In a sea of many makeup layers, lies a crop of Instagram beauties who have nailed the very complex art of minimalist makeup. Ideas on how to wear Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife are never in short supply—but it can be tough to find looks that lend themselves to how many of us live—simple and on-the-go.
While you don’t need to pile on makeup to get a flawless finish, here’s a little beauty secret: You actually have to wear makeup to successfully pull off a “no makeup” makeup look. But getting it just right can be tricky. For starters, clean skin is everything. You can’t go baseless with breakouts, so make sure that’s in line. Secondly, the tools you use will determine how heavy or light your products go on. Typically, you get better control and more natural coverage if you just use your fingers.
So if your beauty M.O. is roll out of the house with a single layer of moisturizer (and hopefully sunscreen!), bravo to you! But if you’re looking for just a little more, look to these 11 feeds that do the bare minimum in the best way possible.
On occasion, you’ll spot a vibrant red lip in her feed, but most times, it’s clean, natural-looking beauty.
Photo: instagram / @saythelees
This Sydney-based makeup artist clearly has a specialty. She nails the no-makeup makeup look every time.
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There really isn’t a look that doesn’t look flawless on Christen. But whether she’s bare-faced or with a full beat, her makeup still looks fresh and not too heavy.
Photo: instagram / @christendominique
Not only does Lesley serve up perfect “no makeup” makeup looks; you’ll get a good dose of curly hair inspo, too.
Photo: instagram / @freshlengths
If you still like a bit of color every now and then, give Natasha a follow. She does a more modern version of barely there with an occassional bold pop.
Photo: instagram / @_natashabellamy_
Wish we could say that it’s her pregnancy glow that makes this beauty shine, but if you go back deep into her feed, you’ll see that she’s had it all along.
Photo: instagram / @sazan
Shaneice is proof that clean, subtle makeup starts with great skin. We’re patiently waiting for her to spill her skincare secrets because that perfect complexion is goals.
Photo: instagram / @naturalneiicey
Here’s proof that minimalist makeup doesn’t have to mean no color. Even with this cherry lip, the look as a whole is clean, fresh and subtle.
Photo: instagram / @clayton_ai
Try seeing past her amazing hair for one sec to focus on the face. Her fresh skin, accented by a tiny bit of color on the cheeks may make you want to throw away your entire makeup bag and start over.
Photo: instagram / @nisa_maranda_jones
She’s a makeup artist, so you’ll see some variation in looks throughout her feed, but overall, there’s a common aesthetic of minimalism that is done really well.
Photo: instagram / @zacharenia.k
The light seems to hit Simone right every single time to bring out her gorgeous, natural golden glow.
Photo: instagram / @cocoaflowerr