Natural ‘barely there’ makeup is the trend that keeps on trending – especially as we move in to warmer months. But, how can you achieve it? Who better to ask than A-list makeup artist Hannah Martin. Over the years, Hannah has become renowned to creating natural-looking flawless makeup and has a long list of loyal celebrity clients as a result. Here, she shares her insider tips and tricks…
It Starts With Good Skincare
Like most things, preparation is key. “Achieving natural, glow makeup starts with great skincare,” Hannah says. “I like to use Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence and then follow with a hydrating serum like Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum.” The essence is a toner-serum hybrid, which helps to remove dead skin cells and leave a much smoother and brighter-looking complexion, while the serum helps to keep moisture locked in and offers a long-lasting dewy glow. Hannah layers this with a moisturiser – usually Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream which is great for plumping, evening out skin tone and making skin look healthy and revitalised.
Always Use A Primer
Primers work wonders for a helping to solve a whole host of skin concerns. From minimising pores, concealing redness and mattifying shine to helping give your skin an added glow. Hannah’s go-to for boosting radiance is Becca’s Back Light Priming Filter, which does exactly what it says on the tin. She suggests applying to the tops of your cheeks and nose.
Try A Light Base Like A Tinted Moisturiser
Instead of applying a full-coverage foundation, Hannah recommends a lighter alternative. “I always opt for a light base, such as Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser and dot and blend for a bit of coverage that still looks like skin,” she says. This one is great as it’s packed with vitamins C and E to protect against environmental aggressors and it ticks your SPF box too. For shine-prone skin, try using the oil-free version.
Opt For A Liquid Bronzer And A Touch Of Blusher
To really keep that glow all over, ditch your powdered bronzer and try a liquid formula instead. They are perfect for those wanting to add dimension, but with a dewy finish. Hannah suggests using Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Contour Wand or Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi on the higher points of the face, including the tops of the cheeks, the nose and the forehead. Try applying with your fingers as the warmth really helps to blend the product seamlessly. If you do have a naturally oily complexion, stick to a powdered bronzer to avoid looking too shiny and help mattify your t-zone. “Next, try adding a touch of soft blusher to the apples of the cheeks. NARS’ Orgasm is perfect for this and gives a really subtle and natural-looking flushed effect,” says Hannah.
Add Some Shimmer To The Eyes
While natural looks are about focusing on the skin, Hannah’s insider tip is to add a soft shimmer to the eyes. “I love to use Chantecaille’s Luminescent Eye Shade in Cheetah on the eyes as it’s just the right accent to a natural glow makeup look. I then use lashings of mascara – usually By Terry’s Lash Expert Mascara,” says Hannah.
Finish With A Natural Lipstick Or Gloss
To complete the look, you’ll want to opt for a lipstick or gloss that’s close to your natural lip colour. “I always use a gloss or creamy lipstick – Kevyn Aucoin’s Unforgettable Lipstick in Suspicious is my current favourite,” says Hannah. For something even subtler, try NARS’ Afterglow Lip Balm, which gives a sheer hint of colour and is incredibly moisturising.