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Holly Harnwell 

Are you eager to achieve flawless skin and enhance your natural features? Renowned Australian hair and makeup artist, Holly Harnwell, is an expert at creating this sought-after look. Here, she shares her secrets to achieving the trending look, revealing that it's more intricate than you might imagine!

1. SKIN: The "no-makeup" makeup look is heavily reliant on your skin. We want to make sure we are starting with a smooth surface so skincare is important.

I always recommend a good exfoliant to reduce any dry patches or texture as makeup tends to catch onto these areas so we want to avoid this as much as possible.

Use a hydrating moisturiser that isn’t too oily such as the Embryolisse cream. which acts as both a moisturiser and a primer to create a smooth hydrated base for your makeup and help your makeup last longer.

2: BASE: You can choose to do a “no makeup” makeup look without foundation. However, if you feel like you need something to even out your skin tone, the foundation you choose as your base is very important.

You want your foundation to be lighter and have a second skin finish. Anything matte or powdery will show up on the skin right away. My favourite for creating this look is the Dior Face and Body Foundation.

It gives your skin just enough coverage to even out your skin tone and gives you that balmy second skin finish. You can also use a BB cream or tinted moisturiser for this.

You want to apply the foundation all over your face and also down your neck as our neck is usually a lot lighter than the rest of our body. Just remember, blending is key in the “no makeup” makeup look. 

3. CONCEALER: This is a Godsend in a “no makeup” makeup look. It’s the product that will help conceal and brighten any areas of concern for a fresh finish. Placement is everything as we still want the skin to show.

I use two concealers and always start with under eyes. My absolute favourite concealer for the under-eye area is the Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics.

Its non-caking, non-creasing formula hydrates and conceals the undereye area like no other product. Use a small amount starting from the corner of the eye and blend under the eyes, just keeping it in that socket area where the darkness normally shows.

This will lift and brighten the under-eye area. The second concealer should be as close to the colour of your skin as possible so that it looks natural and blends seamlessly.

My favourite concealer for this is the Hourglass Vanish concealer. Use this concealer to add extra coverage to the under eyes, above the eyes, a touch on the cheek area closest to your nose, around the nose, some on the chin and a touch in the middle of the forehead closest to your brows to even it all out.

These are the lower parts of the face so we can afford a bit of extra coverage here but for the makeup to look natural, avoid the higher parts of the face such as the top of the forehead, the highest parts of the cheekbones and on the nose.

I use my finger to press the concealer into the skin for a second skin finish. 

4. BRONZER: Bronzer is a great way to add shape to the face and give you a nice sunkissed glow. I tend to use a cream bronzer for a no-makeup makeup look as it blends evenly into the skin for that second skin finish.

My absolute favourite is the Westman Atilier Face Trace contour stick as it blends seamlessly and doesn’t tend to go patchy.

Apply bronzer around the forehead closest to the hairline, just under the highest parts of your cheekbones, on either side of your nose if you like to contour your nose and on the sockets of your eyelids for a light eye contour.

I always use my fingers or a beauty blender to press the cream contour into the skin so it doesn’t go patchy or remove any other makeup underneath. Lastly, add a touch to the apples of your cheeks and on the bridge of your nose for a sunkissed finish. 

5. BLUSH: Blush is one of my favourite products. It’s important as it adds natural colour back into the skin that we may have lost in the foundation and concealing process.

For a “no makeup” makeup look, I always opt for a cream blush with a balmy finish to not only get a nice natural finish but add a touch of glow to the cheeks in the process.

My favourite is the Stila Convertible Colour Cream Blush or the Ilia Multi Stick cream blush. Apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks, blending up the cheekbones towards the temples. Finish by blending the blush onto the nose for that sunkissed look.

Again I use a pressing motion with either my finger or a beauty blender to really work the product into the skin without smudging or moving any of the product underneath. 

6. EYES:. Even though we want a “no makeup” makeup look, we still want the eyes to stand out. My favourite product to add here is the Mac cream eyeshadow Paint Pot in the colour Groundwork.

It’s a soft neutral bronze that adds definition to the eyes and helps neutralise any veins on the eyelids but still looks very natural.

Apply to the eye lid blending into the socket and a touch under the lash line. You can also add a bronzer as your eye shadow here too. Finish by either leaving your lashes bare or add a light paint of black-on-brown mascara. 

7. LIPS: A. lip balm is the perfect finish to a no-makeup makeup look for that glowy, hydrated finish. If you need a bit of colour, try a tinted lip balm such as the Lano Lips tinted balm or a natural lip stain with lip balm on top for a natural finish.



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