The No Filter Makeup Guide

We all want to look like we’ve ‘woken up like this’, but the truth of the matter is, if we’d really posted a picture of ourselves from our first morning moments, we would probably break the internet. And not in a Kardashian kind of way, but a let’s turn that into a meme kind of way! So it’s no surprise that if we ever take such a photo it will mean a heavy bit of Instagram editing before it’s released into the social stratosphere. 

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The ultimate selfie professional

We would all like to achieve a fresh face without the help of a filter, so we’ve compiled a list of top tips for creating the most photogenic version of you, with no filter necessary. Because let’s be honest, sometimes the au naturel look can work in our favour far more than the bucket load of beauty products you can find shovelled onto a beauticians face at the Boots counters.

Give your face some prime time

Getting that dewy glow even when you’ve had a night out can finally be achieved with some of the magical primers that are now available. After you’ve washed, cleansed, toned and moisturised, apply a thin layer of a high quality primer. Like a super smoothing cream it will blur any fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pores. Leaving your skin as soft as a babies and looking as fresh as a daisy! The best part about a primer is it’s matte finish that will leave you instantly photo ready and void you of shiny forehead syndrome.

Primers

The Porefessional, Benefit, £24.50 (left) Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Smashbox, £25 (middle) Superprimer, Clinique, £20

Combat bad lighting

Unfortunately we can’t always control the lighting in our environment, and before you know it your friend is screaming ‘selfie’ without you having a second to think. So in order to keep yourself photo ready at all times, invest in a clever multi-tonal blush palette that can help you adapt your makeup to your surroundings. We’ve all thought our make-up looked flawless before we left the house, until we see the pictures the next day and wonder who invited casper the ghost! But rather than de-tagging yourself from all the photos that have been plastered across Facebook, take along your essentials so that you can spend a few moments adapting your look to the lighting. A few practice selfies should soon make you feel more at ease with a photo heavy evening.

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Brightening Brick, Bobbi Brown, £34 (left) Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette, Clinique, £28 (right) 

Bold up those brows

Our eyes are the windows to our souls, or so they say, so of course they should be framed just as importantly with a good strong brow. It may seem small in the grand scheme of makeup, but a well shaped brow can work wonders for your face. There’s nothing worse than a bad brow to ruin a look, so define those arches with the gentle touch of an eyebrow pencil, and you’ll soon be giving Cara Delevingne a run for her money. Use light strokes to ensure you don’t go too heavy, and fluff them up to improve their volume.

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Brow Envy Kit, Too Faced, £35

Less is more

When you’re going for that au natural look, the key is to use as little product as possible and be confident in the way that you’re using it. Avoid too much colour and opt for a neutral base on everything. Touch up the eye lashes with just a gentle sweep of mascara, and keep your blusher to a bare minimum. You’ll be surprised at how much this light touch will make you feel fresher and more confident in an instant. Once you’re happy with the look you’ve achieved a few practice selfies certainly never hurt anyone. Confidence is contagious, so be proud of your face and it will shine through.

Give it a big inviting smile and you’re ‘no filter’ required face will soon be getting you more likes than the image of your cat eating cake.