Perfecting the “No Make-Up” look is not an easy thing to do. Ironically, it’s pretty damn hard to create a make-up look that looks effortless, and like there was no make-up products involved. Daniel Martin, the acclaimed make-up artist behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day look, had an interview with The Cut where he discussed how to achieve this look that so many people are after.
A factor that complicates the “No Make-Up” look is the existence of freckles. Since freckles are cute and some people really like them, you don’t want to get rid of them entirely, so it’s important to balance covering up imperfections while at the same time allowing your freckles to pop. According to Martin, there are 6 steps you should follow in order to perfect the “No Make-Up” look:
Moisturizer makes your skin feel and look better, so it’s important to apply some before you start putting on other products. It also helps to press the moisturizer and to massage it against your skin, allowing you to de-puff and to increase circulation.
Work on the eyebrows
Using a gel and a pencil, work on filling in your eyebrows. Be as thorough as possible by using clear gel first, then eyebrow pencils to fill out imperfections, and measuring your brows so everything looks okay. Here’s a video so you have a clearer understanding of what this all means.
If you have freckles or you want a really light look, apply your foundation by using a brush with light and gentle strokes. Use a big and fluffy one for better results. Martin uses an eye shadow brush and focuses on spreading out the foundation lightly and evenly throughout the face.
To make sure your make up doesn’t look too heavy, apply concealer lightly and carefully since this product is heavier than foundation. Use a tiny brush to fix the biggest imperfections directly, such as red spots around your lips or under your nose.
Martin recommends using a cream blush, which is easier to control and to spread out evenly. The Cut suggests: “To figure out where to apply your blush, smile, then put your finger on the highest point of your cheek, the part that goes up.” Apply from the bottom and blend up until you’ve covered that entire section.
Add mascara and curl lashes
Apply mascara from the roots of your lashes and spread up, without applying too much product. Top it all off by curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler. Grab the curler, place it at the bottom of your lashes and work your way up, pressing the device for two or three seconds at a time.
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