makeup for the non-wearer

Mademoiselle L. wears no makeup. She doesn’t need to. With skin this clear, would you?


So it is with apology that I preface this post. I am not attempting to demonstrate ‘beautification’ of what is already beautiful. With the help of a brave L, we are trying to demonstrate a wearable look for non-lovers of makeup that may occasionally want to try something subtle.

Here is what we used to create the look . . . .



FOR THE MAKEUP (clockwise from left)

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup Intensity 1.0 (sample)
  • CK Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss Pot in #307 Boy Pencil
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
  • Guerlain Terracotta Makeup Palette for Face and Eyes – bronzing powders
  • L’Oreal Studio Secrets Mono Eyeshadow for brown eyes
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow in #60 Bronze Blowout
  • Chantecaille Bengali Palette – blush and highlight
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
  • MAC Technakohl Liner in Brownborder
  • Maybelline XXL mascara – #2 only
  • CK eyebrow powder in #403 Deep Taupe


Ok, I have to point out – It looks like a lot of makeup but we didn’t use every single thing in the pictures above and you can certainly recreate this look with fewer products.
For us, some of the fun was in experimenting with different colours and textures.


Because we were going to use a BB cream which has moisturising properties, all we did was cleanse the skin gently with some micellar water on a  soft cotton ball. L’s face tends to hold a little redness but this settled considerably after about 20 minutes.


As L doesn’t wear foundation and we are as alike as salt and pepper in terms of skin colour, we had to obtain a colour sample to use for this look. We found the Estee Lauder BB cream was the closest match and light enough to not feel cakey (we tried lots!).

I applied the base using a buffing brush in small circular motions. A light layer was all that was needed. L has a touch of blue under they eyes. This was easily corrected with the BB cream as it is amply thick. I did try a touch of creamy concealer but this was unnecessary. A colour corrector would have been a better option in hindsight. Of course, if you need a little more coverage, you can spot conceal and gently pat some under the eyes.


For the eyes, I dabbed some Painterly on the eyelids using my fingers without extending beyond the crease. This is a lovely pale beige with cool (almost lilac) undertones. I love to use this on its own for its matte finish when I want a clean simple eye. It is also perfect as an eyeshadow primer. On L’s cool-toned skin, this looked very natural and brightened her eyes. I may have been a little envious.

Using a small fluffy blending brush, I added a wash of the the L’Oreal pearly beige eyeshadow all over the eyelid, again stopping at the crease. This gave the eyes a little depth through sheen. I used the same brush to apply the green shade from the Maybelline eyeshadow duo to the outer corners of the eyes blending towards but not beyond the centre. We wanted the dark colour to make L’s green eyes pop and oh my they did.

I then buffed the edges of the eyeshadow along the crease using a fluffy brush (the Mac #217 is perfect for this) until well blended and seamless. To further enhance the green in L’s eyes, I ran a dark bronze liner (Mac Teddy) along the lashline and a brown kohl (Mac Brownborder) on the outer half of the bottom lash line. Nothing precise, just a soft line to keep with the natural look. We finished the eyes by curling the lashes and adding a single coat of black mascara to the top and bottom lashes. We weren’t aiming for dolly eyelashes!


Never mind trends, L doesn’t like strong eyebrows (what?). Lucky for me, she didn’t protest when I filled hers in with some brow powder using a slanted brush. She saved that until after we finished the whole thing. . . .

I swept a touch of the highlighter power on her cheekbones and used the same brush to blend in the tiniest amount of peachy blush (Chantecaille) on the outside of the apples of her cheeks. We didn’t want to emphasise any redness and the idea was to keep it all soft and natural.

More than anything else, I wanted to try the Terracotta bronzer on a cooler complexion so I applied some of it as contour under the cheekbones. I didn’t apply much so the effect was ever-so-slight in person and next to none in the photos. It did give me a little more confidence with bronzer though as that’s new territory for my brown self.

To finish, we patted on some colour to the lips. The CK Ultimate Edge Gloss is more of a lip balm than a gloss. Not at all sticky and with great pigmentation, these make for really handy lip colour that is easy to throw into your handbag and apply with fingers. I got mine for a steal from the chemist as I think they were promotional and have been discontinued.


The Hair – I cannot claim to know what to do with curly hair. I initially thought of straightening it but that would have defeated the whole intent of keeping the look natural and fuss free. L’s locks are a beautiful mass of curls and in the end I decided not to fight them. We simply twisted small sections and pinned them to the sides for a slight variation on her every day look.

I was rather pleased with the overall effect of the hair and makeup. It translated just as well (if not better) with glasses on. L still looked like herself but with a certain je ne sais quoi about her.


What do you reckon?

I also think L has a great profile!


There you have it. A simple day or evening look that is soft and very wearable even if you don’t like to wear makeup usually. Or if you after something that looks simple and elegant. I’ve tried it on a friend with straight hair and it looks just as good.

A big thanks to L for being such a good sport. She may even come back for seconds if I promise not to touch her eyebrows again.

Do you dislike wearing makeup?

What do you think of this look? Would you give it a go?

So many questions! Drop me a line below.

makeup for the non-wearer

2 thoughts on “makeup for the non-wearer

  1. I’m a major makeup junkie so I am shocked when women don’t like makeup or don’t wear it! I think she looks amazing with a touch of makeup, it really makes her eyes stand out, and I love her hair!


    1. Thank you for visiting mGm, Amber. Yes, I do think L looks great with a little bit of makeup and her hair is amazing!
      Like you, I love makeup but there was a time not too long ago when I wore none so I can (reluctantly) appreciate the other side 🙂


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