In most cases, we ladies like to have makeup that looks natural and not overly “made up.” The best natural looking makeup will complement your appearance, so people notice your face instead of looking at your makeup.
Getting a natural look isn’t just about applying shadow and blush lightly; it’s about choosing the right colors and applying them correctly. We’ve got 7 steps that you can follow to help you create the natural look that will enhance your own inner beauty:
Step #1: Use a Moisturizer First
Keeping your face well hydrated is so important for getting that healthy glow; moisturize in the morning after you wash your face and again in the evening with a night cream moisturizer.
Choose the proper moisturizer for your skin type. If you have dry skin, you’ll need a heavier cream; combination skin does better with a lighter lotion. Those of us with oily skin can’t skip this step; choose a formula that is oil-free to keep your skin well hydrated.
Step #2: Use A Light Touch With Foundation
Use a high quality foundation in a liquid formula. If your skin tone is fairly even, you can mix your moisturizer and foundation together for even lighter coverage.
And we mean light: Foundation should be applied under your eyes as well as over the eyelids. Next, apply to the nose and chin, then blend over any red splotches. In hot summer, keep it light by leaving your cheeks and forehead bare of foundation.
Step #3: Use A Brush To Apply Powder
You can use a pressed powder compact or you may prefer loose powder, but use a brush for the application. It will give you a lighter, more natural look.
And just like the foundation, you want to keep the application as light as possible. Just a dusting with a large brush is all it takes to cut down on shine and give your foundation a natural finish.
Step #4: Neutral Colors Keep Eyeliner Natural
Eyeliner is used to define your eye shape, so you for sure want to keep it as a part of your natural look. But stay away from black liner, especially if you have lighter toned skin; brown will provide a more natural look.
Think about your what color your eyelashes are; if you’ve got thick black lashes, you can use a darker liner color. But ladies with lighter colored lashes need to stick with light brown.
Don’t apply the liner too thick, either; a thin line will be sufficient to augment the shape of your eyes and open them up.
Step #5: Bronzer Can Accentuate Your Eyes
Speaking of opening up your eyes, you can make your eye color really pop by skipping the eye shadow and instead sweeping bronzer across your eyelids.
If you prefer to go with an eye shadow, that’s okay too; just make sure to stick with natural colors. Pink or peach is a great choice, depending on your complexion but stay away from dark, jewel-toned or metallic colors that will over-power the rest of your look.
Step #6: Contour Your Cheekbones
Bronzer has other uses, too; it can be used to give your skin better texture and to create highlights that will contour and bring out those cheekbones.
After you use the bronzer to contour, use a touch of blush to add color to your cheeks; just add it right to the apple.
Again, the key to application is to use a brush so that your makeup isn’t too heavy-handed. Your blush should give you a sun-kissed look, not an overly made-up look.
Step #7: Avoid “Shiny Lip Syndrome”
Lip gloss can make lips look too shiny and unnatural; a better idea is a simple tinted lip balm. It moisturizes your lips to give them a natural sheen and just a touch of color.
Use a light application of balm; you can use your finger to avoid applying it too heavy.