Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It can be anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: sos@beautymnl.com. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!


Ellen: “I commute work and don’t have much time in the mornings to fix myself up. What’s the easiest, fastest way to do a simple no-makeup look?”

ANSWER: Between traffic and the stress of commuting, your everyday look should be as short and hassle-free as possible. Our recipe for a simple no-makeup makeup? Just 5 steps, 5 products, and no more than 5 minutes. Follow our step-by-step guide below.

First things, first: prime your skin. Sweeping an invisible layer of product under makeup might seem unnecessary, but it makes a world of a difference. A good primer can do everything: blur your pores, eliminate texture, even control oil. In other words, it leaves your skin looking exactly like skin—but better.

HOW TO APPLY: Dispense a pea-sized amount of product onto your finger. Dot it over your cheeks and T-zone, then spread it out from there. Using upward motions to blend it out to the rest of your face.

OUR PICK: NYX Shine Killer, P840. Shop it here.
The key to natural-looking clear skin is just enough cover-up, never too much. For no-makeup makeup, we like to apply concealer only where it’s needed. This trick will hide any noticeable blemishes but allow your natural complexion to shine through. For best results, pick a lightweight formula with buildable coverage.

HOW TO APPLY: Dot the concealer over any problem areas. These are most commonly under the eyes, around the nose and mouth, and over acne scars. Blend everything out with your fingertips for a believable finish. Feel free to layer more product over darker blemishes if needed.

OUR PICK: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, P199. Shop it here.
No matter how flawless your skin may be, anyone can look dull and lifeless without a hint of color. It’s a sign of good health, after all! On pale-faced days, fake a flush with a multi-purpose tint. Go for a sheer formula to cop that healthy, glowing, lit-from-within look.

HOW TO APPLY: For lip color, swipe the tint over your entire pout. Spread and dab the color with your fingertip until you achieve your desired intensity. For blush, apply the tint directly over the apples of your cheeks (three “whiskers” will do). Quickly blend in the product using your fingers. It should sheer out and look completely built-in.

OUR PICK: Skin Genie Lip and Cheek Stain Alive!, P80. Shop it here.
Kilay is life, and we’re not just saying that. Your brows frame your face and can spell the difference between looking fresh and looking fatigued. For no-makeup makeup, all you need to do is lightly fill and define your natural brow shape. Any formula will do, but when it comes to ease and precision, we recommend the classic brow pencil.

HOW TO USE: Brush your strands into place with the spoolie. This will tidy up stray hairs and reveal your natural brow shape. Then, fill in any bald spots with the pencil. Short, fine, hair-like strokes will look most natural, as opposed to highlighter-style shading. Finally, brush through your brows again to blend the color and soften harsh lines.

OUR PICK: Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil, P1,400. Shop it here!
Last but not least, keep your work intact with a light dusting of setting powder. Go for a translucent formula and concentrate your application over the oiliest regions of the face. This will help you avoid that super-flat-matte look but control sebum where it’s most prevalent.

HOW TO USE: Dip a powder brush into the product. Tap off the excess. Gently sweep the powder over your T-zone to prevent shine, under your eyes to set your concealer, and anywhere else you applied cover-up.

OUR PICK: Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, now on sale at P260 (limited time only). Shop it here.
Five, four, three, two, one, done!