If we could wake up every day with flawless skin with no foundation required, the perfect blank canvas on which we could paint a look, we would. And so do you! “We’re experiencing a growing demand for products to help customers achieve natural-looking, flawless complexions—'real skin' ,’” says Simone Wake, Sable Beauty beauty buyer. So how can you you make it look like you’re wearing zero makeup? You just need to follow these six simple steps.
Keep scrolling for your real-but-incredible-looking-skin guide.
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When our complexions look dull, it’s often due to buildup of dead skin cells. What we want is healthier, dewier skin. Our dead cells naturally slough off in a 28-day cycle when we’re young, but as we age, this period lengthens, which means you need to start manually removing them.
Use an acid-based exfoliator, as this smooths out the skin and instantly make pores seem more refined and fine lines softer. We recommend Blue Tansy Face Mask and Refining and Brighting Skin Polish (£49), as both use several renewing ingredients to help slough off dulling dead skin which can also make other imperfections like lines look worse.Look to alpha hydroxy acids, products containing lactic, glycolic or fruit acids, to give your skin that coveted glow.
If you’ve ever been for a facial, you know that the massage technique your technician uses gives skin a lift. Since very few of us have the time or funds to book in for a professional treatment, you can teach yourself a DIY routine. Do this a couple of times a week, or on a Sunday night to reset your skin for the week.
After a good facial massage, you instantly look refreshed—as if you’ve been for a run and have a natural rosy glow in the cheeks. We love the Leland Francis Luxe Face Oil to boost a DIY facial massage.and provide an instant face-lift.”
Most of us are time-poor, so masks have to work quickly and effectively. Truly potent formulas are created to maximise results. If you are in need of an instant lift and want to see really dramatic results go for anything bursting with mineral and marine algae. High in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and it is well-known for its instant and impressive ability to impart radiance. We love this Icelandic Sea Masque; it contains a high level of vitamin C, which is super potent since it’s only activated once you massage the product into the skin with water.
When it comes to ageing, it’s actually an uneven skin tone that can make us look older, not wrinkles, so look for serums that work over time to fade pigmentation and brighten your complexion. Youth To The People's Vitamin C Brightening Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin and dramatically clarifies your complexion.
Light-reflecting particles in skincare bounce the light off your face. What this does is soften the look of fine lines, enlarged pores and rough texture to give a sort of blurred-out look—it basically tricks the eye into thinking your skin is flawless. So when a product is telling you it’s light-reflecting or blurring, take note. For an instant ‘fake’ brightening look with all the broad spectrum protection you need try COOLA Dream Brightening Primer with SPF 30. This glow booster can go under makeup but works beautifully on its own.
Some days you may feel confident enough to go makeup-free; other days you’ll want to call on some trusted products that can offer you support. There are plenty of skincare/makeup hybrids out there that contain skin tone–correcting pigments that will elevate your no makeup look but won’t look like you’re wearing foundation.
The Sensual Skin Enhancer is enriched with Jojoba Oil to control oil production Use it as a concealer or mix with a treatment mist for a sheer but buildable formula. Finish with an SPF 30 setting mist to ensure your skin is protected and perfected.