So you know how sometimes you just need to run out somewhere but there is always that chance that you’ll run into someone? The last thing you want to do is put on a full face of makeup and do your hair but you know, when you look like a slob, you’re sure to spark up a conversation with a potential employer or something! Or sometimes you go somewhere (the pool, the beach, an amusement park, etc) where you would look like a moron with tons of makeup? Or maybe you just don’t love the look of makeup but don’t feel like you look your best without it. Well, I’m here to help you out. Today I’m going to show you how to create a no-makeup “look” that is easy to do and will make you look as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside!
Step 1: Wash your face with an exfoliating wash. Please note: exfoliating does NOT always mean scrubbies. Your skin is like silk. You would never run a brillo pad over a silk shirt, right? Well, this is NO different. BEWARE of any cleanser or mask with scrubbies in them. Apricot scrub is your enemy! Use those enough and your skin will break right down and be old and wrinkly. Anyway, rant over. Look for a face wash with salicylic acid as an ingredient. Thats your best bet. Salicylic acid is derived from the meadowsweet plant and what it does is soak down into your skin and gets rid of any impurities and dead skin, in turn exfoliating it off! Safe and very effective! If you really like the scrubbies, look for one that breaks down before you get a chance to rinse it off. Exfoliating your skin makes you look more awake and gives you a natural glow. My favorite exfoliating face wash is this one from the Body Shop (it has jojoba beads that feel like the scrubbies but they break down before they can overexfoliate) or if I’m feeling oily, this one from Avon.
Step 2: Apply a brightening moisturizer. There are many brightening products out there- just beware of the “whitening” ones. You don’t want to use anything that claims to lighten your skin! Those contain bleach and are BAD! My favorite is the ANEW Vitale Day Cream! Its available in a lightweight lotion and a heavier cream for dry skin! I call it “Beauty Sleep in a Jar” because it really illuminates your skin without doing any damage to it!
Step 3: Brush your teeth. This one is pretty self-explanatory. I simply cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen beautiful makeup ruined by grimy teeth. Make sure you brush before applying makeup and after every time you eat!
Step 4: Color corrector/concealer: Let me explain the difference. A color corrector is a product made for correcting pigmentation- birth spots, freckles, dark circles, etc. You don’t want to apply color corrector anywhere where the skin is raised in any way. For example, you would never apply corrector to a blemish. All you would be doing is highlighting that there is a blemish underneath the makeup. A concealer is made to blend spots on your skin with the rest of your skin so its not as noticeable. A concealer should match your skin while a corrector should counter your skin’s undertones. For example, I have dark circles with a blue/green tint to them so I use a color corrector that is peach. Most people with light skin will use peach. When applying your color corrector, you apply directly to the dark area without worrying about blending into the rest of the face. Then you apply your concealer on top of that and use that to blend as well as applying concealer to any blemishes. When covering a blemish, apply the concealer directly to the darkest part then use a small brush (like an eyeliner brush) to blend out. Be careful not to end up with concealer “spots” all over your face!
My favorite concealer is this Ideal Flawless although I’ll admit to still being on the hunt for a concealer that I LOVE. My favorite color corrector, however, is hands down the Pixi Correction Concentrate.
4: Tinted moisturizer: CC Creams are my favorite for this look simply because CC is short for “Color Correcting”. A good tinted moisturizer will blend any color differences in your skin without making you look like you are wearing makeup. If you have extremely oily or breakout-prone skin, you may want to look for an oil-free version or opt for a lightweight mineral makeup* instead. The look will be slightly heavier but will help prevent your skin from becoming an oil slick!
My favorite CC Cream is this Ideal Flawless.
**If you choose to go the route of a mineral makeup, please do your research. There are plenty of companies out there that add in all kinds of toxic ingredients into their “natural” mineral makeup. They are allowed to do this because, according to the FDA, the ingredient must not be toxic when used properly. So, the mineral makeup is not toxic to your skin, as applied to your skin. However, if you have ever used mineral makeup, you know that you cannot apply it without creating a cloud of makeup that you inevitably breathe in. Well, breathing in certain chemicals (which are in some of the most popular mineral brands) can cause respiratory problems, as bad as cancer in some cases. So please do your research and try to find a toxic free mineral makeup.
**NOTE: If you have great skin and don’t feel the need for coverage, feel free to skip steps 3 and 4!
5: Eye Shadow: The best tric0k for a natural look is to choose 2 eye shadows- 1 just a shade darker than your own skin and 1 just slightly darker than that. Apply the lighter of the two to your eyelid, just up to the crease. Then apply the darker color to the crease with a contour brush. Blend blend blend.
My favorite eye shadow is Urban Decay. You can buy any color individually or you can buy a large palette. I personally really love this Naked Basics palette because it has a variety of colors that can be used from day to night- from natural to smoky (tutorial coming soon!)
6: Eye Liner: What you want to think of when applying eye liner naturally is to just fill in the space in between your lashes. A good trick is to actual line UNDER your lashes instead of over top. You aren’t trying to make a line, you are simply coloring in any gaps in the lash line. You want to make sure you are NOT using a liquid liner for this! A pencil or brush is best! Also, choose a neutral color depending on your lash color. I often use a brown/black when going for a more natural look so my liner is the same color as my hair and therefore, doesn’t look like liner- it just makes my lashes look fuller.
The best eyeliner I have ever found for this type of look is No Place to Run eyeliner by Mark cosmetics.
7: Blush: The most natural blush is a cheek tint. These usually are found in cream-to-powder form and are my absolute favorite. You apply to the apples of your cheeks then use a clean brush to blend the color out. You can have fun with this in a natural look. Choose a nude color if you really don’t want to look like you are wearing any makeup, use a bronze or peach to look like you’ve been in the sun, or use a pink to bring out a feminine look.
My favorite BY FAR is Be Blushed cheek color. It is so natural looking and lightweight!
8. Eyebrows: Do NOT forget your eyebrows! Seriously, this can make or break a makeup look. Clean, maintained eyebrows can be a game changer! My favorite way to apply color to my eyebrows is this: choose a color that matches your eyebrows perfectly. Using a clean mascara wand (you can buy these as a makeup brush or wash up an old wand- either way works!), rub your color all over it. This is easiest to do with a pencil. Then use the mascara wand- NOT the brow pencil- and simply comb through your brows. This will fill in any uneven spots in your brows without making you LOOK like you colored your brows. Comment below if this is confusing to you and I’ll do a tutorial on it!
9: Lip stain: Lip stains are my favorite form of lip color. When I started dating my husband, he hated when I wore lipstick because he couldn’t stand getting in on himself when he kissed me. Now that I’m a mom, I hate wearing it because I feel like I can’t kiss my babies because they’ll just get makeup all over them! A lip stain goes on wet and dries instantly, coloring your lips with a “stain” of color. The look is very natural and beautiful. Some stains are very drying since there are no oils in them to hydrate your lips. I suggest looking for one that comes with a coordinating lip balm.
My favorite has the stain on one end and a clear balm on the other: Extra Lasting lip stain + balm
10: Mascara: Finally, apply a coat of your favorite mascara. My favorite is Avon’s Big and Daring because I love the volume and drama without looking overdone.
Not sure which mascara is right for you? Check out my post on choosing the right mascara for YOU!
And Voila! There you are! These steps are very simple and your makeup shouldn’t take you more than 5-10 minutes to do from start to finish!
<<<*Disclaimer: Yes, a lot of the products I recommend (my favorites) are Avon. It is important to me that you know that I do NOT recommend them simply because I am a representative but that I am a representative BECAUSE I recommend them! Feel free to purchase from another rep- I just want you to know what I consider to be the best for this particular look! If you DO choose to purchase anything from me, just CLICK HERE. To learn more about Avon, read my post AVON- Not your Grandma’s Company Anymore.>>>
I’d love to hear from you! What tips/tricks have you learned to create a natural makeup look?