The no-makeup makeup trend is going nowhere in 2020. If you don’t believe us, check your social media feed… Ours is inundated with dewy skin goals, glossy lips, rosy cheeks, and feathered brows. Next, check Trendmood, and you’ll notice that all of the latest beauty releases have been created with no-makeup makeup goals in mind. Plus, the minimal makeup vibe was all over the runway this season; from Hugo Boss to Armani.
To help you live out your best no-makeup makeup life (flawlessly), we’ve curated an entire makeup routine using only drugstore products. Just because the look itself is luxe AF, doesn’t mean it should come with a designer price tag.
Step 1: Primer
Applying a primer is one of the most important steps when it comes to no-makeup makeup as it’ll help you achieve that stunning, dewy finish. Our current fave is the L’Oréal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, $13. The liquid primer blends seamlessly into the skin, smoothing out the appearance of pores and imperfections while leaving your skin looking hella-radiant. Simply apply two drops to prepped skin, and blend out with your fingers.
Step 2: Foundation
Finding the right foundation is a make-or-break moment with no-makeup makeup. The aim is to have a luminous, natural, dewy skin finish. This is why one of our go-to foundations is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $12, which we renamed “glass skin in a bottle” because it’s that good! However, if you prefer something a little lighter, the Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Flawless Coverage Foundation, $13, is a great option. It’s similar to a BB cream, offers SPF 50, and the formula is infused with antioxidants to help nourish your skin and amp up your glow game, plus it has really great coverage.
Pro tip: To achieve that wet skin finish, apply your foundation with a damp beauty blender. Or if you’re looking for more coverage, apply your foundation with a brush and then press a damp beauty blender into your skin for a seamless finish.
Step 3: Concealer
If there’s one beauty product we couldn’t live without, its concealer. We rely on the LA Girl HD Pro Concealer, $5, to instantly transform our tired eyes. The creamy formula offers up intense coverage, so you don’t need to use a lot, which helps to give that no-makeup look. Once again, blend it out with a damp beauty blender to maintain that no-makeup makeup, airbrushed finish.
Step 4: Powder
If you have normal to dry skin, you can always skip powder or just apply on your T-zone, as this look is all about dewiness. However, if you have you have oily skin or want to lock your look in for extra long wear, powder your T-zone lightly to prevent any midday shine using the RCMA No Color Powder, $12. The superfine powder sets makeup effortlessly for extra-long wear. Plus, as it has no pigment, it’s suitable for all skin tones.
Step 5: Bronzer
Next, add some definition to your cheekbones by warming up your face with a bronzer like the Milani Baked Bronzer, $9. The shimmer finish works perfectly for the look, leaving you with a soft, luminous glow. Another great alternative is the Morphe Glamabronze Face and Body Bronzer, $19, the matte bronzer is easily buildable and is available in five shades that cater from fair to deep. It’s slightly more expensive than the other products on this list, but it’s a very large palette so you won’t be hitting pan anytime soon.
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Step 6: Blush
A no-makeup makeup look is lost without a rosy glow. One of our go-to blushes is the e.l.f Jelly Pop Flush Blush, $6, as it has a unique jelly texture that melts effortlessly into the skin. The glow-enhancing formula also boasts a rich blend of argon oil, vitamin E, and castor oil to hydrate the skin. If you prefer a powdered blush, Morphe offers an insane palette, Morphe 8W Warm/Cool Master Blush Palette, $22, featuring 8 shades, which works out at just $3 a shade. They also have a warm-toned and cool-toned palette so you’ll be able to find one that matches your undertone perfectly.
Pro tip: For a youthful look, apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it out using small circular motions. Avoid stretching it out along your cheekbones too much.
Step 7: Highlighter
If you weren’t #blessed with naturally dewy skin (newsflash: very few people are), highlighter is the easiest way to fake it! A liquid highlighter is perfect for a more natural skin finish: The L’Oréal True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops, $15, has been a staple in our kit forever! The ultra-lightweight formula blends seamlessly and is easily buildable so it can take you from no-makeup makeup to full glam. The formula’s also infused with shea butter, providing rich hydration leaving your cheeks plump, and most importantly, glowy AF.
Step 8: Brows
Feathery brows are one of our fave brow trends RN, and the quickest way to get the look is with a brow mascara. Work with your natural brow and comb the hairs upwards with the Wet N Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara, $3. It’ll instantly add definition by adding a hint of color while shaping and adding volume to the brows.
Step 9: Mascara
While we usually advocate for lashings of mascara, for this makeup look, you want to enhance your lashes without looking overdone. The Maybelline Snapcara Washable Mascara, $8, is ideal, as it defines each lash without being too intense. It’s also available in a variety of shades including brown, which again is perfect for the no-makeup makeup look.
Step 10: Lip Gloss
No look is complete without a lip! For daytime, we like to keep our lips hydrated with a tinted lip balm in a similar rosy hue to our blush shade, which helps create a cohesive and harmonious look. We (like so many others) are devoted to the Burt’s Bees Lip balms, our fave is the Pomegranate Lip Balm, $3, as it leaves your lips looking rosy and soft. For a sexier look, opt for a high shine gloss like NYX Lip Lingerie Gloss, $8, which makes your lips look so full and juicy.
Do you guys like the no-makeup makeup vibe? Let us know in the comments below.