Here's every single trick we know for 'I woke up like this' natural-looking makeup

Genetically-blessed or just really good with a makeup brush?

4 days ago

Barely-there, natural makeup is a look countless celebrities have been wearing in recent months. But the au-natural, I'm-just-genetically-blessed, no makeup-makeup look takes more work than you think.

And if you've followed numerous tutorials and still can't manage to nail a gorgeous glowy base, Becca's Global Makeup Ambassador Nikki Wolff, may have the answer.

"If you're layering a primer, foundation and highlighter, but it always turns out cakey, it's because you're not using a light enough touch."

"Makeup artists use very little product and lightly apply it to the skin, blending and blending as we go. It's how we can create a glowing base that looks like it's still skin."

So if you're ready to nail that 'I woke up like this' glow – then follow Nikki's advice along with GLAMOUR's natural makeup guide to make your skin sing...

Quick trick for fair skin: Try face tan. This glorious invention will instantly warm your complexion and make dark circles and blemishes way less obvious before you even have to pick up a makeup brush.

1. Wash

Wash your face using a gentle soap and flannel. Don't use an exfoliant as it will bring out the redness in your complexion. A gentle cleanser such as (£15) works well to softly buff the skin clean.

2. Moisturiser

Apply a pea-sized amount all over the face; you want to make sure your skin is soft and hydrated so your makeup sits right but isn't greasy. Do this even if you have oily skin. (£104) is a brilliant lightweight day cream which absorbs straightaway, making it perfect for priming the face.

3. Foundation

If you have clear skin, use a tinted moisturiser to warm-up the complexion. We love (£43) as it adapts to your natural skin colour when you apply it - the microbeads are seriously magic. If, however, you prefer more coverage, apply foundation but only to the places you feel are problematic or over pigmented. (£29.50) will provide excellent coverage without the cakey finish. Whichever you use, remember to be sparse and blend, blend, blend.

4. Concealer

Taking a small brush, we like (£19), apply concealer sparingly to problem areas, this technique is called micro concealing. For dark circles, swipe the brush under your eyes, then pat with a finger to blend.

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5. Powder

If you suffer from shine, use a large brush and powder that matches your skin tone to dust all over. Try (£21) which will absorb any excess oil. Do not use a bronzer, this look is all about making the most of your natural colouring.

6. Blush

Pick out a cream blush that is soft in colour and as close to your natural 'blush' as possible. (£7.99) offer a great range of natural colours that are easy to blend. Apply your chosen product to the apples of your cheeks, exactly where you would naturally flush, and blend until you have a very subtle colour. Add a little of the cream blush to your lips to enhance their natural pigment.

7. Eyes

With the barely-there makeup look, curling the eyelashes can be enough ( are unbeatable (£20)) but if you do like a little more definition, using a thin-wand mascara comb right through the lashes, applying a maximum of two coats to each eye. For blondelashes opt for brown mascara and for darker, you can stick with black. We suggest using (£17.50).

8. Eyebrows

It's essential not to have a strong line, if you have very light brows or patches, blend a colour sparingly to give a little shape. Heavy eyebrows are one of the biggest giveaways of this look if done wrong. (£35), with its dual shadow, will allow you to apply as much or as little as you need.

9. Lips

The easy way to get a natural looking lip colour (without putting on any lipstick at all) is via exfoliation. Using a gentle scrub, like the ones from (or if you're not a fan of granules, try the , which does it mechanically) to remove dead skin cells and increase blood-flow. Follow with your favourite lip balm and your pout will be looking pristine, with a natural, healthy flush.

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