The typical Instagram standard of beauty often promotes a glamorous look with a liner sharp enough to kill and cheekbones highlighted enough to blind anyone, and what not! But when it comes to makeup we 100% support the old adage, less is more. While some may think that face serums for women, cleansers for acne-prone skin, etc. are part of makeup, they’re not. Wish to apply makeup or not, these must-haves.
But these products become absolutely necessary if you are going for the no-makeup/natural makeup look. It is the look in vogue right now and definitely looks like it is here to stay. This look focuses more on the steps of application than the number of products. Quality over quantity, always. From models to influencers to makeup gurus, everyone in the beauty community is implementing it in their routine.
Contrary to the name, no-makeup or natural makeup requires work and effort and a hell of a lot of blending. Natural makeup enhances your features. You don’t require MUA level of talent to nail the natural makeup look, as long as you know what you’re doing, you’re good to go.
Here are some tips to master the all-natural look:
Moisturize and Prep Your Skin
The no-makeup look requires your skin to be at its best. The trending of this look has shifted focus to the skincare department. Skipping this step can make your makeup look cakey, patchy, or uneven. Here are some steps to you can follow to prep your skin before starting the actual makeup:
Cleanse: Your skin’s natural pH should stay somewhere between 5 and 6, so look for something that is pH balanced. A cleanser for acne-prone skin is slightly more acidic, If you’re someone who has acne-prone skin, one of those should be your pick. This will help your skin fight bacteria. If your skin is sensitive, keep away from cleansers that contain glycolic acid as it tends to irritate the skin and cause redness.
Exfoliate: Exfoliators help to get rid of all the dead skin that has accumulated on the It also opens up pores helping the products to perform better.
Toner/Serum: After exfoliating, if you have dry skin, apply a serum and if you have oily skin, use a toner. There are many face serums for women on the market, pick one that contains Vitamin C to help smoothen the skin.
Under-eye area: The area under the eye is sensitive and has thinner skin than the rest of the face. It is important to look for a thinner eye cream. It will moisturize and even out the complexion under the eye.
Moisturize: Pick a moisturizer that works well with your skin type and offers long-time hydration. Instead of rubbing it, press the moisturizer onto your skin for better effects.
Primer: This is the protective gear between your skin and your makeup. Look for a blur primer as it conceals any fine lines, thereby preventing your makeup from creasing.
Use a cushion foundation
These K-beauty staples are super easy to apply and are travel friendly, there’s just no chance of them leaking into your bag. Just press in the foundation on your face with the formula-saturated cushion or your clean fingers till you achieve the desired level of coverage. They’re lightweight and give the skin a soft, dewy finish.
It can also double up as a concealer and some may even offer UV protection. Cushion foundations not only give your face a flawless finish but also promote the skin’s look, feel, and health. It’s basically makeup and skincare fused into one compact product.
The point of a no-makeup look is to not hide all the flaws, so don’t go overboard trying to conceal. Don’t conceal your freckles. The concealer should be in the same shade range as the foundation to avoid giving the skin a patchy finish.
Use the tip of your skin to blend it in. Top it off with banana powder to make the under eye appear a little brighter.
This is not a necessary step, but it adds dimension to the face and gives a healthy glow. It is better to use a small amount of cream blush than powder blush as it easily blends into the skin. If you feel it looks too prominent to pass off as a natural look, tone it down with a little bit of foundation.
Seasons, foods and the overall health of your body reflects on your lips. They take away the moisture from the lips leaving them chapped and dry. Before applying a lip mask or balm, remember to exfoliate to scrape away the dead skin cells. Exfoliating helps to bring out their natural color.
The natural makeup look has been popular for quite some time. It looks flattering on everybody and the application isn’t time-consuming. Unlike a full-beat face, a natural look is less likely to cause acne. It’s a win-win.