How to get the ‘barely-there’ make up look

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Thanks to the team at Bobbi Brown, we’re giving you a step-by-step guide to looking flawlessly natural! 

The secret to a flattering no-makeup makeup look is choosing colours that work with the natural tones of your face—you can enhance those tones or go brighter or deeper.

Brighten the under eye area by layering a corrector and skin tone correct concealer. Apply up to the lashline and at the inner corner of the eye.

Even out your skin tone for naturally flawless look. Apply tinted moisturizer or a skin tone correct foundation, then set with an illuminating or retouching powder for a diffused, soft-focus finish.

Bronzer can be used to subtly enhance the natural contours of your face. For the most natural look, sweep bronzer along the perimeter of the face, just below the cheekbones and along the jawline.

Play up your cheekbones by applying a cream blush in a natural flushed shade high on the apple of the cheek, then adding a highlighter on the top of the cheekbone.

Amp up eyes naturally with a warm shadow in the crease; a deeper medium shadow smudged along the lashline and at the outer eye corner; and a light shimmer shadow dabbed on the middle of the lid.

Tight-line eyes with a waterproof liner for natural definition. Tilt your head back slightly to see the upper waterline, then tilt down to see the bottom waterline.

Your lip colour is all about you—pick a nude shade that looks like your lips for a truly natural look or go with a deep, bold or bright to make lips pop.

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  1. Makabelo Motaung

    very useful tips.Thank you

    1 week ago •


    This is my favourite makeup look as i am a no fuss kinda person

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Lee_manaka Manaka

    I love this article, I am very much a natural make up type of girl yet still want to put it on. Thanks for the steps and advise :)

    4 weeks ago •

  1. Zandile Fesi

    Thank you for the info I will definitely use it I love it when I have make up and it doesn’t show.

    2 months ago •

  1. Rachelle Horn

    This was such a good read! Something new I learnt is the concealer whcih you dab on on your undereye area as well as the nude shade for the lips. Will definitely put this to the test. Thank you very much!

    2 months ago •

  1. Jodi Solomon

    I love natural looks…and products that just enhances your natural beauty is awesome…this video is really easy to follow and the tips are great:)

    2 months ago •

  1. Jodi Solomon

    Bobbi Brown products look ultra luxurious in shops and even more so in videos…I love this natural look, it’s great for an everyday look, especially if you are the type of personal that loves products that just enhances your natural beauty…awesome and informative video :) thanks

    2 months ago •


    Need a natural look for my graduation and these tips are just perfect <3 thank you!

    2 months ago •

  1. Nonkululeko Mbuli

    I’m an avid fan of Bobbi Brown. I have used their stick foundation – warm almond :-) I love the undertones, and not only does it give full coverage, it blends well for a flawless finish. I’ve always used another brand powder to set my foundation, but after seeing this video, I’m definitely keen to try Bobbi Brown’s Brown’s Nude Finish Illuminating Powder

    3 months ago •

  1. Natasha Manda

    This is one of my favourite looks as it is convenient and quick. It doesn’t require a lot of products which makes it affordable and effortless for those who are just starting with make-up. Plus I love that this video is by Bobbi Brown, they have some of the best makeup products for that natural skin finish

    3 months ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Always enjoyed Bobbi Brown products!

    4 months ago •

  1. bano

    I love the look of natural looks as i’m a natural lady myself. Video thumbs up

    4 months ago •

  1. Tamzyn Hercules

    This is great and totally achievable . Thank you for the video!!!

    4 months ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    Really loving the natural look ! Thanks for the step by step tutorial . Found it helpful :)

    5 months ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love the nude look, it proves that less is more

    5 months ago •

  1. Janine Jeftha

    I love Bobby brown blush, it looks amazing on my skin and lasts all day, its a must have!

    5 months ago •

  1. Arlene Beukes

    Oh my! I just love the barely-there make up look! So soft and youthful!

    5 months ago •

  1. Tyler Henry

    I also apply a white liner to the bottom lash line to make my eyes seem bigger

    5 months ago •

  1. Theofista Ruiters

    Wow so easy and simple. Proves that you don’t need much to look stunning you just need to know what to do and which products to use.

    5 months ago •

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  1. Lyndall Moses Moses

    I think using two different shades of foundation instead of contouring with bronzer has a MUCH more natural effect.

    5 months ago •

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