How to get my “no makeup” makeup look.

I love good makeup. There’s nothing better than getting sucked into a black hole of YouTube makeup tutorials in my humble opinion. If you haven’t done it, try it. You’ll have your Ulta shopping cart filled up within the hour. 

The best part about makeup to me is that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. In fact, I’ve found some pretty great duplicates that cost half the prices of the high end stuff.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Sephora and all the luxury stuff just as much as the next little blonde girl.

I wanted to share with you all my go-to, everyday, “no makeup” makeup look. Yes, of course you could just go ahead and NOT wear makeup. Do your thing! I’m sure ya look gorgeous. I just need a little something to look alive & well. Plus, it’s fun!

It takes me no longer than ten minutes to slap it all on. It’s a great mix of matte and glowy to make me look awake and ready to go for the work day.

Also, pretty generally, this is what I’ll wear for a night out, too! I’ll just add a little extra.


Step 1: Get yo skin ready

There’s nothing worse than having to reapply your makeup throughout the day. I usually don’t really care if it stays on the whole time I’m at work, but I like to do whatever I can to make it last as long as possible. Especially if I’m heading out for happy hour or something after. Nivea for Men Sensitive Lotion is the primer I’m using right now and it feels so good and moisturizing. Plus smells like a hot dude. I know, sounds weird. But trust. 


Step 2: Put your face on 

The L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation is my favorite drugstore foundation right now. My typical foundation is Makeup Forever Ultra HD liquid foundation, but it’s just too damn expensive to buy all the time. I love something that will give you a little glow and make your skin look even. I like a medium to full coverage. This does just that. A little goes a long way so you’re getting a bang for your buck. I’ll just squeeze a few little lines on my cheeks, down my nose, my forehead and my chin and blot it in with a beauty blender. Don’t even have to dampen the blender. You could, I’m just lazy. Super easy and it lasts forever!


Step 3: Brighten it up a little

Sometimes I’ll skip the concealer but it always helps when you’re looking like you could use a few extra hours of sleep. On a normal work day, I’ll just draw some triangles under my eyes and fill them in, then blot with a beauty blender to brighten me up a bit. Loving the NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand. It’s awesome for when you go out too because it doesn’t give you that weird white stuff under your eyes when you take flash photos. 

Step 4: Set it and forget it 

Since I use all liquid products for my face, I’ll set them a little with powder so it’s not wet to the touch and locks it in on my face. Under my eyes and anywhere else that I think might need it (usually my chin, around my nose, etc.) I’ll use the first two shades out of the Kat Von D Shade + Light palette (which you’ll see is the backbone of my morning makeup routine!) They’re called Lucid and Lyric. I don’t do all over, because I like a little bit of a glow and dewiness. Just not everywhere so I don’t look greasy. 


Step 5: Bronze it up

This pale girl needs to be bronzed always. I’ll just use a kabuki brush and with the lightest contour color in that same palette I’ll do a lazy contour. This is basically just shading in a little under my cheek bones. Then I’ll do a little bit around my forehead and my hair line just to blend my face out. I try to avoid putting any in the center of my face so that I keep the glow. 

Step 6: Brows change the game

Eyebrows change your whole face! I personally don’t trust people with bad eyebrows. Sorry if that’s you. If it is, this will help! This NYX Micro Brow pencil is teeny tiny and the little brush strokes make your brows look so natural. Just run through your brows with the pencil a few times, brush with the spooly on the other end, and you’re SET.


Step 7: Make your eyes pop 

This step I sometimes skip but if I need a little extra something I never regret doing it. I’ll take my Morphe M433 brush and dip it into all three of the contour colors in that same Kat Von D palette. I’ll make sure I tap off any excess since the colors are on the darker side. Then, I’ll go ahead and dust the brush right into my crease and going towards the outer corner a little bit. It’s just a nice way to add a little dimension and makes the look pop a little more. Because it’s a similar shade to the contour you used, it’s super natural looking.

FOR A NIGHT OUT: I’ll just be a little more heavy handed! I’ll also add a touch of maroon and other warm shades from some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. Loving the Carli Bybel palette and the Morphe 35O palette at the moment. So so so good (and both have awesome highlighter shades in there too, FYI!) I’ll also get a small, flat eyeshadow brush and dust a little bit of a brown/maroon shade on my lower lash line towards the outer corner just to add a little more drama.

Step 8: GLOW UP

Highlighter is life. If you haven’t jumped on the train yet 1) what are you doing and 2) do it now. You will not regret it. Even the palest of pale (me) can pull off a highlighted look and glow to the Gods. Now, my holy grail highlighter is by Becca (un.freaking.real) but I used it so consistently that I hit pan and now I’m too cheap to get more at the moment. BUT then I discovered Colourpop. Now, I might do a whole blog post on how much I love this brand and others like it very, very soon. But this is by far my favorite product—it’s their Super Shock Cheek highlight in Wisp. It’s the prettiest gold with a little bit of pearl. The texture is so creamy and it’s more of a mousse than a powder or liquid. It’s phenomenal, guys. I mean it. So I’ll take a little bit of the magic dust on my fingers and put it right on my eyelid and a little bit on my inner tear duct. This changes the game! I swear I don’t look awake if I don’t pop this bad boy on my eyes. Amazing. Then, I’ll take more (on another, clean finger. No need to get fancy here) and put some down my nose, above my lip (makes em look a little bigger) and above my cheekbones. Slow clap for the glow I just blessed you with.


Little swatch action. So pretty.

Step 9: Bat your lashes

I’ve been searching far and wide for the best mascara. I think I’ve found it in the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous mascara in blackest black. Still not positive. But I love this drugstore mascara so much. It’s super black and super dramatic without looking gross and clumpy. Even if I’m out and about and not wearing a stitch else of makeup, you can bet your ass I’m probably wearing this. I’ll just do my top lashes for work, but on a night out I’ll do bottom lashes, too!


Step 10: Pucker up 

The bareminerals Gen Nude Buttercream lipgloss in the shade Sugar is pretty much always on my lips, in my purse, in my hand, etc. It’s my everything. I’m starting to run out of this stuff and I’m already nervous about it.  It is the perfect pink nude. It’s a gloss, but it’s not sticky like something you’d wear in middle school. It’s super comfortable and doesn’t need to be reapplied too often. I love this stuff.

FOR A NIGHT OUT: I’ll wear maybe a darker nude matte lip (love NYX matte lip cremes) and throw this gloss on top.

STEP 11: Give it a little spritz

Last, but certainly not least, I give my self a little spritz of this rose spray magic water and everything looks fresh and it makes all the glow on me pop a little more.



I know, I know. 11 steps and this is supposed to be a no makeup makeup look?! But seriously, I swear this will take you ten minutes once you get the hang of it. And you won’t look like a cake face but a glowy goddess ready to take on the work day, your Target run or whatever else you’ve got goin’ on. 

What’s your go to work makeup?! Please share because I love to play with new things!


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