The best products to achieve the clean beauty look

Posted: 2 December 2021 7:43 pm
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Where the no-makeup makeup look meets the model off duty vibe.

If you haven't yet heard, one of the latest beauty trends on TikTok is getting the 'clean look'. This trend originally came about in fear of being called 'musty-looking' or 'looking like you don't shower' in the comment section, but has since been transformed into an aesthetic of appearing effortlessly perfect - talk about the circle of life!

At its core, this look celebrates fresh and minimal makeup that can be compared to the OG no-makeup makeup looks, with a new stronger focus on dewy skincare and hydration. If you're looking to appear like you 'have it altogether' or simply looking to up your minimal routine, we've put together a range of no-fuss products you'll love.

If you're interested in testing out some other makeup trends, check out our write-up here.


Grid image of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion, Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion SPF50 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the key ingredient to giving your skin that hydrated and glowy look all while giving you much needed protection. Sunscreen will act as your base before adding anything else, or it could even be your end point if you're really wanting your natural skin to shine through.

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Grid of: Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF15, Kosas Tinted Face Oil, Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF30 and The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Skin Tints

Many of the 'clean looks' avoid heavy coverage and instead opt for a more sheer product. Skin tints are perfect for this as they provide a bit of colour correction for a more even base without completely removing your skin's natural texture or features like freckles or beauty spots.

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Grid of: Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer and Daytime Eye Cream, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer

Concealer

For this look, concealer is not so much used for covering imperfections (although you definitely can), but rather for highlighting the higher points of your face to give you an extra lift and brightness.

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Grid of: Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, Mecca Max Off Duty Blush Stick, Milk Makeup Lip & Cheek Blush Mini and Benefit Gogotint Cheek & Lip Stain

Blush

Soft, rosy cheeks are the perfect addition to the effortless and vibrant 'clean look'. Cream or liquid blushes are usually preferred for this seamless look as the product is able to absorb into the skin rather than sit on top, like a powder would.

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Grid of: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Light Wand, Mecca Max Off Duty Contour Stick, Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer and Chanel Cream-Gel Bronzer

Bronzer

Similar to blush, cream or liquid products that are easily blendable and don't leave harsh lines are preferable for bronzing up the face. A bit of bronzer will help bring back some definition into the face whilst giving you a sunkissed glow.

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Grid of: Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel Mini, Morphe 2 Crushed Tinted Brow Gel, Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Dipbrow Gel and Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Brows

You'll find natural looking brows within the 'clean look'. Often this is achieved by a tinted eyebrow gel which both fills in any sparse areas and keeps your brows in place, keeping your makeup routine minimal.

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Grid of: Clinique Almost Lipstick, Frank Body Lip Tint, Dr. Lipp Lip Tint and Dior Lip Glow

Lip

Again, a minimal lip accompanies this look, so we recommend sticking to shades that are close to your natural pout. Anything from a stain, light application of lipstick or even a lipgloss will fit seamlessly into your clean look.

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Grid of: Ouai Matte Pomade, Sachajuan Hair Wax, Buble and Buble Semi Sumo and Bed Head After Party Smooth Cream

Hair

Finally, if you really want to seal the deal, a slicked back bun is the final touch to this trending look. Hair oils and hair gels are the perfect companion for keeping those pesky fly aways down. If buns aren't quite your thing, tight braids, neat curls or even just clipping your hair back is always an option as the main goal is to keep your hair out of your face allowing for your dewy skin to shine through.

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