel like it’s too simple; it’s not quite jazzy enough for a special event. But what many people don’t realise is that it’s the perfect opportunity to add some shimmer and smoke to their eye look like Kate Mara’s done here. Pair dark, defined eyes and lashings of mascara with a metallic eyeshadow for a standout eye that’ll add some glamour to your look.

Hot tip: Use a light shimmery shade like Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks in Oyster, on the inner corners of your eyes as this will help brighten your eyes. Oh, and if you have small eyes, don’t line both your top and bottom waterline – just stick to the top.

By Carli Alman, Makeup, Hands and Feet Editor for beautyheaven.com.au. Carli is currently the Make-Up, Hands & Feet Editor of beautyheaven.com.au, after her love of bright lipstick, appreciation of elaborate nail art and a mascara collection that would make any woman jealous made her the natural choice for the role.

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Celebrity makeup artist Val Garland shares the products she used to create what she calls a “veil of perfection” with spotless, sunkissed skin and that your-lips-but-better nude finish on the lips.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation
Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan in Tantric
Jose Maran Argan Illuminizer


Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan in Tantric
tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener
Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara in True Black


Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in 01 Nude
Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No 5

What makeup products do you use to achieve that natural makeup look?