Looking good with less make up on

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I like CC cream.. it gives some coverage but not that heavy look.

Post # 5
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Maybe try a lighter eye look? Or a BB/CC cream for lighter coverage? Or apply your foundation with a stippling brush or beauty blender for something more sheer?

Here is my basic every day- BB cream, concealer, highlighter, contour, blush, light eyeshadow, curled lashes (no mascara), flesh tones liner on my lower inner rim, filled in brows (not always), neutral lip

Before (sheild your eyes!)


After (Much better!)



Post # 6
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

No pictures but my everday look is bb cream, concelaer, powder, blush, mascara, brow, and lipstick.  Some days I’ll highlight and some days ill throw on some very soft shadow.  I never use harsh liner on my water line for a day look.  Mu skin is oily too.  I either use powder or blot throughout the day.

Post # 7
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I use a tinted moisturizer for every day wear. My favourite one is Stila Sheer Colour. It has SPF in it, too.

I used to wear MAC Pro Longwear almost every day, even during the daytime. Then I realized it was totally a security blanket…my skin is actually really good (and clearer after not using the heavy make-up every day). So now I really only wear that for evening when I want everything to look super-airbrushed-flawless…the rest of the time it’s tinted moisturizer for me!

You might notice that your skin’s oiliness clears up a bit once it has a chance to normalize after not being covered with foundation every day.

Post # 8
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@beetee123:  I used to do the FULL face for an every day look. Takes too much time in the morning. The only thing i skip now though is shadow… I use foundation, powder, blush, eye primer, eyeliner, mascara and fill my brows in. No lips, no shadow… some times if i have a little extra time i will do a quick shadow that does not invlove blending. I can put my face on in about 10 minutes.

Post # 9
1590 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m so bad, usually just bare minerals foundation powder, mascara and chapstick for my everyday look. If I wasn’t lazy I’d add eye shadow, a little blush and lip gloss. Actually I love the way upper eyeliner looks but that will just never be an everday look for me. 

Post # 10
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@beetee123:  I totally have the same problem. Need makeup to even out my skin and keep oiliness at bay, but can’t wear foundation without having to wear EVERYTHING else (also very pale). 

I would look into finding a more natural finish of foundation (I love Estee Lauder double wear, but it’s one that makes me look too made up)…I’ve been wearing Maybelline 24hr foundation in sand lately and I feel like I can go with less makeup wearing that. 

Get a great neutral eyeshadow palette like Too Faced Natural Eye. I actually realized the other day that part of what makes my eyes look too done sometimes is putting a dark color in the crease. Instead try putting the lightest highlight color in your crease, and get darker near the lash line. 

Use brown liner as opposed to black.

And find a lipstick or tinted chapstick as close to your natural lip color as possible. 

Post # 11
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@beetee123:  CC cream is newish.. I think they’re even coming out with a DD cream lol.. going thru all letters of the alphabet I guess!

My skin is dry so I can’t say it would work on oily skin for sure. You could try using a mattifying primer and CC cream.

Post # 12
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@beetee123:  I have oily skin, too– but I find wearing any sort of liquid foundation is just horrible for me.


Your face starts naked….so excellent skincare will be the biggest factor in how you feel with less makeup on, IMO.

Make sure your cleansing without stripping, exfoliating regularly, and choosing a moisturizer with sunscreen that’s not too heavy.  I suggest Boscia spf 30 (pink tube).  To help combat oil, USE AN OIL.  Kate Somerville Dilo oil (Sephora), Marula Oil (also at Sephora)– they all help control oil, even though they are oils.  I use them DAILY- summer and winter (but I switch the ones I use depending on the season).  For foundation- I use a powder foundation.  Anything with kaolin in it will help with controlling oil- I use Hourglass powder foundation in the summer, and Tarte amazonian in the winter.  I only wear a little blush (Benefit Coralista) and then some days I wear mascara if I feel like it.

I hate the way a ton of make-up looks, and I don’t like the way it makes my skin feel- but because I have an awesome skincare routine, my skin in generally glowing!

Post # 13
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I usually put foundation (which I hate, but I don’t really get much sleep and because of that have horrible black circles under my eyes that look horrible!!!), blush, mascara, lip gloss (neutral), and eye liner. I think the eye liner finishes the look and it brings out my eyes, while it doesn’t look much for a daily look. 🙂

Post # 14
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

In this pic I’m wearing a full coverage foundation, minimal eye shadow, light blush, mattifying powder, tons of mascara (my lashes suck), grey eye shadow as liner on my bottom lash line, and my brows are filled. No lip color. The thing is, I use a beauty blender which gives a flawless finish without looking cakey, a less is more approach for foundation amount, and a light hand for everything else. Also, I always use a shadow as liner for my bottom lash line because it doesn’t look as harsh.

Post # 15
3097 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Do The same maybe just add a bit of eyeshadow & liner.  How did you have it before ?

Post # 16
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@beetee123:  I go the while nine yards like you…I just feel like I should always look the best I possibly can because I never know what the day holds for me. But lately I have been wishing I looked better with just some tinted moisturizer and mascara. I don’t neccesarily look bad with little makeup, but when you wear a full face everday, then go from a full face to hardly any I think I don’t look my best.

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