No Makeup Makeup: The Ultimate Guide To Getting It Right

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  • No makeup makeup is one of the hardest looks to perfect. Marie Claire's beauty and style director shares all her secrets to nailing the barely-there makeup look.

    Want to know how to perfect the no makeup makeup look? Marie Claire’s beauty and style director Lisa Oxenham shares her flawless skin-perfecting secrets…

    ‘My no makeup makeup routine during the summer months is as big part of the experience as my John Lennon-esque Raybans and my Antik Batik kaftan.’

    I just use

    Sisley Facial Sun Care Youth Protector SPF50+,£109.00,

    Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universalle, £32.00


    a Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara inBrown, £17.50,


    By Terry Baume de Rose, £39.00.

    I think my skin looks better (nearly) naked in the summer sun but with my best friend’s wedding day around the corner I need a bit more forphotographs plus, after a few months of sun-kissed skin I’m hankering after glamour. I’m not for one moment suggesting I should wear the same make-up I’dwear on a night out mid-winter. I’m talking clever daytime products and tricks to make my skin and features look like me, just better.


    What’s the point of wonderfully sun-kissed skin if you haven’t got a touch of highlighter to set it off? We love

    Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Killer Cheekbones, £82.00

    – just nestle a little of the darker shade from your ear under your cheekbone and apply the highlighter on top.


    Ditch the powder –

    Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Perfector, £31.50,

    is a weightless balm that acts like an invisible foundation: use it to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, minimise pores and mattify without cake-ing.
    Keep a translucent powder with you throughout the day to take off anyshine around the T-Zone you’ll produce more oil if you’re nervous or excited. Press out the creases on the eyelids and press powder on top.


    Don’t forget your body; if you’re showing limbs in a photo they’ll look more lithe if you add a layer of

    The Sanctuary Spa Wonder Body Oil, £19.50.

    This super hydrating oil is lightweight and non-greasy. Or

    Carita Fluide de Beaute, £45.00,

    can’t conceal your addiction to Snickers bars but it will certainly bring a shimmering slinkiness to limbs.


    For a heavy helping of lit-from-within lustre and moisture in one

    Dior Diorskin Nude Air, £33,

    is a foundation plus and offers sheer,lightweight correction.
    Always use a brush it will bemuch more even and last for longer. We love

    MAC’s 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush, £28.00,

    for light coverage. Just don’t overload it. Focus coverage on the reddest parts of your face like your nostrils and sweep outwards towards your jawline.


    Looking for a more permanent fix?

    Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape and Fill Expert Serum, £62,

    has a colllagen-boosting complex that will plump and lift skin, making your contours a little, well, more contoured.


    If you’re not a watercress and mung bean kind of girl you need to feign the glow. Try

    Chanel’s Primer, Le Blanc Multi-Use Illuminating Base, £33.00.

    If you have redness on your ears dab those with primer and foundation too and use these base products down the neck or it could look neglected.


    If your eyes are dull and have a brown tinge then usea rose-based undereye concealer like

    Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, £19.00.

    If the shadows are more blue, then use a beige to neutralise. Press the product in with fingertips to make sure it’s not sitting on top of your skin. The trusted

    YSL Touch Eclat, £25.00,

    does the trick.


    Steer clear of shimmer as it doesn’t work with photographs.

    Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, £39.00,

    is the best matte powder on the market. It’s very lightweight so you can keep layering without it looking heavy and to help mattify your skin. For Bronzer you want it to work with the natural contours of your face, look at the side of your face like the number 3- forehead, hairline and jawline and use an angled brush to sweep over the skinand layer up. We love

    Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder, £28.50.


    Chanel’s Pinceau Poudre Biseaute Angled Powder Brush, £42.00.

    A light dusting of bronzer is a great way to add warmth to your face without having to fork out for a spray tan.

    For more amazing bronzers picked especially for your skin tone, head to Powder.

    Check out our favourite products to create a gorgeous no-makeup makeup look…

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