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The No-Makeup, Makeup Look

Updated on July 24, 2012

If you are in college like me, and you have to be ready in 30 minutes for an early class, or you are just wanting to look at least presentable without all of the fuss of putting on all of the makeup you own, then you are in need of the no-makeup, makeup look. So throw your hair in a bun and let's get started.


First, wash your face. Even if it is just splashing your face with water, you need to get some of the dirt off of your face. Then apply tinted moisturizer that is about the same color as your face. This saves you from dealing with foundation and looking like you actually have makeup on. If you do not have tinted moisturizer, use your favorite foundation but only apply it on your T-zone. Your T-zone is your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin. This is usually the only place where you should put foundation anyway. Avoid using too much powder because you want your face to look natural, not cakey. If you do not think you need tinted moisturizer or foundation, then don't use any. Some people just have naturally good skin and do not even need to use foundation except for when they have a few blemishes. And if you just don't feel like putting anything on your skin, don't.


If you don't feel comfortable not doing your eyebrows, go ahead and do them. I personally do not do my eyebrows because they are dark anyway and I feel like if I put any product on them they would be way too noticeable. If you are doing your eyebrows, do them the way you usually do them, but make sure it is not too noticeable or you will look like you have makeup on.


The rule of thumb for the no-makeup, makeup look for your eyes is "less is more." Do not overdo it with the eyes. Find a shade that is about the same color as your natural skin color and apply it all over your eyelid and up to your brow bone. This helps to even out the color of the skin on your eye. Next, find your brown eyeshadows. Usually brown is the way to go if you want a natural looking eye. Find a shade that is a little bit darker than you natural skin color and apply that to your eyelid. For some depth, find a shade a bit darker than the color you just put on your eyelid and apply it to the outer third of your eye, blending it into the crease. If you ever think that it is too dark, take the color that you first put on (the one that is about the same color as your natural skin) and blend it into your lid and crease; this should lighten it up. Next, find a brightening eyeshadow. I usually go for a shade lighter than my skin tone with a little shimmer just to brighten my eyes up, but the shimmer is optional. Apply this to your browbone and the inner corners of your eye. Now that your eyeshadow is done, you can basically be done with the look. However, if you want to apply liner and mascara here is what you do: Do not use black eyeliner, it is too harsh and you will definitely be able to tell that you are wearing makeup. Go for a brown eyeliner and tight-line your eyes. Tight-lining is where you line the waterline of the top of your eye so that it looks like your eyes are naturally lined. You can then blink a few times to transfer some of the eyeliner to the bottom waterline of your eye. As for mascara, if you have naturally dark lashes, I wouldn't use mascara. If you want to use mascara though, curl your lashes and only use one coat.


All you need here is chapstick! Nothing fancy!

You are finished!

It's quick, simple, and very easy to do. It takes about 5 minutes, so if you are like me and basically roll out of bed and go to class, this is the perfect look for you! Enjoy!

List of products I use for the no-makeup, makeup look

Here are the products I use for this look:

1. Covergirl Trublend foundation

2. E.L.F. Natural Eye Beauty Book

3. E.L.F. Brightening Liner in Coffee

4. Mega Volume Wet n Wild Mascara in black

5. Blistex Silk and Shine chapstick

Links to the products that I use for this look

This is my favorite no-makeup, makeup look tutorial


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    • Hannahr profile image

      Hannahr 5 years ago from Crowley, TX

      It is a wonderful technique that I found out about around a year ago and I love it! It is perfect for an everyday look, or if you only have a few minutes to spare and you want to look fresh.

    • JoanCA profile image

      JoanCA 5 years ago

      I haven't heard about this before. Very interesting.