Get the look: Celebs' "no makeup" makeup

Are these celebs really bare-faced? You be the judge. Plus, how to fake a flawless complexion. 

A guide to
A guide to "no makeup" makeup
21 Mar 2016

A guide to "no makeup" makeup

“Did she or didn’t she?” you wonder as you peer at yet another seemingly #Barefaced #NoFilter celebrity selfie on Instagram sporting a naturally flawless complexion that also seems to radiate light from within. Heave a sigh of relief – very few celebs will risk taking a genuine no-makeup selfie for fear of revealing to their fans that zits and open pores actually do happen to famous people.

Yet another piece of good news – it’s entirely possible for you too to replicate that ultra-natural, I-was-blessed-with-amazing-genes look, with the right products, tips and lots of practice.

Luckily, the beauty brands have also cottoned on to the desire of every woman to flaunt a perfect au naturel complexion on social media, and have developed makeup and skincare designed to create that very effect. The sheer, watery cushion foundations and BB creams (Thank you K-Pop stars!) have gone some way to helping women fake good skin, but the new slew of higher-coverage cushion foundations are going the extra mile to help women with real-life complexion issues like open pores, breakouts and dull, ageing skin to also fake it till they make it.

We like the new Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage SPF 50/PA+++ and Shu Uemura’s Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation, $70, for their ability to erase the signs of past acne scars, dark eye circles and this morning’s hangover from the face – all while looking like you just rolled out of bed looking this perky and fresh.

A great concealer is a must too – pick one that is blendable with just enough pigment to conceal without caking into fine lines and open pores. Don’t forget to subtly highlight the high points of the face – like the nose bridge, cheekbones and browbones – with a sheer, illuminating powder as real, bare skin reflects light, while a made-up face tends to absorb light and look a little too matte and flat.

And  of course, starting off with really good skin will make baring it all so much easier. Treat your skin to a face mask every few days (some celebs, like May Phua, and beauty editors swear by applying a mask daily or every alternate day) to hydrate, soothe and brighten dull, tired and ageing skin. 

Keep reading to see which celebs did it best 

Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee
21 Mar 2016

Belinda Lee

Between the perfect V-shaped visage, groomed brows and silky tresses, we can’t decide what we envy most about Belinda’s gorgeously effortless, natural look. If only we could wake up looking like this.

Instagram: @leebelinda

Eelyn Kok
Eelyn Kok
21 Mar 2016

Eelyn Kok

Although she’s obviously wearing makeup, we like how the Mediacorp actress kept it fresh and pared-down, so that the focus remains on her porcelain mien and gorgeous peepers.

Instagram: @eelynkok

Jade Seah
Jade Seah
21 Mar 2016

Jade Seah

Even when she’s in full-on flight gear (read: granny glasses, comfy clothes and minimal makeup), Jade looks utterly camera-ready.

Instagram: @jadeseah

Yang Jin Hua
Yang Jin Hua
21 Mar 2016

Yang Jin Hua

Clearly the overexposed lighting helps to conceal a multitude of sins, but Taiwanese actress Yang Jin Hua doesn’t need much makeup help to look stunning with those born-with-it features. 

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
21 Mar 2016

Sheila Sim

We’re so used to seeing model-host Sheila Sim in full-on glamour mode that it’s such a refreshing change to see her up-close in what looks like minimal makeup with just a hint of pink on the cheeks and lips.  

Instagram: @sheila_sim

Liu Wen
Liu Wen
21 Mar 2016

Liu Wen

The best thing about being a supermodel? You can pose bare-faced next to a bouquet of blooming roses and still succeed in looking prettier.

Instagram: @liuwenlw

Song Hye-Kyo
Song Hye-Kyo
21 Mar 2016

Song Hye-Kyo

This #IwokeUpLikeThis shot of South Korean actress and superstar Song Hye-Kyo looks so sensual and dreamy, we’re willing to believe that it wasn’t staged. Almost. 

Tracy Lee
Tracy Lee
21 Mar 2016

Tracy Lee

There’s nothing more real than a shot of a celeb in her messy kitchen (love the boxes of crackers photobombing at the back) having a bowl of soup. And her complexion is as eggshell-smooth as the rest of her body too. Jealous yet?

 

Instagram: @tracyleemeileng

Recommended mask:
Recommended mask:
21 Mar 2016

Recommended mask:

Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Mask, $69

Proper prepping:
Proper prepping:
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Proper prepping:

DiorSnow Bloom Perfect Perfect Skin Creator SPF35/PA+++, $150

For hiding redness:
For hiding redness:
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For hiding redness:

Etude House Big Cover Concealer Cushion in Illuminate and Mint, $20.90

A luxurious cushion:
A luxurious cushion:
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A luxurious cushion:

DiorSnow Bloom Perfect Perfect Moist Cushion, $105

To combat dull skin:
To combat dull skin:
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To combat dull skin:

Shu Uemura’s Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation, $70

Sun protection:
Sun protection:
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Sun protection:

Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage SPF 50/PA+++, $78 for the duo refill pack

Light coverage:
Light coverage:
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Light coverage:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted BB Moisturizer, $55

For radiance:
For radiance:
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For radiance:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $97

For daily touch-ups:
For daily touch-ups:
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For daily touch-ups:

YSL Touche Eclat Slogan in #NoNeedToSleep, $59, available in April. 

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