The dramatic makeup tutorials on YouTube are fun to try on a night out, but the best look for your everyday life is fresh-faced and au naturel. The drawback? Ironically, it’s the all-natural, effortlessly beautiful look that often requires the most effort.
Lucky for you, we’ve combed the web for the best ‘no makeup’ makeup essentials recommended by the top beauty bloggers. Armed with these top 10 makeup essentials, you can skip the hours of labor and go straight to looking fresh-faced and radiantly flawless in a matter of minutes. No 8+ hours of sleep every night or juice cleanses required!
1. A Bottle of Liquid Gold
The foundation of every good beauty routine starts with skin care and the easiest way to nourish and spoil your skin is with a bottle of Argan oil, aka liquid gold.
According to BeautybyBritanie, argan oil is a beauty must-have. Why? It’s…
“Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed!”
It’s also a marvelous multi-tasker: Use it as a makeup remover. Mix it into your foundation for a moisturizing, insta-glow. Rub some into your hair to smooth frizz and add shine. Dab some onto your trouble dry spots – elbows and knees – for much needed hydration.
2. A Collection of the Most Useful Makeup Brushes
We don’t know when or how it happened, but the makeup brush counter has been steadily growing all over the world. It’s no longer a brush for your eyeshadow and a brush for your powder – no, now there are brushes specially designed for every makeup purpose and trick under the sun.
So if you find it a little intimidating trying to pick the right makeup brushes for you, don’t worry – you’re so not alone. I mean, who knows what that pointy, bent brush is supposed to do for you?!
That’s why we’re eternally grateful to MakeupGeek.com for the tutorial above – check it out for a breakdown of exactly which makeup brushes you need and why!
3. The Perfect ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Base for Your Skin
How do you get pore-less, even-toned and flawless skin…without looking like you’re wearing an inch-thick layer of foundation? A Model Recommends shows us how. Hint: Primer + Foundation + Illuminator = Perfection.
4. A Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge
If you’ve seen this bright pink, oddly-shaped puff in your local beauty shop and wondered what it does – wonder no more. This Beauty Blender has the all-important job of making sure you get impeccable, streak-free application of primers, foundations, powders and any other complexion product you use!
No wonder Citizens of Beauty recommends it as one of her basic makeup essentials for everyday use.
5. Instant Brow Thickener
Thin, over-tweezed eyebrows are out. Big, bold eyebrows are in. We all know this, but what to do when your genetically sparse brows refuse to cooperate?
TheCollegePrepster recommends Bobbi Brown’s Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, which is like “a tiny bottle of mascara but for your eyebrows.” Best part? It’ll give your eyebrow instant thickness and stay on all throughout the day!
6. An Undereye Concealer that Lets You Fake It
Whether you’ve been partying a little too hard or putting in more late-night hours at the office – the last thing you need is for the whole world to know by glancing at your dark undereye circles.
Which is why a great, long-lasting undereye conceler is an absolute makeup essential. The TeacherDiva shares her favorite undereye conceler and it’s a winner – Benefit’s Fake It is affordable, lasts all day, and instantly brightens tired eyes!
7. Two-in-One Cheek and Lip Tint
Our go-to resource for quick and easy beauty hacks is Nikki Parkinson’s beauty blog, StylingYou. And she doesn’t disappoint with her makeup essentials recommendations for the summer, of which our favorite has got to be Ere Perez’s Cheek and Lip Tint.
It’s a 2-in-1 tint that adds instant color to your cheeks and lips in oh, 30 seconds. Best part? It’s all-natural – made from beetroot extracts for long-lasting natural color.
7. A Glow-Inducing HD Powder
Want the glow without the grease?
She’s in the Glow shows us how with a roundup of the best HD powders that will give you that glowy ‘no makeup’ look that lasts and lasts – without a hint of greasy.
8. An Everyday Curl-Holding Mascara
Crave that big, open-eye look? Us too. But who has the time to curl their lashes every single day?!
Which is why Raeviewer’s lovely tutorial and recommendation of Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara came in the nick of time – it instantly curls, lengthens and volumizes lashes while looking natural enough to wear every day!
9. A Gentle Yet Thorough Makeup Remover to Wash it All Off With
All the best makeup essentials in the world won’t do you any good if you’re not taking care of the skin that lies beneath. And one of the first steps to doing that is making sure you have a gentle yet thorough cleanser that gets all your makeup off without irritating your skin.
Makeup by Chelsey recommends Clarisonic for this. Why? It’s thorough and immediately removes all makeup without drying out your skin. Plus, it leaves your skin baby soft and your pores debris-free.
10. A Curling Iron
We all know no beauty list is complete without a little something for your tresses. So what’s the best hairstyle to complement the naturally flawless ‘no makeup’ look?
Well, it’s gotta be beach waves – you know, the nonchalantly glamorous, “I put no thought into this but damn, it looks good” kind of hair. So how do you get it? Little Miss Momma has an awesome tutorial that takes you step-by-step to transforming stick-straight hair into effortlessly gorgeous waves!