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How to master the barely there make-up look

If you’ve ever wondered how you achieve the barely there make-up look, we find out from an expert.

Forget about heavy layers of foundation that are guaranteed to leave your skin feeling weighed down – this season is all about glowing skin and a ‘barely there’ approach to make-up. “This new ‘no makeup-makeup look’ can be challenging to achieve because for years we’ve been told to cover-up – and we’re still on autopilot,” admits Lochie Stonehouse, national make-up artist for YSL and Giorgio Armani New Zealand. In the constant pursuit of complexion perfection, Stonehouse believes many of us are following too many unnecessary steps. “We need to take the time to step back, re-think, and try to break our learned habits in regards to application,” he says.

First Base

A more pared-back approach has become a common occurrence both on and off the runway, and Stonehouse believes that slowly but surely the definition of flawless in the beauty realm is finally being redefined. “Honest, raw beauty is being embraced,” he says. With this in mind, it makes sense that the best way to adopt the barely there approach to makeup is with your own bare skin. “Think of your bare skin as your natural existing make-up,” Stonehouse says. While it can be easy to pick up a foundation to hide imperfections, Stonehouse says it makes more sense to tweak your skincare so you don’t need to rely on make-up to cover up. “Instead of forking out on different foundations to ‘smooth’ skin, perhaps invest in an exfoliating toner or lotion to unclog pores and slough away dry skin,” Stonehouse suggests.

 

Less is More

When it comes to applying foundation Stonehouse recommends sheer to medium coverage if you have fairly clear skin. Those with blemish-prone skin should try a full-coverage conceal and strategically spot conceal. “This way you don’t need to wear full-coverage foundation all over the face,” Stonehouse explains. Application wise, to achieve radiant, barely there coverage Stonehouse recommends using your fingers. “This way you really feel where you’re applying the foundation, and as a result, you’ll end up using less,” he says. “Use your fingers to gently ‘glaze’ over the areas that need a little more love.” Avoid using circular buffing motions as Stonehouse says this can disturb any previously applied layers of skincare and create a patchy look. “For day-long longevity, I recommend a pressed touch-up powder for most people,” he says.

 

Get Glowing Skin

A hint of bronzer is the quickest way to give skin a sun-kissed look. “Lightly apply your bronzer where you would usually apply your blush and contour, and always apply to the temples and bridge of the nose,” Stonehouse says. For a believable bronzed goddess look, think about where you would usually tan and gently dust bronzer over these areas. “Never forget to check that the neck isn’t looking too pale in comparison,” Stonehouse explains.

Switching out powder-based eyeshadows in favour of a cream highlighter which can be gently pressed onto eyelids is perfect for a radiant yet understated beauty look. “It will reflect light into the eye area and open eyes up more than what any powder eyeshadow will ever do,” explains Stonehouse. “To minimise creasing, avoid applying the product to the crease – just place a tiny pop close to the lash line on the highest point of the lid.” Mascara, says Stonehouse, should be non-negotiable. “I always prioritise this over anything else on the eye. Always use a jet-black that will curl, define and open up the eyes.”

Discover our favourite products for glowing skin and the barely there make-up look below.

 

How to Shape Your Eyebrows

Not sure how to shape your eyebrows? We’ve rounded up our favourite tips and tricks.

Bold, natural brows are well and truly here to stay. And while that means we’re rather ecstatic about the fact the barely there brows that dominated the 90s are not making a comeback any time soon, it has left us wondering about the best ways to shape and style our brows. To make things easier we’ve rounded up what you need to know about how to shape your brows. 

Long Distance is Overrated

A lot of people take their brows too far apart, making the eyes look smaller, and nose look wider, throwing off the balance of the face. As a general rule, the head (AKA where the brow begins) of your eyebrows should line up with the outside of the nostrils. If you’ve over-plucked in the past, resulting in brows that look like they miss each other, a good thing to do is to leave them to grow back again and then reshape them once you’ve got something to work with.

Growing tip: apply a little castor oil on your brows each night to help them to grow. It contains fatty acids that moisturise existing hairs, while also triggering the growth of dormant follicles, giving your brows a bit of a growth kick.

Arch Placement

Another key brow tip is making sure your arch is in the right place. If your arch is too far in, your face and eyes can look rounder, which emphasises dark circles under your eyes. To avoid this, perhaps consider getting your brows professionally mapped so you can find out where the start, arch, and end of your brow should sit. After that, you should have a great template to work with to make sure you get your brows right every time.

Choose the Right Colour

When thinking about how to shape your eyebrows, colouring your brows can be the cherry on top, but only if the colour is a good match. Just because you have brown hair doesn’t mean you have to buy a brown eyebrow pencil. In fact, experts recommend buying a brow product that a shade or two lighter than your actual hair colour, to create a more natural look.

For more great brow tips, click here to view MiNDFOOD Beauty Secrets: How to Define Your Brows.

Did you know that eyebrows could be the key to looking younger?