In theory, natural makeup should be oh-so easy – it’s minimal, which means minimal effort. Unfortunately, sometimes your foundation often goes cakey, or your attempts at contouring verge on clown-like.  If you would like to perfect the dreamy no makeup look, here are a few tricks.

Customize your base: One way to get a more natural base, is to mix a little moisturizer into your foundation.  It’ll dial down the coverage and give skin a dewier, natural finish.

For a glowier finish, add a smidge of a strobe cream to any foundation, not only will it reduce the heaviness of any base, but it’ll instantly increase your glow and leave skin looking fresh and natural. Think, post-facial glow.

Dial back on the concealer: It can be tempting to go excess with concealer, but this can lead to ashy undereyes and caking. A tip to ensure a more natural finish when using concealer is to look at yourself in the eye when applying. Women have a tendency to zero in on all their imperfections, but no one else does. So when you use concealer, look into the eyes and conceal only things that you notice within the peripheral vision.  Remember, people only look at each other in the eye, they don’t see all those other ‘imperfections’ that women tend to see in themselves.  For a natural finish work with a concealer that gives a dewy, bright finish that will perk up under eye circles.

Ignore makeup labels: Makeup can (and should) be multi-purpose. You often don’t see all the options right in front of you, because you are paying too much attention to how makeup is labeled for you. Some of the more beautiful and natural looks can be created from using a product in a way that it’s not necessarily been designed for.

Low-key lash hack: Mascara can be super heavy (which isn’t always a bad thing), but if you’re trying to achieve a softer look big lashes can be too much” says Dominic. “A trick I often use, is to apply mascara as usual, but then use two cotton buds with a little makeup remover and pinch the lashes between them to remove some of the excess mascara.”

Opt for definition, not drama: A great tip to define your eyes without a dramatic liner look, is to apply a black or brown eye pencil to the top and bottom waterlines of your eye. After applying it, close your eyes really tight – this will push the pigment into the roots of your lashes, deepening the appearance of your natural lashline. Then, take a cotton bud and remove the majority of the pencil from the waterline, leaving just the pigment at the roots of your lashes. Your lashes will look naturally defined, with zero harsh lines.

Mute your blush: All women love rosy-flushed cheeks, but if you’re doing for the no-makeup-makeup look, subtly is key. Apply your blush as normal, but then go over it with your recently used foundation brush. This helps mute down a bold blush to a softer finish – perfect if you’ve gone a little extra with the rosy glow.

Fluff your lipstick: Matte lipstick is still a huge trend, but the bold pigmentation can be a little overwhelming if you want to achieve a natural makeup look. For a softer finish, grab your favorite matte lipstick, then dampen a small fluffy makeup brush with a little prep and prime solution, next, use the brush to buff the colour into your lips creating a diffused, long-lasting, matte lip stain.

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