10 New No-Makeup Makeup Essentials For A Natural Glow-Up
In the last two years, no-makeup makeup has become more popular than Regina George, and thanks to our new WFH lifestyles, it’s dominated 2020 to become our go-to look. Brands have also caught up with the trend and this year has seen a slew of no-makeup makeup staples come through; from natural-skin foundations to nourishing lip tints, and brow pens that fake real brow hairs in seconds. Here are 10 of our go-to no-makeup makeup products that we’re absolutely obsessed with.
In case you haven’t heard, we just dropped our NEW foundation, the #FauxFilter Skin Finish Foundation Stick. The creamy stick formula melts into the skin for the most beautiful, natural-looking finish. Whether you apply a thin veil for a natural skin-tint or layer it for a full-coverage finish, it leaves your skin looking filtered and flawless but never cakey. It’s available in 39 shades ranging from fair to rich; check out our shade matching guide here for more deets.
When it comes to your pout, a plumping lip tint is always a good idea, and this VB formula is one of the best tints we’ve ever tried. The weightless gelee enhances your natural lip tone and texture with a semi-matte flush of color. Infused with hyaluronic acid and squalane, it’ll nourish and plump the lips leaving them feeling soft and sexy. We also love dabbing a small amount on our cheeks for a soft, rosy glow.
3. Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen, $25
If you want to fake the appearance of naturally feathered brows, you’ll fall in love with Benefit’s latest brow product. The firm-yet-flexible 3-pronged pen delivers clean and controlled ultra-fine strokes to instantly fill in sparse brows, creating the illusion of brow hairs. The formula is designed to last for 24 hours and is super easy to use, so if you’re a brow newbie, this is for you. Read our full review here.
4. e.l.f Putty Blush, $6
No no-makeup makeup look is complete without a rosy, dewy glow, and this highly-pigmented, lightweight formula is the bomb.com. The creamy formula literally melts into the skin for a natural glow and transforms into a semi-matte powder finish when it meets the skin for long-lasting wear. It’s also infused with argan oil and vitamin E, so it doesn’t look powdery or dry but plumps the skin for a dewy finish. We also love that it’s easily buildable so you can choose between a soft wash or a fierce pop of color if you’re switching up your look.
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Our ultimate no-makeup makeup tutorial for a fresh look comes from the utterly gorgeous and extremely talented MUA @celine_bernaerts. We’re so obsessed with how natural and gorgeous this look is. And shout out to the Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter that Celine uses, which is another of our fave brow products for grooming brows in seconds for a natural, lifted look. Check out how we love to use it to fake laminated brows here.
Dewy skin is one of the building blocks for stunning, no-makeup makeup, and this hydrating illuminating primer is like a glow up in a bottle. Formulated with a hydrating pearl complex, hyaluronic acid, and coconut water, it refreshes and moisturizes the skin while the pearl pigments softly diffuse the skin for a radiant glow. The versatile formula can be also be worn underneath foundation as a primer, mixed into foundation, or applied to the highpoints of the face as a liquid highlighter.
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A natural bronzer is another no-makeup makeup essential. This clean, baked formula is infused with shea butter to help it blend seamlessly into the skin, leaving you with a healthy glow. It’s available in three shades ranging from light to dark – the deepest shade has already garnered rave reviews due to its intensity and undertone that beautifully complements rich skin tones. Just go lightly with the application, as a little goes a long way.
Top tip: To accentuate your eyes, take a small fluffy brush and buff the bronzer into your eyelid crease. Not only will it contour your lid but it’ll keep the look monochromatic for a polished vibe.
We loved the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ so we couldn’t wait to try their latest complexion product: Your skin But Better Foundation and we have to admit we fell in love! The lightweight foundation has buildable coverage that melts into your skin with a natural, radiant finish. Enriched with mega-hydrator hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera extract, refining vitamin E and B5, as well as hepes acid for gentle exfoliation, it’ll help improve your skin tone and texture with continual use. It’s the perfect foundation for when you need a little coverage but still want to show your skin some love.
8. Melt Cosmetics The Sculpt Stacks, $48
This cream sculpt stack features five shades to highlight, conceal, add warmth, and contour. The cream formula glides onto the skin and blends with ease for a soft, sculpted look. There are two stacks, each with five shades that have a variety of undertones all without any grey casts or artificial tones so you can find a perfect match.
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Achieve this sexy, glam no-makeup look with our #FauxFilter Skin Finish Stick Foundation, our Huda Beauty Tantour to lightly contour and bronze, Huda Beauty Glow Coco Hydrating Mist to set the look and give a gorgeous sheen, and Silk Balm to give the lips a sexy, voluptuous and plump look!
We may be biased but we swear once you try this lip-plumping balm you’ll be addicted! Infused with sodium hyaluronate, soybean and licorice extract, not only does it hydrate the lips, it provides a natural (but non-irritating) plumping effect. The subtle blushed-pink shade will also add a sexy tint that’s universally flattering. Wear it alone or layer it on top of lipstick for a silky, glossy finish.
10. Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara, $11
As soon as we tried this mascara we instantly fell in love. Just as the name suggests, it delivers that lash lift finish by curling and lengthening your lashes in one fell swoop. The natural bristles help separate the lash from root to tip, adding drama and length, and the formula is infused with tiny fibers that help thicken the lashes. It’s also easily buildable and can take you from a no-makeup makeup wispy lash to full glam. #Obsessed.
What’s your go-to no-makeup makeup product right now? Let us know in the comments below.
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