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Less Is More: Barely There Makeup Must-Haves

Bare-faced beauty is all about letting your true radiance shine through, but with a rosier, glowier, and more even-toned version of your natural skin. You can create a fresh and flawless barely there beauty look with these eight products.


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After cleansing and moisturizing your face, perfect your complexion by applying a thin layer of foundation. Any skin discolorations or blemishes will be hidden, but without having a thick, cakey texture. There are a variety of luminosity-granting foundations, BB creams, and tinted moisturizes, but this particular foundation is our favorite. From sheer to full coverage, the velvety matte formula fits all skin types. Adjust the number of foundation drops you apply to your skin based on your preferences for a smooth and flawless finish. ($14;


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An illuminated, wear-it-anywhere makeup look is not complete without a little added color. Dust your cheeks ever so lightly with Benefit's Hoola Lite Matte Bronzing Powder. The bronzer will leave your skin looking instantly warmer with an ever-natural glow. You can also use the bronzing powder to gently contour your cheekbones to further highlight your features. As a finely-milled powder, it will blend gently and seamlessly across your skin. ($29;


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Add a hint of tint to your cheeks with ILIA's Multi-Stick. The all-in-one Multi-Stick serves as double duty for the cheeks and lips. Developed with completely organic ingredients, the buttery formula provides a natural flush to your skin. Blend out the blush until the color remains subtle. The Multi-Stick is available in six satin shades, and each grant a glowy look. ($34;


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Play up your cheekbones with a lightweight, shimmer-infused highlighter. The au naturel makeup look will leave you with a to-die-for glow. Blend a minimal amount of the buttery-smooth formula to your upper cheekbone, directly above your lip, and the tip of your nose to help complete an illuminating complexion. It will enhance your natural beauty with a subtle sheen to highlight your best features. ($4.50;


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Enhance your eyelashes with a single layer of Maybelline's iconic Great Lash Mascara. Made with a lash-doubling formula, your eyes are certain to pop. To transition this daytime look to evening-ready, apply a few more coats to the single layer. You can also substitute the black mascara for a lighter brown or blue color if black lashes feel too harsh. For a more understated, barely there look, you can skip the mascara and just curl your lashes. ($4.50;


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Take your bare-faced beauty to the next level with brushed-up brows. Enhance their shape with Glossier's 3-in-1 Boy Brow product. The pomade-textured formula will thicken, fill, and groom your brows at the same time. Available in four colors including clear, there is a shade for everyone. If you want the ultimate subtle makeup, opt for the clear gel to help shape while maintaining a natural, toned-down palette. For those willing to wear color, you can fluff, fill, and shape your brows with the hued product to create an effortless, barely there makeup look. ($16;


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Lip Cream

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Fresh-faced makeup should be finished with a light lip color. Paint your pout with Buxom's Full-On Lip Cream in the shade White Russian. The shade is super-sheer, but far from invisible and will plump your lips to perfection. Created with hydration-providing ingredients, the cream will leave your lips infused with moisture to maintain your dewy, bare-faced makeup look. A light sheen will keep your lips looking soft and sexy. ($20;


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Skin Mist

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Complete the minimalist makeup look with a skin mist. The silky mist can be used under or over makeup to create a dewy, luminous finish. It's perfect for all skin types, and it can also help alleviate dullness, dryness, and fine lines. Boost your natural radiance and illuminate your skin tone by spraying a quick spritz before applying your makeup. Use the mist throughout the day for touch-ups or a soothing hydration method. The result? A fresh, glowing, and lustrous complexion. ($48;


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