How Do Models Look Good Without Makeup?

You’ve probably found yourself wondering before how top models look just as good without makeup as they do with. With their flawless, blemish-free complexions, it can be hard not to feel curious or even jealous of their buttery skin.

Some are born with good genes, so their skin is a natural, effortless thing. But others put a lot of time and money into enhancing, protecting and improving their skin. 

Read on to find out how models look good without makeup. 

Good Genes

We mentioned it above, but it’s worth mentioning again – some people are just born lucky and have good genes that give them beautiful skin with minimal effort. Others will be prone to skin imperfections that they will have to work on.

It’s perfectly natural to have skin blemishes and other issues; in fact, many top models struggle with acne, rosacea and other problems! Kendall Jenner has famously spoken out about her skincare issues. Regardless, she is one of the top models in the world – she didn’t let her skin concerns hold her back from a successful career, and you shouldn’t either.

Sometimes, you can’t get rid of skincare issues entirely and it’s a case of managing them. Read the below to find out the best ways to keep skin looking its best, regardless of your individual skincare concerns.

Prevention is the Key

It’s never too early to learn how to take care of your skin. While it’s possible to undo skin damage, the best way to take care of your skin is to start as early as possible and prevent the issues in the first place. Many people start to wear makeup at a young age but completely forget to take care of their skin. 

If you wear makeup, you need to know how to take it off properly to prevent spots and other unwanted skin issues. A double cleanse using a good quality face wash in the evening should effectively remove your makeup as well as clear the skin from any dirt, bacteria, makeup, sunscreen and sweat it may have produced and/or absorbed during the day.

Issues like hyperpigmentation and premature wrinkling can be undone, but it can be time-consuming and often pricey. It’s best to try and prevent these issues before they occur.

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Having a good skincare routine is hugely important if you want to look good without makeup. The most important skin care product is SPF/sunscreen, which should be worn daily to protect skin from the harsh effects of the sun. You should wear sunscreen year-round, not just when the sun is out; UV rays can penetrate clouds and damage the skin even when it’s winter. Not only will this prevent signs of premature aging like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (dark spots that look a bit like freckles), but it will also protect your skin from health concerns like skin cancer. Don’t forget to cover your neck and chest as well as your face – basically any area of the skin that is exposed. 

The most important thing about your skincare routine is consistency. Remember to cleanse twice each evening, use SPF every day and use moisturizer cream both day and night to keep skin hydrated.

Exfoliating is another great way to keep skin glowing. It helps to buff off dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin underneath. This will also help prevent blocked pores which may cause spots/blemishes. Scrubs can be used up to 4 times a week depending on your skin’s needs, or you can use a chemical exfoliant. 

Serums are a great way to target specific issues. Serums are concentrated skincare products made to target key areas of concern. All serums are made differently and work to target different issues – they can work to reduce acne, redness, wrinkles, large pores, hyperpigmentation and more. They’re a great product to add to your skincare routine. 

Facials and other professional skin services are also popular. Most supermodels will have a dermatologist who provides them with catered skincare advice and products to tackle their individual issues. All of us have unique things we wish to tackle; whether it’s acne, hyperpigmentation, redness or dryness, figuring out your biggest issue is the best way to tackle the problem area because you can find products that work to target that specific issue. A professional skincare advisor such as a dermatologist will help you figure this out, or you can try learning more about skin for less serious issues or if you don’t have the money to visit a dermatologist.

Additional products like lip balm, collagen supplements, Vitamin C serum and Gua Sha (a facial massage method great for reducing puffiness) will also help keep the skin looking great. 

The absolute most basic thing you need to know about your own skin is your skin type. This is usually oily, dry or a combination of the two. Don’t confuse dryness with dehydrated skin; all of us can get dry, even oily-skinned people. Excessive dry skin can feel tight and often be flakey. Oily skin will be shiny. Each skin type will require different products to ensure they’re kept healthy, clean and hydrated. 


Models look good without makeup in pictures largely due to editing. If you see any unedited photos of makeup-less models, you’ll soon see they have the same skin concerns as the rest of us! Models can’t avoid large pores, acne or redness any more than the rest of us (though they do perhaps have the means and money to sort it out). 

Post-photoshoot editing will help blur fine lines and pores as well as any other imperfections seen on the skin. 


Even when a model looks like they’re wearing no make up, don’t be fooled! The no makeup makeup look is very popular. This is where concealer, mascara and other makeup products are used with an incredibly light hand to make it appear as if no makeup was used at all. This is a great and easy way to cover redness, blemishes, undereye darkness and other imperfections to make it appear as though the skin is naturally perfect. This makeup technique is commonly used at modelling agency auditions as it emphasizes a model’s natural beauty without masking them. 


Social media has made the use of filters commonplace in photos and even in videos. It’s very common for celebrities, including models, to use filters to make it appear as though their skin is flawless – even when it isn’t. You don’t need to be an editing genius to do this, either – most editing apps require one click of a button to reduce redness, make spots disappear and blur pores and lines.

Don’t be fooled by what you see online, in particular on Instagram where the model has full control over the images they post. Filters are commonly used, even when they say there isn’t. Filters can also be used to transform the shape of the face; eyes can appear large, hair more voluminous and lips bigger.

Brows, Lashes, Fillers and Other Enhancements

Nearly all models have additional enhancements done to their faces to make them appear beautiful without any makeup. This can include things like eyebrow tinting and waxing, lash extensions or perming, and lip fillers.

Eyebrow and eyelash tinting means a model doesn’t have to wear mascara – their lashes have been dyed to appear darker than they actually are. 

LVL’s are a way to perm the lashes and make them appear curled naturally, without the use of an eyelash curler. A brow wax or lamination can make the brows appear higher, giving the forehead a natural facelift without the surgery. Brushing the brows up and keeping them in place with brow gel (or even soap used with a toothbrush) can help to replicate the effect at a fraction of the cost. 

Fillers have become more popular over recent years and now it’s very common to see people on Instagram and social media with plumped-up cheeks, higher cheekbones and stronger jawlines. These non-evasive procedures do require a needle and a professional should always be consulted beforehand as botched results – and sometimes permanent disfigurement – are commonplace if you go to the wrong person. 

Eating Well

A healthy diet is a key way to keep skin healthy and glowing. Eating lots of fruit and veg will not only keep skin healthy, but will also keep your hair and nails strong, too. Lots of top models take additional supplements to make sure they’re getting all the key nutrients they need. 

Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins and keep skin hydrated and plump from the inside.

Sleep is also important for good skin. A lack of sleep can cause puffiness, dark under eye bags, blemishes and dryness.

Exercise will also help keep the skin glowing as it will improve blood circulation.

Be Patient

Taking care of your skin is about trial and error. What works for someone else might not work for you. The skin regenerates new cells every 2 weeks, so it’s important to try a new product or routine for at least that long before deciding if it’s working for you.

Always talk to a professional whenever possible as they’re the best people to give you advice. Try not to take anything you see online (especially social media) too seriously, as more often than not this advice is purely made to go viral and may not always be effective or even safe. Anyone can share anything nowadays and it is usually not from a professional source.

Sometimes, a good skincare routine, healthy diet and enough sleep will still not be enough to get rid of blemishes. In this situation, it’s best to speak to your doctor about other potential avenues to help clear your skin up. It’s easy to feel frustrated and often defeated when you’re struggling to get nice skin, but don’t worry – you’re in good company, as many of us have skincare concerns. Stress, too, can cause skin issues – it is our biggest organ and will reflect poor health, both physical and mental. Try not to worry about it too much and get help from a skin professional if you’re really worried.

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