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How to get the no-makeup look

No makeup makeup is one of my favourite looks to create when I’m on shoots. It looks effortless and fresh and youthful, but a lot of time and effort goes into creating a no-makeup look. Read on to find out more.

Most of my clients for photoshoots ask me to create a natural makeup look. This, in reality would mean a soft wash of colour on the eyes, a nice fresh blush, perfect brows and a subtle lip colour. This is great and creates a healthy, almost natural look. Sometimes though, I am asked to create a very natural look. This week, I was lucky enough to be asked to do the hair and makeup for Susanne Kauffman. The Austrian brand is built upon sustainable products and a lean towards natural beauty and so this was perfect for me to get involved with.

The prep

For a very natural look, skin prep is vital. This isn’t just for the day. Skin prep for a no-makeup look needs to be consistent in the weeks leading up to your big day. This means – making sure you are drinking enough water, ensuring that you are getting your makeup off properly at the end of the day – preferably with a double cleanse, using a good moisturiser and eye cream and the most important step – wearing a high SPF every day. Yes, even today when it is currently snowing.

On the day of the shoot, my model already had done a lot of prep. Bliss (the model for the day) let me know that every night she uses a night cream, eye cream and my favourite step for day or evening – a facial oil. I currently love this one but any oil will work. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the chia seed oil by The Ordinary….I found it too…oily. A little too greasy on the skin and hard to work with.

I used Elf Holy hydration moisturiser, followed by Avene eye cream and a spritz of rose water from Mario Badescu.

The makeup

Of course, for a skincare shoot, the makeup needs to be fairly non-existent. Or at least, appear to be. The photographer was using a macro lens, meaning that every single thing will show up on the camera. I used a very faint eyebrow pencil that we had to take off because you could see it.

This sort of makeup look can only work for a skincare brand if the model has really great skin. In everyday life, you will be able to see the makeup and any ‘imperfections’ that you may have.

For the foundation, I used Charlotte Tilbury wonderglow primer. It is a very soft golden colour that is light-reflecting to give a youthful glow. For the foundation, I used a makeup artist palette by RCMA which has a multitude of shades in it. I recommend something along the lines of a tinted moisturiser such as this one by Lottie London.

I used a peach cream blush by Glossier. You really only need a little amount of this product and really blend in to give a flushed, healthy finish.

For brows, of course, as I said, I used a brow powder that we then took off and I simply brushed through the brows without any product.

I used a very small amount of my trusty Elf waterproof mascara for slight definition but nothing too dramatic. For eyeshadow, I added the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow and then added a Lottie London lip oil.

The shoot

For the shoot, the only thing I used throughout the day was the rosehip oil, gently pressed on the face to give a beautiful glow. This kept Bliss’s skin hydrated and glowy throughout the day.

Check out my signature look on my portfolio.

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