Secrets to Mastering Minimal Makeup

7 expert tips for super-pretty results

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Get This Fresh, Natural Look!

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It’s easy—just follow these application tips from Katie Jane Hughes, a makeup artist in New York City and London. Click through for how-tos, plus our product picks.

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1. Moisturize


Start with an emollient face cream, pressing lightly into skin with fingers. Choose one with a luminous effect.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer, $25

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2. Cover


Apply a full-coverage concealer under eyes, around edges of nose and wherever needed to hide blemishes and discoloration.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer, $6.50

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“Tight lining” is key to defining eyes without looking made up. Dampen an eyeliner brush and dip into product, swirling to create a paste. Glide brush across the upper lash line, starting at the outer corner and wiggling between lashes to get as close to the roots as possible.

Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush, $26, and Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony, $25

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Add lift to lashes by gently squeezing curler at the base of lashes and holding for a few seconds to set.

Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler, $30

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Apply one layer of black mascara from root to tip.

CoverGirl So Lashy! BlastPRO Mascara, $10.50

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6. Color


Dab a soft rosy pink cream blush on apples of cheeks and lips.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Promise, $36

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7. Groom


Swipe a tinted pomade across brows to fill in sparse spots and set.

Glossier Boy Brow, $16

Bonus tip: For young, natural-looking skin, avoid using powders on your face.