8 Simple Beauty Tricks That Make It Easy To Go (Almost) Makeup-Free

Of course it can be liberating and empowering to step out wearing absolutely no makeup whatsoever, baring your naked face to the world. Feeling pressured to wear makeup to feel presentable or finding yourself feeling completely insecure without it just plain sucks. But sometimes, just one product or quickie beauty tip can make a world of difference in how you look and feel, while still allowing you to flaunt a (mostly) makeup-free look.

Here, 8 tricks that give you a pretty boost, while allowing you to flaunt your natural beauty. The best part is that they require little to no time at all, so lazy girls will love ’em!

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1. Tightline.

You might feel like you can’t even look alive without eyeliner. Throwing some on has always been a way to look more alert in a pinch. But tightlining—applying eyeliner to between the roots of your lashes and along your upper waterline aka the rim where your lid meets your eye—is a surefire way to make your eyes look bigger. Bonus: Done right, it doesn’t even look like you’re wearing liner at all, so it goes hand-in-hand with an otherwise bare face.

You can use a liner made especially for this type of application. One to try: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil, which the company says was “developed for use on the waterline and clinically tested to be safe for the inner eye rim.”

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2. Add glimmer to the inner corner of your eyes.

Either with a white, gold, or silver eyeliner or even a shimmer powder, you can add a bit of highlight to the inner corner of your eyes, blending almost into the bridge of your nose. It not only makes you look more awake and alert, but kinda like a goddess.

One to try: MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating (a matte white).

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3. Swipe on a glowy primer.

Primers, even the ones that claim to minimize your pores and smooth your skin a way that makes it the perfect canvas for makeup, seem like a waste of time if you’re not actually going to then put on makeup. But primers that have moisturizing and highlighting ingredients can make skin look so dewy and JLo-perfect that you really feel like you don’t need anything else.

One to try: Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow, which the celeb makeup artist calls “a cross between an anti-age elixir and a complexion-enhancing light diffuser,” thanks to its light-reflecting microspheres, collagen-boosting peptides, and patented wrinkle-reducing ingredients. It blurs lines, adds luminosity, and you can use it as a highlighter on your cheekbones to boot.

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4. Exfoliate.

Sometimes all you need to feel confident going bare-faced is clean, smooth skin. Exfoliation is key. It’s best to do it at night and choose one based on your skin type. Regardless, it’s good to steer clear of those scrubs made with the little plastic beads (they’re horrendous for the environment).

One to try: Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, which is made with sea kelp and lemon peel.

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5. Use a CC or BB cream.

Multitasking is the best, so BB and CC creams are also the best. For the uninitiated, BB (beauty balm) creams are basically tinted moisturizers or really light foundations, often with added skin care ingredients. CC (color correcting) creams are similar but address redness or sallowness. Find one that really works for your skin type and tone, and it can easily become your go-to product.

One to try: Andalou Naturals Brightening SPF 30 All In One Beauty Balm

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6. Try a lash treatment.

You already know applying mascara opens up your eyes in a major way. But what’s better than plain ol’ mascara? Mascara with ingredients that will make your lashes stronger and maybe even longer!

One to try: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara, which has a protein-based complex called Keravis that helps length, define, and fortify lashes.

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7. Do your brows.

You know you’re supposed to aspire to have eyebrows that are always on fleek. But sometimes getting them in tip-top shape can sub in for your whole makeup routine. After all, they can really open up the entire eye area and give you a dynamic or soft look, depending on how you style ’em. Sometimes just a quickie brushing and trim or plucking sesh is enough, and other times, or if they’re on the light side, you’ll want to use a bit of brow pencil or wax.

One to try: Urban Decay Brow Box, which comes with two shades of brow color, perfecting/setting wax, high-quality metal mini tweezers, two mini angled brushes and two mirrors.

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8. Go bold with your lip.

I love lipstick. Lip gloss. Even balm. There are so many choices, colors, fun combos to play with. Whether you want something that is bare bones but really moisturizing, like the cult classic Rosebud Salve or you want to pick a lipstick that packs a lot of pigment punch, a bright, bold lip can bolster your confidence in an instant.

One to try: Clinique Different Lipstick in A Different Grape, a flattering berry that ELLE.com also touted as a teeth-whitening hue

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