Minimalism to the Max: 90′s Inspired Barely-There Makeup


By Joy

Have any readers been too busy or perhaps too warm this season to bother with applying a full face of makeup?  Same here.  The good news is that clean, minimalistic makeup from the 90s has been making a big comeback on the runway and on red carpet events.  “Barely-there makeup”  is great for the summer because heavy eye-makeup and foundation can look disastrous after a long day in the sun or a dip in the pool.  A touch of blush, a coat of mascara and a dab of concealer are all you need for this effortless makeup trend.

Take a look at minimalistic makeup from the 90s:


Left to right: Danielle Fishel, Kate Moss, Britney Spears

And here are modern versions of the look:


Left to right: Carey Mulligan, Lana del Rey, Jessica Biel 

Want to try out the look? Lisa Eldridge (@Lisa_Eldridge), a British celebrity make-up artist, gives a great ‘No Make-Up’ make-up tutorial on her YouTube channel:

Here are some of my personal tips on how to do this look:  

1. As Eldridge mentions in her video, spend the majority of your time perfecting your skin.  Perfecting the skin does not mean piling on product; just focus on the areas that might need a bit of extra attention and apply foundation or concealer with a light hand.

cliniqueEldridge recommends Clinique Airbrush Concealer ($19.50) and so do I. This product is a mixture between a highlighter and a concealer, so it’s perfect for a natural makeup look.

2. Apply a powder blush to your cheeks, and then dip some Chapstick into the blush and apply it to your lips. This results in a natural flush without having to apply lipstick or sticky lipgloss.

Bare-Minerals-BlushThe bareMinerals blush ($19.00) is 100% pure and can even be worn on sensitive skin.

3. Apply mascara to the metal side of a brow comb before running it through your lashes. This will give you neatly separated lashes instead of clumpy, spidery ones.

browcombThis brow comb is from SEPHORA COLLECTION, but any brow comb from a drugstore works fine.

4. Skip the powder foundation and apply baby powder instead.


I like to use Johnson’s baby powder because it’s cheap; it doesn’t look cake-y on the skin, and it never ever looks this in flash pictures:

Celebrity-powder-mistakes1                                                                                                  Yikes! 

What do you guys think? Will you embrace the trendy au-naturel look this summer or do you prefer to do makeup Kardashian style? Let me know in the comments!

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