Quick Makeup Tips for a Natural Look
Some days, all you need is a refreshed and effortless go-to makeup look. Although wearing no makeup is ideal, this no-makeup makeup tutorial from Brit + Co is a must-know for days when you want a quick and simple way to a natural glow using a handful of products.
Foundation: Instead of a full-face application, apply foundation (try Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15, $50; belk.com) only to areas needed. Blend with a slightly damp makeup sponge for a smooth finish.
Concealer: Use a small, tapping motion with your ring finger to gently apply concealer (we like Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, $42; sephora.com) to your under-eye area. Using your ring finger provides a gentler touch, which helps prevent future fine lines.
Bronzer: Apply a matte bronzer (Benefit's Hoola does the trick, $29; birchbox.com) to the hollows of your face: your cheekbones, your temples, your hairline, under your jawline, and along the sides of your nose.
Blush: Again, ditch the shimmer. Use a matte, neutral-color blush (Lorac's Color Source Buildable Blush has options for different skin tones, $22; kohls.com) across your cheekbones and up to your temple.
Primer: Believe it or not, your face primer (like Giorgio Armani's Light Master Primer, $58; sephora.com) doubles as a natural-looking highlighter. Apply primer to the high points of your face: the tops of your cheekbones, cupid's bow, along the bridge of your nose, and between your brows.
Eyebrow Pencil: The goal is to use an eyebrow pencil (we like Givenchy, $27; sephora.com) a slightly deeper color than your hair roots to even out your brows. Make small, light strokes and blend with a spoolie brush.
Eyeshadow: Use a matte eyeshadow slightly darker than your skin tone (Buxom Eyeshadow Bar has many matte eyeshadow options, $12; sephora.com -- but matte bronzer works, too!) to contour the creases of your eyes. Blend out for a smoother look.
Eyeliner: Use a black or brown pencil (we like Sante's Eyeliner Pencil in Anthracite, $12; jet.com) to tightline your upper lash line. Tightlining will make your lashes appear naturally deeper and fuller.
Mascara: Apply one coat of volumizing mascara (like Maybelline's The Rocket, $6; bedbathandbeyond.com) to your upper lashes.
Lipstick: Use a colored lipstick only slightly darker than your natural lip color (Lorac's Alter Ego Lipstick has a selection of neutral colors, $17; kohls.com). Apply to lips with your finger for a flawless, subtle hue.