Beautiful women are often defined by their looks — whether it be their big-screen debut or red carpet appearances at awards shows. But what happens when they don’t have much time? When beauty queens like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift hit runways sans any kind of foundation or contour, the results can be quite impressive (and scary).
Here we take a closer look at how these ladies pull off such flawless skin without the help of heavy eyeliner and thick layers of fake tanner. Check out our tips below on how to achieve that same elusive “no makeover” look with just a little bit of prep work!
For those who want to follow along step-by-step, here’s an illustrated guide showing you exactly which products I used to create my own version of Emma’s no-makeover look.
Before we get started…a quick note about sun protection. If you live anywhere near NYC during fashion weeks, use sunscreen whenever possible. Even if you’ve got plenty under your collection already, try not to wear any shiny lipsticks or highlighter sticks before stepping outside. They’ll catch every ray of sunlight and cause you some serious hyperpigmentation problems later. It’s better to stay safe than sorry, people.
Alright, let’s begin. Here are four steps to creating the Emma Watson no-makeover look.
1. The Eyes
The eyes are arguably one of the most important parts of any outfit. After all, everyone knows you should never judge a book by its cover. And while many celebrities will tell you otherwise, makeup artists agree that there’s nothing wrong with having a smidgen of blusher underneath your cheekbones. This helps even everything out slightly and gives your face more dimension.
I tried to apply only two things to my bare eye area so as to avoid adding too much color to the overall effect. First up was a light layer of translucent powder to set my base shadows in place. Then I lightly brushed over cream shadow from lash line to crease using only the very tip of my brush. Next, I applied mascara only to the outer corners of each eye to give them a slight blackened, smokey look. Finally, I finished the rest of my natural-looking eyeshadow by blending green pigment onto the inner portion of the lids to add depth and texture. To finish, I added another dusting of translucent powder and sprayed my entire face with Revlon Camera Ready Light Reflector Spray ($16) to reflect light back into the eyes.
2. The Lips
When I first saw Emma walking down the runway, I noticed her lips were completely nude. Naturally, I had to replicate her look myself. Although I didn’t need anything fancy to do this, I did choose a lipstick shade that complimented the tone of my skin perfectly. My favorite product ended up being MAC’s Ruby Woo Lipstick ($18), but other options include Clinique Chubby Sticks ($10 – $14) and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Pink Diamond Gloss ($19). For best results, go ahead and pair your nude lipstick with a matching blush. You could also opt for a sheer neutral colored gloss instead of a lipstick.
In addition to applying a subtle amount of lipstick, I also took advantage of the fact that New York Fashion Week occurs in September to sport a bolder alternative style. Since Emma has been photographed frequently sporting short hair cuts, I decided to rock a blunt bob inspired haircut that came straight across my forehead and tapered down past my jawline. This allowed me to show off both sides of my head effectively. In terms of styling, I went with a simple ponytail secured with a bobby pin to maintain volume around my neck.
Lastly, I opted to skip foundation altogether since Emma doesn’t really wear any, plus she does her own eyebrows anyway. However, if you’d prefer to play extra dirty, you could always fake a dewy glow by layering a thin film of foundation over top of your naked cheeks. Just remember that doing this makes you appear older, so if you feel like aging yourself is against God’s Law, maybe consider sticking to the original plan.
3. The Nails
It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes less actually means more. That’s why I chose to forego painting my nails entirely. Instead, I simply painted the entirety of my fingernail surfaces with clear nail polish. Once dry, I then gently peeled away the excess paint to reveal bright white undersides. While the idea might seem strange, I’m confident enough in my skills to know I would have achieved a similar end result if I had gone through with normal manicures.
To complete my faux-naked look, I kept my upper hand free and placed small touches of shimmery rose gold glitter polishes directly onto my fingertips. On occasion, I would move my hands quickly back and forth across my face to mimic movement. As far as accessories goes, I wore my trusty Chanel quilted leather bag slung low over my shoulder.
4. The Hair
As previously mentioned, Emma’s hairstyle changed several times throughout How I Met Your Mother — including long locks, bangs, shaggy mane, etc. Luckily, the actress herself is known for keeping her ‘do trim and sleek. So naturally, I felt comfortable going au naturale.
However, because I wanted to keep my hair looking super fresh, I followed Emma’s lead and washed mine twice per day. During my second shower, I shampooed, conditioned, detangled, and dried my locks thoroughly. Afterwards, I twisted my wet ends into loose pigtails and pinned them behind my ears. Lastly, I topped off my ensemble with three strands of pearls, which gave my look something reminiscent of a 1940s flapper girl vibe.
So now that you’ve seen how easy it is to replicate Emma’s no-makeover look, put on your prettiest dress and start preparing today. Don’t forget to check out our next installment where I discuss the exact products I used to recreate Taylor Swift’s no-makeover look. Have fun experimenting!
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