When it comes to makeup, sometimes less is more. A glamorous look is all well and good, but it’s just not practical for everyday occasions like school or work. Natural makeup will highlight your features rather than conceal your flaws. It’s a simple approach that focuses on a few key areas – skin, eyes and lips – and brings out their best in subtle ways. You’ll use fewer products, take less time, and won’t need to know complex techniques to get the look. Read on to find out how to achieve natural makeup and get inspired with quick and easy tutorials.
Natural Makeup Looks
1. Take care of your skin
The key to good makeup is having a flawless canvas to work on, so having a good skincare routine is essential. This is especially important when it comes to natural makeup, as you will be wearing lighter foundation or concealer. In addition to cleansing and toning, there are a few additional steps you can take to make your skin glow. First, remove acne and blackheads to ensure your skin has a smooth texture. Then, treat any redness or irritation with soothing and hydrating products designed for sensitive skin. Finally, reduce fine lines and pigmentation with retinol or vitamin C serum.
2. Moisturizer, sunscreen and primer
Before you start your natural makeup, it’s essential to make sure your skin is hydrated and protected from the sun, as well as prepared. The type of moisturizer you apply will depend on your skin type – oily, dry or combination, but this can change depending on the season. The most important part of anti-aging is to wear high-spectrum sunscreen (a screen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays) every day. Then it’s time to prime! The primer makes your skin even more flawless after putting on your makeup. Not only does it blur wrinkles and pores, but it also creates a smooth base for your foundation to glide on and hold it in place throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time in the morning, combine your moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation in one step with a BB cream.
3. Apply foundation
A natural look usually only requires a subtle eyeshadow or two, meaning there’s no chance of noticeable fallout, so it’s fine to put on your base first. To create a natural makeup look, you need to choose a foundation with light to medium coverage because heavy foundation can almost erase your features. The liquid types usually have the most natural finish, and you can mix in a drop of highlighter to create a cool, dewy glow. It is essential that you choose a formula suitable for your skin type, as well as the shade closest to your skin. Finally, application is the most critical step in creating a natural-looking foundation. Whether you use a brush, sponge or your fingers, be sure to start sparingly and blend especially around the hairline, ears and jawline. You don’t want him to look like he’s wearing a mask!
4. Conceal and use powder
To get the perfect makeup, concealer is a must. However, make sure to use it sparingly as you still want to look natural. Also, you can choose not to hide your freckles. Select a formula that has the same texture as your foundation, so it blends seamlessly; if your foundation is rosy and your concealer is matte, or vice versa, it will look uneven. Use two different shades to target different concerns; one that’s the same shade as your foundation for blemishes, and one that’s one to two shades lighter to lighten dark circles under your eyes. Apply your concealer with a brush and use your fingertip to blend it. Next, dust on some setting powder. Use banana powder under your eyes to add extra luminosity, apply some translucent powder to hold everything else in place.
5. Choose the appropriate cheek color
A touch of blush is the perfect accent for natural makeup. It gives a youthful and healthy glow while adding dimension to your face. The best cheek color is your natural blush that will effortlessly flatter the undertones of your skin. It can range from pale pink to apricot, dark pink or even mauve. There are different types of blush, but if you set your foundation with powder, a blush of the same texture will blend over it without smudging or clumping. Use a large, fluffy brush and start at the apple of your cheeks, then blend upwards and outwards for the most natural finish. It’s important to keep the look subtle, so if you feel the color is too intense, go over it with the brush you used for your foundation to tone it down.
6. Apply eyeliner (optional)
You can do without eyeliner when applying natural makeup. Simply curl your lashes or apply a light coat of mascara, and you’re done! If you have a little more time, you can subtly enhance the shape of your eyes and make your lashes thicker with eyeliner. Stick to simple brown or black rather than bolder colors and apply it only on the upper lash line. Don’t bother with complicated techniques like a wing. Instead, use a soft liner then gently blend and blend the product into the roots of your upper lashes.
7. Hydrate your lips
No one wants dry, chapped or flaky lips! The cause of this problem is usually dry, cold and windy weather, as it draws moisture away from your skin. Before applying your lip balm, exfoliate dead skin with a gentle, moisturizing lip scrub. You can also polish them with a very soft toothbrush. Exfoliation makes your lips healthier and brings out their natural color. Then apply a lip mask or balm and let it soak in for a few minutes. At this point, you can even go the extra mile and apply a plumping balm or serum to make your lips look bigger and deeper. Prepping your pout ensures that your lipstick and gloss will apply smoothly.
Eyeshadow for a natural look
Natural makeup is all about flattering your features, so your eyeshadow should make the most of the shape of your peepers. Neutrals like soft browns, beige, peach and taupe suit all eye colors. Deepen the intensity of the shade in the outer third and use a lighter color to highlight your inner corner. Think of it as an eyeliner. Your eyebrows are just as important: brush them with a spoolie and fill in the gaps with a pencil. Having slightly defined eyebrows is the fastest way to frame your face. Here, makeup guru Angela Bright shows you how to create a beautiful and understated everyday look.
Natural Makeup Tutorial
This quick and easy tutorial from YouTube beauty guru Laura Lee is perfect for beginners. Laura uses less than ten products to create a beautiful final look, which combines flawless skin, subtle contouring and a nude lip. She makes her eyes stand out with a generous coat of mascara – no eyeliner or false lashes needed! As Laura says, it’s perfect everyday makeup for school or work. The best part is that this video is only 6 minutes long, so you can recreate her look in a snap.
What is natural makeup?
Natural makeup takes a minimalist approach, using products to enhance your best features rather than covering it all up. The focus is usually on the skin, eyes, and lips, using basics to make each one pop without being over the top. Plus, natural makeup looks generally take less time and are great for easy mornings and late starts.
What do you need for natural makeup?
Start by taking care of your skin with a good routine that includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, but also tackles issues like blemishes, aging, dryness, or a damaged skin barrier. Next, don’t forget to use sunscreen to protect against further damage, and a primer can help even out skin tone. Choose a foundation with light to medium coverage and use concealer and powder strategically. Add subtle color to your cheeks with blush and one or two shades of eyeshadow and optional eyeliner. Finish with hydrated lips and a neutral lip gloss.
What is the best natural makeup?
The best natural-looking makeup will highlight your best assets, whether it’s flawless skin, pretty eyes or voluptuous lips. Natural makeup will look different on everyone, which is the beauty of styling.
Is natural makeup really better?
Natural makeup is neither better nor worse than a full glam look; it’s just different. However, it certainly has some advantages, including less time, less product, and easier techniques. It’s a great option for laid-back days, lazy mornings, or when you’re running late.
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