Fake a Fresh Face

How to get the no-makeup look with makeup

Even if your complexion isn't as flawless as a china doll’s, you can achieve a natural, gorgeous look by using the right make-up techniques. Renowned makeup artist, and author of Crazy Busy Beautiful, Carmindy shows you how to lightly layer products to create a fresh and easy look.

Protect and Prevent
You already know that moisturizing with an SPF is essential in preventing wrinkles, but sun protection is also the first step in creating a flawless makeup-free look. After all, you don't just want to fake a flawless look, you want to achieve your best complexion. Carmindy recommends Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense ($37 at Skinceuticals.com) which contains a whopping SPF of 45. "Makeup lays over it nicely," she says. Apply a thin layer and allow skin to fully absorb before moving on to the next step.

Primed for Success
Between putting on moisturizer and makeup, there is an important step that is often overlooked -- applying primer. A seemingly magic potion, makeup primer masks large pores, fine lines and minor imperfections. "Primer allows the skin to feel smooth and for makeup to glide on seamlessly," Carmindy explains. Apply a small amount of primer, like Luminizing Face Primer ($12 at Drugstore.com), to even out rough spots and prep your face for foundation and color that will last.

Sheer Foundation
Thick, melting makeup is the antithesis of a fresh-faced look. To even skin tone and create an illusion of flawless skin, ditch the heavy cream foundations and lighten up. "A sheer foundation is perfect for summer months. It stays light, never gets cakey and remains shine-free on the skin," Carmindy explains.

She suggests a spray-on foundation, applied with a non-latex sponge, to get a natural look. Her pick: Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup ($11 at CVS.com). It contains antioxidants and botanicals to improve skin over time.

And for faces that need less coverage, a tinted moisturizer provides an even lighter option. Smooth on Carmindy's favorite, Lorac Sun Protection ProtecTint SPF 30 ($32 at LoracCosmetics.com), with your fingers. "It's oil-free and perfect for warm weather coverage and sun protection."

Spot Check
Don't let a pesky little pimple sabotage your smooth complexion. The right layers of concealer will hide the blemish without blowing your natural makeup look.

"Use a small-tipped concealer brush to pick up a touch of concealer, then lightly dab your blemish over the foundation," Carmindy instructs. "Amazing Cosmetics Concealer ($42 at AmazingCosmetics.com) has a waterproof formula and stays put in heat and humidity."

When you’re finished, dust translucent powder over the skin to set the makeup and to keep your face looking fresh.

Wow Brows
A natural look doesn't mean wild eyebrows. It takes only a moment to keep brows looking polished and the pay-off is huge. Carmindy’s secret weapon is Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel ($21 at Anastasia.net). "Lightly brush on a little of the tinted gel to keep plucked brows in place." It adds a subtle richness of color, too.

Kiss of Color
Now that your face looks flawless and feels light, you only need a touch of color to make the look complete.

A cream blush is a great choice for a clean, natural-looking rosiness. Carmindy adds color with Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Beaming ($9 at CVS.com). "This cream blush mimics your natural flush, and the shade is universally flattering on all skin tones." Swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips.

Or grab a blush brush and try Bare Escentuals All-Over Face Color in Clear Radiance ($18 at Sephora.com).

Be careful not to gum up your flawless face with a sticky, too-shiny lip gloss. Give your pout kissable color with a tinted lip balm, like Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment, ($22.50 at Fresh.com) that is light and subtle -- just like your bright new look!

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