How to Achieve the No-Makeup Look Sephora Tips

How can you pull off a flawless No-Makeup Look? There’s a lot more to it than you think. If you want to know how to achieve a natural makeup look you’re going want to read these tips, straight from beauty class at Sephora. This is a great look for the girl on the go or busy mom! - Remaining Meg BlogArrival  

Now that you’re all familiar with how the FREE beauty classes offered at Sephora work (If you missed my previous post on this, catch up here), I can fill you in on the specific tips I picked up. As previously mentioned, the topic of the class I attended was the No-Makeup Look.

I’m not usually one for the no-makeup look. If I’m not wearing makeup, I’m not leaving the house (unless I’m headed to the gym), and if I am wearing makeup, I usually choose to glam it up a bit. The date of this class just happened to work for my friend and I, so we went. But I have to say, there was nothing disappointing about this class. In fact, the No-Makeup look is achieved with quite a bit of makeup. I wouldn’t even really call it the No-Makeup look, but more of a natural makeup look. A look that is quick and easy to do, but you can still look fabulous when you leave the house.

Once we signed in and got our Color IQ, we were taken around the store by a Sephora beauty consultant, who chose our “materials” for us. The beauty consultant hand chose products that matched our Color IQ, that we would need to achieve this look (See my personal product list below). This included a BB/CC cream, concealer, eyeshadow palette and brow pencil. We were also given a beauty blender and professional makeup brushes to use. The remaining products and tools that we would need were already laid out on the table.

The class was led by one of the beauty consultants who showed us step-by-step how to compete the look using a model. And, nerds rejoice, a visual handout was also provided, which listed tips and the detailed steps to follow to achieve this look. I swear, I wasn’t the only one taking vigorous notes.

Color IQ and product info was written on handouts at arrival.

 What’s the Secret to a Flawless No-Makeup Look?

Before you can even begin this look, you have to lay the groundwork. It ALL starts with a good skincare routine! You can use drugstore makeup and make it look fantastic IF your skincare routine is on point. This includes using a daily eye cream, moisturizer, AND don’t forget about a lip treatment! To begin, we started with a fresh face and applied moisturizer, eye cream, and a lip treatment from the gaggle of products available to use at the table.

Now Onto the Fun Part…

Once the base was taken care of, it was time to apply the BB/CC cream. We did this by dabbing some all over our face with ours fingers, then using a beauty blender to even out the cream.

**Not familiar with BB/CC creams? These creams are a jack-of-all-trades! They offer different benefits depending on the brand that you choose and whether it is a BB or CC, but in general, they are a moisturizer, SPF, and foundation hybrid. This makes it the perfect product for the no-makeup, or natural makeup look. It’s also a great choice for the girl on the go.

Next came the concealer, which we applied with a #45 brush, then blended with a beauty blender. Why shouldn’t you just use your fingers to apply concealer? Think of it this way, a brush is like a ton of tiny fingers massaging the product onto your face. Which would you rather have?

Next, we applied the setting powder with a #19 brush. The Pros recommend not putting setting powder over your entire face. Why? Because doing so takes away that fresh, dewy glow that you want with your makeup. Instead, they recommend that you apply setting powder mainly to your t-zone.

Next, we applied the cheek stain. Again, there were tons of brands at our disposal to try out and we used a beauty blender to smooth them out. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been a little intimidated by liquid/pencil cheek stains, for fear of messing up my makeup. But, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. And if you mess up, no big deal just throw some foundation over it. you’ve got everything you need in your makeup arsenal to fix it.

We Finished Off the Look With our Eyes

First, we applied an eye primer. For the shadow, we used 2 neutral shades; a lighter and darker brown. We worked from the outside in, beginning with the darker shade. After that, we applied a neutral shade of eye liner (brown or grey).Then it was time to fill in our eyebrows. There were a lot of questions at this step, so the instructors spent time answering questions and  explaining specifically what this should look like on our own faces. Lastly, we topped it off with mascara.

Additional Tips From the Sephora Pros

Throughout the class, our “teachers” shared some of their favorite tips and tricks with us. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. All beauty blenders are NOT created equal. Use the Beauty Blender brand. The Sephora brand is also just as good.
  2. Never use a dry beauty blender! Put it in a bowl of water and allow it to absorb water, then squeeze excess before using it. I know, this is a basic beauty blender lesson, but there were some students in the class that didn’t know this.
  3. When applying eye cream, apply with your middle finger. Why? Because there is 1 less tendon in your middle finger than the rest of your fingers resulting in less pressure being put on that delicate part of your face.
  4. A few of the beauty consultants highly recommended IT Cosmetics, specifically their CC cream. I have since tried it, and I agree, it is pretty great!

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What Products Did I Use to Achieve the No-Makeup Look? I’m so glad you asked:

Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Releif

Eye Cream: tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment

Lip Treatment: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment- Sheer Rosy Tint

BB Cream: Bobbi Brown SPF 35- Fair

Concealer: Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer Y32

Setting Powder: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder

Cheek Stain: Bobbi Brown Art Stick- Dusty Rose (Can double as a lipstick)

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Eye Shadow: Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon- Dark Gray

Brows: Urban Decay Brow Beaterin Taupe

Mascara: Dior Diorshow Black Out

I loved so many of the products that I tried. I either purchased them or added them to my ever growing beauty product wish list. I was so hopped up on products, shopping for products and getting my samples after that I forget to get a great, No-Makeup Look selfie to share with you. My friend and I did get a quick shot but mall lighting really isn’t the best.

What’s the Secret to a Flawless No-Makeup Look? Find out what the Pros @ #Sephora say. Click To Tweet

So, There You Have it, the No-Makeup Look from the Pros at Sephora.

Attending a beauty class at Sephora is a great way to try out new products and learn new techniques. I’ll be attending another class very soon and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. Make sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single tip!

NOW- Go find a class at Sephora near you, because it’s one thing for me to tell you about it, but it’s a whole other thing to utilize this info and do it yourself!

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23 thoughts on “How to Achieve the No-Makeup Look Sephora Tips

  1. I really love the way your makeup turned out! I love that you mentioned not all makeup sponges are equal. Every single imposter that I have tried has been a waste of money and ended up in the trash, but I never tried the Sephora one. Also, I gotta get my hands on that Naked 2. I went for a Too Faced one instead, which I love, but I really have to try a Naked!

  2. Great tips, totally agree on not caking your whole face with powder. You’ve actually made me wonder, because I’d always read that your ring finger is the weakest and should be used for around the eye maneuvers…

  3. Great tips, Meg! That Urban Decay Naked palate is everything! I got a gift box of 3 for Christmas and I am obsessed with them. Sometimes a fres, pretty face doesn’t have to be a full face! Thanks for the tips!

  4. I love the no makeup look! It’s great for weekends and the days you want to just be put together but not to crazy! I also need to look into one of these classes!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I did the same exact thing before my wedding, I wanted to look as natural as possible and didn’t want anyone else to do it. Sephora is so awesome when it comes to tutorials – I made my make-up artist write everything down for me step by step. Lol.

    1. I’m with you Alison, I’f I’m doing my makeup, I’m DOING my makeup, full face. It is kind of nice to switch it up once a while though.

    1. Hi Kate! I’m fairly new to BB creams, but when I attended the class I tried the Bobbi Brown BB Cream and loved it, that’s definitely my favorite. I have also tried the It Cosmetics CC cream and I like it, but not as much as the Bobbi Brown.

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