‘No Makeup’ Makeup Challenge + Giveaway

No Makeup Makeup Challenge

Recently my friend Amanda from Lipstick Is A Life blog published an interesting post where she talks about guys who claim that they don’t like girls who wear “too much” makeup, while they adore actresses and celebs with tons of makeup on their faces that just looks natural. I felt very strongly about protecting women’s rights to wear whatever makeup they wish and not limiting their creativity only because some guy told them they do not look “natural”. At the end of the day, the only person allowed to make any comments about your look is yourself. Saying so, I decided to join the challenge started by Amanda and create an easy ‘no makeup’ look so everybody can see how much beauty products go into looking… natural. Make sure to read the end of this post as I’ll be giving away five sets of tinted moisturizers that you need in case you decide to go for one product only ‘no makeup’ look.

Step #0: Every good makeup starts with a proper skin care regime. Saying so, never apply foundation or primer if you didn’t properly wash, tone, and moisturize your skin (you can read about my everyday skin care routine in this post). Need some extra freshness? Apply a facial mask for a few minutes and a tiny bit of a primer (yes, even if you are using a tinted moisturizer!).

Cosmedicine Honest Face Tinted Moisturizer

Step #1: My number one secret of creating a bare skin look is a proper base. In my opinion, radiant skin starts with a tinted moisturizer that provides a somewhat sheer coverage that nevertheless camouflages all skin imperfections that you might have. My current favorite tinted moisturizer is Cosmedicine Honest Face Tinted Moisturizer, by the same brand I recently mentioned in my skin care routine post. I wear this product every single day (yes, even when I’m heading to the gym) as it provides my skin with the boost of brightness and radiance, while protecting it from the sun.

PRO TIP: My number one trick of applying a tinted moisturizer is by dabbing it into my skin with a beauty blender. Many girls believe that since tinted moisturizer contains less pigment than a regular foundation, they should follow the same rules as with a moisturizer, i. e. apply it with your hands right after washing and toning. I believe that tinted moisturizer is still a foundation that is why I apply it with a foundation sponge—after moisturizing my skin and before applying a concealer.

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Very Fair - Review

Step #2: In my book, natural looking skin is the one without visible blemishes and imperfections. Saying so, no matter how natural I want my makeup to look, I always apply concealer under my eyes and on top of any breakouts I’m currently dealing with. My current favorite concealing product is Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Very Fair as it provides natural looking, but full coverage. I dab a few dots onto my skin and blend the product with a pointy side of my beauty blender.

No Makeup Makeup Challenge - Brows

Step #3: No matter what type of look I’m planning on creating that day, I always groom my eyebrows. If I’m planning on going out or feel like wearing a full-face makeup look, I follow the eyebrow routine that I described in my recent post. For a more natural look, I simply brush my brows with a tinted gel (my current favorite is Zoey Van Jones Tinted Brow Gel). Then, I apply concealer under my brow and blend it with a flat concealer brush so my brow line is more clean and pointy.

PRO TIP: Don’t use a concealer that is brighter than your foundation tone as it will create an unnatural look.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter - Review and How to Use as a Highlighter

Step #4: Next step might sound a bit counter-productive, but I love applying Becca Backlight Priming Filter on top of my tinted moisturizer as it adds just a bit of shimmer and doesn’t look too glowy for a ‘no makeup’ look. I apply it with the same beauty blender on the high points of my cheeks and on the cupid bow.

Stila 'Perfect Me, Perfect Hue' Palette in Fair Light - Review

Step #5: In my humble opinion, a blush is a product that you really need to keep in control if you want your face to look as natural as possible. Brightly colored blush is one of my favorite products to use, but when I’m applying a minimalistic-looking makeup, I prefer subdued shades of pink—like those from Stila ‘Perfect Me, Perfect Hue’ Palette in Fair/Light. My current favorite brush to apply blush is this golden ombre brush that I reviewed in my July Beauty Favorites post.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Review

Step #6: Even when my lids look eyeshadow-free, there is still some pigment involved. One of my latest purchases, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, features the exact shades you need for creating nude lids look. I apply Tempera shade all over my lid using MUA Professional Crease Brush and add a bit of Warm Taupe shade onto the outer corners of my eyes to emphasize the lash line.

How to apply setting powder with a beauty blender

Step #7: Before applying mascara, I love putting on a bit of a setting powder on my skin with a damped beauty blender. Concentrate on the T-zone and keep your cheeks powder-free—it will look more natural!

Step #8: Finish your eye makeup by applying just one layer of your favorite mascara and brushing your lashes afterwards. If your lashes are naturally dark and long, feel free to apply a clear gel instead of mascara (like this one by e.l.f. cosmetics).

Too Faced Lipstick in Nude Beach Review

Step #9: It’s up to you whether you’d like to wear a lipstick or just a lip balm, but since I don’t have much of a natural pigment in my lips, I decided to brighten up my look with a hint of a hyper-moisturizing lipstick by Too Faced in Nude Beach.


I hope you enjoyed this simple ‘no makeup’ makeup and now, as promised, it’s time for a giveaway. I collaborated with Cosmedicine that generously provided five full sets of Cosmedicine Honest Face Tinted Moisturizer (one in each shade) for Style Sprinter readers. All you need to do in order to enter this giveaway is to follow three steps below:

Step #1: Follow @cosmedicine on Instagram

Step #2: Follow @stylesprinter on Instagram

Step #3: Subscribe to my weekly newsletter by entering your email address and your first name in the form below.

The contest starts on Wednesday, August 17, at 9:00 am EST and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 28. The names of contest winners will be announced in the comments area of this post during the week of August 28. Each winner will receive a full set of Cosmedicine Honest Face Tinted Moisturizer. The giveaway is open for U.S. residents only.

  • You look great! I really want to try that Too Faced concealer.

    xo, Liz

    • It’s a good one! It really reminds me my NYX concealer though… I’ve been planning on trying a new concealer by Tarte as it features a huge applicator. It’s exclusive at Ulta…

  • Robin Rue

    I don’t wear makeup, but I love that look you are sporting. You look very natural.

  • Cattleya

    You’re stunning. I love this look. I’ll definitely be trying it soon.

    x. Cattleya

  • Such a lovely blog post. You’ve got the cutest alien-pixie face ever! (I promise that’s a compliment!)

    Jasmine McRae | UK Beauty Blog

    • Hahahah you are so sweet! Yes, there is something alien about my face! I was always thinking that my pointy ears make me look a bit like an elf… But I’m definitely a mysterious creature LOL

  • Such a lovely look. I oly wear minimal makeup and prefer to look natural, although I do like a bit of red lippy for a special night out.

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! Red lips look is actually my favorite and it’s very rare that I’m wearing a no makeup look. But it’s always great to try something new, right? 😉

  • Maria Jose Abad

    This lipstick is right up my corner, I need to try it!
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    • It’s a really good one! It’s soft and smooth like butter! I want to try it in different shades as I’m obsessed!

  • Yeah, It really irritates me when a man tells me to wear no or less make-up. Lovely post.

  • Tinted moisturizer is my go to for no makeup makeup days. Add in a bit of mascara and some gloss and I’m good to go.

  • A little make-up never hurt and who cares if guys don’t like girls who wear too much make-up, we don’t do it for them anyway. I say stick with the look you like and not care about what these guys have to say. I think this look is spot on though!

    • I can’t agree more, Mai! It’s so sad that so many people are trying to influence how we feel about our looks while it’s actually not their business at all! I love discussing with people how they perceive makeup and I’m always surprise about all the different opinions people have about the exact same look! At the end of the day, you should do makeup you feel good about and who cares what others think!

      Have a lovely day, Mai! xoxo

  • This is a really helpful guide. It seems much easier when it’s all laid out like this. “No makeup” looks aren’t always as simple as they sound.

    • Exactly! My makeup friends actually believe that the most natural makeup looks actually take more time than bright colored or trendy look!

  • Karla Ramos

    Wow, you really know how to make yourself shine properly! I would go for the same methods if only I weren’t lazy enough to skip out on my usual makeup but you got me inspired to go for a natural routine.

  • Nice guide on how to make it look like you don’t have much makeup on. I also like simplier looks than caked on makeup.

  • Kathy

    I normally don’t wear makeup anyways, so this would be an easy challenge for me. If I do wear it, I usually just focus on my eyes. This looks like some very nice makeup though!

  • Ugh don’t even get me started.m Guys that say you look so much nicer without make-up on (whilst you are wearing it) but then only ever say you look nice when you actually wear it! Drives me insane

  • My gosh, you’re as beautiful even without make-up!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Great tips and you look amazing! I love tinted moisturizer because I don’t like the over made look. I keep it as natural as possible but you have taught me some new tricks!

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  • Cindy Aiton

    Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.You are absolutely stunning! I wish I had your complexion. 🙂

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  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    You look so gorgeous with or without makeup! I am so excited for this giveaway.

  • Shannon Graham

    Men are full of it sometimes. Many of them like the glamour because many of them go for just that. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Lauren Eggers

    Thanks for the chance @neyabenz on instagram

  • Michelle Gil Santini

    Sometime men (and some woman) they just think that makeup is for fake people and honestly it’s sad that they just think it’s. Makeup is art and it always been since Cleopatra and maybe even before Cleopatra was even born. Thank you for this generous giveaway xo

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  • Barrie

    Your face looks flawless! Thanks for an easy was to enter this giveaway!

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    Done! Thanks for the chance to win. I can’t wait to see your other amazing beauty tips.

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  • Michelle

    This look is so fresh and glowing! I’ll have to start leaving the powder off my cheeks now. Awesome tip!

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  • Colleen Boudreau

    When will you be announcing the winner?

  • Congrats to the giveaway winners!

    1. Michelle G.
    2. Jolene J.
    3. Adrien B.
    4. Anne T.
    5. Sabrina J.

    Thank you everyone who participated!