Bare Minimum


Everywhere you look, celebrities are posting (gorgeous) makeup-free selfies. Are we buying it? Hmm… maybe not. But there is no denying the appeal of a fresh, matte complexion with no imperfections. Who cares if it's really nude or it only looks that way, right? Read on to learn how to flaunt your natural beauty in barely-there makeup.

Somewhere between that just scrubbed, uneven complexion and a totally dolled up look is a face that looks fresh, natural, just like you… only better.

Today's nude makeup is polished and pretty and marvelously matte with a subtle radiant glow…. think well-moisturized skin and not an imperfection in sight! To moisturize your skin and combat imperfections, choose a formula that targets imperfections. Unlike the cakey formulas of yesterday, today's textures are light, airy and highly effective!

We like:

Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Acne Care

The first step to flawless skin is moisturizing. If you have skin that is prone to breakouts, you know it can look shiny, flaky and inflamed. But when you treat your blemish-prone skin to this transforming moisturizer, blemishes, shine, redness and dryness are left behind and your complexion looks almost flawless.

Conceal to reveal your natural beauty

Concealer is the ultimate tool for brightening shadowed areas, concealing blemishes, imperfections and redness for an even, matte complexion. For the most natural look with the easiest blending choose one with foam tip or a click and brush formula. These allow you to apply and blend beautifully, correcting and highlighting your skin in the most natural way.

Once skin is concealed, it should be even and matte. The best way to achieve this is with powder.

We like:

TM Powder

If you prefer a pressed powder formula, this lush texture glides on skin and creates silky smooth finish. It is touted as "buildable" which means apply sparingly and build the coverage you want. For a makeup-free look, a little goes a long way to creating a peaches and cream complexion.

Marcelle Face Powder

Translucent This loose powder formula is hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free, which is great for even sensitive skin. Its light and airy texture has a silky, almost creamy texture that leaves skin looking polished and satiny.

Simple steps to a flawless complexion for a barely there makeup look:

Moisturize: Take a pearl-sized amount of moisturizer and warm it between the palms of your hands. On a freshly cleansed, toned face, press palms on cheeks and spread the moisturizer up to temples, across forehead, down nose and chin to neck.

Conceal: Apply concealer to undereye shadows, along side nose and on any imperfections. Blend well using a concealer brush, sponge or your clean fingertips. Tip: use a small amount of concealer, too much simply accentuates flaws and will totally spoil your cover for a no-makeup look!

Powder: Choose loose or pressed powder in a translucent shade. Apply with a brush, using circular, buffing motions over cheeks, forehead and chin.


To liven your look, simply curl lashes and use a clear (not shiny) balm on lips.

That's it. You're now ready to snap your own pic and join in the makeup-free selfie fun!

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