Keep It Simple: Your Guide To Minimal Makeup

Keep It Simple: Your Guide To Minimal Makeup

It’s safe to say that minimalism is huge these days, and when it comes to makeup, minimal makeup has even become a popular style. People are cleaning out their closets and paring things down to the essentials, and that’s something you can do to your beauty routine. If you want to be able to rock a more minimal makeup look—at least from time to time—you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’re sharing tips for minimalist face makeup, eye makeup, and lip color that’ll save you time but still keep you looking gorgeous. Not only that, stay tuned till the end to learn how to pull everything together to create a complete minimal makeup routine.


Minimal makeup is just as it sounds, using only what you need to enhance your features. No heavy foundation or concealer here. You don’t need a full face; instead, work your way through your skin care routine, then apply a glow-enhancing lotion, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. Choose the shade that best matches your skin tone and apply it all over your face for a pretty, lit-from-within glow that’s not overdone.

If you do feel like you need a little bit more coverage, mix some of the lotion with a little bit of foundation (use sparingly) and apply the combo with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.

For the most seamless makeup application, use a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer, first. Primer helps the rest of your makeup go on more smoothly and wear more evenly throughout the day—so it’s always a smart idea to try to incorporate primer into your minimal makeup collection.


If minimalism is what you crave, then push your bold and bright eye shadow shades to the bottom of your makeup bag and move neutral hues, like the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Amber Sparkle, front and center instead. Blend a small amount of neutral eye shadow into your crease, then use a brown eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof in Brown Denim, to line your eyes. Draw a thin line on your upper lid, then use the brown eyeliner to tightline your waterline.

Finally, finish your minimal eye makeup look with a coat of black-brown mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable in Black Brown. A black-brown mascara shade looks slightly softer than black mascara, making it a perfect pick for minimalists.


Last but not least, we come to lip color. A bold red lip doesn’t scream minimalism, but a shiny lipstick in a neutral color does. We have one that fits the bill for minimalists: the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose. Another smart option is a lip stain, like our L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Create. You can get a subtle touch of color with a no-makeup feel.

To help ensure your lipstick or stain goes on smoothly, exfoliate your lips with a scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, first. This sugar scrub offers gentle yet effective exfoliation for your face and lips (just don’t use it on chapped lips). Apply a small amount to dry lips, then gently massage over your pout using wet fingers. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. Now you’re ready to grab your lip color and get to work.


When it comes to a minimal makeup routine, there aren’t any strict rules. If you’re really vibing with that red lip we mentioned earlier, you can totally follow our minimal face and eye makeup suggestions while straying slightly when it comes to your lip color. It’s flexible. Of course, you absolutely can go minimal all over and embrace an entirely minimal makeup look. In that case, simply combine all of the tutorials above.

Start by applying your glotion—and primer, if you so please—then create a subtle makeup look with shades of brown. Put on your natural-looking lipstick and you’re pretty much ready to go. (A quick swipe of brow gel won't hurt, though.) We recommend finishing things off with a quick spritz of setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist.


Just because you’re not wearing a ton of makeup doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to removing it at night. Regardless of how much makeup you have on, it can mix with the dirt and oils on your face while you sleep and leave you with clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. In fact, even if you aren’t wearing makeup, you’ll need to cleanse your skin before bed.

Make things easy on yourself by stashing a bottle of micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, near your bed. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face until you’re back to a bare face.

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