How To : Quick, 5 Minute, “No Makeup” Makeup Tutorial!

No makeup makeup sounds a bit contradictory, doesn’t it? 

For the purposes of this tutorial, I did the unthinkable-I willingly photographed myself sans makeup and posted it on the world wide web! (If that’s not “taking one for the team,” I don’t know what is!) You can see that my skin is fairly clear but I have some red spots on my cheeks, chin and forehead. I also have some random freckles that pick up that obnoxious red tint. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, so you also see some dark circles under my eyes. Not my best look!

On the right side, you can see a much more “fresh-faced” version of myself! Even though I have makeup on, I kept it all minimal and balanced. I didn’t bring attention to any one point on my face. By creating a flawless base, defining the eyes and adding a slight pop of color, you can totally transform your face and go about your day with confidence! [hr]

[twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Your skin is the most important step for this look. Choose your favorite BB cream or tinted moisturizer and place a bit on the back of your hand to warm it up. Then, using your fingertips, blend it onto your face in circular motions, working it into your hairline. The warmth from your hands will help the product “melt” into your skin and minimize the appearance of pores. You can use a powder foundation to top it off if your skin tends to get a bit oily throughout the day.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]We’re going to use the same technique for blush. For the most natural appearance, you want to match your lips and cheeks. I used Red Apple Lipstick’s Petal Pusher lipstick and swiped it across the back of my hand. (Sound familiar?) Use your fingertips to dab this on the apples of your cheeks, close to where you’d naturally blush. [/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Now, take the rest of that swatch to give your lips some color. My lips are naturally dark pink, but I wanted to liven them up a bit by using a louder shade of pink. If your lips are nude, try a soft coral or peach lipstick instead. By using your fingertips, you get a softer, matte color that really does look natural![/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Use a fluffy crease brush to apply a soft matte brown into your crease. Use a combination of “windshield wiper” and circular motions to blend this in. Use this same color to fill in your brows. You want to add fullness, but not a lot of definition, so focus on the center of your brows and blend outward. Apply a very thin line of mascara and a light application of mascara to finish the eyes.[/twocol_one_last][hr]

And there you have it! A super simple, but polished look that is perfect for those days when you just don’t have time to glam up! [hr]

FEEDBACK: Are you confident going out without makeup? What is the natural color of your lips? Which Red Apple Lipstick would you wear with this look?


  1. Angela says

    I like that you did this tutorial! I do this look a lot during the week because i’m usually rushing to get out of the door for work, and it’s pretty simply and not time consuming. I tend to add eyeliner and more mascara. i usually don’t leave the house without eyeliner or makeup on my face for that matter. I feel more confident with makeup. i would probably use beach peach on my cheeks. :-)

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