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How To Get Natural Looking Makeup

This spring, it’s all about ‘no makeup’ makeup. What? Natural looking makeup? “If you want to look like you’re not wearing makeup, then why don’t you just not wear any at all?” Well, it’s a good point, but the gals here at HQhair can sometimes feel a little exposed with no makeup on at all, especially if we’re suffering from a breakout. With the right products and correct technique, you can easily embrace your features whilst covering any imperfections with natural looking makeup.

Barely-there makeup has been seen on countless celebrities over the last few months, including the glam queen herself: Kim Kardashian. Since making an appearance at the Balenciaga show completely makeup-free back in October, Kimmy K has noticeably toned down her look. So long are the days of a heavy contour, less is now more and we’re going to show you how to can create the perfect ‘no makeup’ makeup yourself right here on the #HQHUB.

Balenciaga. No make up today.

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Natural Looking Makeup Rule 1:

Invest in your skincare routine. 

Ever heard that the secret to good makeup is great skin? Well, even with barely-there makeup, this rule is still key. If your face is properly prepped, then your makeup will sit much more naturally on your skin. Make sure that you properly cleanse, ideally once to remove makeup and any left over residue, and then twice to properly clarify your pores. Suitable for the most sensitive of skin, First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser is a perfect option and will leave your complexion looking crystal clear. Follow with Pixi Glow Tonic and then Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet to ensure that your skin is looking radiant. Shop our whole skincare range here.

Natural Looking Makeup Rule 2:

Only use the necessities. 

When applying makeup, it is so easy to get carried away, meaning that your three staple products can easily turn into ten. When it comes to natural looking makeup, try to be strict with yourself and only use the necessities. Start with Thebalm’s BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser SPF 18 to even out your complexion and smooth out the texture of your skin. The next step is optional, but if you wish to cover any imperfections or dark circles, then use the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer. Raved over by YouTubers and bloggers like Nicole Guerriero, this product’s built-in sponge allows for a fuss-free application and will provide you with a seamless finish. To completely the look, simply use a lip balm with a slight tint to ensure that your pout stays moisturised!

Natural Looking Makeup Rule 3:

It’s all in the technique. 

When it comes to natural looking makeup, it is so important to apply your products with a light hand. If you apply too much pressure, then your makeup will end up looking much more bold and therefore obvious. Instead, use small strokes that will provide you with that barely-there look that you desire. Another tip of ours is to opt for the right sort of products! For example, instead of using a pencil or a pomade for your brows, try Benefit’s Gimme Brow. This will provide your eyebrows with added fullness without slick definition. Again, instead of lashes, use a clump-free mascara and curl your lashes beforehand to allow your eyes to look wide and awake with minimal effort!

Are you going to be slayin’ a ‘no makeup’ makeup look this Spring? If you are, make sure that you tag us in your selfies over on our Instagram!




I’ve obsessed over all things beauty for as long as I can remember! Since my early teens, I’ve constantly experimented with my makeup, hair and nails. Nowadays, I usually settle for a statement eye and a soft, nude lip. I also love social media, so if you see a tweet or a post by HQhair, then I’ll most probably be the face behind it! If I’m not playing around with the latest beauty product or checking out what’s happening over on Twitter, then I’ll be on a city break with my friends, sipping on a Blue Lagoon.

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