How to Apply Natural Makeup
Natural makeup before and after
When Nicole Quiroga, 44, toned down her makeup, the effect was more than subtle—it was nonexistent.

Makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor shows her five simple steps to a low-key but polished look.

Step 1
A light moisturizing serum smooths away flakes and rough spots so makeup glides on easily and lasts all day. Blend several drops over clean, dry skin and let it sink in for several minutes. With a damp makeup sponge, apply a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. Start with your nose, chin, and cheeks, then move on to your forehead and jawline (where you need less coverage). Tap and press the sponge over your skin.

Step 2
Use a small, flat brush to dab a creamy stick concealer over undereye circles (focus on the inner corners of the eyes, where shadows are darkest) and any blemishes.

Step 3
After curling your lashes, apply two coats of mascara. A volumizing formula gives you the most payoff, so you can skip eyeliner. Get the wand as close to the lashline as possible and wiggle it as you move from roots to ends, to prevent clumps and maximize volume.

Step 4
Bright, translucent lipcolor adds polish to the simplest makeup look. A tinted crayon or sheer bullet imparts the right balance of intensity and sheen. this raspberry shade instantly brightens Nicole's whole face.

Step 5
When you're wearing lipcolor, you need only a little blush to enliven your complexion. for the most natural effect, apply a cream formula with a short, round, flat-topped brush. Dab the color on the apples of your cheeks and blend it in with circular motions.

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