The ‘My Face But Better’ Makeup Combo

Don’t you love it when people can’t tell if you’re wearing makeup and they think you just have naturally long eyelashes, an even skin tone and glowy cheeks? Personally I love it, it makes me feel like my makeup skills have seriously come a long way from ye old days when I was 13 and I used to think experimenting with my mum’s makeup made me a pro.

Now don’t get me wrong I love a good bold makeup look, but for day to day I’m all about nailing down a ‘my face but better’ makeup combo that compliments my natural features. Here’s a breakdown of the cocktail of products I’ve been reaching for that make me look a hell of a lot better, but not in that “Oh she’s clearly wearing lots of makeup” kind of way:


For the base: Nars Sheer Glow + Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer are a match made in heaven for me. Using Sheer Glow with a beauty blender really helps even my skin out and the thin consistency of the creamy concealer makes me feel like I’m literally applying a second layer of skin. I know that sounds creepy but it’s actually brilliant. The result of the two products combined is a fresh face with skin that looks a whole lot better than what I started with.

For the cheeks: Sadly my cheekbones aren’t naturally radiant (I wish), but a few swipes of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Incandescent Light’ and my glow factor goes way up. I’m one of those people who would rather skip all eye makeup than forego highlighter because I think a nice glow just takes my cheeks to a whole new level. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Jaclyn Hill?


For the eyes: I love using MAC’s Brule shadow as a flesh-toned, neutral base all over the lid, pairing it with a mixture of the two matte brown shades ‘Naked’ & ‘Buck’ from the Urban Decay Naked Palette through the crease to lightly define the socket. I make sure to take both shades a little higher than my natural crease as well to make it look like my eyes aren’t so hooded (damn hooded eyes).
After pushing MAC’s Black Tied eyeshadow along the upper lash line as a liner and adding a touch of MAC’s Nylon to the inner corner of the eye to brighten things up, I use a few swipes of my Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara to subtly lengthen my lashes and I’m ready to go.

For the brows: I’ve got fairly thick brows so I don’t fill them in but they can get pretty unruly, so I love using the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to keep my brow hairs in place. It’s a no bells and whistles brow gel but it gets the job done.

For the lips: I’ll either go for MAC’s Patisserie or the Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream in ‘Spice Spice Baby,’ both of which are muted pink tones and real ‘my lips but better’ shades. That’s exactly what they look like on as well- my lips, but better.

Do you have a ‘My Face But Better’ makeup combo?


156 comments so far.

156 responses to “The ‘My Face But Better’ Makeup Combo”

  1. I bet this looks amazing! You've used some lovely products! 🙂 Xx

  2. Hannah says:

    This sounds like such a gorgeous look! I love it when makeup looks so seamless that it just looks like your skin but better! xo

  3. Natalie Y says:

    Love this natural look. I need to purchase the Clump Crusher mascara again, I remember really liking it! 🙂
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  4. I'm always looking for new products that I can use on a day-to-day basis for a more natural look, and some of these look so nice!

  5. Cheyanne says:

    Great post! The naked palette is my absolute favourite and I have been eyeing the NARS Sheer Glow for some time now. Looks like I am going shopping!

  6. Loved this post! I love these kind of makeup looks, lets face it we don't always have plenty of time to mix it up and do something creative. Some days we just want to make a complexion clearer and brighter and cover up dark circles.

  7. DiagonSally says:

    I love a my face but better look and Naked and Buck are my two most used shades on my Naked Palette! For my lips I usually go with Mac Twig as I find it's just slightly darker than my actual lip colour.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

  8. I love the title of this post! I always used my Naked palette, it creates the ideal look!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  9. Oh man, the Nars foundation and concealer are two items on my wishlist. As well as so many other Nars products. I love minimal makeup looks that still look pretty and feminine 🙂

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  10. Charlotte says:

    'make-up skills have improved from when I was 13' hahah! I hope they've improved;)! That ambient lighting powder palette looks gorgeous! Love this subtle look!
    Charlotte //

  11. I tend to prefer a more natural makeup look most days too. I tend to reach for the Bobbi Brown corrector on those days and I also really like the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer. I've heard so many good things about the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, I may have to give that one a go!


  12. Barbrah says:

    I love the nude colors. Thanks for sharing xoxo

  13. Barbrah says:

    I love the nude colors. Thanks for sharing xoxo

  14. LeahSephira says:

    I love nude and earthy colors too 🙂 It makes it look so effortless.
    Also a big fan of the Naked palettes.

    – LS

  15. veebz boo says:

    I completely agree with you hun! I love it when it looks like I have no make-up on, but somehow still look refreshed lol. I think that the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer is amazing for perfecting the under eye area for me. It's definitely my favourite concealer at the moment. I also have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette and think that it's a wonder product. It's so strange how you can't really see it go on, but then your skin has a radiant glow to it afterwards. Thank you so much for sharing these products, I basically love them all.:) – Valentine’s Day Make-up Look

    • I don't tend to wear under eye concealer but I do hear all the time that the Nars concealer is so perfect for that. Couldn't agree with you more about the hourglass palette as well, it was such a good purchase!

  16. bryony grace says:

    I can't believe I haven't tried any Naked pallets yet they look gorgeous! I need to make myself try one soon!

  17. I love it when people can't tell that I have makeup on also. The Nars Sheer glow is one of my favourite foundations, it leaves the skin looking natural and radiant. I bet this makeup up look turned out fantastic.

    Keisha xo
    The Chrysalis Gal

  18. I seriously need that hour glass palette, my goodness it is stunning!

    Kierra | Lavishingg

  19. Beautylymin says:

    The original Naked palette is still my favourite of them all! xx


  20. I live on my face but better combos! I use to go super crazy with colourful eyeshadows and liners to the point where when I took off my makeup I looked like a completely different person that it scared even myself hahah. I love when people question my eyelashes as well!

  21. Neeny says:

    I actually prefer having more of a natural look on a day to day basis 🙂
    I haven't tried any of these products before so I'll be trying some of them!

    Neeny x

  22. Nataliya O says:

    I'm loving this! I started paying more attention to simply enhancing my features. I hate completely covering my face with foundation so I'm obsessed with the beauty blender. I actually spritz it with rose water to make it damp. Nothing like radiant skin!
    Style Tomes || Instagram

  23. Cherie Koh says:

    Oh I definitely go for the no-makeup makeup look when I'm in the hurry in the mornings, especially with work! I love the Hourglass palette too! It's so versatile and gives the most perfect broze-y and glow 🙂 I use the NARS creamy concealer too but alas I have dry skin so sometimes it still shows up as being slightly flakey (ew) on my skin sobs.

    Cherie x
    say hi at sinonym

    • Oh in the dead of winter sometimes that can happen to me too actually, I find sort using my face with some sort of facial spray before applying the concealer usually helps with that 🙂

  24. Rae says:

    I'm loving so many of these products right now! The hourglass Ambient Lighting powder is my absolute fave!

  25. I recently bought NARS Sheer Glow and the Concealer and have been loving them so far! Really want to try the Hourglass powders, heard such amazing things about them!
    Brigitte x |

  26. Maddy says:

    I really love the look of that palette, the powders look amazing!
    Maddy, xo

  27. Rachel S. says:

    I think the no makeup makeup look takes longer then a full on glam makeup look lol


  28. Lisa Santos says:

    Love the products mentioned in this posts. And it is actually so great that no makeup makeup look. Everyone just thinks that you are naturally glowy and flawless haha x
    I wish you added a photo of you with the look , so we could see how the products really work and look when applied x

  29. Great products used Hun, I think this would looks gorgeous on.

    Nicole xx |

  30. This is such a lovely makeup combination! The Nars concealer is my holy grail concealer and I've been really wanting to try the hourglass powders!

  31. Shay Bella says:

    Loved this post! "My face but better" is definitely a look I try to achieve on a day-to-day basis as well! I've been wanting to try out the NARS Sheer Glow for quite some time – I've heard great things! And the Urban Decay Naked Basics is usually ALWAYS my go-to palette! Xx

    Rosy Cheeks |

  32. ich LIEBE die naked paletten. aber das ist die einzige die ich (noch) nicht habe! :-O

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  34. No makeup look is actually one of my favourite looks, especially when I want to have one of these relaxed days and still look good. I prefer lightweight foundations or BB/CC creams, do my brows, apply some mascara and pinkish lipstick then I'm ready to go. 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I'd love to feel comfortable wearing something like a BB cream or CC cream, I usually opt for medium coverage though to cover up those pesky post-acne scars, they can be so frustrating!

  35. Gabrielle says:

    I love how you describe the look as being one that looks natural/flawless without seeming as though you're wearing a ton of makeup, that's what I often go for too. Your product suggestions for the base sound great, I really need to get into using primers…

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  36. Cristina SF says:

    The Urban Decay Naked Palette looks amazing. I must get my hands on it! 😉

  37. Great items! Love the naked palette and the concealer. They're still on my wishlist. 😉
    Isabella xx

  38. I love your picks here – the Nars foundation and concealer combo is just so flawless yet still fairly natural-looking and of course you can't go wrong with the Naked 1 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  39. SLovesAutumn says:

    I can't seem to nail my daily face, or make the Hourglass powders work for me. It's making me sad.

    I need to buy another bottle of Sheer Glow because the shade I have is so wrong for me. A great foundation like that really makes a difference.

    And I'm completely with you on the whole highlighter need! It's definitely a Jaclyn influence.

    Shanelle || SLovesAutumn


    • I recently changed my shade in Sheer Glow and it made such a huge difference! If you can grab a sample and take it home to try it out in your own lighting/environment, I find that helps a lot 🙂

  40. Celina says:

    MAC Nylon is such a good inner corner highlight! I haven't used it in a while but this is a good reminder for me to revisit it! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  41. This Naked eyeshadow palette is my favorite! I really need to try the Hourglass palette!!

    Mel |

    • I do love the hourglass palette, but I don't tend to use the last shade in the palette so sometimes I think just picking up the highlighters individually would've been a better option.

  42. Phoebe says:

    Thank you for sharing your "my face but better" makeup combos. Its always interesting to know what others use. We share some similar favourites. The "my face but better" makeup combo I like is: Just skin tinted moisturiser by Chantecaille, with Dolly wink eye liner in brown, Mac eyebrow pencil in Lingering, Anastasia clear brow gel, Urban decay eyeshadow in naked and whatever 1 or 2 eye shadow colors I like on the day and No7 lip liner in nude with a korres lip butter.

    • That sounds like a perfect combination of products, I'm sure that all looks beautiful on you! I wish brands like No7 were more accessible to us here in Australia, I'd love to try some of their products.

  43. I love all your products on this list especially the ambient lights 🙂 -Maireem

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  45. Emma Spencer says:

    So many fabulous products in this article babes! I seriously want everything. Together it sounds like they create the most flawless complexion and make up look. I'm still dying to get my hands on that Too Faced eye shadow kit, just looks so good! Xx

  46. Ana Soares says:

    Love the shadows :3

    Ana ♥ N/POST

  47. Rochelle Fox says:

    Love your post! I agree, it's nice to wear a more natural makeup sometimes. 🙂
    Good vibes, Fox
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  48. Love Nars's Creamy Radiant Concealer. I also have the Sheer Glow Foundation, and I do use it from time to time, but my skin doesn't seem to love it. 🙁

    Thirteen Thoughts

  49. Adele Miner says:

    Love this post, thanks for sharing! I really like your blog, let me know if you would like to follow each other! x

  50. Lan says:

    Wow nice make up products <3


  51. Very nice. I would love for you to check out the 10 Truths Every Blogger Can Relate!
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  52. I have yet to buy the Naked palette myself, but I really should because the colors are just amazing.

    Heba xx || The Heba

  53. Osiarah Blog says:

    I need to buy this palette, I see it everywhere! It seems to have such great colors.
    Thank you for sharing x

    Camy xx

  54. Gemma Magpie says:

    Ah the naked 1 is my favourite, it's the best xx

  55. Shopaholic says:

    och, perfect cosmetics <3

  56. i need to have this palette, it looks amazing… all these products look so perfect..

  57. Eleanor says:

    This is such a lovely post, would love to see what the finished makeup look looks like
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  58. Rochelle Fox says:

    Thanks for sharing this products.

    Good vibes, Fox
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  59. Love these natural colors. I'm definitely going to try that "all year beach girl" look, even though it is snowing now in New Jersey, haha! Thanks.

  60. Ana Picazzo says:

    I agree with you Julia! I love the "no makeup" makeup looks, they are perfect to wear on a daily basis, it works wonders for me, specially when I'm going to school and I don't want to look like I'm trying too hard. When I'm running out out time I only curl my lashes and use a little bit of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder. It might not sound like much but to me it makes a big difference. I really enjoyed this article. Wishing you well,
    Indie Suns | Bloglovin'

    • I think curling your lashes makes a huge difference! It makes my eyes look so much more open and awake so I can see how that * brows would make a big difference 🙂

      Really happy you liked this post Ana!

  61. Sora Hwang says:

    I love how you titled this, and yes, the absolute best feeling! I'll have to try some of your product suggestions. 🙂

    Via Sora

  62. NARS radiant creamy concealer has been on my list for ages! Love this post. xo

  63. Beckie says:

    That NARS concealer has been raved about – I definitely need to get my hands on it!

  64. CH1K says:

    Ahh! Yes!! I love the NARS products so much I don't know what I've been doing without it in my life! Although I have switched up my foundation to a too-faced one which I actually really like too! Have you tried it?

    Sending you love from Sydney xx

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  65. So many gorgeous products in here that are in my favourites! I totally agree on the Beauty Blender comment – after buying my first one during my NYC trip (I know, SO late to the party, but I love my Hourglass Brushes) I can't imagine not using it for foundation! It makes everything go on SO nicely.

    Thanks for sharing x


    • I'm right there with you, some people say the beauty blender is really overhyped but I really can't imagine putting on my foundation without it now! It's like a little pink miracle sponge for me 😉

  66. Katie Mills says:

    Your picks are beautiful! For a no-make up make up look I always go for a tinted moisturizer, a really good undereye concealer, MAC's Hue lipstick and a really good mascara x

  67. Chantalle says:

    Great picks! We very nearly have the same routine for eyes in regards to eyeshadow and lipstick for an everyday look, I also use those shades and Patisserie as well! xx

    Chantalle |

  68. Oooh loving all these products hun, gorgeous colours and beautiful collection of products you're using!! 🙂

    Layla xx

  69. Emily Santos says:

    OMG drooling over here … I am a HUGE makeup collector, and just recently I bought the Ariana Grande lipsticks from Mac, and loving them too!

    A Day in Durham

  70. Lovely post, your photos are gorgeous! There are definitely a lot of products here I'd love to try, especially NARS Sheer Glow Foundation!

    Troves and Roses

  71. I myself love natural makeup looks just to give that radiance to the skin and the features. Bold looks have just been booked for loud occasions in my case. Nice selections. 🙂

    Chaste & Beautiful

  72. Claire says:

    I just tied the Nars foundation applied with a beauty blender today and I absolutely loved the finish, I don;t think my foundations has ever looks so blended!
    xxx Claire

  73. Kate Flint says:

    No makeup makeup is a great look 🙂 The application is just as important as the products I find! 🙂

    Kate |

  74. Elese says:

    I'm a terrible beauty blogger – I didn't even know that Anastasia did a clear brow gel! I'll be checking this out for sure.

    Elese |

  75. Ayesha Ajaz says:

    NARS Foundation seems so tempting ^_^
    Checkout my blog sometime 🙂

  76. I loved these shades and would like to include in my makeup kit. Also, few of them I have tested and are perfectly matching up with my skin tone.

    melissa@Revitol anti aging cream

  77. It's true that whether you consider yourself fair, medium, dark—or let's be real, somewhere in between—this list of 22 makeup shades will look great on you and make restocking your makeup bag a breeze.Very informative thanks for sharing.

  78. I just tied the Nars foundation applied with a beauty blender today and I absolutely loved the finish, I don;t think my foundations has ever looks so blended!
    xxx Claire

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