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How To Nail The "No-Makeup" Makeup Look

As Beyoncé would say: I woke up like this.
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    Forgo Foundation

    When it comes to a natural-looking complexion, we were a bit shocked by what Monroe suggested: “I love to forego foundation altogether for everyday life,” she says. Instead, she suggests smoothing and brightening your complexion with a gentle exfoliant, like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant ($52), then finishing with a matte, oil-free sunscreen (she loves Neutrogena’s Dry Touch line because it works well under makeup).

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    Conceal (Smartly)

    Monroe says the trick to a fresh, even complexion is your concealer brush. “A small, flat, brush [with synthetic bristles will] spot-conceal any blemishes or redness,” she says. For dark circles, however, she suggests patting it in with your finger.  “Then, just finish with a light dusting of translucent powder in your T-zone and you’re good to go with color!” 

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    Cream Shadow

    “For bright, wide awake eyes, start with a cream eye shadow in a shade as close as possible to your own skin tone,” Monroe says. “It can have a touch of shimmer or not, depending on your taste.” Monroe says to blend the shadow up from your lash line, fading as it gets closer to your brows. 

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    Monroe’s tried-and-true trick to instantly opening up your eyes? Applying a lighter shade in the inner corners of each peeper. We love Jouer’s Crème Eyeshadow ($20) in Chiffon, a subtle, slightly shimmery champagne hue.

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    Lashes and Brows

    “A good eyelash curler is a must!” Monroe says. “The best ones are by Shu Uemura and Suqqu.” As for mascara, she suggests adding a coat to the top lashes only, and to brush your brows up and away from your face with a spooly or clear brow gel, like Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel ($22).

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    Blush Technique

    Monroe suggests reaching for a cream blush to get a natural-looking glow. “You can apply it with a synthetic bristled brush or your fingers—whatever you’re more comfortable with,” she says. Start at the apple of your cheeks, and blend back and upwards towards your hairline, keeping most of the color in the front of your face for a youthful look. “Imagine where your face flushes after exercise and use that as a guideline,” she says.

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    “A dab of pearly highlighting cream on top of your cheekbones is gorgeous,” Monroe says. Her favorite? Tom Ford’s Illuminating Highlighting Pen ($52).

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    Lip Tint

    The last step to complete your natural-looking makeup look? Adding a tint of color to your lips. “A really gorgeous, natural way to go with lip color is a tinted balm,” Monroe says. She’s obsessed with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks ($17) and Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms ($7). “They deliver the perfect amount of color straight from the tube—nothing could be easier!”

    There you have it—and no, we won’t tell anyone all the work that went into your #nomakeupselfie. Keep clicking to shop all the products in the story!

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    Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($52)

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    Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscree ($11)

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    Jouer Creme Eyeshadow ($20)

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    Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($20)

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    Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ($22)

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    Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms ($7)

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    Clinique Chubby Sticks ($17)

We’ve already established that these celebs are seriously stunning without an ounce of makeup on. But what about those of us who don’t wake up with naturally dewy skin, wide-awake eyes, and flushed cheeks? All you need: a few key items from your makeup bag.

We tapped celebrity makeup artist Erin Ayanian Monroe (she’s worked with everyone from the Fanning sisters to Lucy Liu) and asked her exactly how we could channel our inner Queen Bey for a pretty, natural-looking "no-makeup" makeup look. Because don’t we all really want to reply with “I woke up like this” next time someone compliments our makeup?


Click through the slideshow above for a step-by-step guide on mastering the “no-makeup” makeup look, once and for all!

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