The “Boy Beat” No-Makeup Makeup Trend

Who would have ever believed that highlighting flaws, faking skin texture, and artificially mussing up brows would be a makeup trend? The “Boy Beat” has been going around Instagram and the beauty community for a few weeks now, so I thought I’d give it a shot myself.


I was inspired by influencers Gina Shkeda and Snitchery (Eleanor) – both had beautiful takes on this trend!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Complexion Perfector in Medium, KristenxLeanne Beauty Beam Highlighting Palette

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

Chosungah 22 So Tiny Cheek & Lip Tint in Neon Apple

Too Faced Brow Quickie in Universal Brunette || Lip Injection Extreme Lip Gloss

Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow 04 (for freckles) || Enjoy Everyday Free Shipping over $50 and Free Samples with Every Order.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown


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I’ve seen this trend applied in so many different ways, from a “MFBB (My Face But Better)” approach to an editorial grungy Boy Beat approach. I wanted to kind of combine these two iterations of the trend when creating this look.

I started with a clean and minimal base — the UD One and Done is perfect for adding a little bit of something to the skin while still looking completely natural. I then wanted to mimic flushed skin or rosacea, so I stippled the Chosungah tint all over my cheeks and the bridge of my nose.

To create faux freckles, I dotted Benefit’s Ka Brow all over my face (and used it to camouflage some blemishes!) and sort of patted it into the skin. I wanted to accentuate my eye bags, so I grabbed some neutral brown shadow and ran it around my eyes.

The greatest focus seems to be on the brows with these kinds of looks. I wanted to darken and build up the intensity of my brows before fluffing them up, so I used the ABH Brow Definer to create the base for big brows. After I blended this in, I used the Too Faced brow fiber gel to really amplify the bushiness and brush the brow hairs upward.

After doing all of these things, I realized that I looked sick. To add some femininity and health back into my face, I added a generous amount of highlight all over my face. I then used my favorite plumping lip gloss to create that just-bitten lip look. To finish, I curled my lashes and applied a little bit of mascara to open my eyes up.

What do you think of the whole Boy Beat makeup trend? It’s definitely not something I’d wear on a regular basis, but I love the fact that flawed complexions and naturally inspired looks are being appreciated in the beauty world!

Check out these other articles if you’re feeling inspired: Rose-Gold Glam || Desert-Inspired Khaki Green Makeup Look || Kristin Ess Hair Review

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