8 Natural Makeup Tips for a Luminous Glow

We know the score. You love a bold eye or a slick of red lipstick, but there are days when a natural makeup look is all you want to achieve. You might think this would be the easiest, most effortless of beauty trends to recreate, but even makeup artists will tell you it takes some clever techniques to get your base looking truly natural-looking. The good news is, once you know what the tricks are, your natural makeup routine becomes quick and easy. Want to know more? Read on to discover eight ways to get the most natural glowy makeup…

1. Give Foundation a Glow-Up

On the back of your hand, custom-blend the sheerest, most luminous base by mixing one pump of foundation with a drop of Miracle Glow Pro Universal Highlighter. We love using Radiant Lift Foundation for this trick, because its radiant-matte formula ensures the glow looks ultra-polished – never shiny. After creating this dew-boosting blend, tap it on the centre of your face, then blend out with fingers or a makeup sponge for a your-skin-but-fresher effect.

2. Achieve a Rosy Flush

When it comes to making blusher look entirely natural, it’s all about the formula you choose and making sure you apply it to the right spot. So, let’s start with the formula; a creamy blush is our pick for a rosy flush that looks like it comes from within. Choose your shade of Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, then swirl your finger in the pot to warm it up.

Next, smile and use two fingers to tap blush onto the apples of your cheeks, before blending up along cheekbones for a believable glow. Finish by sweeping Bronzer around the outer edge of your face and lightly underneath cheekbones to add a little warmth to your skin.

Model wearing glowy natural makeup look
Model applying Radiant Lift Concealer

3. Go Light on the Concealer

It may be tempting to cover every perceived ‘imperfection’ with a layer of concealer, but others rarely notice that blemish or patch of discolouration you’ve been obsessing over. So, instead of applying cover-up all over your face, tap it only where you really feel you need it, like under your eyes or on reddened cheeks. Radiant Lift Concealer will disguise signs of fatigue in seconds, and melts in seamlessly when gently patted with your ring finger.

4. Brush Up Your Brows

Brows have a bigger impact on your natural look than you’d expect. Get them looking too ‘done’, and your makeup goes from barely-there to bold in no time. To give your arches a little extra fullness without looking severely sculpted, go for a brushed-up effect with Brow Shaper, by teasing strands upwards using the built-in brush. Use the pencil end to sketch in definition in short, sharp, hair-mimicking strokes, then add a sweep of Natural Brow Styler eyebrow mascara to hold the shape.

5. Create Subtle Smokey Eyes

Give your smokey eye a subtler edge by following advice from Global Creative Director & Make-up Artist for Max Factor, Wendy Rowe. She uses a combination of the Miracle Contouring Palette and Masterpiece Nude Palette in Golden Nudes to create a soft, smudgy look that’s ultra-easy to replicate.

To start, use a small, fluffy brush to apply the darkest shade in the contouring palette, sweeping it back and forth through the socket line to create a diffused ‘C’ shape. Set the cream by blending the sixth shade from the nude eyeshadow palette (a warm brown) over the top. Then, sweep the darkest shade along the upper lash line.

Take the darkest contour cream again, and trace it along the lower lash line, then smudge with your finger. Don’t be afraid to blend it downwards, smoothing it away from the lashes. And, you’re done.

6. Soften Up Your Eyeliner

Opting for a natural makeup look doesn’t mean you have to skip eyeliner. Instead, simply swap your usual black liquid formula for a coffee or caramel tone that gives subtle definition. Kohl Pencil in Taupe is ideal for tracing along your upper and lower lash lines, as it lends a touch of sultry, eye-catching colour without the drama of a jet-black liner. Foolproof.

Model wearing natural-looking smokey eye
Model applying Colour Elixir Lip Cushion in Spotlight Sheer

7. Try a New Mascara Shade

Mascara addicts, take note; if you want a fuller flutter that looks natural and enhances the whites of your eyes, a brown mascara will be the new hero of your makeup bag. Using a brown tint, like Volume Infusion in Black/Brown, will still give you all the plumping, lengthening power you love, but with a softer finish that perfectly complements a natural makeup look. Apply it as you usually would, nudging it into the roots of lashes, then zig-zagging through to the tips for a glossy, even coat.

8. Do a Dewy Lip Look

Finish your natural look by lighting up lips with a dewy, glossy tint. We love Colour Elixir Lip Cushion in Spotlight Sheer for a halo of hydrating colour that’s packed with lip-loving antioxidants. Glide it on for a sophisticated swipe of pinky-peachy pigment, or gently blot to achieve a nearly-nude effect, then press lips together to blend.

Looking for more makeup inspiration?

Discover our guide to achieving flawless full coverage foundation or try our colour corrector tutorial.