January 30, 2023

As someone who possesses next to no makeup skills, I spend an impressive amount of time trying to copy other people’s faces. And no, I don’t mean that I sit at home following those hour-long YouTube tutorials that require a million shades. (I admitted defeat on those long ago.) Instead, I save Instagram looks of my favourite celebs looking their understated, natural, glowing best and analyse every aspect of their makeup so that I can give it a go myself.

Only I never get it quite right, and I think there’s a very valid reason for it (besides the fact that I’m useless, of course). You see, the sort of natural-looking, no-makeup makeup aesthetic that I lean toward is actually incredibly tricky to pull off. The whole premise of the look is that you shouldn’t really be able to tell where the makeup is at all. And frankly, when I’m trying to decode looks painted by expert hands that have spent years perfecting the art of disguise, I stand no chance.

No-makeup makeup: @alexachung

“It’s quite clever to carry two or three products that can elevate your day look into something more done. Applying an eyeliner to your waterline and then scrunching your eyes up makes eyes look a bit lived-in and French-girl cool. I also always carry a nude or red lipstick in my bag to add over liner or balm. It’s always fun to have a little pot of glitter, too!”

Shop Liners
Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl Eyeliner
Charlotte Tilbury
Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eyeliner
£21

This creamy formula is perfect for smudging out.

Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass
Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
£18
£14

The super-fine nib of this eyeliner pencil makes it impressively easy to use.

The Body Shop Smoky Eye Definer Pencil
The Body Shop
Smoky Eye Definer Pencil
£9

The built-in smudger on the other end of this liner makes it perfect for on-the-go application.

Next up, the only 7 makeup trends we plan on wearing this spring/summer.