All about the base | Minimal AF base

Well hello, there you beautiful human! It’s been a hot minute since the last time I through one of these posts from the ‘All about the base’ series at you! We’re definitely long overdue and today I wanted to chat with you guys about the infamous no-makeup makeup look. I’ll admit I don’t reach for it all the time as I prefer a full face but when you are strapped for time or I simply don’t feel like wearing makeup, this base will come super handy!

So let’s jump right in!


For me, when it comes to my skin, nothing bothers me more than my under eye situation. It’s discoloured, dark and overall makes me look like a zombie. So even if I don’t really feel like makeup I like to spruce up that area with good ol’ concealer! Most of the time I don’t even spot conceal (even if I have a couple of blemishes) as I am not trying to look like I’m wearing makeup with this look, I’m just trying to look a little more put together. Of course, with under eye concealer I have to set it with powder to keep it from creasing a lot. So a little bit of powder to set the concealer is necessary, I usually go with a loose powder. If need be you could also do a little bit of spot concealing and set your face with a translucent pressed powder to give your complexion an overall boost. If you do want to set your face with powder, follow up with a setting spray to get rid of the powdery look!

Tinted brow gel

This step depends on your brow situation. My brows are pretty so my usual brow routine even for a beat face of makeup only really takes me a minute. On no makeup days, I slap on a tinted brow gel and move on! I really just need a product to keep my unruly brows in place!


This is the type of base/makeup look (the only type) where I don’t mind a natural, more defining mascara. In any other situation I like my mascara to provide maximum length & volume & be super dramatic – but with a super simple base, a subtle mascara works better. I also don’t go HAM with the application and lightly coat the lashes so it doesn’t look obvious that I’m wearing mascara.


And that wraps up this post! Do you guys like no-makeup makeup looks? All do you love full glam all the time? What makeup products do you use for a simple base? Drop a comment and let me know! I hope you all have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post.

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  1. Annie

    August 12, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Love wearing minimal base and tons of highlighter during summer time! <3

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 12, 2018 at 6:21 am

      Yass you can never have too much highlighter on!

  2. Nikita

    August 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I minimal makeup look is key for the summer. It’s too hot for me to even bear putting makeup on my face but I always do my brows x Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 13, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Exactly, it’s still winter over here but we’re heading into the warmer months so I know I’ll be reaching for this look more

  3. Clare Whittaker

    August 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I love a minimal base! similar to you with just a little concealer and mascara!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 13, 2018 at 1:29 am

      They are the best for when you just don’t feel like wearing makeup

  4. Hannah

    August 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    This seems like such a great makeup look for Summer! I always need a foundation, as I hate how red my skin gets, and it only gets worse in Summer haha xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 13, 2018 at 1:29 am

      I’m a foundation addict regardless of the weather I have other simple looks in the works as part of this series that do include foundation- this is one I whip on when I literally have 2 minutes to get ready

  5. Nicole

    August 12, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I love a good natural look! But brow pencil is definitely an essential for me!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 13, 2018 at 1:27 am

      Brows are definitely the key to any look – simple or glam

  6. Rivania Pillay

    August 13, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Ah I also love having a minimal look. Great product choices.
    x Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 13, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      It’s a handy look to go with. x

  7. Coco

    August 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I totally understand, wanting the minimum no-makeup look. On school days , surprisingly I do more. But when I decide to jump in on the grocery shopping trip I like to do similar steps!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Simple makeup looks are definitely perfect for when there’s minimal time to do makeup

  8. Lisa

    August 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I am resting in the hot weather from make-up. I only use mascara. This gives expressiveness for my eyes.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I can’t leave the house without mascara

  9. Danielle Alexa

    August 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I am all for a minimal base and makeup at the moment!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      There’s something so easy and addictive about simple makeup looks

  10. The Exclusive Beauty Diary

    August 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I’m definitely fan of minimal make-up or no make-up. Thank you for your tips about minimal make-up. I really enjoy reading it.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you for stopping by the blog!

  11. Aleeha

    August 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Lovely post! Since on a day to day base I don’t really wear makeup, I love doing simple makeup like you’ve described when I do feel like wearing it.
    Aleeha xXx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 20, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      It’s the perfect look when you don’t feel like makeup. x

  12. Shailja@BABE

    August 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Brow gel and mascara are my daily go-to products! I would love to apply concealer on my sleep deprived eyes if I had the time… quite a useful list for sure.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 20, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      I cannot live without those two as well as concealer, those three are a must!

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