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December 24, 2019

I Just Woke Up Like This (No, Really!) — Here’s How

Sometimes the no-makeup makeup look takes as much work as full-on made-up. So when you’re going for “just woke up like this,” not “I spent an hour perfecting this no-makeup makeup look,” follow these 5 steps to really, truly fake it.


One of my main makeup goals is to look like a well-rested, well-hydrated, well-nourished version of myself. In reality, I’m constantly slightly sleep deprived, I am dehydrated, and I just finished eating a slice of lemon pound cake. (I’m working on getting better I promise!)


This is where my no-makeup makeup look comes in. But if there’s anything I’ve learned, no-makeup makeup is actually harder to achieve than a full-out glam look. Read on for my tips to achieving a flawless “I really did wake up like this” look.


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Prep your skin


The biggest key to your no-makeup makeup look is making sure your skin is prepped properly. When I do no-makeup makeup, I don’t wear foundation, so they key is to mimic the look of foundation (smooth, radiant skin) without that extra layer.


In the AM, I mist my skin with the Blanc and Eclare mist in between each step of my skincare routine. Yes, each step. This makes my skin super hydrated without the oiliness. And then I come in with the ultimate no-makeup makeup super cream, the Missha Glow Skin Balm. This balm makes you look like the dewy dumpling that Nam Vo knows you are, without adding extra oil.


missha glow skin balm



Use concealer strategically


Even though I don’t use foundation, I like to go in and cover up any dark spots and brighten my under-eyes with a little concealer. The key here is “little.” We aren’t baking or doing that crazy intense under-eye highlight thing that the kids are doing nowadays. Simple dot your concealer under your eyes and on your spots, and use your finger or a damp beauty blender to blend in. Try to pick a concealer that matches closely to your skin tone for this step!


3CE - Full Cover Concealer ( 2 shades ) no-makeup makeup


Powder the T-zone


I’m all about the glow, but listen, I’m an oily girl, and my nose and chin really do the absolute most. This is where I come in with a bit of translucent powder. The key is to apply it ONLY to your T-zone — you want to look glowy and natural, and remember, matte skin is not natural-looking, no matter what people tell you. I rotate between using my Fenty Beauty powder or my M.A.C Mineralize Skin Finish powder.


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Cream eyeshadow is your best friend


I loooove a pop of color on the lid. Whenever I’m doing a natural look, I like to use a cream eyeshadow and blend it in using my fingers. You want it to look a little messy, a little unpolished, a little bit like “oh yeah, I just casually got ready this morning, ya like?” The Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Gel Powder Eyeshadow in the chocolate matte brown shade is my JAM for this. It looks like you’ve tried, but not too hard, which is the ultimate mood.


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Comb your brows and do your lashes


The final step is to groom your brows and throw on some waterproof mascara. I like to use a clean eyebrow spoolie to brush my eyebrows in place, then go over them with a clear brow mascara to keep them in place. I don’t like to fill in my brows on my no-makeup makeup days because it kinda takes me from “oh wow you’re so laid back” to “ma’am you’re trying too hard.” As far as the waterproof mascara goes, I’ve always thought that waterproof is truly the only way to go — you’ll never have to worry about having raccoon eyes.


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What are your tips for achieving a flawless no-makeup makeup look? Let me know in the comments!



Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




As someone who suffers from severe allergic skin reactions, I know some of us have issues with redness and uneven skin tone no matter how well we take care of our skin. In addition to these great tips, my secret to achieving the no makeup makeup look is with Dr. Jart’s ceramide cream for soothing irritation, and the tiger grass cream for correcting redness. I swear by them.


I think makeup really puts too much pressure on the skin.I don't wear makeup because I don't have to go outside these days, but my skin has gotten so much better.I didn't know that every day when I put on makeup.So I think it would be better to make it thinner than too thick.Please refer to it.


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I feel that if you look good you have more confidence. In this trying time, some days I don’t wear any makeup. I just want my face to breathe. Other days I will use a light coat of mineral powder, a bit of blush and a light lipgloss or liquid lipstick. I seem to feel better when I wear just a little bit of makeup, even if it’s just for me!!!


When I go for no-make-up make-up, I try to use the least offending mascara. And I found the skinny mascara in waterproof from innisfree to be the best fit. The trick is just to brush through the tips of your lashes and not from the roots. Since the mascara doesn’t clump or thicken your lashes dramatically, it only enhances the length of your lashes and boom! Lashes for days that look like I haven’t laid a finger on them!

A friend of mine (who has naturally thick and curly lashes to begin with, curse her) hates the feeling of mascara. The... Read more


I love the wear of waterproof, but I hate the rubbing it takes to get it off! How is the Innisfree waterproof mascara to take off? Do you need a separate eye makeup remover?

And for me, my go-to no-makeup look requires a cushion compact to even my hyperpigmentation, tinted sunglasses, and a hat lol.