After watching a ton of beauty videos on Youtube, I’ve learned enough about what works for me in order to achieve that no makeup look.
I’m really not about that high-level, intricate makeup game. In fact, until about five years ago, the most I did with makeup was add on some beauty balm, a coat of mascara and a wisp of bronzer. Five minutes—tops!
But since the mainstream takeover of Youtube and Beauty Gurus—I’ve stepped it up quiet bit.
After watching a ton of beauty videos on Youtube and subscribing to all the fab beauty bloggers, I’ve gained a bit of knowledge. At least I’ve learned enough about what works for me in order to achieve that “no makeup” makeup look.
Base: I don’t want a heavy cream for my face and thankfully my skin is in good enough shape that I don’t need full coverage.
I mainly use a beauty balm for my face. It offers a very light coverage and is a perfect base for the rest of my makeup. I use Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Medium/Deep.
Concealer: The thought of concealing always intimated me a great deal. But as I grow older and those dark under eye circles start building tents and inviting guests over—I’ve had no choice but to master the art of flawlessly concealing them.
I’ve tried a lot of products but it wasn’t until I discovered Destiny Godley on Youtube that I started getting it. The key, my friends, is colour correcting—especially for us women of colour.
The product that I swear by for colour correcting and concealing those under eye circles is MAC’s Studio Conceal and Correct Palette in Deep. You’ve heard of ‘hope in a jar’ well this is hope in a palette. I use rich yellow to colour correct and brighten under my eyes.
Powder: Once I take care of my base and conceal my dark spots, I set my under eye makeup with a loose setting powder that I picked up from the drug store. For my face setting powder I use MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium/Deep.
Brows: It took me months to learn how to perfectly arch my brows. Here’s a great video to figure out the tips and tricks for creating your perfect arch.
To fill in my brows I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Skinny Brow Pencil in Brunette. Unfortunately you can’t get this in a drug store. Since you can only get it at Sephora, you know it’s a bit on the pricey side. But it’s so worth it.
It fills in my brows perfectly, is mistake proof and doesn’t move. After a long day at the office then after-work drinks, you’ll be glad that your brows stay put.
Brow Highlight: I like a good brow bone highlight just as much as the next gal. Again—I swear by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I use the Brow Duality Pencil and Shimmer. It features a matte highlighter on one end and a shimmer highlighter on the other.
I use the shimmer end to highlight right under my brow on the brow bone. It makes the brow itself pop out a little bit more. After that I add a little mascara to set the brows and lashes, then I’m done!
Cheeks: For Monday to Friday I keep it simple with a great blush. For summer, I’m loving MAC’s Sheertone Blush in Peaches.
Lips: I’ve become a bit of a lipstick snob, I must confess. I only use MAC and I only use lipsticks in a Retro Matte or Matte finish.
That’s It! That’s My No MakeUp Routine
So that’s the complete rundown of my make-up routine. In a matter of months I went from five minutes and out the door to 20 minutes if I’m lucky.
But I think it’s worth it. It’s still an easy breezy look that doesn’t make me look “made-up” and I can walk out the door looking flawless, polished and confident.