6 Steps to the Coveted No Makeup Makeup Look in 5 Minutes Flat

Photo: DORN + CARBONE. Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Everyone knows that the best makeup is the makeup that looks like no makeup at all.

So here’s to avoiding cakeface at all costs–a roundup of the many products you can just a few minutes playing with to achieve the perfect #iwokeuplikethis face. Because, you: #flawless. No one has to know.

Using the best products, ones carefully chosen for their ability to trick the eye with their subtle powers, allow me to demonstrate:

Step 1: First Base, Glossier Priming Moisturizer

glossier priming moisturizer

In photo #1 (top left) my face is bare but for a swipe of Aerin rose balm. By photo #4 (bottom right), my primer is done. It takes all of 30 seconds.

Step 2: The lightest of coverage, Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

glossier skin tint

Step 3: If You Want a Bit More Coverage, Perricone MD, No Foundation Foundation


For more precise coverage, the Perricone line also features No Concealer Concealer. 

Step 4: A lil bit of Glow, RMS Living Luminizer


Use your finger to dab this down the bridge of your nose, the apples of your cheek (above where you would put blush), a smidge above each eyebrow, and a dot on your chin for Gigi Hadid-esque luminescence.

For a more all-over sheen, try Burberry Fresh Glow Base which can also be applied with a Beauty Blender sponge, like I used for the foundation above. This could also sub in for the priming moisturizer. Multi-purpose = always a good thing!

Step 5: A dash of color, Perricone MD No Blush Blush

perricone blush

Another standby favorite, for a sheerer, yet also perhaps bolder is the forever-existing, tried-and-true favorite Benetint, from which you drop 1-3 dot on the apple of each cheek and rub in (fast, before it dries) to the apple of each cheek, giving you a kinda sexy flush.

Step Six: Lashes! Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara

perricone mascara

Et voilà!!!