There are a number of reasons I choose not to wear makeup on a particular day. The spectrum of my daily relationship with makeup ranges from absolutely nothing but moisturizer on my face to full-blown glam, but a few reasons I choose not to wear makeup sometimes:

  1. To give my skin a break.
  2. Because my husband really dislikes makeup, especially “over-the-top” (full face) makeup.
  3. Because I’m feeling lazy/rushed/extremely pregnant and cranky.

When I’m filming videos or meeting clients for my job, I tend not to show up in full coverage foundation and a smokey eye. It’s great for being a lifestyle blogger and YouTuber, but I’m a bit tamer at work.

On days when I don’t want to wear makeup, for whatever reason, but still want to look really polished, I go for my “no makeup” makeup look. This video was inspired by a video I saw from Drugstore Maven on YouTube a few weeks ago. This is my own take on the easy, no foundation, no makeup look. Check out the video. There’s a step-by-step below with all the products I use.

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Step #1: Skincare

Skincare is always step #1 and always most important. In my dream world, where pimples aren’t a thing and I never look tired or get dark circles from not sleeping enough, my diligent skincare routine is enough to keep me so glowy that I never have to wear makeup. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Nonetheless, this is the base for all the other things I do to look fab, so it’s SUPER important.

I don’t wash my face in the morning, just splash some water on it, pat dry, and apply moisturizer. My favorite moisturizer is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer, but lately I’ve been experimenting with the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 mentioned in the Drugstore Maven video and I really like it.

Step #2: BB Cream (Optional)

When I go for a no makeup look, I really go for no makeup, but there are days when I’m breaking out or looking red in places that I still want minimal coverage. On those days, I wear a thin layer of BB cream all over my face.

Step #3: Concealer

I use a small amount of concealer under my eyes and spot conceal any pimples. I use a light to medium coverage concealer like Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer. This step isn’t really necessary either if you have great skin and no dark under-eye circles, but I don’t sleep well these days, so I tend toward looking a little shadowy around the eyes and this just makes me look more awake.

Step #4: Cheeks

Next I do my cheeks: bronzer, blush, highlighter. Some days I do all three, some days I only do blush or blush and highlighter. Again, I go really light and natural looking and use a big, fluffy brush to keep it from getting too makeup-y looking. Lately I’ve been using: Ulta Matte Bronzer, Ulta Peach Pop Blush Palette, Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter

Step #5: Brows & Eyes

I know some people pencil their brows, even when they do a no makeup look. It does make you look really put together, but when I don’t want to wear makeup, I generally go easy on my brows too. This may mean quickly brushing them only or sometimes I go in with my Essence Make Me Brow gel to make them look a little fuller. This stuff is like $3.00 and rocks my world.

For eyes, I skip everything except mascara. If I’m going light on mascara, I use Nyx’s The Skinny Mascara and if I want a fuller lash look, I use Monsieur Big from Lancome.

Step #6: Lips

I apply a heavy lip balm like Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm or Skinfix Minty Mint Repair Balm and go. My lips love the break too. If you do want to wear lipstick on a no makeup day, I go for the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in one of their nude shades because it hydrates my lips and adds a little color, but it doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing lipstick.