Keira Knightley Without Makeup

We’re celebrating the beauty of Keira Knightley’s face without makeup with this gallery. It may be difficult to imagine, but she does look pretty good without it. Here are some photos from the film “Atonement” where we see Keiras flawless skin sans makeup.

It might seem odd to think about when there are so many women out there who love makeup and have no idea what they’d do if their face suddenly looked as beautiful as hers. We’ve got plenty more after the jump. Read on for tips on how to get a similar effect naturally.

You’ll notice that I haven’t included any pictures of Keira actually using these techniques herself because I wanted to show them exactly how easy they are. Each technique only takes 10 minutes tops.

If you’d rather not click through all those images, here are some basic tips on how to apply makeup like a pro. You definitely won’t need a fancy brush set, either – just something simple will work fine.

To start off, let me tell you one thing right now: makeup isn’t always necessary. While I was working with Keira on this shoot, she said things like “I’m going to bed tonight wearing absolutely nothing.” She meant it literally. In fact, she didn’t wear much makeup during our entire time together. When she woke up in the morning, she simply washed her face, brushed her teeth and put on clean clothes. No makeup, no hair styling products. Just pure Keira Knightley.

So even though I could probably write an entire book talking about how great Keira’s makeup skills were, the truth is that most people aren’t blessed enough to pull off such a feat. Plus, you wouldn’t want to spend hours applying tons of heavy makeup anyway. So instead, here are my best tricks for giving everyone else a quick makeover.

Step 1: Prep Your Skin Before Applying Foundation and Blush Color

This is by far the easiest part of getting ready. All you really need to do is wash your face well before you go anywhere near your makeup bag, then follow the steps below carefully.

First, use a gentle cleanser to remove traces of dirt, oil and sweat from your pores. Then rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water. This should help open up your pores while also removing excess oils, bacteria and debris. Afterward, dry your face gently with a soft towel.

Next, moisturize your skin. You want it moist, not wet, so add a small amount of moisture while avoiding adding too much oil. If you’re oily, try toning down your lotion until you find the balance between hydration and shine.

When you’ve finished moisturizing, take a tiny bit of your favorite facial primer and lightly smooth it over your whole face. Start with your forehead and move downward toward your neckline. Don’t forget the corners of your eyes and mouth – especially your cheeks! Next, pick two colors of blusher and apply each cheek separately. Take a little dab of cream and rub it into your cheekbone area (no higher than halfway between your earlobe and chin). Now blend upward along your jaw line. Finally, sweep on some light bronzing powder across your nose and slightly under your brows. That’s it!

Step 2: Apply Foundation With An Applicator Rather Than A Brush

Most people know that applying foundation with your fingers causes streaks, which means you have to be very careful and pay extra attention to blending. But did you know that it works just as well if you use a sponge? Here’s why:

Sponges typically contain less fibers, meaning that they’re harder to tug away, which makes them better suited to smoothing out thick layers of liquid cosmetics. They also allow you to build coverage gradually, since you’re able to spread product thinner at the beginning of application and thicker towards the end.

Plus, sponges give you greater control over your formula and texture. There’s almost zero risk of streaking or feathering, and you don’t have to worry about accidentally drenching areas beyond your target zones. Most importantly, however, you can create gradients of finish by mixing different shades of foundation within individual swatches.

For example, you can mix pale pink with darker shade and bring subtle highlights to your cheeks with a touch of coral. Or experiment with various textures and finishes to discover which ones suit your complexion perfectly.

All you need is a fluffy sponge, preferably made of synthetic bristles, and some translucent loose powders.

With your fingertips, press a small amount of foundation onto your sponge, then swipe outward in overlapping circular motions. As you continue, keep building up layer upon layer. Pay special attention to edges of foundation where they meet your bare skin. Blend firmly, then repeat process with second color.

Lastly, dust sparingly with a setting powder. If you tend to cake easily, skip this step.

Step 3: Use Powder Blotting Tissues To Finish Touchups

Foundation doesn’t completely disappear while you sleep, so you still need finishing touches throughout the day. Luckily, blotting papers come in handy for that purpose. Simply grab a few pieces, dampen them with tap water, and run them underneath your nose to absorb oil. Once dried, wipe off excess lipstick and smudges with them. Repeat once more to ensure maximum absorption.

On top of that, you can also use fresh tissues to freshen up your look. Throw them in your purse or backpack next to your makeup kit, and you’ll never again feel tempted to reach for the bathroom sink to refresh your appearance mid-day.

Bonus Tip #1: Follow With Lipstick (Or Balm)

Sometimes your skin just needs a boost, and sometimes you need a lift. Fortunately, you can fix both problems simultaneously with just a lip tint. The trick is finding a balm with a matching hue to your base shade.

That’s because your skin has a specific undertone based on its pigmentation. Different tones require different hues, so if you ever wonder whether certain colors look wrong against your skin, remember that they often appear correct when paired with other complementary tones.

Bonus Tip #2: Add Some Nail Polish

Another way to brighten your overall look is by changing up your nails. Not only will nail polish reflect light differently depending on your skin tone, it also adds a dash of sparkle to every outfit.

But before you paint your fingernails, consider painting your toes white. Doing so creates a contrast between lighter colored skin and darker painted nails, and gives your feet a fresh, summery glow.

As for choosing new colors, stick with neutrals. Avoid anything too bold or loud. Stick to pastels, taupe, lilac, mint green, sky blue, fuchsia, lavender, baby purple, seafoam, hunter orange, royal blue, aqua, teal, sage, emerald green, chartreuse, and terra cotta.

Bonus Tip #3: Follow Up With Lipstick (or Balm)

Your final tip involves staying true to our initial point, but it focuses specifically on enhancing your lips. Whether you prefer shiny, glossy effects or dewy matte finishes, you’ll find plenty of options at drugstores around the country.

Just avoid frosted versions of popular brands like Revlon, MAC and L’Oreal, which usually feature super high pigment loadings. Those formulas work well for professionals looking to fake full-coverage makeup, but often leave ordinary consumers feeling chalky and dull.

Instead, opt for long-lasting formulas that offer sheer coloring power. Look for names like Soft & Gentle, Pravana Ultra Violet Ink, or Buxom Beige Cheek Stain. Many also include SPF protection, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re properly covered with sunblock.

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