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Start by exfoliating

Start by exfoliating
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Getting your bare skin glowing will make it easier to get gorgeous skin without caking on makeup. Start with an exfoliating treatment to buff off any dead skin. “If you get off the dry skin, you get that smooth surface for when you apply makeup,” says makeup artist trainer, Hannah Baylog.

Add hydration

Add hydration
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“No-makeup makeup is all about the skin, so it’s very important to have very hydrated-looking skin,” says makeup and hairstylist, Mariah Jere. Start with a toner or rose water, then add a lightweight moisturiser – ones with hyaluronic acid tend are good for all skin types, she says.

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Prime your skin

Prime your skin
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Applying a primer before makeup will help your makeup last longer. “Primers have different purposes depending on the formulation,” says Jere. “The variety of primer depends on the skin type and what you want the end results to be.” Assess your skin type, then decide whether one that’s smoothing, oil-controlling, or colour-correcting is best for your needs.

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Swap foundation for tinted moisturiser

Swap foundation for tinted moisturiser
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Tinted moisturiser gives you lighter coverage than traditional foundation, letting your natural glow shine through. “Light to medium coverage is my best recommendation for that kind of natural look,” says Jere.

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Pick the right foundation

Pick the right foundation
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If you need more coverage than a tinted moisturiser, go for a water-based foundation, which will give you a barely-there feel while evening your skin tone. “Oil-based ones can sit on the skin and separate more,” says Baylog. “Water-based formulas tend to be more long-lasting while still looking dewy instead of matte and heavy.” Mix your foundation with a bit of moisturiser to look even more fresh-faced, says Jere.

Use tools designed to blend

Use tools designed to blend
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Swap out your usual foundation brush (and don’t use your fingers!) for a beauty blender, which will keep your makeup from looking thick and cakey. “That will give an airbrushed look and apply flawlessly without looking heavy or painted-looking like a brush can,” says Baylog.

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Define with bronzer

Define with bronzer
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A cream-based bronzer just a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone will let you emphasise your natural shadows without creating a heavy contour. Blend it into your jaw, temple, and over your cheekbones to get a natural look. “It gives a little sculpting to the face and warmth,” says Jere.

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Fake your glow

Fake your glow
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Sweep highlighter over your cheekbone, brow bone, and the inner corner of your eyes to look like you’re glowing from within. “It’s that highlight that makes people say, ‘You look so glowy,’” says Baylog. “It looks like you’re radiating light.”

Add a natural flush

Add a natural flush
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“Especially if you’re using foundation, you mute the natural colour you’d have in your cheeks with a flesh-toned base, so you want to add some of that back in,” says Jere. To return that natural flush, Baylog recommends using a cream blush or cheek stain to get a healthy glow without the powdery look of a traditional blush. Stains look complicated but apply easily with your usual blush brush or beauty blender, she says. If the colour is too heavy, press a beauty blender against the pigment to take off the excess while leaving on the light glow you want.

Blend, blend, blend

Blend, blend, blend
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Harsh lines will make it obvious that you’re wearing makeup, so be sure to blend them in. Use a big brush to blend powder or bronzer under your chin and down your neck. “People tend to skip that step,” says Baylog. “Even makeup artists do the face and forget the neck and décolleté.”

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