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 How to master the no-makeup makeup look

No make-up make-up: aka ‘model off duty’ make-up may look deceptively easy. But getting your skin to gleam in all the right places, your brows to look full and your cheeks to flush just enough not to scream ‘blush attack’ involves some pretty clever cheats. Here’s our pick of the best:


Tinted moisturiser: Steer clear of anything matte or cakey - this look calls for a veil of sheer to medium coverage over the skin. Enter tinted moisturiser – a multi-tasker that plumps up your skin with moisture while also adding a hint of barely-there colour. Try bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Tinted Cream Gel SPF 30 – it’s water-infused for lightness and oil-free so you don’t need a dusting of powder over a shiny t-zone.

Concealer: No one’s skin is flawless. Use a matte concealer to disguise spots – anything pearlescent will just draw attention to the area. When it comes to under-eye concealer however, illuminating is precisely the way to go to bounce light away from dark shadows. As is applying it in an inverted triangle: base under your eye, with the tip pointing toward your cheeks. When you sweep concealer right on top of bags, you actually emphasise them whereas as this simple tweak will brighten that whole middle section of your face. Try Rimmel London Lasting Radiance Concealer.

Cheek stain: Cheek tints are activated by body heat, so their sheer wash of colour melds perfectly to the skin. The only downside to that is that you have to work quickly to avoid them drying into a streaky finish. Apply a few drops of Benefit Lolli Tint Candy Orchid Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain to the back of your hand and use your index, middle, and ring fingers to dab it onto the apples of your cheeks.

Highlighter: ‘Rather than use a primer, I use a highlighter then put my base on top for a really dewy glow,’ says make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon. Another bonus: this looks less like a swipe of highlighter and more like healthy skin. We love Perricone MD No Makeup Highlighter.

Brow Gel: The beauty of brow gel is that you simply sweep it in the direction of the hair growth – a bit like mascara – to add definition. It’s also way less obvious than drawing on tiny hairs with pencil. ‘I like to apply a coloured gel to the arch and tail of the brow, to define and fill, and then a clear formula over the top of the whole brow to hold the hairs in place,’ says make-up artist Celia Burton. We rate Eyeko Brow Gel.

Lip Balm: Finish the look with a juicy strawberry-stained mouth courtesy of Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm.

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