While we love bold and vivid makeup looks just as much as the next person, sometimes we want something more subtle and low-key. We’re talking about no-makeup makeup, which is the term for enhancing your features in an almost undetectable way.
If you don’t possess the deft eye of a makeup artist, it can be hard to know what to apply and what to go without. That’s why it helps to have a visual. In this case, 50 celebrity visuals. From Jessica Alba’s perfectly pared-down look to Kim Kardashian West’s slightly more glamorous take on natural makeup, these celebs are sure to inspire your own creativity. Plus, we consulted a few of our favorite celebrity makeup artists to help explain how to bring these looks to life.
Keep scrolling for some gorgeous natural makeup looks inspired by our favorite celebrities.
We like Emma Watson’s neutral lip and slight feline flick on the outside corner of each eye. The eyeliner is kept thin and narrow, which adds definition to her eyes and eyelashes, without being totally conspicuous. “Get the look by applying a cream eyeliner with a thin angled brush,” says Brittany Spyksma, celebrity makeup artist. She has worked with Olivia Culpo, Terri Seymour, BJ Britt, and more. To color your lips in a similar warm nude shade, she recommends using Honest Beauty’s Lip Crayon – Sheer Lush
It’s no secret that Zoë Kravitz is a queen when it comes to no makeup, makeup. This look features velvet skin that is natural with a hint of more coverage, according to Casey Gore, celebrity and editorial makeup artist. “A great base prep for a velvet skin look is in fact a lightweight face oil and primer combined,” she says, recommending Mizz Bloom’s Nourish Face Oil ($60) and Ritual Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($55). “The face oil gives the skin its healthy glow without clogging pores and the serum acts as a primer to keep your makeup staying put.”
The rest of Zoë’s look is very monochromatic. Courtney Hart, celebrity makeup artist, suggests using a coordinating matte peach lip and creamy pink flush, like Bare Minerals’ Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick ($20) in Balance and Glossier’s Cloud Paint ($18)
Kim Kardashian West’s interpretation of natural makeup is a little more glamorous than other celebrities’ (did you expect anything else, though?). The boldest part of the look has to be her eyes, which are defined with a diffused taupe-brown shadow. “Kim achieves her natural glam look with a full-coverage skin and a soft bronzey eye,” Spyksma explains. “I love Tom Ford’s Cream Color for Eyes ($46) in Spice for this look.
Another celebrity known for her stunning natural makeup looks is Alicia Keys. To achieve a similar look, Neil Scibelli, NYC-based celebrity makeup artist, suggests using a tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead of a full coverage foundation. “I would also steer away from any formulas that are heavy or matte since you can see Alicia is sporting this dewy glow,” he adds. He recommends Bare Minerals’ Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer ($33), which is “one of the sheerest tints out there that works to even the skin tone and give that dewy radiant glow.”
To mimic Alicia’s natural cat eye, define your eyes with a tight eyeliner application. “My personal suggestion is to line the eyes first and then dip into a makeup remover like Garnier’s All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover ($5) to help sharpen and even out your eye lines.
The best part of Yara Shahidi’s look, in our humble opinion, has to be her radiant matte skin and perfectly groomed brows (other than her voluminous curls, of course). To mimic the look, use Tarte’s Shape Tape Foundation ($39) for this kind of coverage and Maybelline’s Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil ($8), which “is delicate enough to craft the perfect brow with ease.
Karlie Kloss’ monochromatic peach natural makeup look had us instantly falling in love. Not only does this summery shade add just the right amount of color to her fair complexion, but the monochromatic look makes it that much easier to recreate without having to overthink complementary shades. Try using Stila’s Convertible Color ($25) in Petunia on your cheeks and lips.
Rihanna’s natural makeup look is all about soft glam and a golden glow, according to Hart. She recommends using Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt Highlighter ($36) in Trophy Wife for the eyes. “Add a bit of mascara to the upper lashes—I like Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft ($9) in Very Black—and Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer ($19) in Fu$$y on the lip!”
Gore suggests wetting your brush to make this eyeshadow more intense. Apply to the lid, then use your ring finger and apply dry eyeshadow in the center of the lid for more extra bold sparkle.
Padma Lakshmi’s natural makeup look is all about a nude gloss and peachy-pink blush. This look is about natural glow and a little flush. “To achieve a coral cheek, I love Il Makiage Mineral Blush ($36) in Lady Marmalade swept across the apples of the cheek,” says Spyksma. For a soft nude shine on the lip, she recommends Becca Cosmetics’ Glow Gloss ($22) in Rose Gold.
Jessica Alba follows Lakshmi’s lead with black inky lashes and a shiny nude gloss to match her super-shiny hair (can we talk about that, for a second?). “My favorite mascara to use on Jessica and everyone else is the Honest Beauty’s Mascara ($17),” says Spyksma. “It’s double-sided with a primer on one end and the perfect black mascara on the other.” For a perfectly shine lip, she recommends using Urban Decay’s Hi-Fi Shine Gloss ($20).
“From working with Elle Macpherson personally, I can say the no-makeup makeup look has been our go-to most of the time,” Scibelli says. “With Elle, I’ve used cream products mostly so that we don’t have too much powder layered on top of the skin. It’s important to see the skin through the makeup.”
For the perfect highlight, he loves using Kevyn Aucoin’s Glass Glow Liquid Highlighter ($32). “It reflects light and gives this beautiful sheen to the cheekbones.” The highlighter is available in three shades, giving an option for every skin tone.
On the apples of the cheeks, he recommends using a cream blush and sheering it out upwards for a natural finish. “We usually use the RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek ($36), which have a super clean formula that you can dab on the cheeks and even the lips,” he says.
For a natural flush, apply a cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend outwards with your fingertips for sheer color.
Olivia Munn plays up her tan complexion with this natural makeup look. Her rosy pink blush is the star of the show, with her long upper and bottom lashes falling not too far behind. To give yourself a similar pink blush, use NARS’ Blush ($30) in Orgasm.