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Your Ultimate Guide to the Products Behind “The No-Makeup Look”

Through my cross-country travels and life experiences that have led to calling multiple places around the US “home,” I’ve found that makeup trends tend to vary by geographical region. Growing up in New York, my teen years were not heavily powdered, contoured, or blushed – mostly just a strong daily dash of eyeliner and some strokes of mascara. When I moved to the Midwest for college, I found that my girlfriends had way more extensive makeup routines than my New York girl posse. They had multiple eye palettes for different moods and occasions, and enough lipsticks to line their entire dorm desks. To me, it was overwhelming. But over the years, as we became more mature, graduated college, and moved to big cities, I noticed that their once extensive makeup regimens began to taper off – and I became more knowledgeable about products I could use to help enhance my little-to-no makeup habits. Now, we all fall somewhere in the middle.

It seems that a significant majority of young women strive for the now trendy “no-makeup look.” It’s hard to achieve, takes trial and error, but is so rewarding once perfected. The best-kept secret behind this look is, the less powder the better. Try to use mostly cream-based products, with only a touch of powder here and there on the overly oily spots. If you are partial to powder blushes, like I am, just use sparingly. Look no further for your ultimate guide to the products behind the illusive all-natural look – concealer, brow gel, bronzer, eye palette – you name it. Organized by face, cheek, eye, and lips, these are some of the best products to enhance your already naturally beautiful face.

For The Face

BAREMINERALS Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
$33.00

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
$46.00

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiére Foundation
$48

Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Liquid Concealer
$22.00

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
$30.00

For The Cheeks

BAREMINERALS Gen Nude Powder Blush
$24

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm
$25.00

Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze
$32

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronze
$30

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
$38

Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator
$42

For The Eyes

Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
$49.00

ILIA The Necessary Eyeshadow Palette Color: Warm Nude
$38

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
$29

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
$23

Milk Makeup KUSH Fiber Brow Gel
$20

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
$22

Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Mascara
$32

Lancôme Définicils – High Definition Mascara
$27.50

For The Lips

NARS Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint
$27.50

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15
$24

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
$19

Smashbox Always On Cream to Matte Lipstick
$24

NARS Satin Lipstick Pencil
$27

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