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Stripping down to the bare (beauty) necessities is simply beautiful

We love a good pop of trendy color—it’s fun, fresh and a little flirty. But it can also be fleeting when the blue shadow trend evolves to ombre pink, and you’re stuck with a palette of sky-inspired shades. This spring, we’re eyeing some of the more timeless beauty trends you can wear now…and later. We’re forgoing “hot lips” and “bold liner” for a more natural, subtle look that keeps you feeling yourself for a lot longer. We’re calling it the makeunder: easy, effortless and pretty everlasting.


The next generation of no-makeup makeup, skinimalism requires a lot less of everything, like products and effort. It’s about using a minimal amount of cosmetics to achieve natural-looking, real-skin results. And it starts with great skincare, in particular hydration. When skin is deeply and properly hydrated, it’s smooth, soft and radiant—the perfect canvas for the lightest touch of foundation. (When dehydrated, the solution is a pile of products—primer, foundation, concealer and luminizer—to fake the same effect.) Then all you need is a foundation that wears like second skin and finishes somewhere between luminous and matte. Look for a formula that delivers sheer to medium coverage, and apply it in “skinimally,” or in thin, buildable layers so it looks like you’re wearing nothing. Two of our favorites with an extensive shade range and excellent matching guides: Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation and Armani Luminous Silk.

Big Glossy (Nude) Lips

High gloss is back in high demand. This spring, lips are going from flat matte to full, plump shine. Soft pink, pale peach and near-naked shades are the palette of choice because they not only wear well on all skin tones and are totally timeless classics, but they also create the illusion of a cushier lip. What’s more, hyaluronic acid—the gold standard in hydration—is being infused into so many formulations for its ability to attract and bind moisture to the skin. When applied to the lips, hyaluronic acid increases moisture volume so lips appear plumper. Two hyaluronic acid-infused, neutral-hued glosses we’re currently crushing on: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Creamy Rose Beige and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Light Pink.

Earthy Cheeks

Cheeks get grounded in shades that run the garden, not the rainbow. Peach, dusty rose and warm bronze are a welcome change from pops of pink and cherry, which are fun if not entirely functional. Earthy hues look more natural, glow up your complexion and create the illusion of contour. When looking for your best blush, keep your skin type in mind. If you tend to be on the dry side, go for a cream blush. The smooth, hydrating texture melts in like a second skin, as opposed to powder, which sits on the surface and can make it appear drier. Oily types are better off with powder. A few blushes we’re eyeing: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Luminous Peach and Nars Powder Blush in Tempted.

Just-There Hair

Hair that’s just there sounds like a flop, but it’s actually quite fabulous. Just-there hair isn’t about a single style so much as accepting and embracing your natural texture—curly, wavy or straight. It’s the ultimate makeunder: letting your hair do what it wants instead of manipulating it into something it’s not. The trend emerged in early 2020, while we were all stuck at home with nowhere to go. It made sense to take a break from the blow dryer, put away the flat iron and just let our hair do its thing—drying naturally or tossing it up into a messy bun. It’s no surprise this effortless approach to styling has stuck around.

Grounded Scents

Don’t get us wrong, we love a bright, outrageously aromatic spritz, but stripping down to something more natural seems to be where fragrance is heading—and we’re here for it. Connecting with nature through scents that contain natural ingredients and mood-enhancing extracts is the latest way to stay grounded. Earth-inspired fragrances provide an aromatic escape to the great outdoors. Scents like these make so much sense right now when less is decidedly more. Two to try: The Nue Co Forest Lungs and Heretic Parfum Dirty Grass.

Updated 3/11/2022

Bare Necessities: Editor Bio

From the desk of: Julie Redfern

Julie Redfern is beauty writer and expert with over 20 years of experience working for magazines like Glamour and InStyle and as the Editorial Director at Sephora.


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