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Nearly Nude

How To Look Like You're Not Wearing Makeup

By Emili Vesilind

No one has perfect skin (okay, almost no one). But when summer rolls around, who doesn't covet that flawless bare-faced look, à la Gisele Bündchen? Thankfully, there are ways to fake perfection. L.A.-based celebrity and editorial makeup artist Amy Chance, who has rouged the cheeks of Hollywood starlets, such as Rosario Dawson and Kat Dennings, walks us through the 1,2,3s of pulling off the ultimate beauty deception.

Prep the skin. It's nearly impossible to look flawless when your skin's flaking off, so “you need to start off with really hydrated skin,” notes Amy. That means exfoliating at least twice a week (which lets moisturizers sink in) and using night and day moisturizers that suit your skin type.

Cover blemishes. Though you're going for a makeup-free look, you can still wear concealer on blemishes and under your eyes. Amy, who likes Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $28, suggests applying it with your fingertips, as “the oils in your skin will warm up the product and help it blend in more.”

Use a primer. Primers smooth on without adding color and smooth out any bumps on your skin, leaving behind a perfectly even surface (Amy uses Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer, $32).

Swap foundation for a tinted moisturizer. “Tinted moisturizer is much lighter than foundation, so it's less obvious that you're wearing makeup,” says Amy, who is partial to Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizers, $34.

Add a rosy glow. “No one wants to look washed out, but you don't want to look like you're wearing a ton of blush,” notes Amy, who applies a cream blush (usually MAC Blushcremes, $18.50) to the apples of the cheeks — again, with her fingers — to fake a youthful flush.

Go for brown. Black mascara can leave you looking too made-up. Instead, Amy uses brown hues and skips the eyelash curler entirely, achieving a low-key curl via a mascara that does the work for you, like Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, $14.

Use powder on brows. For a “bare-faced” look, brows should be kept neat and natural-looking. But that doesn't mean you can't fill in the gaps left by, perhaps, a manic over-plucking moment. Amy applies a brow shadow (Chanel Perfect Brows, $65) to camouflage holes with a tiny brush, adding, “The last thing you want is that drawn-in brow effect.”

Amp up your natural lip color. For a juicy-looking pout, Amy recommends exfoliating your lips with your toothbrush every morning to “give a little color and plump them up,” then applying a lip balm — either colorless or tinted. She likes Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer, $16, and Dior Addict Lip Glow, $28, which changes color with your body chemistry. “It reminds me of a mood ring,” she says, “because it looks a little different on everybody.”

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