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Tips and Tricks | Cosmetology School Kansas City Achieving the “No-Makeup” Makeup Look 

What’s better than waking up with a fresh face and flawless skin? The “no-makeup” makeup look has become the hottest trend for summer—no pun intended—and lucky for you, there is still a way to achieve this look without excessive FaceTune or possessing godlike genetics. Like our favorite 90s sitcoms so wisely taught us, “the secret to wearing makeup is to make it look like you’re not wearing any.” You might wonder why you would put time and effort not to look like you’re wearing makeup, but natural-looking skin and glowing cheekbones are the perfect look for your lazy summer days. Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Kansas City have provided some simple tips and tricks to help you achieve an effortless-looking face of makeup, tricking your friends into asking, did you wake up like that?

Get Comfortable With Your Skin

When attempting to recreate a natural makeup look, your skin should be the star of the show. The idea of “no-makeup” makeup is founded on natural-looking skin, meaning the easiest way to achieve this look is to rock your natural skin. If you don’t already have a skincare routine in place, implement a simple and sustainable daily care routine that you can easily perform each day to promote healthy and radiant skin. Yes, we are officially adulting now. Include a moisturizer that caters to your skin type and hyaluronic acid for additional hydration and radiance. Before applying makeup, prep your skin with your daily sunscreen and a smoothing primer to lay a proper base for the rest of the look.

Forget the Foundation


No matter how hard it is for some of us full-coverage queens to understand, it must be said. Forgo the foundation! When it comes to creating a natural-looking complexion, there is nothing more natural than showcasing your actual skin. This will not only prevent any color-match catastrophes but will also reduce the chance of foundation settling into your fine lines and pores. You may choose to follow up with a dewy, light coverage concealer to cover blemishes or reduce spots of excessive redness. Avoid overusing concealer, though; unpolished natural rouge is in!

Embrace Cream Products 

Powder can easily be the death of a “no-makeup” makeup day. While you may choose to dust a light layer of translucent powder across your t-zone, our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Kansas City recommend sticking to cream products. Cream-based products help to blend everything together and sink right into your skin, creating a more natural-looking finish. For best results, blend your cream bronzer and blush with a damp sponge before setting it in place with a dewy setting spray. If you are worried about the longevity of your cream products, you may choose to set your cream bronzers and blush in place with luminous powder bronzer or blush to ensure it lasts all day. Don’t go sparingly on the cream highlighter; you can even apply it down the neckline and on the collarbones for a glowing goddess effect.

Brush Out Your Brows 

While you may be partial to over-arched, over-plucked brows, this minimalist look is founded on the principles of enhancing your natural features, including your brows. Brush your brows out with a clear gel, brushing away from your face with a spoolie. This will create a fuller brow effect without the harshness of using a pencil or pomade, which may appear overly harsh when matched with minimal face makeup.

Skip the Mascara

If you are naturally blessed with long, stark-black eyelashes, consider skipping the mascara altogether. Mascara often becomes clumpy or flaky throughout the day, even when properly applied, and may emphasize the fact that you are wearing makeup. Shhhh, it’s a secret! For fellow makeup lovers who can’t stomach the idea of leaving the house without at least a quick layer of mascara, consider applying a light layer to your top lashes and avoiding the bottom lash line for a more subtle look. You may even choose to opt for a brown-tinted mascara instead of an overly intense black shade. 

Find Your Perfect Nude

Like with any other makeup look, the perfect nude lipstick can tie your entire face together. Avoid lipsticks with a matte finish and opt for a nude lipgloss or satin-finish lipstick with less pigmentation. If you decide that your lipstick looks too harsh for the rest of your makeup, blot your lips with a tissue to create an unpolished tint of color. Add some gloss, and you are good to go! 

Are You Passionate About Makeup?

If you are passionate about makeup and desire to learn more about the beauty industry, the Z Hair Academy cosmetology program is the perfect fit! At the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Kansas City or one of our three other locations, you can start your education right away on a schedule that works for you. Get started today by speaking with a member of our Admissions team!

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