This past month, I’ve focused on reinventing my ‘no makeup’ makeup look, and I’ve found some keepers in the process. Let’s get right to it!
NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick
When you think about a natural and dewy face, you probably don’t think contouring is in the picture, but humor me here. The NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick isn’t like any other contouring stick I’ve used before. When blended using a sponge, this product gives off a very subtle and healthy-looking glow — perfect for a ‘no makeup’ look. Disclaimer: I haven’t tried the highlighter end of this product yet, but I look forward to experimenting with it in April.
Glossier Cloud Paint
Do you remember when you were forced to run the mile in P.E.? Well, I would always get this rosy flush right after running that made it almost worth the struggle. That’s exactly what the Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff is: it’s my natural blush, but in a tube! If there’s one brand that always nails the effortless, natural look, it’s Glossier — and they’ve done it again with their already-popular Cloud Paints. Excuse me while I go order the rest of their shades.
It’s no secret that I have a profound appreciation for coconut oil (have you read my article Favorite (and Least Favorite) Uses For Coconut Oil?). This month, I’ve found a new way to incorporate coconut oil into my nightly routine, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I recently ran out of my usual makeup remover, so I gave coconut oil a try instead. I’m absolutely stunned at how well it works — my makeup just melts off my face. Your most dramatic smokey eye paired with your toughest waterproof mascara is no match for coconut oil. This is a gentle and super moisturizing alternative that’s definitely worth a shot!
Oldies But Goodies
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
If you’re not sure what to do with your eyes for a ‘no makeup’ look, give this old beauty trick a go: Take a concealer a couple of shades darker than your go-to, and apply it to the outer half of your lids to give your eyes a faint smokey eye. The creamy consistency of a concealer creates a more natural look than powder based eyeshadows do. I learned about this trick a long time ago, and I’ve been referring back to it a lot lately. This is a great way to add dimension while still maintaining a minimalistic finish. For this hack, I’ve been using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Dark Golden — it works like a charm.
What products have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you to the lovely and talented Niki Waters for this amazing illustration!
Illustration: Niki Waters