The no makeup look surfaced along with the androgynous and normcore style, and is perhaps a balance between pragmatism and feminism. Feminism has a dirty smell to it, don’t you think? It’s no longer what it once was. It started as a fight for women to have equal rights as men, to be able to study and work if they wanted to. Somewhere along the way this got misinterpreted, and today you are being judged if you choose not to study and not chase a typical career. I think it is more often women judging other women than men judging women, making women our own worst enemy. I think this is a huge step back. Unfortunately we live in a society where we are all supposed to do the same thing. People like to analyse, generalise and box us up in some category. Like never before people are burned out and depressed, particularly women, possibly as a result of not living the life they would have wanted to which is unfortunate for the diversity we could have had. When did having studied or not define who you are and your intellect? Hold your urge to flip my words around, I’m not saying we should all become 60s housewives spending our lives ironing and not studying. I’m saying it should be up to anyone to be and do what ever they like without being judged for not fitting the norm. A friend of mine made millions importing, reinventing and further developing a sports vehicle – all without studying and without any help. The biggest bloggers started out typing in their living room and now earn 6 digit numbers. Blogging at top level is respected as a profession only when that level is reached, certainly not before. Yet barely making it through university and scoring a job where each Monday morning is dreaded is respected? Something is just not right.

Anyway, personally I think the no makeup trend is a liberating trend. I think it should be up to oneself to put makeup on or not, and it certainly shouldn’t be part of a job description of looking presentable. Putting on makeup should be a choice based on what makes you feel good. As much as I like a smokey eye for evening, I prefer stepping out almost bare faced when running errands. By almost I mean I cheat a little because wearing some makeup makes me feel better, such as a bit of skin coverage and framing eyes – all so subtly it still looks like I’m not wearing any makeup. It’s the no makeup makeup.

The no makeup makeup look is basically accentuating your natural beauty rather than creating something different. It doesn’t necessarily mean less makeup, just applied differently, and it’s not as scary as it may seem – I have tricks up my sleeve for you! If you have very fair eyelashes and shrug of the idea of not using any mascara I suggest tinting them a shade or two darker. Perfect for summer!

1. Start with a clean bare face and apply your usual serum and creams, as well as a good primer. A good skin routine is incredibly important to for healthy looking skin, and incase you missed it I wrote a post on some of my skin care favourites which you can find here.


2. Depending on how good your skin is you can either skip this step entirely, or use a BB or CC cream for a more even look, or a tinted moisturiser or foundation to cover up a little. I have scars and marks I like to cover, but I still want to retain bare-looking skin so I mix a bit of foundation with my moisturiser (which is basically the same thing as a tinted moisturiser – there’s a money saving tip for you!) and add foundation to areas where I feel the need of extra coverage such as around the nose where I tend to get redness, and on the chin where I have scars. Don’t go overboard with the foundation, you still want natural looking skin. If you have dull looking skin you can mix a bit of a liquid highlighter with your moisturiser for more glow, just makes sure it’s not too shimmery.


3. This step is all about looking more awake by hiding dark circles, and sculpt the face by cleverly applying a matte highlighter. Apply under eyes, along nose, on brow bone, between brows and around lips. Also cover any blemishes and fill in brows. Finish with a matting powder.


4. Eyes! For the ultimate no makeup look we ought to lay off the mascara, but fear not because there are other ways to frame the eyes. Using a brown kohl eyeliner you are going to tight-line your lash line. That means you are going to colour the little space between each lash being careful you don’t get any on top of the lash line. This is often what they do when they tattoo eyeliner. If you feel naked without the mascara, sparingly apply a brown or clear mascara on the top lashes. C’est tout!



Optional… pair with a messy bun and a buttoned up shirt.


Products I used:

Serum – La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ (also found in Boots)
Moisturiser – Ole Henriksen Herbal Day cream
Foundation – YSL Touche Eclat B40
Concealer – MAC NW15
Matting Powder – MAC blot powder Medium
Eyeliner – Lancome
Eye brows – Anastasia Duo

The shirt I’m wearing was found in the Asos sale but is now sold out. This Boyfriend style striped shirt is also nice!


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  • Lisette July 11, 2014, 22:45

    You’re so right!! I agree on everything u said. We make women our own worst enemy!
    I admire people with dedication and commitment to reach their goals, but it doesn’t matter what your goals are.
    We shouldn’t judge eachother. Do what makes you happy. You don’t impress me with money or stuff you have. But i admire people who never give up, stay positive and treat others as they want to be treated.

    The no makeup trend is definitely liberating, i suffer bad skin. Just started to break out last year, guess its stress and hormones:(. sucks, especially because i’m in my late 20’s. A year ago i wouldn’t have left the house without makeup on but i don’t care anymore. It’s my skin, and yes it’s bad but we all have something we’re insecure about. Most times we make insecurities a bigger problem for ourselves than it really is. I try to focus on the things i like about myself instead of only having eyes for the things i dont like.
    I do feel prettier with a bit of makeup on though. haha

    Your skin looks perfect to me Celina! But thanks for the tips!:)

  • Svetlana July 11, 2014, 22:52

    I love this article, you’re a flawless and brave lady x Ps. your English was always good but now you would have to forgive people for thinking it’s your 1st language.

  • Svetlana July 11, 2014, 23:08

    I have to comment again to say I have to pin this twice, once under makeup and again onto a board I have your inspiration,things on inner strength and walking your own path in life.

  • Lu July 11, 2014, 23:44

    I love this post. The message in the beginning is very true. Everyone has a different purpose in life. Feminism isn’t about having to work a desk job – feminism is about the ability to choose what your purpose in life is. I am pursuing a law degree but some of my best female friends never went to college. Even more, some of my peers in law school want to practice law for a couple of years then become a stay at home mom! At the end of the day woman needs to do what makes her happy!

    And lastly, the no make-up look is great! Keep inspiring us!

  • Kait July 12, 2014, 05:03

    Thank you for this post, Celina. I couldn’t agree more with all of it. I think your views here are consistent with Third Wave Feminism, which is a wonderful and liberating thing. Unfortunately, Second Wave mentality is back with a vengeance, attacking the conventional by supplying a new box of acceptability. As a good friend of mine says, “the power is in the choice.” Women supporting each other in their choices is the start of a change for the better. I loved reading this post, and the makeup look is gorgeous. I’ll be trying that for the farmers’ market in the morning!

  • Ilena July 12, 2014, 05:12

    You look even more beautiful than with makeup, love this idea!!

  • Daniela July 12, 2014, 06:13

    I definitely think you can choose what you want to do with your life according to your dreams and desires, of course we should keep in mind that possibly we need at least a basic education that allows us to have a rapprochement with the world in which we live and have full awareness of the choices we make. Once you have that basic education in childhood and adolescence, it’s up to you to continue your education or not. I think life is short and we should enjoy it but at the same time, knowledge is power. Of course that knowledge can be acquired through experience and not necessarily in a classroom.
    Love your freckles :)

  • Aziza July 12, 2014, 06:15

    Merci for the tips! In the second to last picture, you look exactly like the singer Shakira O.O
    P.S: I wholeheartedly agree with all your points regarding feminism. It seems like nowadays, god forbid if your goals in life are different from working from 9 to 5 everyday and earning six figures a year. It’s getting ridiculous.

  • Nicole July 12, 2014, 09:15

    I couldn’t agree more on the feminist part. It’s not what it once was, and now it’s not really favoring most women anymore. It’s actually targeted at degrading men it seems like, and giving crazy goals and expectations. I feel like if someone doesn’t want to study for years, or maybe be a stay at home mom that should be ok too. I personally like being held open doors for, and being “a lady”, and according to feminists that’s wrong, haha :P

    Love the makeup too btw. I mostly do a full face of makeup all the time as I have a lot of time on my hands, but every once in a while I enjoy a no-makeup makeup look too :)

  • byanoush July 12, 2014, 09:33

    Wow! Amaizing! Me love!!!

  • francesca July 12, 2014, 10:27

    Awesome post!

  • Mariaarielle July 12, 2014, 11:05

    Jeg er veldig gla i den type look, har mange dager jeg ikke orker å legge noe særlig, bare dekke rødbeter i huden. Jeg elsker tipset med eyeliner isteden for mascara (noe jeg ofte dropper) så dette skal absolutt prøves!

    Jeg er forresten helt enig med alt du sier! Hvor er det blitt av mulighetene til å velge selv hva man vil. Samfunnet er lagt opp til at man må jobbe. Man skal bli kritisert for alt nå for ikke folk bare kan slutte å behandle hverandre slik å heller fokusere på de positive tingene i livet..

  • Sara July 12, 2014, 17:09

    I agree with you on everything! You don’t have to have a university degree to have a good life. Of course, it depends what “good” is to you. Anyway, you are so cute and you look great without makeup!

  • Jeanne July 12, 2014, 23:21

    You look amazing!

  • Chris July 13, 2014, 00:49

    I always use makeup because my skin is very oily, but simetimes i think eye makeup make people looks older. I love little bronzer too, makes me fell less white and healthy

  • Emily July 13, 2014, 01:33

    I really enjoyed this post a lot. Not only because I love the no makeup look, but because of the message you created too. I recently graduated from university in a longer program, and now I have a good job. People say I am so smart and worked so hard. I now feel kind of sad I have this job. I feel like I am supposed I be a successful and well educated person. My own expectations have kind of shifted my life from the happiness I want. I will figure it out, I’m just 24. I don’t care about money anymore or being successful, I just want to be happy. Thanks for this post and your insight. You look great!

  • Helene Sofie Stenstadvold July 13, 2014, 08:54


  • Heena July 13, 2014, 18:24

    You Are Beautiful, Celina!
    I Agree With Everything On What You Wrote Above.. Feminism is In fact Over rated!
    Love Your Shirt! Loved The Tutorial!

  • Adi July 14, 2014, 18:22

    Hey Celina.So glad that you started writing again :) Anyway a while back you posted a music video by a norwegian band “get you”. It was about some roadtrip. Can you please share the name of the band or the link to the video?

    • Celina July 14, 2014, 20:05

      It was Martine Marbel! X

  • Dwightinha July 15, 2014, 10:36

    Min mann og jeg diskuterte akkurat dette med utdanning, personlige valg, jobbtitler og det voldsomme presset for å inneha den riktige jobben, den riktige titlen og ikke minst fasade her forleden. Opptakten var i relevans til vår nabo som har en lei tendens til å slå rundt seg med sin CV og sin jobb distinksjon i de mest irrelevante sammenhenger. Skulle være helt unødvendig, men vi konkluderte med at det må jo være en form for usikkerhet, og en mangel på, eller en erstatning for, vanlige sosiale antenner. Det siste burde holde i lange baner. Helt enig i innledningen din, og det legger et umenneskelig press på unge i dag. Har en gutt på 15 år, og jeg ser allerede at rotte racet har startet i hans omgangskrets.

    Bortsett fra det var det en kjempefin innføring i no-makeup makeup. Noe jeg spesielt liker å benytte meg av om sommeren. Det med mascaraen kjenner jeg meg nok skyldig i! Du har fantastisk hud og du er like vakker uten sminke som med.


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