10 Ways to Apply Makeup for a Natural Look

10 Ways to Apply Makeup for a Natural Look

If you’ve ever wondered ‘’what do I need for a natural makeup look,’’ then don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Natural makeup is suitable for work and school, and it always looks great. However, it can be tricky to achieve it if you don’t know the correct techniques. 


In this article, we will go in-depth about how to achieve a natural glowy look that is barely noticeable. 

Here’s is a short rundown of our tips, before we dive deeper into each one:

  • Don’t use too much setting powder
  • Use colors that match your undertone
  • Use a moisturizer
  • Use a dewy primer
  • Use low-coverage foundation
  • Use a highlighter
  • Use cream products
  • Use a beauty blender

How Do I Apply Makeup for a Natural Look?

1. Don’t Go In with Too Much Setting Powder

The key with natural make up is to mimic your makeup-less appearance, but with some slight improvements. Face powder can be both your best friend and worst nightmare, so be careful with the application. While we recommend using smaller amounts of setting powder to lock the makeup in, we strongly advise you not to go overboard.


If you use too much setting powder, your face will look cakey and unnatural. Plus, in daylight, larger amounts of face powder emphasise your skin’s texture, so any imperfections will be even more visible. Just lightly dust your favourite setting powder and you’re good-to-go. We recommend the Flawless Photofinish Powder which is perfect for that natural look.

2. Use Lighter Colors

The whole point of a natural look is to make it seem as though you aren’t wearing any makeup at all. The makeup you need for a natural look should be light and earthy in tone. We recommend choosing light shades based on your skin’s undertone. You can even use a bronzer as an eyeshadow, just to slightly contour the crease and emphasise your eye share.

If you’d like to make your eyes pop, take black eyeshadow on a small angled brush and line the base of your eyelid, staying very close to your lash line. This will make your eye colour pop, and the line won’t be visible at all. Just make sure to use small and precise brush strokes.

3. Use a Moisturizer

Your base is very important when it comes to natural looks. You should aim for that dewy, effortless, no-makeup look. To ensure that your base doesn’t look dry and cakey, apply some moisturizer before your primer. Gently rub it onto your face 5-10 minutes before going in with the primer. 

Wait for your skin to absorb it and then apply a primer. Your foundation will look seamless and your skin will be glowy. Here’s another pro-tip - use a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid plumps your skin and creates a moisture barrier which ensures that your skin stays plump and fresh throughout the day.

4. Use a Dewy Primer

Primers can be both your best friend and your worst enemy, depending on how you decide to use them. When aiming for that natural glow, we recommend going with a dewy luminous primer. This type of primer usually contains gold reflux which looks divine under your foundation. Plus, it will prevent your face from looking cakey.

However, if you’re someone with oil and acne-prone skin, then we recommend using a blurring primer instead. If you use a dewy primer, it won’t control any of the oils on your skin, and your face will end up looking greasy. With a blurring primer, though, your natural oils will slightly shine through, making it perfect for that no-makeup makeup look.

5. Use a Highlighter

Remember, when doing natural makeup, everything is about that seamless glow. And, what’s better for achieving that glow than a highlighter? Use a highlighter that matches your skin’s color and undertone. In general, a golden highlighter looks great on everyone, so if you don’t know your undertone, feel free to go in on that one.

However, moderation is the key, so make sure not to go overboard. Use a highlighter that doesn’t have larger glitter chunks. You can also use a cream or powder highlight because they are easier to blend in and are usually less intense. Use your finger to lightly highlight your brow bones, cheeks, and nose.

6. Don’t Go In with Too Much Coverage

As we have mentioned multiple times throughout this article, natural makeup requires less coverage. You should let your natural skin shine through while making it look slightly better with the help of makeup. While you can use a foundation to hide small imperfections, don’t go in with too much. For natural looks, we recommend using a lower-coverage foundation.

The JBB creams are a perfect example of what type of foundation to use, so make sure to grab it before it goes out-of-stock. Or, if you don’t have a low to medium coverage foundation at hand, you can use a high coverage foundation, but in smaller amounts. Take one drop of your foundation and lightly spread it all over your face with a makeup sponge or a brush.

7. Use Creams for Contour

When aiming for a natural look, most professional makeup artists would use cream products to achieve it. Why creams instead of powder, though? Because they’re much easier to blend and they look much more natural. When applying cream products, we recommend using your fingers. Your body’s temperature will warm up the product, making it much easier and seamless to blend.

If you don’t have any creams at hand, you can still get away with using powders. However, make sure to use smaller product amounts. Also, always dust off your brush to get rid of the excess product before going in. Apply your contour on your jawline, cheeks, and forehead.

8. Use a Beauty Blender

Beauty blenders have become a must-have in the beauty community, and it’s no wonder. These beauty sponges are great for blending makeup, but also for achieving that soft, natural look. Because you need to wet your sponge before use, it will make the product much easier to blend. Not only that, but the end result will be very smooth and light.


You can find a lot of cheap options in the drugstore. If you don’t have one, though, then you can use a brush. But, use slow circular motions and don’t stop blending until the product is seamless and unnoticeable. Make sure to wash your brushes and sponges after each use.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned what to use for a natural makeup look -the sky is the limit. Remember, the key to a successful natural makeup look is moderation. The goal is to let your natural beauty shine through, with some slight improvements. To complete the natural look, we recommend finishing it off with a transparent lip gloss or a nude lipstick. And, that’s how you get that jaw-dropping no-makeup makeup look.

Written by Jennifer Bradley
Skincare & Beauty Professional

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