'No Makeup' Makeup

I'm feeling pretty comfortable wearing minimal makeup as opposed to a full face every so often (or maybe it's the fact I'm so busy at the moment...) Today I'm sharing with you the products I reach for when I'm going for a fresh, 'no makeup' makeup look. Obviously I'm not saying to put all these things on your face at once as that would kind of defeat the purpose! I just wanted to show a few different options for various tastes, needs and skin types.


I'm all about the flawless base so even on those low-maintenance days when I have ten minutes to spend on my makeup, a good half of that goes on my base. I think when that's right, everything else comes together!

My first option is hydrating but not overly dewy. I really love this stuff; it gives that nice coverage whilst still looking like skin. I feel like it evens out my skin tone, covers any redness but still looks so natural! There's something really healthy, radiant and glowing about the finish, without a hint of shine.

This is the alternative for more oily and blemish prone skin. It really saw me through last summer as it didn't turn into mess in the heat and kept any sun-induced breakouts at bay. It definitely has more coverage than the Nars but still feels extremely lightweight on the skin. The finish is matte but it isn't overly drying and isn't going to cling onto or settle into anything. 

This is by far the best brush for applying light and/or more fluid bases. I much prefer it to using a sponge or my fingers as well. In just a few swipes it applies my base flawlessly and really helps to get that natural skin-like look.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer | £7.99 | post

If you can find a shade in the meagre selection then definitely pick this up! I love it as a very light peach-toned corrector. It isn't a full coverage but the shade of this really helps to cancel out my dark circles (which is the main thing that needs concealing for me) whilst still being so lightweight.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer | £7.99 

To add a little extra converge and brighten the under-eye area further; I then go on with this (in the 'upside down triangle' formation). The texture is really light and fluffy and gives a nice coverage whilst looking and feeling so natural. It's nice and hydrating, as well as being brightening (though it only comes in two shades!) You can also easily take this along your cheekbones, the centre of your forehead and down the middle of your nose as a natural highlight because it blends so easily.

YSL Touche Eclat | £25 | post

Instead of or as well as; I really like the YSL Touche Eclat. It's very light coverage but has light-reflecting particles which make it so luminous and brightening. I tend to use it under my eyes to eliminate and dark tones but like with the Maybelline, you can also use this to highlight the face naturally.

Real Techniques Setting Brush | £6.99

By far my favourite brush for applying under-eye concealer is the Real Techniques Setting brush. It just seems to blend everything out seamlessly in seconds! The bristles are fairly tightly packed but it doesn't buff the product into the skin too much, which I think is the secret of the natural look.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50 | post

Once I'm done with under my eyes I cover up any blemishes with the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. I really love the texture of this as it's so light, fluffy and not at all drying but delivers on the amazing coverage.

Vichy Dermablend Powder* | £15

If I'm going for a slightly more dewy look then I limit myself to setting my t-zone and under my eyes with a little translucent powder. I'm really liking using a loose formula and this really is translucent (unlike those powders that claim to be but makes your face look white under flash photography). I find this traceless and not caky in the slightest on my skin. It isn't anything too matte - it just takes away a bit of that shine and makes sure nothing moves throughout the day.

BeautyBlender | £16

To make sure the all the concealer (any any highlighting) is blended  in properly and looks as natural as possible - I bounce over everything with a damp makeup sponge. I use this technique with the Vichy powder to set under my eyes and my t-zone too. 

Avene Thermal Water Spray* | £9

I'm such a fan of this refreshing, hydrating facial spray. whether it's for a pick-me-up during the day or just to finish up my base for that natural, fresh look. If you have dry skin and want your base to look nice and dewy then definitely finish up with this.


On those natural, low-maintenance days when I'm in a rush or just don't want to spend ages on my makeup (even I have those days!) I go for a cream formula on the cheeks, dabbed on with my fingers.

Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush English Rose Flush | £14

I can honestly say I'm enamoured with this blusher! The shade is a classic, timeless rose that's not too vibrant but has enough colour to it that it brings my face to life. It isn't a thin, greasy formula; it's a little thicker in texture than most. It has a slight dewiness but it's not patchy and doesn't 'move around' on my skin throughout the day.

KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 02 Golden Peach | £7.90

I love love love this cream blusher formula - it applies so well and lasts like no other on my combination skin. It doesn't have much of a dewiness to it but it's very pigmented and applies so evenly. The shade is a natural nude-peach with a very slight, fine gold sheen running through it. If you usually find cream formulas don't work for you and make you look like a shiny mess then definitely give this a go!

ColourPop Cheek Shock Blush in Between the Sheets | $8

My final blusher option is another one that's great if you're not really into dewy cream formulas. This is almost like a mousse texture and has serious colour payoff. Between the Sheets is a matte dusky pink/mauve nude shade that looks so pretty and effortless. (Side Note: read my post here on how to ship this brand to the UK).

Topshop Glow Pot Highlighter in Gleam | £9

If you fancy a shimmery highlight then you can't really go wrong with this gorgeous champagne-gold. It has such a pretty sheen to it and looks dewy (but not greasy) and natural on the skin.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal | £30

I was always a little underwhelmed by the liquid version of this but really loved the shade. However the cream formula is my perfect natural, dewy, low-key highlight. I love the shade as it's a gorgeous pearly colour that's not too warm or too cool, which is why I think it looks so natural. It really adds that glow to the skin without being all sparkly or too greasy.


For the lids I tend to go for kind of bronze-champagne shades. I find shimmer shades tend to work best for me as a wash of colour with my Zoeva 227, even though technically speaking I think mattes probably look more natural. I usually reach for a cream formula as it looks like you made so much more effort than you did! However there are also a couple of powder options that do the trick just as well.

I'm a huge, huge fan of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos! I've tried high-end formulas several times the price of this and these still one amongst my favourites. I tend to just use my fingers to apply these as it's literally a case of 1 swipe + 2 seconds blending = done! Personally I think the shimmer shades work the best and of course my favourite is the stunning, dewy On & On Bronze. It just goes with any neutral makeup look so I can reach for it without thinking. I also do like the shade Creamy Beige as a matte option as it's a really natural brown-taupe that's not miles away from my natural skin tone (I actually use this a lot as a base for powder products). These are honestly so creamy but very opaque and pigmented. Once they set they aren't going to budge until you remove them (I promise!)

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eye Ample Amber | £17

I actually picked this up a few months back but never really used it. As part of my Beauty Spring Clean I dug this out to see if it was going to be one that could be given a new lease of life or if it was one for the blog sale/pass on to female relatives pile. As you may have guessed by its inclusion here; it's the former! This is a gorgeous warm amber-bronze shimmer that I love as a sheer wash of colour across the lids. I like the formula too as it doesn't crease on me.

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow Sunset Blvd | $5

This has to be one of my favourite low-maintenance eyeshadows! It's much more sheer and light than something like the Maybelline Colour Tattoos but that's sort of why I love it! It's a kind of golden-champagne-bronze shimmer. I really like that although it's fairly light and sheer, it still doesn't crease or wear away. I even tried this without a primer and it still lasts really well, which makes it a winner in the effortless stakes for me.

H&M Eyeshadow in Act Your Beige | £4.99

I'm really impressed with all the H&M single eyeshadows I've tried (though I'd advise skipping the palettes) but my favourite has to be Act Your Beige. The texture is really nice and silky as well as delivering a good level of pigmentation. It has a really subtle sheen of shimmer that's nothing too glittery and I love the golden-beige colour.

MAC Pro Refill Eyeshadow Pan in All That Glitters | £10

I'm honestly obsessed with this eyeshadow! Although my allegiance is now more towards Makeup Geek than MAC, this shade will always have a special place in my collection. It's such a gorgeous nude-bronze shade that looks really multifaceted on the lids.

For liner and lashes I gear down my usual look a little. I'm honestly a winged liner girl through and through, but I forego it if I'm going for a low-key look. It's all about trying to naturally accentuate my lash line and getting my lashes nice and fluttery. My eyes are definitely the first thing to vanish when I'm wearing minimal makeup so I do still like to get some definition.

Zoeva Graphic Eye Pencil in Mute* | £7

This charcoal matte shade is perfect for tight-lining if you want something that's more natural and less harsh than black. I love the creamy, pigmented formula of these and best of all they don't smudge or fade!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog | £15.50

I pretty much use this every time I wear a warm-toned eye look (i.e. every single day). It has a really subtle metallic sheen and is a warm brown-bronze-gold shade. I like to use this on the lower waterline to add a bit of natural definition. I do much prefer something like this to a matte brown liner as I find those can look a little dated on me.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99

I won't bore you too much as this is of course my holy grail mascara! It gives volume without clump, amazing length and serious curl. Plus it doesn't smudge on my eyes or flake during the day.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara | £10.99

This is definitely a lengthening and separating mascara as opposed the volumising, which is surprising given the chunky wand. It does take a little time to build this up but I love the natural, fluttery look it gives.

L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara | £7.99

This mascara has seriously grown on me. I liked it when I first tried it but now I've returned to it a month later, I think it's a 'love'! The wand means you can really get down into the base of your lashes and this gives you such an amazing curl and serious length! I also like how it gives a nice, natural bit of volume without being overly thick.


For me - minimal makeup means a sheer lip in a nice warm nude! I especially love a formula that's going to hydrate my lips at the same time.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel | £17

As you can probably tell: this has been very well-loved! It's just the perfect pinky-nude-brown lip colour that you can throw on and go. I find it really flattering and hydrating on the lips. I also much prefer the formula and pigmentation of the Intense version compared to the standard Chubby Sticks.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments in Fresh Honey and Fresh Petal | £19 each

When  first bought these, I instantly regretted it - how good could a tinted lip balm really be? I thought I'd got caught up in having to buy them there and then and had made a mistake buying two! Well, as soon as I tried them, I realised they were well worth the hype and I pretty much use one or the other of these at least once a week. The formula is so nourishing that it's even amazing just as a lip balm. They're more pigmented than you might expect too - they add a really pretty wash of colour. Both the shades I have are pretty similar however Honey is more brown-toned and Petal more pink. However there's not much in it so you probably don't need both unless you use them as often as I do!

What are your favourite 'no makeup' products?

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  1. Maybelline Color Tattoo can go no wrong, if only they're not that heavy, I would pop them inside my gym bag. Even then, I get through them quickly because they're such a no brainer and a great match for lazy girl like me.

    OOT but I'm going to Japan this June, they have both Nars and ABH counter. I was thinking of getting NARS Velvet Skin Tint and ABH Glow Kit, but I'm not sure my budget allow (since I'm going to Burberry Counter as well). Which one do you think is more worth my money/I should not skip?

    Thank you!

    Selene Addicted

    1. I kind of always feel like a base is more worth investing in - the Glow Kit is lovely but if you have a lot of other highlighters you probably don't *need* it as it isn't that out of this world different to everything else I've tried xx

  2. Love the Makeup Geek Stippling Brush for applying foundations on more natural days. I add concealer (Collection Lasting Perfection), set with powder and add some bronzer. That's my typical no fuss makeup look. Nars Casino bronzer is my favourite, it's not too warm and still manages to slim the face down a little as well as add colour and dimension to the face. It's like a blush/bronzer/contour hybrid in one for anyone with medium-deep skin xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin | Instagram

    1. I've wanted to try Casino for a while and that decryption sounds right up my street! xx

  3. This Sephora brush sounds so practical and lovely! I agree, shimmery eyeshadows are usually easier to wear on their own, I believe a matte eyeshadow has to be very light to be pretty on its own!


  4. Your posts are always so in depth! So many great recommendations. Do you know of any affordable maybe drug store tinted moisturisers?x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Personally I don't go for drugstore with bases because they offer a really poor shade selection! I do like the formula of the Bourjois CC Cream so would recommend that if you find matching easier with drugstore products than I do xx

  5. If I only have 5 minutes to do my makeup then I always focus on eyes, especially my lashes so I know what you mean. I also love using a bit of concealer without any foundation for that minimal kind of makeup look. You've got a great selection of no fuss products here x

    Beauty with charm

  6. I go for no-makeup makeup on a daily basis - for me it's all about the base, as I'm porcelain skinned so any blemishes show up front and centre without concealing. Great post Jasmine and I am so tempted to buy Curviest Caramel because it always looks so gorgeous in your posts! X

    1. Completely agree - my base is always the focus! xx

  7. I love no-makeup makeup as well, it's more comfortable to wear than a full face of makeup generally. I love how you've selected multiple products from different budgets here :) The Kiko blusher stick looks super pretty to give a nice flush to the cheeks!

    Julia x

  8. All of these products sound great! My favourite everyday mascara is definitely Benefit's Roller Lash. I've never tried a cream blush before, I don't really wear blush that much but I'm worried that I'll look like a clown as I won't be able to blend it properly! I definitely think I'm going to at least try it though as I may prefer it to a powder blush :) Thanks for the recommendations xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Some of these products I now really need in my life! I really love a bronze eye when I'm going for minimal makeup, the colour pop sunset blvd shade is stunning! I've been looking at the avene thermal water the past few days and wondering if its any good so I'm so glad you included it in this post because I'll definitely be picking one up now to give it a try x

    Darling Jordan

    1. I'm the same - a bronze eye just always seems to work :) xx

  10. Great product picks! Love the kiko blush stick definitely gonna pick one up :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  11. Amazing picks. Completely agree about the base being the most important step - as long as that's good, it should all be OK! x


  12. I have been trying to spot the No Makeup Makeup look for a little while now but I can't resist doing a nice eyeshadow every time. I need to be more disciplined. Amazing picks and I see you got the Beauty Blender (or maybe you have had it a while but I have just missed it). How are you finding it? I just repurchased a second one because I accidentally destroyed the first one. Thanks for sharing as always...xx

    1. I do like it but I'm not sure it's an 'essential' for me over all other makeup sponges as £16 is a lot for me she they don't last long! xx

  13. MAC All that Glitters and Topshop Gleam look sooo pretty! I love no makeup makeup looks (mostly from sheer lack of time!). One of my most used products is the Laura Geller blush in Tropic Hues. It's perfect for that look!

    She Likes to Shop

    1. The Laura Geller blushes are wonderful - I think I tried them because you did a blog post on them :) haven't checked out Tropic Hues yet though! xx

  14. I'm all about the no makeup makeup look. My current go to has been the Nars tinted moisturizer. I don't usually reach for eyeshadow on my no makeup makeup but some of those eyeshadows are too good to resist. I love the colorpop and clinique shades!


  15. Some lovely picks here! It's amazing how many products you have to pick out to achieve the 'no makeup' makeup look isn't it? ;)

    Great suggestions here, Certainly a large NARS fan though haven't tried their tinted moisturiser just yet! I shall do though :)

    Laura xo


  16. I really need to try the Nars tinted moisturiser - it sounds brilliant. I really want the Roise for Autograph blush too, but its always out of stock :/ I'm huge fan of the Topshop glow pot. Bare minerals complexion rescue is my go to when i want something more natural xx

    LPage Beauty 

  17. I too love the Avene Thermal Water Spray, I keep a bottle with me wherever I go to spritz throughout the day.

    Amanda - www.dreamingxprettyblog.co.uk

  18. I really need to try a lower coverage base, I've always used medium to high coverage foundations and actually my skin has really cleared up recently and I want something more natural. I'm definitely eyeing up the NARS base...

    I want to try a UD eyeliner too, I want something Kohl that's a little softer for everyday rather than liquid.

    The Makeup Directory

    1. I used to always wear a lot of coverage when my skin wasn't great, however I saw a Lisa Eldridge video where she did acne coverage with a tinted moisturiser and a heavy duty concealer so gave it a try. It honestly makes such a difference! If you have a great concealer then you can definitely get away with a light base and it'll look really natural but blemishes will be covered :) xx

  19. Hi Jasmine!
    My "no makeup" make-up look is pretty much what I wear every single day! I agree with you that a good base is the key to everything else. For summer, fo example, I love mixing a few drops of my foundation with my spf. I then apply a bit of powder to set it, blush, bronzer (optional), mascara and lipbalm :)

    Hope your week started well!


  20. I need some Rosie HW makeup in my life! I wish my M&S stocked it in store!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  21. I have never tried wearing 'no makeup' looks, it's either I'm bare face or with full makeup. Definitely interesting to try and see how I create my no makeup makeup look.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I used to be a little like that but recently I've definitely worked out a pared down look that works for me! xx

  22. the Maybelline Color Tattoo is perfection, I don't have to be worried it will drop down to my cheeks, and the Maybelline mascara is also really great.


  23. It's funny how many products we still use for our 'no makeup' makeup days, lol! I also focus on my eyes even with very minimal makeup, without mascara my lashes are almost invisible so it's a must for me. And some light foundation to even out my skin tone! xx

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  24. Never heard of the Cover FX BB before, I have oily skin so would love to give that a go. The English Rose blush is a beautiful shade, I bet that suits you so much. Keep meaning to try the H&M make up range, heard such good things about it and that Act Your Beige shade is beautiful. I keep trying to do a natural lip but I love a bold one too much x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

    1. Ah you will love the Cover FX in that case! xx

  25. When I am going for a no make up make up look I actually skip foundation (I know the horror!) I will conceal and blend, pop a little powder and rosy up my cheeks. I also love on & on bronze, and my Bronze Moon By Terry Stick is a favourite for lazy days! But my ultimate go to for lips on these days is my Clarins instant light perfector. It really can do no wrong, I love it - and this is coming from someone who hates lipgloss.


  26. This look seems perfect for finals week! I've always debated getting the Fresh Sugar lip balms, they seem rather expensive for a lip balm but I'd love a good, hydrating red-tinted one.


  27. Great post!! I'm definitely going to try some of those base products :) That's the one area I'm really needing help with!


  28. I'm really interested in the Nars Tinted Moisturizer! tried their foundation and for some reason, it broke me out like crazy, so I've stayed away from their products. But I'm so tempted to get back on their products because I hear so many great things about them! Lovely post! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

  29. Ok, first of all...how cute is the H&M eyeshadow name? Act Your Beige?!? I can't resist a bit of cheesy wordplay hahahaha! And you know how much love I have for Maybelline Creamy Beige. Its the best! I need to order ColourPop Between The Sheets soon. Its such a perfect shade that I know I'll get tonnes of use out of. xxx

    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

  30. I just bought the Rosie blush in English Rose and I love it!

  31. Great Blog post !! Love posts like this <3 keep up the amazing work


  32. the kiko blush looks so pretty! lovely post :) I love your photos!


  33. Love the swatches!

    Take care doll! Kisses,

  34. I love the BB cream from CoverFx! I haven't tried much else on this list, though. I'm relatively conservative since my skin is wicked sensitive.

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/

  35. I'm all about that natural makeup for everyday! That NARS base sounds so lovely, I've been wanting to try one of their bases for a while but haven't found anything that's light and dewy, so that might just do the trick. I also prefer cream products for no makeup makeup, the H&M cream blush in rose and the cream eyeshadow in Champers are some of my go-tos! xx


  36. Wonderful post, your photos always look so so good. Your blog literally gives me inspiration.


  37. "No makeup" makeup is definitely my all-time favourite look! You've reminded me how much I love Avene products - I totally need to try the spray as I have such dry skin! :))

    Style Sunrise☀


  38. I love makeup, and love your makeup tips

    BettyCook DreamyDressShop

  39. Thank you for your comments! Hope this gave you some inspiration :) xx

  40. The Fresh Sugar Lips and the Maybelline mascara are so good for no makeup looks! I love them, I need to try more from your list.

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  41. I am a massive believer of using BB cream as a base if you're opting for a natural look! I love Bare Minerals Tinted Gel (I think that is what it's called!) for a dewy, natural, light base!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  42. Great article and comparisons! I have added a few to my next makeup shopping list to try out. I love IT Cosmetics bye bye under eye concealer and Laura Geller's baked gelato swirl illuminator in gilded honey from b-glowing. They go along the same no makeup makeup theme.


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