When it comes to summer, it is best to go for glowing, natural looking skin. To make sure you’re using the lightest touch, do your face in daylight, if possible, and place your mirror near a window.
Here are tips on how you can achieve flawless makeup that looks, well, like you’re not wearing any.
Smooth Your Base
Wash with cleanser and use a wash cloth to gently exfoliate your face. This will slough off dead skin and help even out skin tone. Makeup sets more evenly when applied to a clean face. The Original MakeUp Eraser® Makeup Remover Cloth, $24.
Moisturize and Even Skin Tone
The fastest way to do this is with a tinted moisturizer. Because it’s sheer, you can choose a slightly deeper shade to warm up your complexion. Try NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint, $45.
You can also mix oil-free moisturizer with foundation for a softer, more sheer appearance. This will give a matte foundation some glow.
For visible breakouts or under-eye circles, use a pigment-rich concealer. The trick is not to use too much, otherwise you accentuate the problem. For blemishes, acne, and marks (scars), use in thin layers and build up coverage as necessary. For dark circles, swipe the wand under your eyes, then pat with a finger or beauty sponge to blend. Chanel Long Lasting Corrective Concealer, $46.
Powder if Needed
To leave an undetectable veil of cover-up use an oil-absorbing powder. If your skin is very oily, skip the tinted moisturizer and use only concealer and powder. Use a brush to swirl on Bare Escentuals Bare-Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation, $29. The more you buff this powder, the more coverage and luminosity it provides.
Define Lips and Cheeks
Pick a cheek and lip stain to create long lasting flushed cheeks and rosy lips. Go for warm peaches or pinks that give a natural and subtle flush. Cool pinks, on the other hand, look more made-up.
Use your fingertips or beauty sponge and smile as you blend the colour onto the apples of your cheeks and on your lips. If you’re using a liquid stain, make sure to blend quickly and wash hands right after. If you end up looking clownish, rub a dab of your tinted moisturizer to dilute the colour.
Bite Beauty Multistick, Papaya, $28. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks, $40.
A soft, warm brownish tint will enhance your eyes’ natural contours without showing up as shadow. Choose a shade slightly darker than your skin. Brush it into the creases and make sure there are no hard edges. MAC Eyeshadow, Peachy-brown, $19.
If you want a slightly less bare look to give to your eyes a little extra definition, lightly dot a soft gray or brown pencil between the top lashes. Go for a satin or demi matte finish, as this will look the most natural. Shiseido Makeup Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil, Brown, $27.
Defined lashes are essential, even for a no-makeup look. You can forfeit shadow and liner but never mascara. Apply two coats to the top lashes (if they’re blonde, use brown mascara; if darker, brownish black). For a boost, use a flat eyeliner brush to grab a bit of mascara from the wand and apply only to the roots of the bottom lashes. Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara, $17.
Spray and Set
Set your natural look by spraying fresh water blended with vitamins, cucumber, and aloe. Opt for a product that has a non-alcohol formula and contains sun protection. Your makeup will last longer during the day and your face will look fresh and natural. Simply hold the bottle eight inches away from your face and spritz in an X or Z pattern. Do it as often as desired. Laura Geller Spackle Mist, $42.