We all know less is more, but it can often be hard to pare back your makeup and stick with the essentials. Makeup artist Billy B walks you through achieving that barely there "I just woke up like this" look that we all wish we had.
Apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer starting from the T-zone (where you typically need the most coverage) and work your way out, making sure to blend it around your neck and hairline. You don't always have to apply foundation all over your face, just where you need it. This will help you avoid having a lot of product on your face.
Next, use a concealer around your eyes and the creases of your nose. Make sure you tap the concealer into your skin or use a soft foundation brush to apply. This will ensure it covers the dark circles and imperfections. You can also tap it on to cover blemishes.
Once you've applied concealer, add eye shadow. For a natural look, try using a color just a couple shades darker than your skin tone. Swipe it on over your entire eyelid, using a small, soft brush to blend it into your outer corners, avoiding the brow bone. If you have naturally dark lids you can even skip additional pigment, just stick to your natural tone.
Next, curl your eyelashes. Start at the base with your curler and gently pulse it out to the tips of the lashes. When you apply mascara, concentrate the mascara at the base, keeping the ends free of heavy amounts of product. This will help avoid spider-eyes.
Using a dry lip brush, pick up pigment from a lip liner that matches your natural lip color and buff it into your bare lip. Apply a touch of gloss to the center of your lip (this gives the appearance of having done something without being too heavy).