Barely There Beauty: 6 Steps to Nailing the Natural Look


When makeup mavens talk about re-creating the bare-faced beauty look that’s swept up recent runway seasons, they don’t mean it’s time to push aside products altogether. In fact, the natural looks seen on the fall and winter 2014 models for Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Balmain, and Chloe were created with plenty of makeup—it just wasn't meant to be seen. The barely there look relies on several beauty products, but all are designed to enhance features rather than redefine them. Here’s how to get the look.

The foundation of the au naturel look is, well, foundation. The focus should be on creating a smooth, seamless, blemish-free face without the appearance of actual makeup. While this may seem like an impossible-to-accomplish contradiction, CoverGirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup makes it possible. Available in 21 shades, the lightweight, water-based formula features a new color-matching system to perfectly coordinate your skin tone to its corresponding blend. Matching your skin tone is the first step in producing the clear canvas required for the barely there beauty look. Blend using clean fingertips or a sponge, then watch the makeup virtually disappear still while camouflaging small imperfections. Follow up on darker spots with the TRUblend Fixstick Concealer, which is designed to cover harder-to-conceal discolorations without a cakey effect.


As for powder, pat a problematic T-zone with TRUblend Pressed Powder, in unison with the liquid formula. Which you use is up to you—both work equally well. Just make sure to complete the look with a touch of bronzer for a naturally sun-kissed look. A swipe of the light-reflecting CoverGirl TRUblend Minerals Bronzer along your forehead, nose, and cheekbones will do just that.

When it comes to eyes, lashes, and brows, less is more. Begin by making sure your brows are properly groomed but not overdone. They should appear maintained but not barren. As a matter of fact, full brows are ideal for this look. And rather than relying on mascara, use the CoverGirl Makeup Masters Lash Curler to create longer, more dramatic lashes without the use of cosmetics. Finish by adding just a touch of shimmer on your lids; we like the CoverGirl Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast in Gold Goddess. Your eyes will dazzle when the light hits them.

Last but not least: le lips. Skip high-voltage hues and instead go with a balm that will keep your pout pretty with just a hint of color and shine. The CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm is the perfect solution. Just remember to pick a shade that matches your natural lip color.