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The Do’s and Don’ts of the No-Makeup Makeup Look

The Do’s and Don’ts of the No-Makeup Makeup Look
Ellie Taylor
Writer and expert3 years ago
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If lockdown has taught us anything it’s that in most cases when it comes to beauty less is definitely more! So whether you’re wanting a fresh look for going back to the gym or are simply looking to take a more natural approach to beauty, discover our do’s and don'ts when it comes to nailing a no-makeup makeup look this spring. 


When doing your skincare routine it’s easy to get carried away applying serums and creams to give yourself the perfect base for application. However, layering multiple skincare products can often make your makeup slide off or even change consistency. To prevent this, we recommend keeping it simple and only use a serum and a moisturiser for your look. The La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum gives you the perfect glowing base whilst also evening out your skin tone. Pair with the Alya Skin Australian Native Berries Moisturiser for the ultimate dewy visage.

Do- Keep it simple 

Don’t - Layer lots of products 


When it comes to a no-makeup makeup look your complexion is key! We recommend embracing your imperfections and avoid using full coverage foundation. Not only will this create a more natural finish, but it will also give your skin a chance to breathe. Instead, we suggest opting for a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream to let your natural beauty really shine through! The Erborian CC Cream is lightweight and has a consistency of a moisturiser with the sheer coverage of a foundation, making it great to use when you want a natural glow. If you’re after something workout friendly we love the Skin In Motion Ltd Work IT Tinted Moisturiser, specially designed for use when exercising. Watch how brand founder Gia Mills uses it below!

Do- Opt for a lighter, glowing finishDon't - Use full coverage


Creating natural eyes can be hard as using black mascaras and eyeliners can often add too much definition and darkness to you look. To prevent this, we recommend reaching for light coloured products instead, the closer colour to your hair type the better! The Eyeko Black Magic: Cocoa Edit Mascara is a great brown mascara to use. Enriched with nourishing Shea Butter and Keratin, it also conditions your lashes from root to tip giving you a softer overall finish. If you’re an avid eyeliner user the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in shade Mahogany will add a more natural sweep of definition to your look.  

Do- Go for browns and lighter tones 

Don’t - Use blacks  


Complete your look with a juicy finish by enhancing your pout. To keep it Au Naturale we recommend staying away from bold colours and matte finishes. Instead reach for nude shades in a glossy or sheer finish. We love the NARS Cosmetics Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balmif you’re after a boost of moisture or the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss if you want a pop of colour and a supple finish.  

Do- Go for nudes with a glossy finish 

Don’t - Use mattes or bright colours

Shop all no makeup makeup at LOOKFANTASTIC. 

Ellie Taylor
Writer and expert
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As a beauty fanatic I'm always on the lookout to try and experiment with new products! I’ve been writing about everything beauty for over 3 years and specialise in skincare so have plenty of tips and tricks to help put blemishes at bay and get your complexion glowing. Whilst being a content writer at LOOKFANTASTIC I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with incredible brands including Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and La Mer, taking my understanding of the industry to the next level. In the past I’ve been a freelance makeup artist and have collaborated with brands including NYX and Revolution Beauty on a personal level, sharing my makeup creations for the world to see. My ride or die brands have to be PIXI, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown and I can’t live without my trusty MAC Velvet Teddy!