Let’s get one thing clear: ‘No make-up’ make-up is a lie. A lie that we are utterly obsessed with, that is. The *au naturale* vibe is all about enhancing your natural features to look effortlessly pulled together, while seeming like you’re not wearing a scrap of make-up – even though you most certainly are. Genius!
Not only does it take less time than a full face to achieve, it’s surprisingly easy to do. All you need is a light hand and a handful of products blended carefully and you can rock the barely-there (aka, model-off-duty) look, just like It girls Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski – you get the picture.
To help you put your fresh (and fierce) face forward, here are 7 products your fave celebs use for the ultimate ‘no make-up’ make-up moment. Ps. You won’t be needing a filter.
Neutrogena oil-free acne scrub pink grapefruit
She may be one of the highest paid models in the world, but Gigi Hadid revealed that she’s a fan of the Neutrogena facial wash, a drugstore product which she keeps in her skincare arsenal. Exfoliate your way to clear and glowy skin at least twice a week for flawless make-up application. Remember, skin first.
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood fix serum
Prepping skin with a moisturiser is an essential step to keeping skin healthy, and ensures make-up doesn’t end up cakey. Kylie Jenner rarely goes make-up free so when she dishes all the products she uses in a Q&A, the whole room listens. The secret to her smooth complexion? Kylie massages in a dollop of the Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood fix serum before applying make-up.
Giorgio Armani’s Luminous silk foundation
Skincare is the key to a flawless base for make-up application, but it’s not everything. Enter: Giorgio Armani’s Luminous silk foundation. It won The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and women around the world over with its advanced micro-fil technology. It sculpts and brightens skin, while blurring out imperfections so well it’s hardly noticeable. Kim Kardashian-West is also a massive fan of the cult beauty item.
NARS Radiant creamy concealer
Kylie Jenner, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are all massive fans of the NARS creamy concealer. Available in 30 shades, it melts right onto the skin and blends in seamlessly. Pro tip: a little goes a long way when using this product, simply dot around problem areas to even out skin tone for a more natural finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick
Blowing all natural nude hues out of the water, Charlotte Tilbury’s cult Pillow Talk lipstick is the universally flattering nude that isn’t overpowering. Seen on the likes of Amal Clooney, Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung and Adwoa Aboah to name but a few, a swipe of this on the lips will add a touch of colour and tie your whole look together.
NARS Orgasm blush
From Jennifer Lawrence to Victoria Beckham and the Duchess Meghan Markle herself, NARS Orgasm blush has already amassed a cult following and if you haven’t tried it yet, why not? Thanks to its golden-laced formula, a touch of the rosy hue will mimic a lit-from-within glow and brighten up the face. Opt for the liquid blush and use fingers to blend for naturally flushed cheeks.
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara
Contour queen Kim Kardashian has been raving about the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara for a few years now, saying ‘it’s perfect for an everyday look, or you can layer on multiple coats for a more dramatic effect’. A precise application of this mascara will brighten up eyes and make you look seriously awake without being too overdone. Oh, and it’s a purse-friendly £9.99, nbd.
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