We’re all for diva accents like sparkly eyes and come-hither crimson lips, but there are times when less is more. Whether you’re waking up next to your new boyfriend or weekend shopping with the girls, a fresh-faced, no-makeup look is the chicest choice. Think deceptively au naturel (because all beautyphiles know that the prettiest “natural” makeup and hair is anything but). Here, we rounded up seven simple steps to becoming a natural wonder.
• Glow Girl!
Nothing gives great skin like a complexion-perfecting cleanser. Sourced from Japan’s Yumura Hot Springs, Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water removes makeup, dirt, and impurities in just one swipe—no H2O required—leaving skin squeaky clean and radiant ($39, kohgendocosmetics.com).
• Eye Know
For radiant-but-subtle peepers, dust a shimmery nude shadow from lash to crease and blend a champagne hue over brow bones. Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Ultra Nude Eye Palette ($45, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) comes with six neutral hues that manage to flatter all skin tones.
• Tress Treat
Healthy, nourished hair is shiny, luscious hair (and it looks effortless!). Twice a month, treat stressed tresses to a DIY hot oil treatment. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup coconut oil with 4 tablespoons honey, and massage the mixture through your hair and scalp. Wear a plastic cap for a couple of hours and rinse.
• Get Cheeky
Fake a sweet, natural flush with Josie Maran’s organic Argan Blush Stick ($22, sephora.com), a sheer, vitamin E–infused stick that adds hint-of-a-tint hue to both cheeks and lips. You can’t get more natural than this cult-favorite organic blush!
• Texture Is Good!
When going for a convincing natural look, it’s all about embracing your natural texture. If you have straight strands, rock the swingiest, glossiest blowout ever. If you have cute coils, find a great curl definer like Motions Define My Curls (for natural hair textures), a ringlet-shaping styler chock-full of shea butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil.
• Bat a Thousand
Rocking a no-makeup makeup look shouldn’t mean skipping your lashes. Even the eensiest bit of definition can take your look from ho-hum to crazy pretty. L’Oréal Naturale Mascara ($7.99, ulta.com) is lightweight and has a flake-free, non-sticky finish.
• Lip Service
Bold lips have no place on an au naturel face. Instead, score a smooth, plump pucker with Bite Lip Scrub ($18, amazon.com). The paraben-free, 100-percent all-natural, cherry-flavored exfoliant leaves lips naturally flushed and oh so kissable.