10 Oct 2017 42 comments

Embracing Minimal Makeup.

I don’t know if it’s laziness (very probable) or getting older (also very likely) but I’ve really embraced minimal makeup in the last six months. Gone are the days where I would reach for liquid liner, never leave house without lipstick and could hit pan on powder within weeks…

Honestly, I’ve never really felt like I suit a lot of makeup. Dark colours and liner look a little harsh on me, and my eyes are quite sensitive to pencils so that alone was rather off-putting!
I think all those times I put on my lazy makeup kind of morphed in to one, and before I knew it that was just how I did my makeup now…

Once my base is down, I feel like my whole makeup look comes together! I love to sweep on primer under my foundation for the most flawless result.

Yes to less...

One day earlier this year, I had a bad breakout and I was slathering on foundation to cover my bad skin – a combination of fresh, hormonal acne and the red, angry scars they leave behind, so gorge – and I realised that I was making it worse.
Thick layers of foundation, concealer and powder were masking my skin completely and even drawing attention to the area!

When it comes to foundation, less is definitely more!

I realised that a more natural base looks fresh and glowy, and it blurs the imperfections in a way that foundation just doesn’t. Very few people have truly amazing skin, so I’ve learnt to just get over it and accept that yeah, I haven’t been a teenager in almost 10 years but yes I still have spots.

Nowadays I go easy on the base, but I like to layer up a few quick products to ensure my skin is prepped to perfection. I use a good, hydrating moisturiser, a balm for extra nourishment, an SPF and a smoothing primer too on occasion. All in small amounts, so it never feels heavy or too much, but it makes such a difference to the overall look of my skin!
Then I go in with a small amount of foundation and buff it in well until it looks super natural, and add a touch of concealer if I think I really need it.

I'm all about the effortless look!

I still feel like I get my makeup fix because I experiment more but with less products – I switch up my powder highlight for liquid, or opt for a cream if I’m feeling fruity. I keep less products on hand too, because I feel like it allows me to get ready quicker without all the distractions.
I also find I’m rotating my products more, because I’ve got a little extra time and I know exactly how I like my makeup so I can be a bit more adventurous in other ways.

I really don’t feel myself unless I have my brows done, but I’ve worked with this by getting them waxed and tinted regularly. It took me a while but I found a girl who knows brows and she does mine perfectly every time, which means I never have to do much to ’em!

Since embracing the less is more look, I’ve definitely enjoyed the time I spend doing my makeup a lot more – gone are the days where it was a chore to paint my face!
What do you think of embracing minimal makeup?

  • You look gorgeous Kate!
    This year I also have been wearing much less makeup. I even threw away all my foundations because I always found it way too heavy for my skin (despite all formulas), so now I just go with a BB-Creme if I’m in the mood for it and it looks way better on me than a layer of foundation. In summer I went almost every day completely without make up and I got so used to it that I still find it a bit weird to wear it now in the colder days. Nevertheless, I play more with make up and switch products just like you and I think it is such a great look 🙂

    Have an awesome day x

  • Love your minimal makeup look! I’ve definitely been embracing a lighter base recently – it took me a long time to realise how much better my skin looks without super heavy coverage.

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  • I am usually a no makeup kinda girl. It’s just never been my thing growing up. But when I do wear makeup (once in a blueeeeeeeeee moon), I am very minimal. I love the minimal look.

  • Minimal makeup has become my go-to look recently – I just love it!
    And you look gorgeous as always!xx

    Melanie | Lilies Beauty

  • I like to go full on sometimes, but my everyday look is definitely minimal. Your skin looks beautiful in these photos!

  • Emily (byemily)

    I’m trying to keep my everyday make up more minimal lately, I like to have a full coverage if I am going out but during the day, especially if i am not going anywhere, I just find it uncomfortable.

  • Your makeup always looks so flawless! I always try to wear a minimal look because I don’t really like heavy makeup. Love this post! X

  • Gorgeous pictures Kate 🙂

    Mel x mediamarmalade.com

  • I am for all things minimal.


  • Kimberly Ann

    Your makeup looks so pretty! I need to try eyebrow tinting!


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  • I’ve been opting for more minimal makeup lately too and then throwing on a bold lip when I feel like something extra. Great post!

    xo, Elisabeth

  • I used to wear a full face of makeup every single day, but something changed within the past 3 or 4 years and now I don’t wear ANY makeup at all (not even to work). I love the way a clean and bare face feels and I love how quickly I can wash up, shower and get into bed at night. Before, it used to take me 10 minutes just to remove my makeup! And just think of all the money I’ve been saving, too, not having to buy new makeup every month!

  • Minimal make-up is my go-to at the minute as well, I’m so over full-faced looks now!

    Sara – Flemingo

  • I definitely go for a minimal make up look as I too think that a lot of make up doesn’t really suit me and my skin type. I’ve struggled with acne throughout school and up until now at 21 and I find that using a minimal amount of make up really helps! I used to layer up my foundation and concealer so much to hide my spots, but for me it just made my skin look worse! Beautiful photos Kate 🙂 x

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

  • I love less is more during the week for work, i’m really into glowing skin at the moment and am having a lot of fun trying out new products and skincare and working on improving my base rather than covering it. I do love playing around with make-up though and usually have more fun with it at the weekend! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Travel



  • You look absolutely beautiful Kate, and the minimal makeup look really does suit you!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • I have issues with eczema etc., so I’ve found minimal makeup is the only way forward – the less I wear, the better it is! Also: is this just also so much less hassle?!

    • What’s your favourite mineral makeup? x

      • I actually don’t need any – I’ve found as long as I stick to brands that are hypoallergenic I can use regular makeup – but that does not mean I’ve not had some accidents trying new things along the way!

  • I totally feel you on this one, as I found myself in the same situation about a year ago
    I skipped the foundation – wear a BB cream if my skin is really bad – and now only go for a brow and some mascara. Red lipgloss if I’m really fancy
    And my skin has never been more beautiful, than it is now. It really makes a difference!

    And you look so stunning with a light makeup <3


  • you look glowing kate. i love using more minimal makeup on a day to day basis and the ordinary serum foundation is perfect for me.


  • Juliana Paz

    Back in April when spring approached I found myself loving the minimal makeup look. Months later I just as big of a fan of it. My skin feel light and airy. Maybe it has to do with age? Hahah any who, I’m adoring it and only spot conceal if needed.


  • Your skin looks incredible! I’ve been trying to embrace minimal makeup too but I just don’t feel like myself without my full face on! I loved your video on confidence and it’s inspired me to take better care of myself. Thank you 🙂



  • klararosa

    I felt the same way for a while – I love makeup, I really do, but with time, wearing it turned more into a chore and less into something I do because I enjoy it. I stopped wearing anything for about 9 months, letting my skin and spots and scars breathe some fresh air. I only started wearing a bit more makeup again about 2 months ago: very little product of everything I use, sheer coverage, glowy and radiant textures. I think embracing what you’ve got and enhancing it a bit is what makeup is all about and I’m finally in a place now where I’m not just preaching, but also really living that. xx

  • Reece Andavolgyi

    even after I’ve tried heavier routines with foundation, winged eyeliner and all that I’ve always gone back to minimal makeup! It’s fresh. yours looks amazing and your skin is beautiful!


  • Emma Louise Cameron

    Hey lovely, I’m based in Glasgow and absolutely love your brows. Can I ask who you go to to get them done? xxx

    • Hello! Oh great, I go to Lisa at Renfields Hair and Beauty x

  • I’m really beginning to love minimal makeup just bought some glossier bits that I am excited to try.


  • I love minimal makeup looks so much, and I’m glad that you’re liking it now too! <3 🙂 Looking super pretty as always!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • I feel exactly the same – as I’m getting older, I think heavier makeup just isn’t suiting me! Yours is looking beautiful Kate! Steph x

  • Lisa Autumn

    You look so fresh girl! I think I need to try that as well..

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Francisca

    I definitely agree with you, less is more! I find that full coverage thick foundations only exacerbate what you want to hide, so dewy options have been my go to for the past years. You always look flawless, regardless! x

    Francisca May

  • Alex L

    I am into minimal makeup as well for everyday life ! I spend less money, I am being more efficient… I do have the same feeling as you, I don’t suit very much makeup ! I love a natural base with mascara and lipstick !

  • Minimal makeup is definitely the way to go!! I think caring for your skin is the number one step that anyone should do – piling on concealer/foundation to cover spots is most everyone’s natural go-to, but when we realize that it’s doing our skin worse is when we can finally start changing. I agree that as I get older I tend to care less about having a spot or two – it’s only human! Now if only everyone could get in the habit of not pointing out when someone has a spot on their face – it’s not like we don’t already know haha.

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • Love a good minimal look! It’s refreshing to have a clean and simple look every now and then. x


  • I’ve had bouts of acne and although it’s better, I still think about it constantly. I’m so glad atm I can wear lighter glowy formulas, it does wonders for my confidence and complexion overall!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty • Lifestyle • Photography

  • You look soo lovely and natural and your skin really does look great! I’ve never really been one for heavy makeup either, but I do love a good bold lip colour and smokey eye every now and again xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  • The minimal makeup look suits you SO well! I love incorporating less into my own makeup routine as the years go on to embrace my natural beauty to let it shine through, too.

    Less foundation, more moisturizer is my trick!
    XO Amanda