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The 'No Make up, Make up' How to

24/01/2017

The ‘No Make up, Make up look’:

As 2017 begins, the trend of the ‘Au Natural’ Look is bigger than ever- this look may have always been a classic but it definitely seem’s to be something which is coming into it’s own fashion trend more recently- which I love as admittedly its always been my ‘go to’ look and a look that my clients ask for over and over again. 

This look is all about less is more and focusing on loving your skin and your natural beauty! It's all about creating a fresh, radiant complexion with some rosy colour to finish. Below I’ll take you through the steps I’d take to achieve this look and what my preferred products would be.

1) Get the canvas clean!

Decleor Hyrda floral

The most important aspect of this look is to start with freshly cleansed and moisturised skin. Keeping your skin hydrated and nourished is the key to this look. I common moisturiser I use for great hydration but also a great base for make up is 'Decleor Hydra Floral' this lightweight creme I find works wonders under make up and protects your skin from drying out. 

2) Get the glow!
Start your complexion with an illumination or radiance primer. I recommend only dotting a small amount on the tops of cheekbones, a small amount on the forehead and arches of the eyebrows. I understand it’s a mind field out there with a huge variety of primers promising to give you that glow, so check out my too favourites below.

Wonder glow

My favourites:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder glow- I love the beautiful soft focus effect it gives your skin. This lightweight liquid instantly gives lift and glow to your complexion.
  • Laura Mercier Radiance Primer- One for those that feel that their complexion can appear dull. It reflects light with its illuminating properties.
3) Keep the base subtle!
To keep this look natural, try and stick to light coverage bases, something like a BB Crème, Tinted moisturiser or light coverage foundation at the most.
This look is meant to be ultra natural, as if it’s your own skin.. just enhanced! 

Laura Mercier

My favourites:

  • Bobbi Brown’s BB Crème- A great choice if you are wanting a little more coverage but still a natural, ‘bare skin’ looking finish.
  • Laura Mercier, Tinted moisturiser- A light coverage with an unbeatable smooth finish, this product has been a favourite of mine for ‘no make up, make up’ days for many years.
  • Dior Nude BB Crème- I love this product for the instant dewy effect it gives the skin. An ideal ‘go to’ for those with more mature skin, as it’s combined with Dior’s skin care.
Take note:
I Often choose a base that contains an SPF. Just so that your skin has some protection which of course is even more vital in summer months when this look is even more of an obsession! Just be careful of using an SPF product if you're going to be in front of the camera- No one likes flash back!
4) A pop of colour!
I recommend using a crème blush rather than a powder, this will keep in tune with the dewy effect we are creating and the textures will stay smooth. 

My favourites:


Pot rouge bobbi brown

  • Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon- The most perfect soft coral colour, this one is perfect going into spring. The texture is so light as it glides beautifully onto the cheek bone. This is a great colour for someone with fair-medium toned skin.
  • Stila Convertible colour crème blush in Peony- Peony is a great option for those with medium to dark toned skin as it’s a warm, rosy toned shade.
Take note:
You may notice I haven’t mentioned any powdered products in this look. Adding powder could dissolve the moisture and radiance we are building. However if you do find you get particularly oily then perhaps dust a light amount of finishing powder just on the area’s that produce more oil, for example the usual problem area’s can be the t-zone which can be found on the bridge of the nose and area between the brows.
5) Eye’s and Lips to finish!
Again, finish the look with the ‘less is more’ thought. Just some natural looking mascara and a dab of the crème blush on your lips and you will be good to go!

I hope you enjoy feeling beautifully natural with this look and embrace the 'no make up, make up' look this new year!

Christine X