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This is How You Master the No Makeup Makeup Look

Thakoon Spring 2016 (Vogue, Sonny Vandevelde /

Thakoon Spring 2016 (Vogue, Sonny Vandevelde /

During the lazy summer months, the last thing you want to do is apply a full face of makeup. Adopt the less is more mentality and let your skin breathe by embracing a minimalist approach ahead of your morning beauty routine. We enlisted M.A.C Cosmetics senior makeup artist Vimi Joshi to help us achieve the no makeup makeup look.

To execute the barely-there beauty look, you’ll need a flawless base to work with. Joshi suggests you sprits your face with a mineral-infused water mist like the M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ (US $22; AED/SAR 81) for supernaturally lit-from-within skin. Allow your dermis a few minutes to absorb the refreshing product before massaging a hydrating moisturizer into your skin. “Your skin should feel like butter. If it still feels dry, add more moisturizer,” says Joshi. Finish off with a complexion-smoothing formula (Joshi recommends the M.A.C Mineralize Timecheck Lotion (US $44; AED/SAR 162)) using a flat foundation brush.

Once you’ve finished prepping your skin, you’re ready to dive into your beauty bag. For a lightweight makeup look, Joshi suggests forgoing foundation altogether and employing the art of color correcting instead. Dab a peach or yellow pigment onto your under-eye area to illuminate tired eyes, and use a yellow corrector to dial down any redness or hyperpigmentation in your cheeks. By strategically brightening your problem areas, the need for high coverage is eliminated. “Use a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly to go over your corrector,” advises Joshi. The makeup maven suggests opting for the multipurpose M.A.C Studio Conceal and Correct Palette (US $40; AED/SAR 147), before setting makeup with a matte loose powder.

For this look, a swirl of bronzer or blush is rendered unnecessary. Finish with a subtle, lash-lifting mascara and a swipe of nude lipstick or gloss on your lips. Instead of employing an eyebrow gel or powder to define the arches, draw fine hairs using a brow pencil for a more natural finish.


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