Get That Perfect No-Makeup Look

While a major smoky eye or fire-engine red lips go a long way toward creating nighttime drama, they're not the best option for the rest of the time.

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1. Apply in actual daylight if possible.

Find the nearest window facing the sun and prop up a standing mirror. Or buy a desktop lamp with a 'daylight' bulb. It's my favorite makeup accessory.
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2. Mix foundation with a great skin cream.

My secret combination: Origins A Perfect World moisturizer blends so well with any makeup.
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3. Stipple foundation on with a fluffy, buffing synthetic brush.

I like this MAC No. 188—the finish is super-understated.
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4. Blush is so flattering.

Mineralized powder formulas in particular have a delicate sparkle and versatility.
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5. Brighten your eyes with pale yellow.

I line my always red and tired-looking inner rims with this pencil.

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