The New Nude: How to Perfect the No Makeup Look

Makeup trends come and go, but we can’t imagine a day when a glowing complexion won’t be a top beauty priority. No-makeup makeup is no longer just a fleeting trend — it's one of the biggest beauty staples, and it’s not going anywhere soon. This makeup technique however is an elusive, confusing thing, because 99-percent of the time, it requires way more time and effort than your usual night-out look. Why? Because you’re trying to fool people into thinking your skin is naturally perfect and glowing and magical, and that level of trickery takes time and precision. Unless you’re blessed with a pre-filtered face, you’ll need to work to look like you just #wokeuplikethis.

#Secret 1: It's all about the base
Love the no-makeup makeup look? Well, you'll need to ace your base first.  

To fend off the ravages of time and the sun we recommend The Sloane Clinic's Divine Whitening Program which erases stubborn spots and uneven skin tone, so you stay divinely stress-free. 

Pair this with Sloane Inc's White Plasma (USD $78), A multi-action spot lightener and all-over brightener that unifies the complexion for immutably beautiful skin. Powered by a propietary complex of synergistic brightening actives, this high-tech serum works at multiple levels to fulfill your blanc desires. Staying ahead of the next beauty buzz, The Sloane Clinic raises the radiance bar by introducing laser-assisted skincare delivery. The pairing of White Plasma with Pigment laser delivers a uniform tone, immaculate smoothness and brilliant clarity that are greater than the sum of its parts.

Antioxidants are like little life preservers for our skin. These nutrient-dense compounds are serious overachievers when it comes to protecting our complexions — both when ingested and applied topically. Add a potent antioxidant serum to your skincare routine to  help fend off fight the first visible signs of aging—fine lines, uneven skin texture, visible pores, dryness, and dullness. Sloane Inc Skin Superfood Red Algae (USD $164) is a potent age-staving antioxidant serum which harvests the best of Nature to repair and boost skin’s resilience against free-radical attack.

To turbocharge your anti-aging efforts, Sloane Inc Dermaboost Pure Vitamin C (USD $49) helps you fulfill your maximum radiance potential as it fends off damaging environmental attacks, targets spots and uneven discolouration, cancels out yellow tones due to photo-ageing, and retexturizes skin by supporting natural collagen regeneration. Mix 1 scoop of this radiance motivating powder with your favourite water-based serum or moisturiser in the palm of your hand once in the morning to work towards an exquisite complexion that’s so bright, it’s transluminous.

The over-scheduled, sleep deprived, non-stop pace at which we function can take a toll on your complexion, requiring a serious skintervention. For a weekly indulgence, try skyn's ICELAND's Fresh Start Mask (USD $39). This dual phase, weekly detoxing and brightening treatment polishes and re-texturizes skin to reveal a luminous, youthful translucence for a fresh start. Cooling blue clay blends with an AHA fruit acid gel complex, to create a warming, oxygenating foam that clarifies and smoothes, stressed, depleted complexions in just 10 minutes.

# Secret 2. Hydration 
Matte face, you are so yesterday. The latest look to stay is the Korean Mul-Gwang trend which is basically the coveted dewy look sported on most Korean women. Mul-gwang literally translates into “water-light. This is the umbrella term that refers to the dewy, super hydrated, water-sheen-like skin Korean women favor. Mul-gwang is all about hydration. Using mists, sheet masks and layering your moisturiser will help you achieve that radiant, dewy, glow. There are also several eye creams and primers out there infused with pearl extracts that will diffuse imperfections and catch the light to get your skin looking luminous which definitely helps. So take a cue from our Korean counterparts here.

One of the best ways to prepare your skin for moisturizing products is to layer on an essence. After cleansing and toning, try belif Hungarian Water Essence (USD $42)—this Korean brand’s ultra-light formula is made with Hungary water (Queen Elizabeth of Hungary’s beauty secret) and a mixture of apothecary herbs. It instantly brings back to life any lost hydration, leaving your skin looking supple and radiant.

Dr. Weil’s For Origins™ Mega-Bright SPF 30 Skin Tone Correcting Oil-Free Moisturizer (USD $53) is clinically proven skin brightener restores luminosity, corrects weak moisture barriers, and protects skin from future discolorations. This oil-free moisturizer helps diminish dark spots and discolorations while restoring clarity and brightness to dull, uneven skin.

#Secret 3: Natural Makeup

Prime: The South Korean secret to a luminous skin-finish, 3CE’s Back to Baby Glow Beam (USD $21)acts as light-reflective primer, luminiser and highlighter to achieve a dewy, ‘lit from within’ look. With a pale peachy pink tone to brighten lacklustre complexions, this is the ultimate foil for those give-away signs of fatigue – simply apply to just-moisturised skin before make up to grant skin a beautiful glow.

Conceal: No, you don’t have to have perfect, blemish-free skin to pull off the no-makeup look—although it seriously helps. But if you’re not genetically blessed, stock up on lightweight, hydrating concealers, like Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch (USD $42) and apply them in a triangle beneath your eyes, around the edges and center of your nose, across your chin, and on any other red spots or patches. The goal here is to minimize as much redness and discoloration as possible.

Lightweight Foundation: As all beauty insiders know, nothing beats a K-beauty cushion foundation for that sheer, dewy-skinned effect. These light-to-medium coverage base products have been a staple in beauty routines for years now, owing to the no-makeup makeup look that’s – relatively! – fuss-free and appropriate for all occasions. On top of the natural and radiant glow that it creates on the skin, these products have also been touted to have more skincare benefits than your traditional foundation. At the forefront of this trend is the cushion compact, famous for its quick and easy application and ability to create the “mul-gwang-pi-bu” glow – which literally translates to “water glow” skin – seen on several Korean celebrities in popular dramas. 

A global bestseller, Laniege's BB Cushion promises to moisturise with mineral water and brighten with Bead Tree extract. It also claims to soothe and cool skin heated by the sun, by four degrees. Provides light to medium coverage with a dewy and bright finish. Makes skin feel refreshed and supple too. 

Blusher: Show off your flush with this natural liquid blush. Hardy & Co's Blush Flush in Love (USD $40) leaves cheeks with a healthy-looking glow that creates a natural candelight glow. The sheer hue instantly brightens up the complexion, giving cheeks a natural-looking, delicate gleam. Infused with acai stem cell extracts to rejuvenate skin while restoring a coveted blush and enhancing a natural-looking radiance to skin, this lightweight fluid melts into skin for a natural glow with a subtle hint of color. This is what I call, makeup with benefits! Such a win-win. The special glass rollerball applicator also gives you precise control to create an ethereal flushed look effortlessly. 

#Secret 4: Highlight your way into a glowing goddess
In 2016, highlighters are on a victory lap, defending their title as one of the most talked-about and lusted-after beauty products. And why not? Everyone loves a dewy, illuminated face. Swipe, pat, or squeeze that highlighter on for a quick fix to any dullness or lack of oomph. In no time at all, you’ll look wide awake and lit from within. 

Lend light to cheekbones, brow bones and your cupid's bow with Jouer's Powder Cosmetic \Highlighter (£19.00). With a super-soft, velvety texture that blends seamlessly to lend skin an ethereal, ‘soft focus’ glow, the buildable formula can be applied sparingly for subtle skin enhancement, or layered to achieve a stunning ‘strobed’ effect.

For makeup newbies, learn how to highlight from makeup guru Nikkie Tutorials here: 

Are you ready and set to glow?


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