During lockdown, many of us took the natural look to its barefaced extreme, opting to wear no make-up at all.
Even virtual meetings were not an issue due to their blurring filters hiding any imperfections and giving the illusion of glowing skin. As we emerge into our brave new sociable world, we may decide it is time to start wearing a few basic make-up essentials to keep up our flawless natural look.
The Foundation of Make-up
Whether you decide on light, medium or full coverage for your foundation, choosing the right shade is a must for that natural look. Many brands are now offering a wide range of shades that will help you pinpoint the exact one that is perfect for your skin tone.
Fenty Beauty by Rhianna.
Superstar Rhianna wanted to create a make-up line that works for all skin types and skin tones, with 50 shades ranging from the palest light to deepest dark.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r is a soft matte longwear foundation with buildable medium to full coverage. Price £27 via Boots.
The foundations are designed to feel lightweight and to ‘make skin look like skin’.
Take the quiz to find out which shade is best for you Fenty Beauty Shade Finder.
NYX Professional Make Up
NYX Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation gives a buildable medium coverage with a dewy radiant finish for a skin-like effect. This vegan foundation offers 45 shades from pale Alabaster to Deep Ebony.
Price £10 via LOOKFANTASTIC.
Founded by Cashmere Nicole as a direct reflection of her perseverance and passion for great quality products that enhance the beauty in everyone, every day – so they can have their cake and eat it too.
InstaBake Aqua Glass Foundation offers a lightweight full coverage in 30 shades ranging from the palest pale to the darkest dark. This vegan foundation works to conceal uneven skin tone and blemishes giving a dewy glass skin effect. Price £32 via LOOKFANTASTIC.
Find which shade is best for your skin tone via Find your Shade.
Lip Smackingly good
A touch of lip colour can bring a healthy glow to your natural look.
Emolyne Lips & Nails
Emolyne is a new British beauty brand specialising in lipstick, lip liners and nail laquers. Emolyne was founded by Ugandan born, Denmark raised and London based Emolyne Ramlov. After years of trying to find exact shades of nail and lipsticks, she decided to create her own brand offering coordinating colours.
With 15 shades of nude, Emolyne ensures no skin tone is excluded. They also offer 15 shades of red if you prefer to add a pop of colour. Each shade is named after an African country, city or landmark.
To see how each shade of lipstick colour will look against your skin tone just select the model your complexion most identifies with using this link Find Your Shade.
Carmex Lip Balms
A sheer hint of a tint is Carmex Moisture plus Mauve’d Hydrating Lip Balm, which will also smooth, plump and hydrate the lips. Also available in nude.
Price £4.99 available from Boots.
For a real natural look choose Carmex Moisturising Vanilla Lip Balm which is colourless, With an exotic vanilla flavour and that all-important sunscreen SPF15 for the summer. Price £3.50 from Boots.
No Make Up Lipstick also offers a sunscreen of SPF15. In various hints of pink to suit all skin tones and personalities. Ranges from light pink and rose to the headier cognac and wine shades. Vegan.
Price £25 via LOOKFANTASTIC.
Frog Prince Lipstick. Yes, this is green but like the fairytale, it magically transforms into a rosebud pink shade on your kissable lips which changes depending on your natural colouring, warmth and pH level. Glossy finish.
Price £22 via LOOKFANTASTIC.
The Magic Wand of Mascara
Just a few strokes from the magic wand are needed to create darker and thicker natural looking lashes.
Poppy Sloane is a small entrepreneurial British company launched in 2014 with a passion to create the best waterproof mascara that didn’t smudge, smear or flake. They are committed to no animal testing and purchase raw materials only from UK manufacturers
Tres Chic Mascara Reformulated is vegan, smudge proof, flake proof, waterproof and hypoallergenic. As the name suggests the mascara is a reformulated version of the original with antimicrobial bamboo powder added to give extra volume.
To remove it only takes warm water and a gentle touch – no makeup wipes or removers required.
No Make Up Mascara is a 2 in 1 lash treatment and mascara with neuropeptides and biotin to help lift, lengthen and thicken eyelashes. The wand has two different sides: the white wide side is used to deposit the serum at the base of the lashes and wiggle to add thickness and volume. Then rotate the brush to the comb side and sweep through the lashes to lift, lengthen and separate. The colour of the serum adapts to all skin tones. Vegan.
Price £25.00 via LOOKFANTASTIC.