Lifehacks for “I woke up like this” natural-looking makeup

Natural makeup is a look countless celebrities have been wearing in recent months. But the natural, no makeup-makeup look takes more work than you think.

And if you’re tired of numerous tutorials and still can’t manage to get a gorgeous glowy base, Becca’s Global Makeup Ambassador Nikki Wolff may have the answer.

“If you’re applying a primer, foundation and highlighter, but it always turns out cakey, it’s because you’re not using a light enough touch.”

“Makeup artists use very little product and lightly apply it to the skin, and blending. It’s how we can create a glowing base that looks like it’s still skin.”

There are several tricks to nail that ‘I woke up like this’ glow:

1. Wash your face using a gentle soap. Don’t use an exfoliant as it will bring out the redness in your complexion.

2. Apply a pea-sized amount of moisturiser all over the face; you want to make sure your skin is soft and hydrated, so your makeup sits right but isn’t greasy. Do this even if you have oily skin.

3. Apply foundation but only to the places you feel are problematic or over pigmented.

4. Taking a small brush, apply concealer sparingly to problem areas, this technique is called micro concealing. For dark circles, swipe the brush under your eyes, then pat with a finger to blend.

5. Use a large brush and powder that matches your skin tone to dust all over. Do not use a bronzer. This look is all about making the most of your natural colouring.

6. Pick out a cream blush that is soft in colour and as close to your natural ‘blush’ as possible. Apply your chosen product to the apples of your cheeks, exactly where you would naturally flush, and blend until you have very subtle colour. Add a little of the cream blush to your lips to enhance their natural pigment.

7. With the barely-there makeup look, curling the eyelashes can be enough, but if you do like a little more definition, using a thin-wand mascara comb right through the lashes, applying a maximum of two coats to each eye.

8. It’s essential not to have a strong line of eyebrows, if you have very light brows or patches, blend a colour sparingly to give a little shape.

9. The easy way to get a natural looking lip colour (without putting on any lipstick at all) is via scrub. End with your favourite lip balm and your pout will be looking pristine, with a natural, healthy flush.

You can also watch and learn from the GLAMOUR’s natural makeup guide to nailing that “I woke up like this” makeup.

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