Skin-care and makeup products to create an on-trend "no-makeup" look.
As the warm weather goes on and on, the last thing you want is a face caked with heavy makeup.
Thankfully, a bare-faced look is trending this season — but it doesn’t necessarily mean going completely makeup-free. Here are some insider tricks from Jane Park, CEO and founder of local beauty company Julep, for flawlessly pulling off the look.
Tip: Start with great skin care
Simple as it sounds, this is a key point. Because if your skin doesn’t look healthy, your makeup won’t look great (and the more you may feel you need).
Park says gentle exfoliation is the most critical step in skin care. “Your skin can’t fully absorb the nutrients in your skin care if you don’t exfoliate,” she says. “But instead of a chemical exfoliator, I use a konjac sponge that comes from the root of a konjac tree that grows in Korea.”
TRY: The pillowy-soft Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($15 at Sephora) is made from preservative-free konjac root from Jeju Island in Korea. It gently cleanses and exfoliates to reveal smoother, brighter-looking skin with daily use.
If you need an extra boost, try the new Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA ($33 at paulaschoice.com). The Seattle company’s liquid exfoliant clears and refines pores, smooths skin and combats wrinkles.
Tip: Create a natural-looking base
If your favorite foundation feels a little too heavy for summer, try mixing a few drops of facial oil with the product for lighter coverage. Park urges, “Don’t be afraid of oils, even if you have oily skin!”
TRY: Appropriate for all skin types, Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Oil ($128 at Nordstrom) is a luxurious oil blend that can be worn alone as a power-hydrator, or mixed with your moisturizer or foundation.
For a light finish without mixing, smooth on Coola’s Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30 ($52 at coolasuncare.com), in the new Golden hue, for luminous, lightweight coverage that is GMO-free, vegan and hypo-allergenic — with sun protection to boot.
Tip: Find a concealer that multitasks
To simplify your routine, embrace what Park calls the lazy girl’s contouring trick. She recommends “using a shade of concealer slightly lighter than your natural skin tone to brighten under your eyes and over the brow bone. Then your natural skin tone can serve as the darker shade.”
TRY: Julep’s Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector ($30 at julep.com) is a multitasking product that conceals, corrects, highlights, brightens, blurs fine lines and can even be used as an all-over foundation.
Or conceal dark circles and imperfections with the new Pixi by Petra’s Pat Away Concealing Base ($16 at Target), a creamy yet concentrated concealer with buildable coverage, so you can layer on as much or as little as you need without it looking cakey.
Tip: Get the right cheek flush
Gel or cream cheek color is your best bet for a natural look, but how do you pick a good shade? “Pinch your cheeks, then find the color that looks most like that natural blush,” says Park.
TRY: Lose your blush brush and swipe on Vancouver-based Ilia’s Multi-Stick ($34 at iliabeauty.com), a melt-on-your-cheeks (or lips) tint that comes in six gorgeous hues.
Or paint on Benefit’s Gogotint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30 at benefitcosmetics.com), a new cherry-hued version of the cult favorite that delivers a sheer, natural-looking flush that stays put for hours.
Tip: Opt for natural eyes
Your eyes are one of the best places to amplify your natural beauty. Apply a light shadow in one shade darker than your skin tone to lids and, rather than adding eyeliner, make your eyes pop by layering on the mascara. “For length, I look for molded bristles that don’t require wiggling because you can continue to build [up color] over as many swipes as you want,” Park says.
TRY: Lightly dab on mineral-based Kari Gran Sandalwood Eyeshadow ($12 at karigran.com), for a subtle shade of brown that looks great on any skin tone. The powder has just four ingredients and can be layered for deeper color.
Finish with Julep’s With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara ($22 at julep.com), which features an innovative customizable wand that allows you to control the brush length and add volume or length to lashes.
Tip: Let your lips do the talking
Finish by dabbing on a moisturizing lip color in a subtle, natural hue like a light mauve. “I love matte lip color because it is so long-1lasting,” says Park. “But it is important to find one that isn’t drying.”
TRY: Seattle-based Butter London’s Plush Rush Satin Matte Lipstick ($22 at butterlondon.com), its newest formula, contains a Plumping Complex that moisturizes, firms and smooths lips. The buildable color is long-lasting with a light champagne scent.
And, even in a neutral hue, the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24 at Sephora) delivers stunning, high-impact color that begins as a liquid and settles into a smooth satiny finish.