She’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel, hangs out with Gigi Hadid, is part of Taylor Swift’s too-cool-for-school girl squad, has modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, J.Crew, J Brand, Smashbox, and Bobbi Brown, and she’s married to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. That’s not to mention her perfect bikini body and the fact that she can look flawless with practically no makeup on. Supermodel Lily Aldridge recently braved the natural no-makeup makeup look and still looked gorgeous as ever – the perfect example of bare-faced summer beauty.
Click through the gallery for all the tips, tricks, and product recommendations you need to recreate the natural barely-there look.
With the no-makeup makeup look, it’s all about that base. Forget the foundation and embrace your skin whilst still giving it a helping hand with this perfecting primer. Available in six different shades, it is color correcting, boosts hydration, and uses a blend of pigments to blur imperfections and bring light and radiance to your face. It’s the answer to ‘new’ skin in seconds.
Make Up For Ever ‘Step 1 Radiant Primer’, AED 165/SAR 165, The Dubai Mall
To give skin a natural matte finish and help reduce any areas of shine, this lightweight translucent powder delivers ultra-fine particles that blend seamlessly into the skin to create a soft-focus effect. It’s like using a subtle Instagram filter, but in a powder. Dust over your primer for a brilliant bare face.
MAC ‘Select Sheer Pressed Powder’, AED 135/SAR 139, Mercato Mall
Add natural definition and make your cheekbones pop à la Aldridge with this easy-to-use bronzing stick from NARS. Focusing on the area just under your cheekbones and along your jaw line, apply it directly from the stick, then use your fingertips to gently blend into the skin.
NARS ‘Matte Multiple in Cappadoce’, AED 195/SAR 199, Sephora, The Dubai Mall
Sticking as close to your lash line as possible, use a thinly pointed liquid liner to define your eyes. Forget wings or cat flicks and keep it natural instead by ensuring your line is thin and follows the shape of your eye. This is the perfect way to subtly draw attention to your peepers.
Sephora ‘Waterproof Colorful Eyeliner in Black Lace’, AED 72/SAR 79, Mall of the Emirates
Individual fake lashes are great if you want to avoid wearing makeup and keep your look au naturel. You can wear as many as you like along your entire upper lash line, or just place a few clusters at the outer edges of your eyes to make them appear bigger and to create a slightly almond shape.
Set your brows and keep them in shape with this Bobbi Brown brow shaper. It keeps hairs in place whilst defining them thanks to its tinted formula, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply brush brows into whatever shape you want and they’ll stay looking perfect all day long.
In keeping with her natural look, Aldridge opted for a translucent nude color on her lips. Clinique’s ‘Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel’ delivers the perfect creamy nude color to your pout whilst also keeping lips nourished and hydrated and adding a hint of shine to your smile.
Clinique ‘Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel’, AED 105/SAR 105, Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates
Beachy waves perfectly complement the barely-there beauty look, so spritz a salt spray into dry locks, scrunch, and you’re good to go. For tousled, touchable waves that won’t feel sticky and will give hair shine and moisture, this spray from Oribe works wonders. Made with plant extracts and oils, it protects locks too, making it a summer hair essential.
Oribe ‘Après Beach Wave & Shine Spray’, AED 180/SAR 184, Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Mall of the Emirates