It may not look like it, but the no-makeup makeup is one of the most challenging beauty looks out there. The trick? It's all about the skin. Below, we list the essentials to this highly sought-after look (with a few pointers on how to achieve it):
The first step is to refine your skin's texture by using a primer that fits your skin type. A hydrating primer that smoothes over dry patches is best for dry skin. For oily skin, use a mattifying primer that will fill in pores and combat oil so you won't have to rely on a powder.
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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Nourishing and Mattifying, P2350, SM Megamall; NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, P970, SM Megamall
Keep your foundation as natural-looking as possible by choosing a product with light to medium coverage in satin finish. Don't worry about any blemishes or redness still peeking through because you have concealer for that!
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Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, P2750, Beauty Bar; MAC Face and Body Foundation, P1900, Rockwell; Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation, P499, Watsons
For no-makeup looks, a concealer that disappears into the skin after blending is a must. While coverage should also be a priority, its texture and finish are crucial for it to look more natural. Dot the concealer over your problem areas to prevent yourself from accidentally putting too much, and then blend with your finger or using a damp sponge.
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $42, Sephora; Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, SM Megamall; L'oreal True Match Concealer, P400, Watsons
The easiest way to prevent cakey looking makeup is by using a damp sponge to apply your foundation. They absorb excess product and help achieve a finish that looks as close to your skin's real texture as possible. You can also use these to make your full coverage foundations sheerer for daily use!
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Beauty Blender Original, P1005, Sephora.ph; Real techniques Complexion Sponge, P536, Watsons; Suesh Sponge Blender, P300, Suesh
Too much powder is always a no-no for a natural makeup look, and we recommend those without much coverage. Lightly dab these babies on your T-zone and wherever you applied your concealer to keep the shine at bay.
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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, P1750, Rustan's; MAC Mineralize Skinfish Natural, P1650, Rockwell; Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, P525,Watsons
A no-makeup look is not complete without a natural glow, and for this, products without any obvious shimmers work best. Apply highlighters with a light hand to maintain a fresh complexion!
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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder, $56, Sephora; Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, Rustan's; ELF Shimmering Facial Whip, P130, Watsons
No-makeup makeup calls for a lengthening mascara that separates the lashes, so say no to clumpy formulas that don't hold your curl!
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Benefit Roller Lash mascara, P1300, Greenbelt 5; Smashbox Full Exposure mascara, P1150, Beauty Bar; Covergirl Cump Crusher mascara, P545, Watsons
Lip and Cheek Tint
We recommend veering away from powder blushes and liquid lipsticks for this look, because they tend to make the skin look more powdery and the lips too unnaturally matte. Lip tints, lipsticks, and cheek tints will add color to your face without being too obvious that you used makeup.
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NARS The Multiple in Riviera, P2250, Glorietta 4; Benefit Benetint, P1700, Greenbelt 5; The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Aqua Tint, P300, SM Megamall
A finishing spray isn't a must for everyone, but if you find that your makeup looks quite powdery, a few spritzes can provide a skin-like glow you'll surely love. Bring a travel-sized mist with you in your bag for midday makeup refreshes!
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MAC Prep+Prime Fix+, P1000+, Rockwell; Avene Thermale Spring Water, P852, Watsons; NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, P520, SM Megamall