Somewhere out there, someone is convinced the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, wears no makeup – she wakes up looking like that. It’s the power of no-makeup look and if you’re confident, you can rock it too. Here are a few tips to help you achieve a natural makeup look:
Look After Your Skin
Your skin is what a canvas is to an artist. This is especially the case with creating a natural look. When you go down this path, you don’t have the freedom of heaping on different products to conceal flaws. The healthier your skin is, the easier it’ll be to work with.
This does not in any way mean that if you’re struggling with acne, rosacea and such, that you can’t rock a natural makeup look, because you can if you find a creative way to work with what you’ve got – just like Meghan did with her freckles. She has worn them so proudly, that they’re now fashionable and people who don’t have freckles are now using stencils to draw some!
According to her makeup artist, Meghan’s biggest secret is taking good care of her skin. To rock the natural look as she does, you need to maintain a skincare routine that leaves your skin looking and feeling healthy.
Skincare is as easy as cleaning off all makeup before going to bed and using SPF before going out in the sun. It’s not complicated. Even if you’re genetically predisposed to skin that acts up, there are simple things you can do to protect and take care of it.
Customize Your Base
Ideally, a natural makeup look should be achieved without any foundation. However, considering how hard that would be for most people, you can get away with using a little bit of foundation or base.
The best way to conceal flaws and still achieve the natural look is mixing foundation with moisturizer. It thins the foundation, making the coat lighter and less noticeable.
Careful with Concealer
You need to use very little concealer when creating a natural makeup look. If you wake up to a huge pimple on your forehead, the idea of going out without concealing it might frighten you. In this case, find a way to get away with using little concealer.
The key is to use it sparingly on problem areas only, and to blend it in thoroughly. Dotting instead of spreading will conceal these spots without overloading your skin.
Bronzer and Contouring
Unless you’re a professional makeup artist, avoid bronzer and contouring when trying to achieve a natural makeup look. Instead, try dusting a peach-toned blush on the apples of your cheeks. This makes the skin look healthy, glowing, and natural.
It sounds obvious, but red lips are not natural and lip gloss belongs to a more polished look. Avoid these for a natural makeup look. Clear lip balm is the best choice, which will keep your lips looking plump and moisturized authentically. If you must use lipstick, make sure it’s a nude shade that matches your natural lip color. After applying, dab it with tissue paper for a subtle finish.
To complete your natural look successfully, try shimmery eye-shadows in nude colors for a youthful, glowing appearance. If you have very thin and short eyelashes and depend heavily on your mascara, there are ways to apply it to make it look more natural.
Applying too much mascara will undo your good job. To avoid the clumpy mascara look, wipe off excess mascara before applying. You’ll be surprised at how natural your eyelashes will look.
You can achieve a more natural makeup look without trying so hard. If you stick to your skincare routine, you’ll spend less time putting on your face in the morning. Doing makeup will be easy-peasy; just wetting your face, blending concealer on a few spots, finishing with a touch of blush and voila! – you’re good to go.
If you’re a bold-look girl looking to try the natural look for the first time, we wish you all the best. Let us know how it goes when you step out flaunting your natural beauty!