Good news for those who are into a seriously low-maintenance look: Wearing no make-up is now an actual beauty trend.
At Marc Jacobsâ€™ runway show in New York last week, models went make-up-free. Make-up legend Francois Nars was on hand to apply nothing at all. Even dark circles and T-zones were embraced. â€œWe love the shine you see on the nose, and around the eyes,â€ Nars told reporters backstage. â€œItâ€™s real life.â€
But letâ€™s face it, you still want to look good. Here, some bare-faced must-doâ€™s to pull this trend off the right way:
Follow these good-skin basics
Drink lots of water to hydrate from the inside out and get a good nightâ€™s sleep (at least 7 hours). Dark circles on runway models may look chic, but on us real gals? Not so much. After cleansing your face at night, use a skin-smoothing retinoid to boost collagen production. In the morning, apply a daily moisturizer with SPF 30, then take a little extra and press it over your cheekbones for a glowy, highlighter effect.
Tidy up your brows
Youâ€™d be surprised what a difference just combingâ€”and, if necessary, trimming and tweezingâ€”your brows can make. Start by brushing hairs upward with a spoolie (a clean, mascara-like wand), then snip any ends that fall above your natural brow line; brush hairs down and repeat. Pluck obvious strays, and always set your shape by brushing brows up and out with a clear gel.
Pay attention to your hair
You donâ€™t want to look totally disheveled. Give your hair a little love when youâ€™re rocking no make-up: Pull it back into a clean ponytail or just enhance your natural bedhead by running a pump of mousse or a spritz of leave-in conditioner through strands for extra cool-girl texture.
Brighten your teeth
When youâ€™re not wearing lipstick or blush, itâ€™s even more important to make sure your teeth look really white. Keeping up with your flossing habit helps: It removes plaque in between your teeth, where stains typically start. You may also want to brush with a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste once a week for an easy, affordable whitening alternative.
Paint your nails
A dash of colour on your nails makes you look, well, polished. It also takes the focus off bare skin.Hot polish choices right now: everything from nude to midnight blue to deep reds and berries. Heck, even Marc Jacobsâ€™ make-up-less models had colour on their toes.MYNEWSHUB/Beautylish