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Bare-faced beauty

Bare-faced beauty

Alicia Keys, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian are some of the A-listers to go without make-up in public recently, spurring a trend for more natural beauty looks.

Nude-faced beauty is all about letting your natural skin shine through, while also reiterating the biggest message of today’s beauty world - that we all have the power to choose how we want to look. While some can go out in public completely bare-faced, for the majority of us a little foundation is necessary to even out the complexion and to give a confidence boost.

A great option is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, which is long-wearing, lightweight, contains SPF 10 and looks natural through heat, humidity, non-stop activity. A little goes a long way, so be sure to dab on only the smallest amount using a brush or beauty blender. Or to cover up dark circles or blemishes, Bobbi Brown’s Retouching Wand features pigment technology to deliver undetectable, no-make-up coverage. Use it just where you need it or all over the face, as you would a foundation.

A great way to get a fresh look is to use a dusting of a product such as Avon’s mark. Matte-nificent Oil Absorbing Powder, which gives the complexion a matte finish but never looks cakey.

To make sure matte skin doesn't look flat and lifeless when going (almost) make-up free, using some eye luminiser is a good idea. You can’t go wrong with RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, a mineral highlighter enriched with coconut oil which delivers a translucent finish. Use on the cheekbones, collarbones, facial contours or anywhere you want an instant boost of radiance and youthfulness.

A light dusting of blush is also a must, to bring a glow and youthfulness that most people probably won’t notice is make-up. There are some great blushers on the market now, such as Tarte’s Cheek Stain which can be swiped on the apples of the cheeks for a natural-looking flush.

Or perhaps choose to enhance freckles. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Pen in Universal Light and Universal Dark is a great felt tip which can be used to draw on eyebrows and to help bring out colour in freckles in a really youthful and natural way.

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