Non-touring: An Easy Guide to the No-Makeup Makeup Look

As a NY State Licensed esthetician, non-touring is a make-up-trend-dream come true.  Why you ask? As a skin care expert, I commonly dissuade clients from heavy, plastered-on make-up…because why cover beautiful skin?  

Nailing this ethereal, angelic and dewey look starts with serious skin care and skincare-centric cosmetics.  I recommend monthly professional facials with extensive facial massage or a micro-current treatment for muscle lift and definition.  Because non-touring does not rely on darker shades of foundation or powders to carve-out the contours of the face, the muscles must provide that definition and lift from within.  Many celebs like J-Lo frequent spas with micro-current add-ons to get that lift and glow. 

At home peel pads... 

like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily peel pads are awesome for revealing radiance and combating the signs of aging.  DCL Skin Care has a great at-home peel pad that is called the G20 Radiance Peel pad (20% glycolic acid) for a more clinical exfoliation 1-2 times per week.  Both are super convenient because they are pre-saturated and measured!  You just have to wipe onto clean skin, wait the directed amount of time and rinse your way to rejuvenated, hydrated and renewed skin.  It's like having an esthetician at home with you…and who doesn't want that?

Freshly exfoliated skin needs hydration in the form of serums and I love ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C. 

Hyaluronic acid binds water to the skin for that bounce-back factor and dewey-ness and Vitamin C is my all time favorite for brightening, tightening and lightening.  Check out Obagi's Professional-C Serum 15% and SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, which is packed with hyaluronic acid.

Prep you skin with a light-weight and nourishing primer like Jane Iredale's Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener (available in a new oily skin formulation) mixed with equal amounts of her Dream Tint tinted moisturizer. 

This gives just enough coverage and a beautiful glow.  For more of a strobing effect, MAC's Strobe Cream is amazing (I add a drop or two into my tinted moisturizer). For cheeks: a touch of cream blush on the apples of the cheeks does the job!  Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick in Pink Peony is gorgeous and works for almost everyone!  (Pro tip: use your cream blush on the lips to really tie in the look!)    

To add even more of an angelic glow, Benefit's High Beam liquid highlighter is stunning on the brow bone and top of the cheeks as well as on the top of the cupid's bow, for a gorgeous pout. 

You may need to mattify the T-zone with a bit of loose powder or an oil blotting sheet.  After that, complete the look with 3-4 healthy coats of mascara (I've loved Lancome's Hypnose in Excessive Black, for ever and ever) and set with your favorite facial mist.

People who know me know that I am obsessed with facial mists...

check out Jane Iredale's Pommist Hydration Spray and my new fave Spring Facial Mist by Dr. Jenise Parris from her line called Beauty Water.  Viola!  Now you look like a glowing, angel-goddess.