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Breaking Down Beauty: 9 Steps To The Perfect “No Makeup” Makeup

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By Sheila Arkee

It’s been said that acheiving the perfect makeup application that doesn’t look like you’re wearing any makeup takes more products than a typical makeup application. Today I’m here to tell you that is absolutely true!

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The focus, as far as I’m concerned, is perfecting my skin, which is by no means perfect these days! As I’ve mentioned I struggle with hyperpigmentation, but I don’t want my face to look like it’s covered in a mask. That’s where some creative makeup artistry is involved. Everything I do with foundation, concealer, and powder is aimed at making sure my skin looks like my skin.

Are you ready to see how I accomplish this task in nine easy steps? Let’s go!

Step 1: After I prep my face with my favorite moisturizer and/or primer, I apply my foundation with Urban Decay’s Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush. This implement does the majority of the work and really helps create an even canvas.

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Step 2: Using my Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush, I add a peach-toned concealer to the areas of my face that have hyperpigmentation. The peach concealer cancels out the brown tones and makes my skin look more even.  The L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealers are perfect for this purpose.

Step 3: I set my foundation and concealer with a translucent powder, then take a damp Beauty Blender and pounce it all over my face. This is the important tool that takes off the powdery edge and makes my foundation/concealer/powder meld into my skin.

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Step 4: I use a lightweight peach blush to add a healthy flush and important dimension to your face. My current blush of choice is Kat Von D’s Bellisima, which is just the perfect shimmery and natural light peach.

Step 5: While I avoid using eyeshadow for this look, I add a dab of Aquaphor to my lids. This helps with some lid dryness I experience, and adds a really pretty sheen to the lids.

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Step 6: As much as I love my dramatic mascara, I reach for CoverGirl Flamed Out, which adds a more natural separation and volume effect.

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Step 7: While I typically fill in my eyebrows with a pencil and powder, I use only a pencil for my more natural look and blend in the pencil with a brow brush.

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Step 8: NYX Butter Lip Balm in Macaron is a beautiful peach to top off the look.

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Step 9: A setting spray is the essential final ingredient for this look – this helps the foundation further meld to my skin and also ensures my makeup stays in place for hours to come. My spray of choice is e.l.f.’s  Studio Makeup Mist & Set, which costs all of $3!

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This is my typical makeup look on weekends and while it does take little bit of work, it makes me feel much better about going out and about with less than perfect skin!

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  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I do the no makeup look for work a lot! Great tips!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    Nice!!! I always love your looks :)

  • Aleya Bamdad

    You always give great tutorials. Thanks for the Aquaphor tip for the lids. I would have assumed that it would be too greasy.

  • BeautyJudy

    This is a fantastic tutorial. And a beautiful natural look!

  • MyBeautyJunction

    Lovely natural look for every day wear! The lip balm looks great on you.

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    this is lovely pretty lady. I love it! my every day is mascara and lip balm… my skin just loves it. 😉

  • Nidia Doherty

    What a gorgeous natural look. Interesting that you use the Beauty blender after all the foundation and powder, but not to apply the foundation? You like the brush better?

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Great step by step!

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    This is a great tut!!! You are a natural beauty. :)

  • GlitteryGlossy

    Thanks for the great tut!

  • MyNewestAddiction

    No-Makeup Makeup is my favorite look!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    I think it’s so funny how much we go through to make it look like we’re not wearing any makeup!

  • Farryn

    I love the no make up look… you look stunning!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This is fabulous! No-makeup makeup is a go-to for me