Ask any makeup artist about the diffculty of applying makeup to make it look like it isn't even there, and they'll tell you it's just easier to create a smashing smokey eye. The reason? A lot of time has to be spent prepping, perfecting, and choosing hues that mimic the actual tones of your facial features so that the makeup looks almost like second skin.
In reality, it's easier to pile it on that it is to be reserved and stick to just a few products. The secret to looking great in person (and in your IG selfies) while at the beach is to use products that are liquid, gel, or cream in form yet are long-wearing. Avoid powder formulations as these will only cake or break down under intense heat and humidity. Here are five rules to live by for a budgeproof, barely-there face:
1. Cover your bases.
We love BB creams because they conceal patchy, discolored areas yet still allow our real skin to shine through. Choose one with SPF for extra protection and a finish that matches your skin type.
POND'S Age Miracle BB Cream, P499, Watsons
2. Groom your brows.
Well-groomed arches instantly make the rest of the face appear lifted and awake. Go for a waterproof brow gel that requires zero touch-ups for foolproof brows.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow, P1700, SM Megamall
3. Use multi-tasking products.
Go for color stains for a sheer all-over flush that stays put.
THE BODY SHOP Lip & Cheek Stain, P595, The SM Store
No one should look 100-percent matte for a no-makeup look. Instead, use shimmery hues of champagne or gold on lids or the inner corners of the eye and the high points of your cheeks.
BENEFIT High Beam, P800, Sephora.ph
Instead of a harsh contour, opt for a lightweight bronzer two shades darker than your actual skin tone for a naturally sculpted and sunkissed look.
NARS Liquid Bronzer in Laguna, P2150, Rustan's
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's March 2014 issue.