Best No Makeup-Makeup Brands

organic makeup brands

"I don't really wear a lot of makeup.
I'm looking for more of a no makeup-makeup look, like a natural look. 
What do you suggest?"

--via Facebook message

I get asked this so often I thought it might help some of y'all out there! While I can definitely find you beauty products from here and there to complete your request, I thought it would be easier to share some of my favorite no makeup-makeup brands. These give you a natural look, are great for beginners and those who don't want to wear a lot of makeup. Plus, I think many of you will fall for what a lot of these brands stand for.

I lovingly call this my Model's Day Off brand. This brand features skincare, which I love for glowy skin, but they feature makeup as well. You can grab the basics, like their perfecting skin tint, boy brow, and generation g lip product. See my Glossier review and video here.

What drew me to this brand was the genius idea of everything being in stick form--how easy is that? Makeup crayons for your eyes, lips, and face...and it was started by two sisters and their mom! You can easily find shades that will work for you that look natural. My faves: lip+cheek pencil, magnetic eye color, and their concealer pencil. Find them at Sephora and read one of my many mentions of Nudestix here.

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I love Ilia because each product is filled with up to 85% bioactive organic ingredients. They want to create the purest products possible. Even the containers are made from recycled aluminum. And their line is lovely. I want pretty much everything. Above is what I've tried from them. Find them here and get your list ready.

I had heard of this brand for years, but mostly for hair care. Then I started getting packages from them with skincare that I loved. But their makeup line is what really got my interest. I had no idea they did makeup! While there are pigmented products for a more dramatic look, they offer plenty of no makeup-makeup options.

Wearing Aveda shadows, eyeliner, lip liner, lipstick, and gloss as seen in the pic prior to this one

More Suggestions:

Paula's Choice--Another skincare brand that features makeup

It Cosmetics--They have some very natural-looking products. Their CC Cream works on just about anyone.

Neutrogena--Grab a lip crayon, eye shadow stick and foundation to keep it looking natural.

Almay--Whenever I get asked for a really natural-looking mascara, this is at the top of the list.

Mineral Fusion--Find this brand online and at Whole Foods

100% Pure--A great organic beauty brand

Burt's Bees--Another skincare brand but this one has really stepped up the lip products! Here's a new favorite of mine from Burt's Bees.

Do you like the no makeup-makeup look?
Which brands would you try/like?


  1. Lovely makeup look Elle! These brands sound really great. I love a natural makeup look! Nudestix is brand I would like to try!

  2. I love the no makeup look! I knew Aveda did makeup but have never tried it or even looked at it! That lipstick and gloss is so pretty!

    Doused In Pink

  3. I am all about no makeup makeup especially being a busy mom, I need to look fresh without a lot of effort and of course I can't look over done for carpool! I need to try Glossier!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. Thanks for sharing these "no makeup" brands! I want to try Ilia and Glossier sometime soon. I love IT cosmetics and Paula's Choice.


  5. I'm a huge fan of the no-makeup look:) I haven't tried anything from Ilia and Nudestix so those would be great to try!

  6. I'd love to try Ilia and nudestix! The Glossier products look fab too - ahh, so much to try!

  7. I'm a huge fan of Aveda! That lipstick color is absolutely gorgeous! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. I love IT cosmetics so I agree with your statement that their CC cream works!! I love your beautiful no-makeup makeup look!! Flawless! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  9. This is such a fun post, Elle! I used Aveda a lot when I was younger and totally forgot about their products. Thanks for the reminder! I'm a huge fan of IT too -- totally agree with you about the CC cream!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  10. I just posted a funny about the no-make up/makeup look - how it costs hundreds to look 'natural' ;) haha Truth.

  11. Ilia is definitely in my list to try! I have read so many amazing reviews on the brand but the steep price always put me off.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  12. I'm all about the no-makeup look, so I will have to check some of these out! Glossier and Ilia both sound intriguing to me!

  13. Nudestix sounds like so much fun! I love the idea of having a pencil for everything!

  14. These are such great suggestions! I love having a more natural look as the weather gets warmer so I will be saving this post!

  15. I would love to try NudeStix and It Cosmetics.

  16. The Ilia products look lovely! I want to try more Burts Bees too, I usually just stick to their lip balm!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  17. i had no idea Aveda did makeup either! wow. i'll have to check them out, i love their other products. i STILL haven't tried the it cosmetics cc cream, one day!

  18. You look beautiful! I need to work on my no makeup look, I think it is because I cannot leave the house without eyeliner on and it always looks so dramatic.

  19. I need to try some of these!! Thanks for posting this as I love some no makeup look!

  20. I love this post! Thanks for doing this. You look drop dead gorgeous in that last pic, btw! WHEW

  21. I haven't tried anything from glossier yet, but I have heard lots of good things. I really used to like Aveda skincare but never looked at or tried their makeup. I love your look here so I need to check it out! Love the new Burts Bees Lipsticks!!!

  22. These are a lot of new products to me. I would love to try some of these for a natural look for M-F when I don't really need to look like I'm wearing a ton of makeup, yet I want to look put together and not tired!


  23. Beautiful look on you and thanks for all the brand suggestions! I'm all about lighter looks for everyday. :)

  24. I haven't hear of a no makeup- makeup look before. I like just use some BB cream for a light makeup look.


  25. Loving all of these natural look brands! Aveda has always been a favorite of mine!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  26. You look amazing, the finished look is so pretty and I love the colour on your lips! I would love to try the CC cream from IT Cosmetics, I read over 10 great reviews about it! x


  27. These cosmetics looks so tempting :-) Nice suggestions dear :-)

  28. Ooh, I've never heard of Ilia, but looks gorgeous!!

  29. I love a good no-make up look for a day off!

  30. Awesome look. Want to try glossier makeup brand.

  31. You look amazing with the no-makeup makeup! I liked Aveda and Ilia, but the Nudestix was the brand that drew my attention now! The 2 sisters and mom really had a great idea - I love everything that comes as a pencil, it is so much more practical! And travel friendly!

  32. I've recently been into more natural makeup looks! I really do a full face anymore. I'll have to check out some of these brands!

  33. So, I had no idea Aveda sold makeup? lol #livingunderarock I love the no makeup makeup look! Girl, I can't even tell you the last time I wore eyeliner. I sort of ditched it sometime last summer?

  34. Oooh, I want to try Aveda makeup! I use a lot of Julep products because it's all in stick form and I'm lazy. Haha!

  35. I do like the no make up look! And NudeStix has definitely helped with that!


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