If you’re looking for a simple makeup look, check out this step-by-step guide for how to create a natural makeup look. Then upgrade it with enhancements for eyes, cheeks and lips that can take you from natural to supernatural in a snap!

A before and after of a smiling Asian woman with glowing skin and minimal makeup

STEP 1: SHOW SOME SKIN

Even your skin tone while letting the real you shine through by applying Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 with a damp (not wet) Mary Kay® Blending Sponge for lighter coverage or a liquid foundation brush for a little extra coverage.

CC Cream is perfect for a barely-there look because it delivers eight skin-loving benefits in one step and gives lightweight coverage for a “no-makeup” makeup look, but don't forget concealer! You can cover up hyperpigmentation, dark circles and acne with Mary Kay® Perfecting Concealer using the Cream Color brush.

STEP 2: GLOW UP

When going for simple, natural makeup, you can use Mary Kay Chromafusion® Highlighter to give yourself a sun-kissed glow instead of blush. Just sweep the best highlighter for your skin tone onto the tops of your cheekbones and anywhere else you want a little glow. Try the bridge of your nose or Cupid’s bow using the longer bristles of the cheek brush.

• Highlighter for Light Skin: Glazed 
• Highlighter for Medium Skin: Glazed or Honey Glow
• Highlighter for Dark Skin: Honey Glow 

If you do want to add a bit of a flush to your cheeks, apply one of the Mary Kay Chromafusion® Blush shades below to the apples of your cheeks with the middle bristles of the cheek brush.

• Blush for Light Skin: Rogue Rose
• Blush for Medium Skin: Shy Blush
• Blush for Dark Skin: Juicy Peach or Hot Coral

NATURAL MAKEUP TIP: BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!

The key to creating a believable no-makeup look is always blending your makeup! After applying highlighter and/or blush, blend them with a clean Mary Kay®All-Over Powder Brush for a seamless, natural finish. The same applies to your eyes! Always blend your eye shadow with a brush like the Mary Kay® Eye Blending Brush


A before and after of a redhead with bangs wearing a natural makeup

STEP 3: FRAME YOUR FACE

Whether you like to keep things simple or you’re the queen of #InstaGlam looks, grooming your eyebrows is key since they are the frame of your face! If your brows are naturally full, just brush them in place with the Mary Kay® Eyebrow/Eyeliner Brush. You can even use a little of the Mary Kay Naturally® Moisturizing Stick to help tame them! If you need to fill in some sparser areas, use the Mary Kay® Precision Brow Liner in the best shade for your hair colour using hair-like strokes for a natural look. You can also clean up around and define your brows with Mary Kay® Perfecting Concealer and the Cream Color brush.

NATURAL MAKEUP TIP: SISTERS, NOT TWINS

When it comes to grooming and filling your eyebrows, remember that your brows aren’t meant to look identical. So don’t worry if they look a little different. They’re meant to be sisters, not twins!


STEP 4: UNLIMITED SHINE

Lip gloss is the perfect finishing touch for barely-there makeup because it gives you the perfect amount of shine with just enough pigment to show your lips some love. Just glide on a creamy, never sticky Mary Kay Unlimited™ Lip Gloss in a pink or brown lip colour that flatters your skin tone or use Chocolate Nude. A little bit of this brown-based nude looks amazing on everyone!

Mary Kay Unlimited™ Lip Gloss for Light Skin: Nude Blush or Unique Mauve
Mary Kay Unlimited™ Lip Gloss for Medium Skin: Unique Mauve or Tawny Nude
Mary Kay Unlimited™ Lip Gloss for Dark Skin: Tawny Nude or Chocolate Nude

EASY UPGRADES FOR NATURAL MAKEUP LOOKS

Looking for a little more colour? Try one or more of these upgrades to give your natural makeup look a little oomph!

Beautiful smears of shimmering Mary Kay Chromafusion Highlighters

CHEEKS
Double the glow by adding an extra dusting of Mary Kay Chromafusion® Highlighter in Glazed or Honey Glow to your cheek bones, and don’t forget to blend!

A luscious smear of Red Smolder and Poppy Please Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte and Semi Shine Lipsticks

LIPS
Smooth on a brick red lipstick shade like Red Smolder or Poppy Please instead of a nude lip gloss. You can even layer these shades for a subtle ombre look. Both shades give lip-cushioning gel comfort, so your lips will love wearing them!

Two pans of warm metallic Mary Kay Chromafusion Eye Shadow shades

EYES
Add light-catching metallic shades to your eyes with three shimmering Mary Kay Chromafusion® Eye Shadows: Granite (eyelid), Rose Gold (crease) and Crystalline (brow bone and inner corner). Line the top lashline with MK Deep Brown eyeliner. Finish with Lash Intensity® Mascara to multiply the look of your lashes or your favourite Mary Kay® mascara.

Natural Makeup Upgraded

Having a go-to natural makeup look can take the stress out of impromptu gatherings and errand running, and your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant can help you find all the products and shades you need to perfect a low-key, natural makeup look! Just contact or connect with yours today for free, one-on-one consultations and more makeup tutorials!