Dare to go bare! The no make-up look


Master the natural make-up trend with these easy steps.

There is no art to achieving the “no make-up look”. But, with some skill and the right products, you can also nail this trend. The trick is to ensure that the look enhances your natural features and gives you a healthy glow.

By: Grace Mantjiu

Pictures: Andile Mhembu

Assistant: Ntantla Matshuma

Make-up: Khosi Mthembu

Model: Adera Kachienga at Ice Models Johannesburg

Hair: Bonolo Ramela

Step 1

Even out your skin tone by applying a BB cream. Use a foundation brush or sponge to get a flawless finish. Mix your cream with a highlighter for an extra glow.


Step 2

Apply an oil-absorbing powder to prevent oily, shiny skin.


Step 3

Cream blushes in warm colours give the skin a natural, subtle flush, unlike the brighter pink colours that give more of a made-up look. Apply blush on your cheeks to get that rosy colour. This also adds a bit of colour to your face.


Step 4

Define your eyes. A brown eyeshadow enhances your eyes, giving you natural contours without looking like you even applied it. Choose a shade that is darker than your skin tone, and apply it into the crease and along the lower lashes. Add a bit of mascara to give your lashes a boost and to open your eyes up.


Step 5

Finish off with a nude lipgloss that matches your natural lip colour. If you want a bit of tint, go for a nude pink shade.


1. Clere Radiance SPF 30 BB Cream, 95

2. RIMMEL London Royal Cream Blush, 95


3. Essence Contouring eyeshadow set in mauve meets marshmallows, 95


4. AVON 3D Plumping Lipgloss in Nude, 90


5. YARDLEY Loose Powder Translucent Buff, 95


6. MAC Strobe Cream, R470