Less Is More – Your Guide To Minimal Makeup

When it comes to makeup, it’s tempting to paint your face with every product in your collection, however, sometimes a ‘less is more’ approach is necessary. While it may be daunting to be a bare-faced beauty, minimising your makeup can help your skin, your confidence and your bank balance. Here at CLIQUE Mag, we’ve comprised a guide to perfecting the no-makeup makeup look.

Skincare: Perfecting this look begins with clean, fresh skin. Be sure to keep hydrated, cleanse your skin daily and nourish your body to keep your face healthy and glowing. Try CLINIQUE’s Exfoliating Scrub ($47 from Myer) to prep your skin for this look.

CLINIQUE Exfoliating Scrub, $47

Concealer: To avoid thick, cakey concealer, try diluting the product with moisturiser. This will still hide blemishes but give a lighter coverage. For a brightening effect, use a highlighting concealer under your eyes to hide dark circles without full-coverage products. Use the Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer for a brightening under-eye coverage ($37 from Media Makeup).

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer, $37

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer

Foundation: For a streak-free finish, apply your foundation with a damp sponge or a BeautyBlender ($20 from BeautyBlender.com). This application will make the foundation less cakey and provide a lighter coverage for that ‘less-is-more’ look. The CLINIQUE Even Better foundation ($55 from Mecca) is a great lightweight foundation for achieving effortless beauty, or you could opt for a BB cream, like Estee Lauder’s Double Wear All Day Glow BB ($59 from Adore Beauty) for a long-lasting, oil-free option.


BeautyBlender, $20

CLINIQUE Even Better foundation, $55

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear All Day Glow BB, $59

Brows: Embrace your natural beauty by defining your brows. Use a brow product, like Benefit’s Gimme Brow ($24 from Sephora) to enhance your natural brows without looking too ‘drawn on’. Finish with some brow gel to hold those bad boys in place all day.

Lips: Make sure to keep your lips hydrated with a quality lip balm to master this no-makeup trend (a cheap one will dry out your lips long-term). If you want to add a pop of colour, opt for a nude lip or a simple lip stain. The AESOP Protective Lip Balm ($20 from Myer) is a great option with SPF30 protection (always a bonus).

Confidence: The final key to perfecting the art of minimal makeup is to be confident in your own skin. While this can be a daunting makeup venture, being comfortable in your own skin is the most important part of mastering this look.

While full-faced makeup can be fun and exciting, it is important to get back-to-basics sometimes. Share your (almost) bare-faced beauty with us on Instagram @cliquemagau.

Images via Myer.com.au, Beautyblender.com, Media Makeup and Harper’s Bazaar.




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