If you gave us all of two seconds to blurt the first adjectives to come to mind regarding Gwen Stefani's typical beauty look, it'd go something like this: Red Lip! Hot-pink lip! Black cat eye! Platinum hair! Porcelain skin! Bold brow! The overarching theme? Not at all minimal. Which is fine and perhaps what we love most about the perpetually made-up singer. After all, you kind of have to love a woman who refuses to leave the house without a neon lippie applied and in tow.
So when Stefani took to her Instagram the other day to post a patriotic pic of herself vacationing in Oklahoma with her family, we weren't surprised to see the singer on a boat and in the summer with her signature red lip and beaming smile. However, fast-forward to her next post roughly a day later, and we were pleasantly shocked by her makeup—or rather, her lack of makeup.
The smile is still there, but in place of a flawlessly applied complexion and a fire engine–inspired red lip, a comparatively bare Stefani stares back instead, and frankly, we can't take our eyes away. It does still appear as if the singer might be wearing subtle touches and dabs of product here and there (e.g., we're pretty sure we spy what looks to be lip and eyeliner and perhaps a quick coat of mascara), but the difference is still remarkable and, of course, so appropriate for summer.
Going makeup-free is hardly heroic, but for many of us, even during the hot days of summer, it may seem intimidating. So if you're not quite in the mood to make a completely stark social appearance or perhaps just need a little extra oomph for a day out with friends, we have you covered. Below are the 10 no-makeup makeup products Byrdie editors are currently loving and planning to wear all summer long.
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