As is with many things, with makeup also, the adage of “less is more” is very apt. When you walk into a room, you want people to notice you, not your garish makeup!
Heavily caked makeup not only looks gaudy, but also ages you considerably. A sun kissed natural look is always a more appealing and younger look for all ages. A natural look not only saves you precious minutes getting ready but also is easier on your pocket as you don’t end up buying multiple products!
It is also important to remember that letting your natural beauty shine through is a great way of enhancing your self- confidence. Makeup cannot change your features; it can only serve to highlight them. Learn how to master natural looking makeup by following the tips below.
Tips For Natural Makeup
Cleansing your face is very important to create a flawless base. Follow cleansing with a good moisturizer which is suitable for your skin type. If you want your makeup to really last and work its maximum magic, then use a skin primer to prep your skin for foundation.
Apply foundation by taking a pea size amount in your palms, and letting the heat of your palms make it of a smoother consistency. Dab on foundation all over your face in small dots and then spread quickly with the use of an applicator sponge or your fingertips. Do not use too much foundation as it will have a very caked on appearance. Be sure to blend along the jawline and the neck and also into the hairline and on your ears also, else your foundation will be very obvious! If you want to tone down the foundation, gently go over your face with a cotton ball or tissue to remove excess traces.
If you have great skin, and want to let it shine through, then skip the foundation and use a light tinted moisturizer instead, which provides slight coverage, without looking too heavy.
Next, dab concealer on spots and blemishes, all the while ensuring to dab very little right on the spot and not blending it in too much. Needless to say, the foundation should match your skin colour whereas the concealer should be one shade lighter.
Cream blushes look more natural as they blend easily into your skin as compared to powder blushes. They also help to give you a dewy glow. Stick with colours that befit your complexion. For medium skin tones, use sandy pink tones, for dark skin bronzers and darker pinks look better. For those of you with very fair complexions, use pale pink colours, too dark will stand out distinctly on your face. For applying blush, smile and apply on the “apples” of your cheeks, i.e. the most rounded part of your face.
Use a large rounded brush and tap off any excess blush pigment before applying. Sweep upwards towards the temples else you will end up looking like you have two spots on the cheeks! An easier way to decide the colour you need is to look at your cheeks after exercising, the flush you have is the most suitable colour for you.
For a really healthy and sun kissed look dust some bronzer or light shimmer on areas of your face that you would like to highlight like the tops of your cheekbones, along your brow bone and in the corners of your eyes to really open them up. You should either apply blush or bronzer, never both.
For a natural look, dark eye shadows don’t fit the bill, so opt for nude and light colours. Use neutrals like gold’s, silvers and beige browns to subtly highlight the eyes without looking too obvious. Pencil liners are much more subtle and the pencil line should be slightly smudged to give a softer look.
While applying mascara, ensure that it is clump free and don’t pump the wand into the container several times to get more on the brush as this can cause it to become lumpy. Apply a very light single coat of mascara to lengthen lashes. Use a cotton ear bud to remove any smudges and run the ear bud over your lashes to remove excess mascara which can leave embarrassing deposits under your eyes!
Lip Balms in soft, nude shades are the best bet for a natural look. Else, lip stains provide long lasting colour without the thickness of coats of lipstick. If your prefer lipsticks however, don’t choose mattes as they tend to look very heavy and made up.
Lipsticks with highly moisturizing properties are best. Before application of lipstick, exfoliate using a soft towel or a soft toothbrush, and apply balm. Allow it to remain for a few seconds and then apply the stain or lipstick of your choice. Do not line your lips with a lip liner first as it is a very rigid and formal look. For a truly natural and fresh feel, why not dip your little finger in the lipstick and rub on your lips?
Finish It And Forget It!
Seal your perfectly natural face with a dusting of loose translucent powder. This can be a sheer powder or a colour which is closest to your foundation colour. Dust on lightly and refresh after a few hours if you have oily skin.
Remember to put on makeup in good light, ideally the light that you are going to be in, so if you are outdoors, then try to put on your makeup in natural light. Use big rounded brushes for powder applications not the small applicators which come with the product, as they will end up giving up a stripe of colour. Big brushes spread the pigment over a wider area and provide more even coverage.
Practice The Look Before Going Out With It For The First Time!
Do not match the colour of your makeup to your outfit; it is a very dated concept. Instead work with your natural colouring to highlight your best features. So go girl! Get your makeup on and let your natural beauty shine through!