How to Look Effortlessly Chic

By  March 28, 2012

How to Look Effortlessly Chic


How to Look Effortlessly Chic


You know chic when you see it. Forget the effortlessly accessorized ensemble—this woman manages to be gorgeous sans major makeup. Her highlights are creamy perfection…and wait, are those her lashes? The good news is that rocking a flawless beauty look is as simple as these eight makeup and hair tips. Go chic or go home!

• Complexion Perfection
The first step to a chic look is rocking glowing, gorgeous skin. Smashbox Camera Ready BB SPF 35 ($39, sephora.com) is a five-in-one foundation that hydrates, primes, perfects, controls oil, and offers sun protection. Did we mention it leaves skin with an ethereal, luminous glow?

• Pick a Feature
Unless you’re going to a black-tie event or an ’80s theme party, don’t accentuate both your lips and eyes. Instead, enhance one feature and dial down the rest of your makeup. Try fuchsia lips and soft eyes (above), or smoky eyes with a nude lip.

• Bright Idea
Most of us don’t wake up looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. If you have bleary, red peepers (not chic), line under the eye with a navy pencil like Tarte Automagically Eye Lining Pencil in Navy ($15, beauty.com). Blue whitens eyes in a pinch!

• The Best Part
It seems inconsequential, but parting your hair differently can completely recharge your look! Are you married to your boho center part? Try a deep side part and sweep hair across your forehead for a fun change.

• Haute Highlighter
Invest in a great pearly or champagne-hued highlighter. For instant ooh la la, blend on the inner corners of eyes, brow bones, and the center of your bottom lip. It’s an old makeup-artist trick that makes everyone look instantly, radiantly hot.

• Nude Scene
Try a peachy-orange blush instead of a rosy-pink. It gives you a beachy, outdoorsy look—so sexy in 25-degree weather. We love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar ($39, sephora.com).

• Just Peachy
Try a peachy-orange blush instead of a rosy-pink. It gives you a beachy, outdoorsy look—so sexy in 25-degree weather. We love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar ($39, sephora.com).

• You’re the Top
Bad-hair day? Get instantly chic by sweeping your spirals into a curly topknot. Smooth Motions Radiating Gloss (for natural hair textures) throughout hair, brush into a ponytail on top of your head. Allow loose curls to fly free.