How to ace your daytime makeup looks

The power of makeup is undeniable. Our favourite makeup products help us enhance our features and encapsulate the definition of individual beauty. Daytime makeup, mainly, has been a hot topic these days.

Daytime makeup is about creating a natural, fresh, effortlessly polished appearance. It should be able to enhance your features without appearing too dramatic or heavy. Unlike evening makeups that include bold colours, heavier products, and too intense shading, daytime makeup is all about a subtle and lighter approach.

In this blog, we will look at how you can enhance your daytime makeup looks.

What does daytime makeup look like? What makes them different?

The natural appearance and subtlety characterise daytime makeup. The aim is to enhance the features without drawing too much attention to your makeup. Here are the critical elements of daytime makeup:

  • Light coverage

Rather than heavy foundation, daytime makeup often involves tinted moisturisers, BB cream, and lightweight foundations to enable the skin to breathe while evening out the complexion.

  • A minimalistic approach

Less is always more when it comes to a daytime makeup look. Avoid any kind of heavy contouring, dramatic eye makeup, and bold lip colours. Rather than that, focus on creating a polished and clean look with sufficient edge to highlight your features.

  • Natural tones

The daytime makeup colour palette is generally neutral and soft. Consider light pinks, beige, peach, and browns that perfectly complement the natural skin tone.

  • Aim at freshness

The total effect of daytime makeup is to appear radiant and fresh. The ultimate goal is to show that you are naturally glowing from within.

Skincare routine to follow before daytime makeup

A good skincare routine is the foundation of any makeup look. Prepping the skin ensures the makeup applies smoothly and stays put throughout the day. Here is a step-by-step guide to an ideal morning skincare routine:

  • Cleansing

You can begin with a gentle cleanser to eliminate any overnight buildup of impurities and oils. Consider a formula that perfectly suits the skin type and avoid any kind of stripping of natural moisturiser. We recommend going with the Clearing & Calming Acne Face Wash 100 ml. While calming the skin, it also removes impurities for a fresher look.

Also read: 7 must-follow proper face cleansing steps

  • Toning

A toner assists in balancing your skin's pH level and can enhance oil regulation or additional hydration based on your requirements.

  • Moisturising

A good moisturiser is vital for keeping the skin hydrated and creating a smooth base for makeup. An oil-free and lightweight moisturiser will do the trick. Our recommendation is the Waterlight Gel Moisturiser 72 Hour Hydration 50 ml. It easily seeps into the skin without leaving any sticky feeling.


  • Sun protection

If you are going outside, then sunscreen is a must! Make sure you apply your sunscreen before your makeup to protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun.

Daytime makeup essentials

Now that you are well aware of what daytime makeup is and the skincare routine to follow before putting it, let us take a look at the essentials of daytime makeup looks:

  • Primer

After moisturising your skin, prep your face with a primer. Whether planning or applying a light coat, primer is essential. Applying primer ensures that your makeup will last longer. You can opt for The Pink Foundry’s 3-in-1 Mineral Matte Tinted Sunscreen that acts as a sunscreen, moisturiser, and a primer that provides protection and hydration while keeping your makeup in place.

  • Liquid foundation

When it comes to a foundation, finding the right shade makes all the difference in the world. If a foundation disappears without blending, you have found yourself an actual match. Give yourself enough time to decide on this.

  • Concealer

You will come across two types of concealers. One is available in stick form, and the other is liquid concealer. You should consider a liquid concealer for lighter coverage on a large face area. Stick concealers work best when looking to cover a short area.

  • Foundation powder

Applying a foundation can be a challenging process for some people. Too little of it is worse than not applying it, and too much gives you a cakey look. Make sure you are using a large and fluffy powder brush. You can start by applying a light coat all over the face. Proceed to press the bristle into the powder and then sweep across the skin in arches and long strokes.

  • Bronzer

It can provide your skin with a sun-kissed glow throughout the year. Consider using a dedicated bronzer brush to sweep a golden tan on your face. If you are not used to working with a bronzer brush, a pro tip would be to use a tint that is two shades darker than the skin at most.

  • Blush

Flushed cheeks have been a mainstay of makeup glamour for many years. If you are looking to add a little more vibrancy and colour to your complexion, blush can be the key. You can consider a dense brush with many bristles to apply the blush.

  • Mascara

If you plan to use only one product, mascara must be at the top of the list. A few swipes of mascara can make your eyes look brighter instantly.

  • Lip gloss

Before applying lip gloss, make sure you have prepped your lips. If your lips are cracked or chapped, use a gentle scrub to eliminate dead skin and apply a protective lip gloss.

Easy daytime makeup looks

Now that you know what the essentials you need for daytime makeup, let us take a look at the steps to get a ‘no-makeup makeup look’ for the daytime:

  • Apply a lightweight foundation to even out the skin tone.
  • Consider using a concealer to cover any blemishes and brighten the under-eye area.
  • Dust your face lightly with setting powder
  • Use a neutral eyeshadow to shade all over the lid
  • Define the lashes with mascara coat
  • Introduce a touch of blush to the cheeks for a natural flush
  • Finish up with a tinted lip balm

Parting Thoughts

When it comes to daytime makeup, there are two things you need to keep in mind: One is following the proper steps, and the other is using the correct products. We hope you have no issues with your daytime makeup routine moving forward.

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