Diary / Beauty / Mar 22, 2024

How To Look Good Without Any Makeup

Written by: Jones Road Beauty

Photography by: Ben Ritter and Jon Patterson

Jones Road Beauty Model

One step away from no-makeup makeup is a true no-makeup look. Perhaps you want to give your skin a break, or the heat makes the idea of wearing anything more on your face than what is 100% absolutely necessary feels unbearable. Or neither—whatever your reason for going bare, embrace it. 

Feeling confident in your own (makeup-free) skin starts with confidence, and before that, it all comes down to nourished, tended-to skin and consistently wise lifestyle choices.

We'll guide you through transformative practices emphasizing your natural beauty, explaining how to achieve a radiant, makeup-free appearance. This journey is about more than superficial change. It's a true commitment to nurturing your skin and health from the inside out. 

Why Embrace a No Makeup Look?

Embracing a no-makeup look is a statement of confidence and comfort in one's natural skin. This approach allows your true skin tone, texture, and unique features to shine through, unobscured by layers of foundation, bronzer, or eyeshadow. There’s nothing like the confidence and sense of play that comes from experimenting with new shades or setting a flawless look for an important event, but choosing to forgo a full face of makeup is a refreshing step toward authenticity and self-acceptance.

When your skincare routine becomes a priority, the health and radiance of your skin improve, reducing the need for makeup to cover imperfections like blemishes or dark circles. Think: hydrating moisturizers, clean serums, and gentle cleansers.

Going makeup-free can also be incredibly liberating. It saves time and energy in your daily routine, freeing you from the cycle of applying and removing makeup products like mascara, eyeliner, or highlighter. This simplicity aligns with a lifestyle that values efficiency and authenticity, where beauty is a reflection of a well-cared-for self, not just a made-up face.

In essence, embracing a no-makeup look is a powerful way to celebrate your natural beauty, prioritize skin health, and embody a lifestyle that values authenticity and simplicity. But how do you do it? Let’s break it down.

Start With a Solid Base

Enhancing your natural beauty without makeup begins with a solid skincare routine. Effective cleansing and moisturization are at the heart of this routine.

Our Cleansing Stick, packed with ultra-nourishing sunflower seed oil and jojoba seed oil, will gently remove any leftover makeup and the day’s residue without stripping your skin’s natural oils. Apply to a dry face, add water to lather, and rinse. With a washcloth (consider a microfiber one), lightly pat dry, taking care to not rub or scrub.  

Before applying moisturizer, roll our Multivitamin Serum onto your face and neck for bonus hydration. (It includes sodium hyaluronate, which penetrates the layers of your skin effectively to deliver powerful hydration.)

From there, use a moisturizer most suited with the right level of nourishment for your skin type. Oily skin types will enjoy our Oil-Free Moisturizer that’s formulated with niacinamide, known to help with uneven skin tone and control sebum production.

Another option featuring niacinamide that offers a bit more moisture: Light Moisture Cream. (If you have dry skin, this is great for the times you find yourself in a more humid climate.)

Those who are in need of more intense moisture will enjoy our Miracle Cream. With shea butter, it can smooth fine lines and also works as an overnight mask.

Here's a little tip: warm it between your palms first when you apply it. This simple action makes any moisturizer more pliable, ensuring it penetrates deeply into your skin. Gently press it into your face, feeling it refresh and rejuvenate your skin. 

A well-rounded skincare routine also includes regular exfoliation. This crucial step helps to slough off dead skin cells, unveiling a brighter and healthier layer beneath. 

While moisturizing and makeup products like foundation can help give you a dewy glow, exfoliating is a simple way to get your skin to look soft, even, and radiant without makeup.

Don’t forget about moisturizing the lips. Incorporating a nourishing lip balm into your skincare routine is vital to keep your lips hydrated and supple, eliminating the need for constant reapplication of lipsticks or glosses. The dense and cushiony Lippie Stick locks in moisture and acts as a barrier throughout the day so your mouth doesn’t dry out.

Jones Road Beauty Model

Focus on your eyes

Your eyes reveal everything, don’t they? A bad night’s sleep, or conversely, they show if you’re well-rested and taking care of yourself. 

It’s equally essential to tend to the under-eye area, your lashes, and your brows. The three work in tandem toward giving you an alert, energized appearance.

Starting with the under eyes: apply Eye Cream for instant hydration. This won’t completely eradicate under-eye circles or bags, but ensuring this delicate area stays moisturized will pay off, making you instantly look more put-together. 

Clean, brushed lashes are also crucial for a polished, no-makeup look. Comb them with the spoolie end of The Eyebrow Brush so you can get rid of any criss-crossed lashes that happen throughout the day and their natural curl is revealed. 

Another important aspect of your makeup-free look is well-groomed eyebrows. They frame your face and give it structure. Regular maintenance, be it tweezing, waxing, threading, trimming, or other techniques you employ, keeps them looking their best. 

Everyday, simply comb them up with The Eyebrow Brush

Enhance Your Features Naturally

When you’re trying to enhance your natural features without the help of makeup, turn to products that use nourishing skincare ingredients to promote a radiant complexion.

The Oil Stick is a prime example of such a product. This face oil, a blend of luxurious oils like apricot and jojoba, brings instant suppleness to your skin. It's a rejuvenator, breathing life into tired skin and giving it a healthy, dewy appearance.

Applying The Oil Stick is a breeze, and it’s not just meant for those with dry skin (although it works wonderfully as a spot treatment). Simply glide it across your face, letting the oil melt into your skin, and gently pat it in. 

This small act of self-care is your secret weapon for achieving that natural, glowing look. It's about giving your skin that extra boost of hydration, making it look fresh and radiant without the need for complexion-correction makeup such as foundation or concealer.

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Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

As we’ve already touched on, skincare is the best foundation to make sure your skin looks great, even with no makeup. But taking care of your skin goes beyond topical products. 


A balanced diet, teeming with antioxidants and other vitamins, isn't just good for your body but a boon for your skin. These nutrients are like secret agents, working behind the scenes to promote healthy, glowing skin from within. And let's talk about hydration. 


When you drink plenty of water, it’s easier to maintain a glowing complexion without being a makeup artist. Combine this with topically applied hydrating skincare products, and you've got a recipe for maintaining your skin's elasticity and radiance.


The benefits of a healthy lifestyle extend beyond diet and hydration. Getting enough sleep is like hitting the reset button for your skin. During these precious hours of rest, your skin goes into overdrive, repairing the day's environmental damage. 

This rejuvenation process is vital in preventing breakouts and diminishing the appearance of fine lines. Think of each night's sleep as an essential step in your skincare routine, as important as applying your favorite moisturizer or serum.

Physical Activity

Engaging in regular physical activity is another cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle that directly benefits your skin. Exercise increases blood flow, nourishing your skin cells and giving you that post-workout glow. 

Self-care activities like yoga or meditation can also work wonders for your skin by reducing stress levels, which are often linked to skin issues like breakouts and oily skin.

Don't Skimp on Preventative Care

When it comes to skincare, enlisting preventative measures is key. By being proactive, you can prevent a lot of the damage and negative impacts that can leave your skin looking less than radiant. 

The better care you take of your skin, the less you’ll feel tempted to reach for heavy makeup products to disguise and even out your complexion. Sunscreen acts as your skin's guardian against the harsh effects of UV rays

Wearing daily sunscreen is a non-negotiable practice (always apply it after you apply moisturizer) that helps prevent premature aging, dark spots, and even more serious skin concerns. It's about creating a barrier that shields your skin, allowing it to maintain its natural, youthful appearance.

But the care doesn't stop when the sun sets. Each evening presents an opportunity to cleanse away the day's accumulation of SPF, makeup, and impurities. This cleansing ritual is a crucial step in preventing clogged pores and the ensuing breakouts. 

Think of your evening skincare routine as a way to reset your skin, preparing it for another day's challenges.

Beauty Uncovered

Looking good without makeup is not just a matter of choosing the right skincare products. It's about prioritizing self-care on every level to ensure that you love your skin so that it rewards you with a natural radiance. 

When you understand that natural beauty is nurtured from the inside out, through a combination of quality skincare, healthy lifestyle choices, and preventive measures, sticking to consistent practices is crucial. Embrace these practices and witness the transformation of your skin, allowing you to confidently present your natural self to the world. 

The best makeup is the one you feel you don't need. This journey is about celebrating and caring for the skin you're in.

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Diary / Beauty / Mar 22, 2024

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