The 9 essentials for a 'no make-up' make-up look

The 9 essentials for a 'no make-up' make-up look

Tried and tested

Text: Anna McClelland

These are the ultimate game-changers for a fresh-faced and flawless complexion, writes make-up artist Molly Warkentin

As a make-up artist I'm often asked for the 'no make-up' make-up look that's trending in a big way right now. For me, it's a combination of polishing and refining facial features without a trace of make-up to be seen. But it took a bit of investigating and trialing to find the products that really work - there's a fine line between looking make-up free but polished and looking too done. Here's my breakdown of the key products favoured by professional MUAs to achieve the look. 

1. Skin

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One of the hardest things I've found with this trend is perfecting the skin, yet maintaining the look of no foundation. It's a tough one, but with much investigation I think I've found the answer: La Mer The Reparative Tints SPF 30. I love this formula! It gives you the perfect wash of colour while perfecting the complexion. It feels like you're not wearing anything, but best of all, it doesn't look like you're wearing anything. The finish is luminous perfection.

2. Powder

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If you're prone to an oily T-Zone like myself and many of my clients, ideally you need to set this area with a lightweight translucent powder. My favourite is RMS Un-Powder. With a silky smooth consistency, it helps to absorb any excess oil on the skin, without a trace of powder to be seen.

3. Bronzer

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I'm such a fan of warming up the skin with bronzer once I've evened the tone out with foundation. It helps to bring shape and a healthy glow back to the face. Traditionally we're used to seeing bronzer in powder form, which can look heavy and ruddy. So I'm loving the new generation of liquid and cream bronzers now available to help create the no make-up look. My cream of the crop is Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer the formulation is a bronzer-serum hybrid which makes for an easy-to-apply liquid consistency. 

4. Blush

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A little blush goes a long way when you want to look fresh-faced and healthy. For a sheer pop of colour, I reach for Stila Aqua Glow Watercolour BlushWith the sheerness of watercolour paints, it delivers a burst of colour to give you a real glow.

5. Eyes

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If the skin on your eyelid is slightly pigmented - or maybe there are visible veins - it's best to even this out. It can be done with concealer, but this tends to shift and crease. My preferred product to combat eyelid discolouration is By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer. The mouse-like formula gives a smooth application and the tint camouflages any dark or red undertones. It's also the perfect primer for eyeshadow as it doesn't crease. 

6. Lashes

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Every woman has their 'I can never leave the house without' product: mine is my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. With the ultimate precision, it gives you an instant eye-lift. Then give your lashes a boost with a light layer of Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash.

7. Eyebrows

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Brows can quite easily look too heavy when using a powder or pencil. So to keep them looking fresh and make-up free while keeping them neatly in place, I opt for MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow SetThey come with what appears to be a mini mascara wand which is the perfect tool for grooming and shaping, while leaving a subtle hint of colour. When I'm working with eyebrows I like to work the hairs in an upwards direction which gives a fuller appearance to the brows and creates a more youthful feel to the face. I think we can safely say we'd all hold our hands up for that. 

8. Lips

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Nourish your lips with a beautiful essential oil blend such as Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil, which is packed full of vitamins and active ingredients to leave your lips looking and feeling hydrated. It also reduces the fine line effect that can appear on dehydrated lips. As a bonus, it delivers a rather gorgeous sheen for a fuller-looking lip. 

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