Cottagecore has recently become a core element of our collective style and beauty regime. Whether it be Goblincore, Farmcore, Fairycore or any of its other offshoots, this aesthetic community brings life to every season, celebrating and appreciating every aspect of life and nature.

Though Cottagecore has been alive and well for longer than many of us realise, its only now truly laying roots in beauty after becoming strongly popular within fashion and interior design over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TikTok user onigiri.nanaaa is a perfect example of the way this aesthetic lifestyle has taken over social media, and she also has the perfect Cottagecore makeup: barely-there, simple and glowy.

If you’re only just finding your way through this area of Cottagecore, we will make it simple for you. Cottagecore beauty and makeup should pair well in sunshine, with hints of dewiness and, if you’re interested, lean into the whimsical realm or Fairycore and Goblincore.

And we promise it doesn’t matter whether you live in a tiny cottage in the charming forests of Europe, completely self-sufficient with animals friends, or you live in a tiny apartment in a high-rise building in a city anywhere in the world.

Cottagecore is about living the lifestyle in a way that collaborates and integrates into your already existing life, not exclusive to those who fit the definition.

A great way of participating in the aesthetic lifestyle is through your makeup choices, and luckily, we have the perfect products for you!

Barely-There Foundation

woman putting on foundation
  • Enhancing
  • Breathable
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty
  • blends skincare and makeup
  • hydrates and softens
  • healthy, natural glow

To get the perfect, barely-there base for your Cottagecore makeup look, we suggest you moisturise thoroughly and have a good skincare routine. A glowy and prepped canvas is integral for low-coverage, lightweight foundation.

Although it may sound weird to some, we highly recommend you blend in your foundation with your fingers and then go over it with a damp beauty sponge. This makes your natural skin breathe and achieves the perfect natural look.

Cream Blush

woman putting on cream blush
  • multi-purpose
  • enlivening
  • second-skin
  • comfort
  • airy
  • lightweight
  • all-day wear
  • user-friendly
  • buildable gel-cream
  • easy to apply

Cream blush is all the rage right now – even outside Cottagecore circles. This product has never been more popular.

Simply dab a small amount onto your cheeks and the tip or bridge of your nose (depends what look you’re going for) and blend. The stronger your blush (like Rare Beauty of Glossier Cloud Paint), the less you need to use, and therefore the longer the product will last you.

If you want to achieve an extra sun-kissed vibe, then add a tiny amount to your lips and eyelids.

Freckles, Freckles, Freckles (and more freckles)

  • all natural
  • vegan
  • cruelty-free
  • easy, precise application
  • easy to use
  • all-day wear
  • easy to adhere
  • small, real freckles

We know that many people have been bullied or made fun of in the past for their natural freckles, but now you can rest assured that everyone and their mothers are trying to find the best products to get them.

You can achieve the ultimate freckled look with the OG by Freck Beauty or simply use any brown waterproof liquid liner or brow pencil.

Lip Tints

woman putting on lip tint
  • silicone free
  • vegan
  • cruelty free
  • nourishing
  • hydration
  • vegan
  • cruelty free
  • high impact colour
  • 8 hour wear

When you’re doing Cottagecore makeup, there is no one way to do your lips, however, stick to as natural as possible.

This could include tinted lip balm, lip oil, lip gloss, or a matte lip stain like the YSL Beauty Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain.

The perfect application technique involved applying a little touch of product, then spreading it with your lips or finger. This achieves the ultimate just-been-kissed-in-a-field-of-flowers look.


woman brushing her brows
  • volumizing
  • natural-looking fullness
  • mess-proof application
  • heart shaped fibers
  • long lasting fullness
  • fluffy, instantly groomed brows
  • soft, flexible hold
  • cruelty free

Alongside blush, messy, full brows have been trending in recent years. We no longer look to achieve the highly structured, contained brows of 2016 (you can still use the Anastasia Brow Pomade, but the technique is vastly different!).

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