Like most teenagers, mascara was my first makeup item -clear at the time- as well as my favourite ally when it comes to looking awake and rested when nothing feels like it internally. With the years, however, I’ve started to notice something whenever I paired light makeup with mascara: without much coverage and without much brows, my mascara looks too harsh, thick and black -or brown-. Instead of flattering my eyes, it makes them look darker and almost highlights their redness as well as the dark circles under them. I’ve started by applying a lot less on my lashes, and, a few months ago, just kept my mascaras out of reach whenever my picks were all about sheer, invisible makeup, therefore building a makeup look which I’ve learnt to appreciate.

It all begins with a light coverage, a base as invisible as makeup can be: for me, it goes hand in hand with cushion foundations, with a preference for the dewy or glowy ones. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation -SPF 25 / PA+++- is a lovely mix of luminosity, silkiness and sheerness, a perfect mix which can however be replaced by the L’oréal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation  if a little bit more coverage and a more affordable option is needed. As foundations and concealers go hand in hand, the latter has to be luminous and hydrating as well. I like to reach for the Glossier Stretch ConcealerSuper creamy, it keeps the delicate under eye area highly hydrated and prevents any ugly and uncomfortable dryness. If the brows are kept very simple, the cheeks require a little bit of dimension, just to make up for the lack of it around the eyes. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder -in Light– is still my favourite, only the difference between the cheeks with and without it can disclose the trick, the powder itself is undetectable. After a little bit of  matte dimension, it never hurts to balance things out with a little bit of luminosity. Because it is my latest makeup purchase, I currently love using the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lightning Dust and Fire Crystal –only Lightning Dust, the left side, for this natural look-. Blended above the Kevyn Aucoin Powder, it creates the most beautiful, healthy yet sculpted, cheeks. The final touch is the lip balm, on the lips and … the lashes -the Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pot is my current favourite-: after a quick use of the eyelash curler, it lightly darkens the blond ends of the lashes and holds a discrete, natural curl for at least the next couple of hours, a longevity which conveniently matches the staying power of a lip balm on the lips…

 The final look is amongst my favourites: it looks put together, but nobody -myself included- can quite point out why or which feature is responsible for it and I’ve got so many compliments on it that it makes me rethink wearing mascara at all, well, not really because this sentence alone scares me!


  • I have seen people look gorgeous without mascara, but I don´t think it is a look I like on myself. Simply because I love darker eye makeup and liner, without them I feel naked. And those two do require some mascara backup.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I understand what you mean, I think it is also a question of habit! I know I felt weird at first, but I got used to it, especially since it makes my eyes look bigger!

  • Yiotou_La

    I use a mascara even if I am not wearing makeup, I love how it gives definition and I couldn’t think of not applying one, it would feel awkward! Have you tried using a clear gel mascara, to wet and define your lashes in a natural way? xx


    • I’ve tried to find one the other day (as I used to wear some when I was very young), but couldn’t find any on the market, do you know one I could use?

      • Yiotou_La

        I am currently using one from Technic that I bought recently, nothing special, I use it on my lashes and brows to tame them. I know ELF has one and also Maybelline. Try asking for one at your nearest beauty store to see what brands offer a clear mascara 🙂 x

        • I’ve asked the other day and the lady showed me clear brow gel (which I try to avoid because they dry my lashes out), but thank you very much for your recommendations 🙂

  • Kate

    Sometimes if I’m wearing really minimal makeup, I’ll skip mascara, but I couldn’t leave the house without curling my lashes! I’d not thought to coat them with a balm before, I will have to try that! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Definitely try and let me know what you think of this trick! Yes, I always curl my lashes as well, and make sure they stay that way by using my fingers to curl them again during the day!

  • I can’t be without mascara, I wish I could but my eyes need all the definition that they can get. I do however skip foundations on most days, I don’t even use a BB cream but only concealer under my eyes and around my nose.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of SanityBurberry Beauty Giveaway

    • Well, I wish I could do that, if I’m doing that, I just cannot wear mascara as it will make me look tired more than anything else, I don’t know what is wrong with my face…

  • I rarely not wear a mascara, even on very minimal makeup days it’s the one product I reach for. You must have beautiful lashes if prefer them without mascara on 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • No, I don’t think my lashes are beautiful, they are quite long, but I don’t have a lot of them! It’s just that my eyes look very tired when I wear some paired with a natural makeup, so I prefer to look awake, even though it means that my lashes aren’t perfect!

  • The Fenty Beauty highlighters were much bigger than I expected when I saw them in store. I always wear mascara, my lashes are so short and thin. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

  • Love this amazing post, truly inspiring, the picture is stunning, love your blog as well. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post!!!