Look of the Night: Effortless Beauty

Fresh-faced beauty is only five steps away. 

For some women, beauty comes effortlessly. These women will swear their beauty secret is drinking lots of water or getting a good night's rest, but the rest of us know the truth: There's not enough sleep in the world to get rid of certain dark circles. Instead of trying to forego makeup for a natural, fresh-faced look, the trick is to meticulously choose products that take the work out of getting ready. 

Makeup artist Mai Quynh, whose celebrity clients include Chloe Moretz, Saoirse Ronan, and Jessica Chastain, lists some of her favorite picks.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For natural, touchable skin, you want something sheer and moisturizing. This tinted gel gives skin a sheer wash of color that somehow stays put all day.

Circa Beauty Full Coverage Concealer

"This full coverage semi-matte concealer has a velvety texture and doesn't budge," says Quynh. "The chubby pencil allows you to apply the product easily and get in to hard-to-reach areas. The formula is dense, so a little goes a long way."

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Mai recommends this sheer eye shadow to get a slightly defined eye without all the effort. "One color over the lid, from lash line to crease, is all you need," says Quynh. "Remember to give some detail to lashes with a coat of mascara for definition around the eyes." The shadow comes in a variety of colors but Ballet Pink, Bone, and shore are great neutral colors.

Dior DiorBlush Cheek Stick Cream Blush

Let's be real: For those on the paler side, going blush-free just isn't an option. But instead of fussing with powders and messy pots of cream, Quynh suggests this blush stick. "They can perk up anyone's face and leave a beautiful flush on the cheeks. The satiny formula sets into a semi-matte finish." Apply on the apples of the cheeks and blend for best results.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm

"Soothe dry lips with these amazing, sugar scented tinted lip balms. They deliver a slight color to the lips while giving them a subtle sheen."

So perhaps it's time to take the KonMari Method to your makeup bag so you're only left with the best products for getting natural makeup that doesn't leave you feeling completely naked.

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