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
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.
CHISEL YOUR CHEEKBONES
What’s the point of wonderfully sun-kissed skin if you haven’t got a touch of highlighter to set it off? We love
– just nestle a little of the darker shade from your ear under your cheekbone and apply the highlighter on top.
BLUR YOUR BLEMISHES
Ditch the powder –
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
This super hydrating oil is lightweight and non-greasy. Or
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
is a foundation plus and offers sheer,lightweight correction.
Always use a brush it will bemuch more even and last for longer. We love
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?
has a colllagen-boosting complex that will plump and lift skin, making your contours a little, well, more contoured.
PRIMER IS KEY
If you’re not a watercress and mung bean kind of girl you need to feign the glow. Try
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.
BYE BYE TIRED EYES
If your eyes are dull and have a brown tinge then usea rose-based undereye concealer like
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
does the trick.
Steer clear of shimmer as it doesn’t work with photographs.
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
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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