Barely There: A Guide to Minimalist Beauty

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Barely There: A Guide to Minimalist Beauty

With one glance down the Spring/Summer 2017 runway of famed French fashion house Chloé, the barefaced beauty trend has been set into motion once more. The models are fully trussed in city-inspired casual cool outfits, naturally textured bedhead and mussed curls. What better to go with the urban uniform than a #iwokeuplikethis simplicity? Adding a touch of eyeliner for an updated smudgy, slept-in vibe, this beauty trend is officially here to stay. Even the front two rows of the show had Parisian socialites and off-duty models donning similar styles.

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To get the look, skincare is a must. Gentle cleansers and soothing facial sprays all help the cause to ditch ruddy, red-faced blemishes and achieve an even skintone. A must-have product to inspire a glowing canvas is Avène’s Gentle Toning Lotion. Used to soften and calm sensitive skin, this toner provides the ideal base when getting ready in the morning. Sans alcohol and oil, this non-drying formula keeps skin’s natural moisture in without irritation.

bare1.jpg Gentle Toning Lotion via Avene, $20

After skin is prepped and ready, sometimes a little extra coverage helps to accomplish the barely-there look without feeling exposed. A lighter BB Cream style foundation offers a sheer tint, added moisture and diminishes an angry red spot. Mally Beauty offers eight distinct shades as well as an oil-free formula which slides on smooth and does not feel heavy or cakey like foundations of years past.

bare2.jpg Face Defender BB Cream Foundation via Mally Beauty, $40

For a just-bitten lip, Glossier’s latest lip product, Generation G, is the ideal matte lip balm. With hues ranging from muted and natural to more saturated berry red, this lip tint can be layered on for richer tones or swiped across like a balm. Made with Blue Agave, Safflower Oil and Pomegranate antioxidants, this lipstick is the key to moisturized lips and leaves no trace on coffee cups or wine glasses.

Generation G via Glossier, $18

Though some of us may achieve smudgy, dark undereye circles all on our own, a quick swath of grey eyeliner adds an urban edge to the typically innocence driven look. Much like past contouring attempts with brows and cheeks, adding a bit of smoke at the eye’s corner creates depth and highlights the eye area against skin’s smooth and sheer palette. Bobbi Brown’s old school pencil is updated for the modern era with a smudgable texture and blender tool to keep the pigment light.

bare4.png Smokey Eye Kajal Liner via Bobbi Brown, $26

While the barely-there makeup style has a bit of a smoke and mirrors appeal, for those not ready to take the full plunge to a no-makeup existence, a little help from our friends at the beauty counter never hurt. And with the emphasis on one’s natural vibe, the real trick to this beauty look has everything to do with what is underneath the BB Cream anyhow.