Celebrity MUAs Share Exactly How to Master the Minimal Makeup Look
How you do your makeup is totally up to you. However, if you're a lover of more low-key looks, this one's for you. Understanding the art of using makeup products that are solely meant to enhance your natural beauty is empowering. The no-makeup makeup phenomenon has been taking over the runways for years now. Even millennial-based brands like Glossier encourage skin first, makeup second. Instead of perfectly done-up makeup, everyone's praising natural beauty.
So we talked to four celebrity makeup artists to see how they approach the minimal makeup look on their star-studded clientele. The common thread seems to be starting with your foundation, the skin, and building from there. Keep moisturising skincare products in your arsenal and combine them with cream and liquid-based products to keep your look very lit from within. And here are four different ways to keep your natural glow on one hundred.
"I love using the Cheek and Lip Balm, especially for a no-makeup makeup look because it's sheer and gives skin a healthy sheen with no shimmer," Johnston explains. "I use this when I apply more foundation or concealer (for days I want fuller coverage), to keep my skin looking translucent and not heavy."
"I mix the tinted moisturiser with my regular moisturiser from La Mer ($242), so the formula becomes even more sheer," explains Johnston. "I apply it just how my facialist applies moisturiser, by dappling it with my finger tips and blending it in really well. This technique evens out my skin tone, without looking like I applied too much product. Bonus: I also give myself a mini face massage with this."
"Afterwards I use Dior’s Capture Youth Glow Booster Illuminating Serum," says Martin. "This adds 'bounce' and radiance to the skin."
"I finish the complexion using Joanna Vargas’ Daily Hydrating Cream," explains Martin. "This locks in the moisture and sets my canvas for what I use on top. From here, I assess the coverage I need to do now with makeup. Covering up any pimples and evening out redness."
"Next, I use this foundation from Dior to even out discolouration and skin tone," explains Martin. "I use a fluffy concealer brush all over the face for this so I can spot treat what I need. Since it’s full coverage and water-based, this melds well with the skincare."
"To achieve a minimal makeup look, I always start with really well prepped skin," says Scintu. "The skin's health is the most important part of this kind of makeup look, you are half way there when the skin is well prepped. I begin with the Suqqu Face Stretch mask which contains soluble collagen to plump up the skin. Leave this on for 10 to 15 mins for maximum absorption."
"Then, I'll use Omorovicza's Omoressence for extra hydration and their Perfecting Lip Balm ($51). At this point, wrinkles have disappeared and skin is looking beautiful already," says Scintu.
"I love Niod's 'Photography Fluid', which contains 'nono-prismatic particles' to refract light and balance out skin tone. I use my fingertips to blend in to skin. This gives a really natural glowing finish to the skin, leaving it dewy and instantly radiant.
"I like to use Suqqu's Extra Glow lipstick for the cheeks and the lips," Scintu suggests. "On the cheeks, this lipstick gives a pink dewy flushed finish to the skin—it's very natural looking in texture too. Apply it with your finger tips and blend it out. Add a little colour to the lips for a juicy looking finish. Using cream-based products instead of powder-based products have more of natural finish. For a natural makeup look, I would avoid powder blush."
"Use Jurlique Rose Silk finishing powder on the t-zone, only to mattify where need be," Scintu recommends. "This powder is so finely milled that you cannot see it on the skin, so very natural looking. Its also completely biodynamic and contains rose, which has naturally repairing properties."
Scintu concludes: "Finish by curling the lashes, and thats it, a perfectly dewy natural makeup look. For this natural makeup look, its all about the blending of products, and keeping the makeup to the minimum. Just use what you need and the skin with do the talking."
"Embryolisse Lait cream helps prep the skin," says Collado. "You want to pat this product on the skin to help prime the skin for foundation or tinted moisturiser. It's light in texture and quickly absorbs while the skin instantly feels plumped, soothed, and hydrated."
"Tinted Moisturisers are great for a no-makeup makeup look such as the NYX Tinted Moisturiser," suggests Collado. "You can also mix the Embroyolisse Lait cream with a foundation of your choice to make it a bit more sheer."
"You can apply these with a damp BeautyBlender Sponge for the most natural look," suggests Collado. "You want to stay away from all powders and the goal is to have dewy glowing skin so you want to swap any powder products for creams, gels, or glosses."
"You can use an eyebrow pencil lightly such as the NYX Microbrow Pencil to fill in your brows, which also has a brush on the other size to help groom them."
"As for lips I would suggest going for natural lip colour that is one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour or a lip balm with a hint of colour such as the Korres Tinted Lip Balm."
"And to finish and set your makeup you want to go for a dewy finish setting spray such as the NYX dewy finishing spray," Collette says.
Now that you have four different MUA-approved minimal makeup looks, you're officially a pro.