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We know you're always on the lookout for make-up that highlights your best features. So here's everything you need to know to find the best daytime make-up.

For those events or weddings that take place during the day, we usually find it difficult to choose the ideal outfit and make-up. Daytime make-up is designed to bring the face to life, keeping the colour intensity moderate because of the natural light. This style is all about naturalness with a fresh feel to the face.

Given the endless possibilities, we ask ourselves what are the essential elements that any daytime make-up should have? That is why we will present all the necessary information for you to make the best purchase decision.


  • Daytime makeup should include 8 essentials: sunscreen, foundation, concealer, pressed powder, eye shadow, eyebrow makeup, mascara, and lipstick. This is the basic kit you must have to achieve a fabulous look for any daytime event.
  • The key to daytime make-up is to use soft colours that blend with your face. The idea is to flatter our features and correct imperfections without having too much make-up visible in daylight. The textures are very different from evening make-up, as it leans towards matte and soft satin colours.
  • Daytime make-up involves proper preparation of the skin for sunlight. We must remember that even if we wear make-up, our skin is still exposed to external agents that can accelerate premature ageing. In addition, we must keep it natural, as we don't want to look too heavy at a daytime event.

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Buying Guide

To buy the ideal make-up for you, you need to know in depth what these products have to offer. That's why in this buying guide we tell you about the most important factors, as well as the approximate budget and the stores where you can find a good variety.

Daytime make-up is an excellent tool for looking as good as possible. (Photo: kaboompics /

What is day make-up and what are its advantages?

Daytime make-up consists of a series of products that are used to have the perfect make-up while the sun is shining in the sky. During the day it is best to go for a fresh and simple look. This doesn't mean that we shouldn't look for long-lasting make-up products.

Daytime make-up goes for a light but long-lasting scent. The challenge is to find products that offer good coverage without clogging your pores or creating a mascara effect on your face. The essence of a daytime make-up is based on hiding imperfections and making them look more awake and alive.

The advantage of a daytime make-up is that it allows you to remain you but with a more even skin tone and without imperfections. Natural light makes colours look more intense, so you should counteract with soft tones. Daytime make-up plays it safe and shows others that your skin is healthy, even and radiant.

  • It enhances your features in a subtle way
  • It is ideal to look impeccable at work
  • It is a makeup that uses few products
  • Many products help to moisturize and nourish the skin
  • It is easier to remove with makeup removers
  • It does not support the use of false eyelashes
  • You do not have as much freedom to play with colours and textures
  • Some light products are not long-lasting

Natural or bronzer day make-up - what should you pay attention to?

The types of day make-up can depend on many factors. Among the most popular we can highlight the natural style and the one that evokes a summer tanned look. There are different styles and here we will tell you what each one entails so that you can make the best decision.

Natural. This one focuses on covering imperfections and highlighting features, so it uses a range of neutral tones, and makes use of matte-finish eyeshadows. It is ideal if you want to have a sober and demure look in your day to day life.

Bronzed. This type of make-up gives a more striking look but without losing freshness or being intense. It uses more earthy tones and even colours with metallic finishes that stand out. It is ideal for important daytime events.

Natural Bronzed
Shades Champagne, beige, oranges and pastel pinks Bronze, gold, pastel pinks and light browns
Eye make-up Light and light shades Strong but not intense
Blushes and lipsticks Pale pinks Corals, salmon and oranges
Combinations Bright and bold colours Muted colours and pastels
Ideal for Everyday life Special daytime events

Daytime make-up is the ideal complement to highlight your features in everyday life, without looking overdone. (Photo: Anderson Guerra /

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and qualify the different models of day makeup.

When it comes to choosing the perfect day make-up for us, it is normal that we are not sure what criteria to take into account. So consider the following aspects when making your choice:

  • Occasion
  • Preparation time
  • Skin Type
  • Attire


There is no rule that says that for certain special events you should use one or another type of daytime make-up. But it is an accepted rule that during the day you should avoid heavy make-up, and rather opt for a natural style.

Everyday. On a day-to-day basis, you don't need a full make-up routine, but just a few touches to cover imperfections and highlight your features. We recommend that you opt for a foundation, a soft blush and a pale or cream lipstick.

Daytime events. For a wedding or daytime party, bronzer-type makeup would look great, especially if it's taking place during the summer. So you can go for earth tones, and metallic bronze. Gold also looks great.

Similarly, for photo shoots where you want to highlight your silhouette or an outfit we recommend choosing a natural type of daytime make-up where you use neutral tones.

Daytime make-up is characterised by earth tones and pastel colours. (Photo: Pixabay /

Preparation time

We consider this criterion to be very important, as depending on the time you have available for your make-up, one or the other will be more flattering. If you are a beginner in the world of make-up and you have very little time a day to do it, we recommend you opt for the natural option.

In this case, focus on unifying the overall tone of your face and cover all imperfections, adding subtle touches of colour to your cheeks and lips. On the other hand, if you have more time, you can risk a little more and try to recreate a slightly more intense tan option.

Don't forget that practice makes perfect. Little by little it will take you less time to do each style of daytime make-up and you will be able to decide between one and the other without any problems.

Skin Type

Know your skin so you know what type of products and make-up suit you best. For example, if you have oily skin, you'll know that you should use simple make-up with light-consistency products. These usually include a matte effect so they don't fade as quickly.

On the other hand, sensitive and acne-prone skin can react very badly to certain types of products. To eliminate this risk, we recommend testing make-up products on other areas of your body. This way you will know which products you should replace with more skin-friendly ones and which ones suit you best.

Nowadays there are many products that contain organic, paraben-free ingredients. These tend to be more expensive than the rest, but consider it a long-term investment as they will be less abrasive to your skin and prevent premature ageing.


Our outfit can give us very clear clues about the daytime make-up we should use. In many cases we don't know how to match our make-up with the clothes we have chosen and it can be overdone or too dull.

It is important that our daytime make-up is in harmony with the clothes we wear. That's why there are 3 basic rules to identify the perfect type of daytime make-up to match your outfit:

Use the complementary colours of the chromatic circle: you must keep in mind the union of pairs of opposite colours such as: red-green, yellow-violet and orange-blue. In this case we must play with the intensity and range of shades within each colour.

For example, if you are wearing a purple dress, a yellow shadow might be too bright for daytime make-up. Opt for a more opaque beige or mustard option to create a more harmonious effect.

Strong make-up and flashy clothes don't go hand in hand, and vice versa: If you have an item of clothing that you want to highlight at all costs, it is better to choose a discreet make-up. On the other hand, if your outfit is based mostly on neutral colours, you can afford to wear bronze or satin day make-up.

Don't use make-up in the same colour as your outfit: This way both your face and your clothes will go unnoticed. Combine it with colours in soft tones that maintain the harmony and naturalness of a daytime make-up.

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