How To Nail the No Makeup Makeup Trend

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Perhaps the biggest story to come out of the spring/summer 2016 fashion shows wasn’t about the clothes at all, but about the beauty. For seasons now maximalist makeup has been the go-to for many designers, with a focus on bold lips, eyes and contouring. For this summer though, the go-to look is a lot more laid back. From London to Milan, big names like Givenchy, Bottega Veneta, Christopher Kane and Rodarte championed healthy, dewy skin and bold brows, with nothing too overdone, bringing the “no makeup” look to the forefront of the season’s trends.

It’s a little bit more effort than it sounds, granted, but it’s the perfect look for lazy girls and beauty aficionados alike – check out our guide to the top products for getting it right.

Preparation Is Key

Okay, so unless you are a super model, you might feel a little bit nervous about wearing so little makeup.  The key to boosting your confidence is to invest in a quality skincare system and make sure you cleanse and moisturise daily and exfoliate regularly. This will help keep blemishes at bay so you can embrace your skin without the worry. We love Clinique’s “Take The Day Off” Balm for cleansing and Alpha-H’s Clear Skin Hydrator Gel is a moisturiser that does more than just moisturise, with anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its tea tree oil and witch hazel ingredients.

The Basics

A good primer will see you through tough times. If your skincare routine is lacking, or you just have particularly problematic skin, using a primer before your foundation will help conceal any imperfections. A primer like The Porefessional by Benefit, or Smashbox’s Photo Finish will create a smooth base, making applying and blending foundation easier and, if you’re lucky enough to have great skin, you could forgo the foundation altogether.

The Foundation

This look calls for healthy, dewy-looking skin so look for a foundation that offers those things. You just want a little coverage, so avoid anything that sits too heavily on your skin. At the Erdem show, makeup artist Val Garland used NARS products to give models a light look, so give their Sheer Glow Foundation a go for a weightless and effortless glow.

The Brows

The brows paired with minimal makeup at Christopher Kane were referred to as “feral brows” so it looks as if the Cara Delevingne-inspired bushy brow trend is here to stay. Now is definitely the time to invest in a good eyebrow kit to get your brows filled in to perfection. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dip Brow Pomade is practically iconic and comes in a range of shades with one sure to match yours. Just make sure you leave any plucking and shaping to the experts – too-thin eyebrows are definitely not making their way back in.

The Lashes

Say hello to an extra ten minutes in bed – this is not a look that calls for false eyelashes, so it’ll definitely save you some time in the mornings if you are a falsie-every-day kind of gal. All you really need is a slick of black mascara on curled lashes and you are good to go. Urban Decay’s “Perversion” is intense in pigment and offers great buildable definition for when you need some extra drama.

Valentine’s Day Makeup Inspiration

Have you got a hot date on Valentine’s day and want to blow your man away with a killer makeup look? Well we’ve found some of the prettiest and sexiest makeup looks for to try this weekend.

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You can’t go wrong with soft pinks and a winged liner. The ultimate girly makeup look.

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A smokey bronze eye and coral lip complement each other perfectly in this beautiful makeup look.

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If you’re feeling adventurous and want to add a modern edge with a pop of colour this is the perfect look to try.


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For a low key date this is the perfect ‘no makeup’ makeup look.

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Bronze smokey eye + dewy skin = the perfect Valentine’s Day pairing


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You can never go wrong with the classic red lip and cat eye.


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Stick with the Valentine’s day theme while also channeling Lady Gaga at the Superbowl with this bold red glittery eye.


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A smokey winged liner, nude lip and flawless glowing skin will make him weak at the knees.


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A classic smoky eye and nude lip is the perfect combination on this pretty little liar.


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Keep the focus on your kissable lips with a bold lip and low key eye makeup.