Top 20 make-up products for natural and pared-down beauty

Summer is fast approaching and with it comes the shift from heavier make-up coverage to a more natural, fresh-faced look.

So to help make the transition as easy as possible, we've picked some our favourite natural make-up saviours, from high-end brands to the more purse friendly buys.

There's the best of the BB creams and the most natural nude lipsticks, plus all the products you need to look glowing and effortless.

  • Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25, £30

    A fab 3 in 1 product that revitalises, evens skin tone and protects. An easy one step way to a natural ,dewy base.

  • Bobbi Brown Brightening BB Cream SPF 35, £29

    How can we not want a cream that promises to hydrate your skin and brighten up dull areas. It has a nice high SPF also, so perfect for the summer weather.

  • Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream, £12

    Crammed full of pigment making it perfect for if you like a little more coverage but don't want to use a heavy foundation.

  • Max Factor CC Cream, £9.99

    Correcting un - even skin tone and leaving you with a nice shine free natural finish. But we like that it has a low SPF of 10 so is great for when flash photography is going to be around. One for the wedding season perhaps?

  • Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, £29

    Primers can sometimes have quite a heavy consistency, but not this one. It's light weight, tinted formula is the perfect base and real does give skin a radiant glow. Perfect underneath a loose powder.

  • bareMinerals Original Foundation, £25

    Talking of loose powders, this one from bareMinerals feels like, well, skin. It's the ultimate in natural foundations, lightweight, good coverage and long lasting.

  • Estee Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder, £28.50

    What ruins the perfect natural base? A cakey powder but not this one. It dusts on light and leaves you with a sheer glow.

  • Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisterizing Balm


    The perfect product for your carry-on, a high SPF and a great formula for dry skin after a long flight.

  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30, £29

    The make-up bag must-have of tinted moisturisers, gives skin a glow and a natural finish.

  • Body Shop Honey Bronzer, £13

    The last thing you want when creating a natural make-up look is a heavy orange bronzer. Not with this one, it's caramel tones and 4 shades means you'll be left with a light summer glow.

  • Diorskin Rosy Glow Blush, £30.50

    This compact revolutionised the way we used blusher. One sweep on the apples of your cheeks and the product reacts with your skin tone to leave you with the perfect healthy rosy glow.

  • NARS Multiple, £30

    If you are a girl-on-the-go this is the product for you. The NARS multiple can be used as a subtle highlighter, a lip product or even on your eyes. It comes in a multitude of shades and try Copacobana for the perfect sun-kissed glow.

  • Miss Sporty Clear Mascara, £2.99



    A good clear mascara is the perfect natural eye product and this cheap and cheerful one from Miss Sporty does the job perfectly. Lengthening and separating lashes, you could also use it as an eyebrow gel to finish your "no-make up' make up.

  • Shu uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara, £20

    Ok, we know not everyone wants to give up their black mascara, so try this great one from She Uemura. It will leave you with enhanced natural looking lashes.

  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, £37

    The bloggers swear by it and it sold out straight away when it was put on pre-order. Full of natural matte, sheer and shimmering shades, it's great for an evening natural look.

  • Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Colour Balm, £17

    The holy grail of natural lip products this lip balm, moisturises and lives you with a sheer wash of colour.

  • Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms, £2.99

    We love these lip balms. They won't burn a hole in your pocket and are great at giving you a subtle layer of colour whilst keeping your lips hydrated.

  • L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Privée, £8.19

    How could we not adore this range of nude lipsticks. They come in 6 shades, selected by well known L'Oreal spokeswomen such as Eva Longoria and Julianne Moore.

  • Mac Lipstick in Myth, £15

    Can you ever go wrong with a MAC lipstick? Myth is a great nude for tanned skin tones.

  • Tom Ford Lipstick in Nude Vanille, £36

    Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. The formula of these lipsticks are smooth and creamy. Our personal favourite nude shade is Nude Vanille.

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