The ultimate natural makeup look for spring in 5 easy steps (and the £6.99 product you need to achieve it)

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  • We may all be stuck in the house at the moment, but that doesn't stop us wanting to look good.

    Sure we now have a permanent uniform of leggings and a jumper, but work calls, and let’s face it just mirrors around the house, have us wanting to keep our faces looking good.

    So this natural makeup routine is just what we all need for an easy little pick-me-up.

    Whether you want a fuss-free natural makeup look for quiet days at home, or just fancy treating yourself to a new product or two, this guide has got you covered.

    How to achieve an easy natural makeup look

    Step one: Freshen up foundation

    “Lighten up your base” is a spring beauty cliché, but it makes sense.

    Brands always launch exciting formulas now and so few women need full coverage anyway.

    If you have reasonably good skin with the odd tone issue try sheer foundation with heavy-duty concealer only where needed.

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    Credit: Sisley

    SHOP NOW: Sisley Phyto Hydra Teint SPF15, £76, Space NK

    New Sisley Phyto Hydra Teint SPF15 shows how far tinted moisturisers have come.

    It’s got just-enough pigment, a radiant finish and the same antioxidants and hydrating botanicals as the brand’s luxurious skincare, which explains the price.

    More shades would be great, but it’s sheer enough to adapt.

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    Credit: Burt’s Bees

    SHOP NOW: Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows liquid makeup, from £7.50, Feel Unique

    Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows liquid makeup is less advanced on the skincare side but offers similarly comfortable, dewy coverage.

    Step two: Powder your brows

    Most women use pencils and gels for easy eyebrow grooming, but recently I’ve been converted by powder.

    It gives soft definition so you can avoid that scary drawn-on look and sits nicely all day without going gunky or flaking off.

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    Credit: MaxFactor

    SHOP NOW: Max Factor Real Brow Fill & Shape, £9.99, Lookfantastic.com

    For beginners, Max Factor Real Brow Fill & Shape combines a soft twist-up crayon and a powder that you dab on with a little sponge.

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    Credit: Benefit

    SHOP NOW: Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette, £26.80, John Lewis

    Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette looks a bit intimidating but that vast selection of shades and textures is extremely useful.

    Press the end of the angled brush into a powder, or combine two for an exact shade match.

    Flick sharply through brow hairs to bulk them up then set using the spoolie and wax.

    Step three: Try a new lip texture

    The lip trend pendulum has swung back from high maintenance mattes to easy-going glosses and stains.

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    Credit: Clarins

    SHOP NOW: Clarins Lip Milky Mousse, £19, clarins.co.uk

    New Clarins Lip Milky Mousse is good fun.

    Squeeze out the custard-sweet cream, bounce it on using the bingo dabber sponge and it’ll set into a dry, weightless tint.

    natural makeup look

    Credit: L’Oreal Paris

    SHOP NOW: L’Oreal Paris Brilliant Signature, £10.99, Feel Unique

    L’Oreal Paris Brilliant Signature looks like a gloss and applies like one, but lasts longer and lacks that irritating stickiness that attracts strands of hair.

    Be Brilliant, a fiery orange-red is my pick of the 12 shades.

    Step four: Go easy on the eye

    Eye crayons are everywhere for spring, and no wonder.

    They’re fun, portable and require no skill whatsoever – just draw along your upper lid, smudge a bit depending on the look you want and that’s that.

    The textures vary considerably so there’s something for everyone.

    natural makeup look

    Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

    SHOP NOW: Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon, £19, Cult Beauty

    An absolute classic is Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon a chunky firm pencil that lays down lots of pigment without dragging.

    The shades, mostly glamorous metallics, are designed to intensify your eye colour and make a lovely liner or, if the end’s a little blunt, smoky shadow.

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    Credit: Revlon

    SHOP NOW: Revlon Colorstay Glaze Sticks, £6.99, Boots

    New Revlon Colorstay Glaze Sticks are much softer, like cream shadow in a stick and give a wash of sheer colour.

    It comes with a sponge on the end but I find fingers easier for blending and cotton buds better for cleaning up.

    Step five: Less is more lashes

    The mascara arms race for bigger, fatter, faker-looking formulas is over and there’s a refreshing focus on lash health and subtle flutter.

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    Credit: Rimmel

    SHOP NOW: Maybelline The Falsies Lash Lift, £9.99, Look Fantastic

    Maybelline The Falsies Lash Lift does all of the above thanks to a fluffy, hourglass-shaped brush that gently pulls eyelashes upwards as it coats them in the fibre-infused formula.

    natural makeup look

    Credit: Rimmel

    SHOP NOW: Rimmel Scandaleyes Volume on Demand Mascara, £7.99, Feel Unique

    Rimmell Scandaleyes Volume on Demand Mascara has a clever, loose texture that’s ultra subtle on coat one, then can be layered up again and again without clumping.

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