How to Get Summer’s No-Makeup Makeup Look

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You're entitled to give your beauty routine a rest every now and then, and summer is the perfect time to start. Going the "no makeup" makeup route translates into a fresh face that looks fabulous from day to evening.

Marking a refreshing change of pace from the usual smoky eyes, red lips, flushed cheeks and hyper-saturated colors that dominate during the rest of the year, summer's barer face takes a minimal approach to beauty. Of course, the words "no makeup" don't actually mean no makeup at all. Achieving a look that celebrates your natural beauty and enhances your features is, in fact, all about choosing the right products.

It's possible you already have a few of them right there in your treasure trove of beauty booty, but the new bareMinerals® bareSkin™ Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29) is practically a must if you're planning to rock the less made-up look this summer. Formulated without fragrances, parabens, oils and silicones, this skin-loving mineral pigment foundation is available in 20 shades and leaves behind nothing but flawless perfection. And with a skin-loving cocktail of antioxidant-rich lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C to help reveal brighter more even toned skin, and a chemical-free, broad-spectrum SPF 20 to help prevent sun damage, this is the foundation of your dreams – one that does so much more than expected.

It's lightweight and airy, with buildable coverage that diminishes imperfections without appearing cakey. This light texture is what makes bareSkin™ Foundation such an approachable product – it revolutionizes the idea of foundation as we all know it, mimicking the appearance of bare skin with its game-changing formula and weightless consistency. Its development from start to finish is fascinating, as Bare Escentuals Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Development, Sarina Godin, shares in this behind-the-scenes video.

Though there are no hard and fast application rules, bareMinerals suggests using one to two drops of bareSkin™ Foundation for a lighter finish and adjusting as needed for greater coverage. Buff, buff, buff to achieve the kind of enviable glow you typically associate with summer – it's really that easy to look phenomenally fresh even in the throes of sticky heat.

You don't need much else when you're rocking gorgeous skin – it's the radiant face that stands out more than bright, over-the-top colors. Skip the usual suspects in favor of a lower-maintenance lineup. Besides your foundation, opt for a tinted lip balm and a neutral blush. Look to shades with a natural finish – a sun-kissed peach, a soft rose – in lieu of bolder colors, and apply two coats of mascara to finish.

It's so easy to break up with your usual makeup and embrace a more effortless beauty routine for summer. This barely there, fuss-free look is all about beautifully soft, luminous skin – and who doesn't love that?

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