If you are anything like me, and dislike going most places without your makeup on, you may feel that you are simply incapable of pulling off the "natural" look. I am here to tell you to remove that idea from your mind ASAP. For those of us who love our cosmetics, here's some great news: You do not have to toss out your makeup bag to achieve a natural, naked face. There is a way to look effortless and bare faced while still wearing makeup. You may feel that it is obvious to everyone when you're wearing makeup, but trust me when I say that anyone can make this "no makeup" makeup look happen. Not only will you look gorgeous and impressively organic, but the steps I am giving you take minimal time and a lax amount of effort. Get ready to receive, on a daily basis, the compliment every girl dreams of: "You look really good without makeup."
Step 1: Start with an oil-free moisturizer. This will make your skin smooth and help the makeup glide on with fluency. You can also apply a BB Cream, instead, to even out your skin tone, and create a subtle, natural looking glow. I use Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil Free in Light/Medium. This product is inexpensive and available at any drugstore. It also has SPF protection, so it’s perfect for wearing underneath foundation.
Step 2: You are more than welcome to use the BB Cream in place of your foundation if you want to be the closest to bare you can get. If you desire classic foundation coverage, keep reading for my next step.
When it comes to foundation, I will never put something on that does not accurately match my skin tone. This is especially vital with the “no makeup” look. The best advice I can give you when choosing a foundation is to do what I did: Go to Sephora or another makeup store where they can match you, and tell the sales associate what you want. When I was matched at Sephora, the sales woman took a picture of my skin on their computer and had it matched to products in the store.
Whether you want to use liquid or powder is up to you. I opt for liquid since it is smoother. The most important thing is that you apply your foundation with a full-bristled brush.
Step 3: To give yourself a healthy glow, use a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend toward your temples. You can use your fingers to apply it. I like to use a color that is on the peachy, golden side instead of the trademark pink because it looks more natural and can fill the void you may feel from lack of bronzer.
Step 4: Onto the eyes, or more accurately, the eyebrows! Your eyebrows frame your face, so it is important that they are kept in top condition. Since we are going for a bare look, I would strongly suggest not darkening your eyebrows with a pencil or shadow. However, lightly filling in gaps here and there using the perfect product: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. It is ideal for lightly filling in gaps, and the strokes come off looking like real hair. This product is $21 and available at Sephora.
Step 5: I would suggest skipping eyeliner. Although, if you feel you must wear it, use a cream or pencil eye liner in a soft color, such as gray or brown. Line the rim of your eyelid only. Lining in this spot might sound strange, but it hides the obviousness of the liner while still making your eyes pop. When finished, apply a few coats of your favorite mascara.
Step 6: Almost done! Give your lip liner and lipstick a break, and go for a tinted (in a nude or subtle pink color) lip balm. It will moisturize your lips while still keeping your look natural and fresh.
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