The aim of natural looking makeup is to create a flawless look, but doing so without making it look too obvious that you are wearing makeup.
The whole point of natural looking makeup is to make it look light and effortless, but it’s actually quite a hard look to perfect and, in trying to make it like you have no makeup on at all, you may well have to use more makeup than you would have thought. Heavy, bold makeup can look great for the evenings and it also works better in the winter, but as we approach the spring, a lighter, more natural look tends to go better with the light colors and pastels of that at time of year. Apparently, the guys like the natural look too, so here are ten great tips on how to make makeup look more natural.
1. Know what colors suit you
Before we even get into the application of natural looking makeup; a few words on the importance of knowing what colors suit you. For makeup to look natural, it needs to compliment your skin tone, not clash with it. If you have pale skin, then peaches and pinks will work for you and if you have dark skin, beiges and creams will suit you better. Test your makeup before you buy it and make sure that the colors don’t stand out too much against your skin.
2. Take care of your skin
The fewer blemishes and dry patches of skin you have, the less makeup you will need, so take good care of your skin and keep up with your regular skin care regime. Always remove all your makeup every night before you go to bed, cleanse your skin thoroughly, moisturize regularly, and exfoliate your skin once a week to remove the dead skin cells.
3. Don’t mask your face with foundation
Another good tip on how to make makeup look natural is to avoid masking your face with foundation. The aim of natural looking makeup is to create a flawless look, but doing so without making it look too obvious that you are wearing makeup. Rather than covering your whole face with foundation, try using concealer on only those areas of skin that need a bit of coverage, like red patches, or dark areas of skin. Use concealer sparingly too, so that it just covers any blemishes, but still looks natural.
4. An alternative to foundation
Here is another great tip on how to make makeup look natural: if you really feel that you need foundation, try using a tinted moisturizer instead, or you could add a few drops of your foundation to your face moisturizer and get a bit of color coverage that way. This will still give you coverage and even out your skin tone, but it will look a lot smoother and a lot more natural than a heavy application of foundation would.
5. Add a touch of color
To give yourself a healthy glow, apply a small amount blush to your cheeks. Use a shade that closely matches your natural glow and apply it sparingly. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks first and then blend it upwards, towards your cheekbones, until there is no noticeable edge to it. The look you are trying to achieve is the same as you would look right after you have been for short run; glowing and healthy.
6. Skip the eyeliner
Heavy eyeliner and bold eyeshadows are not what you are looking for if you want to achieve the effortless, natural look, so our next tip on how to make makeup look natural is to skip both altogether and concentrate and making your lashes look great. If you do want to use eyeliner, concentrate on using it to make your lashes look thicker. Apply a very thin line, as close to your lash line as possible, and that will have the effect of making your lashes look thicker, but without making you look too made up.
7. Curl your lashes and use mascara
With everything else about your makeup being so understated, you can really make your eyes stand out beautifully. To open up your eyes and make you look wide awake, curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and apply a coat of waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascaras tend to hold the curl for longer and, of course, they won’t run.
8. Fill in your eyebrows
Your eyebrows frame your face, so you will need to fill in any sparse patches, if you have them. Avoid using thick eyebrow pencils, because that won’t look natural at all. Try using a tinted brow gel instead; they are much more subtle and much less noticeable. The tint should fill in any sparse patches without it looking too obvious that you have used makeup.
9. Dab on your lipstick
Here is another great tip on how to make makeup look natural: to make your lipstick look effortlessly fresh, choose a shade that is fairly close to the natural color of your lips and dab it on with your finger, rather than applying straight from the tube. Start from the center of your lips and then blend the lipstick out to the edges. That will make it blend in better with the natural color of your lips.
10. Use a light dusting of powder to set your makeup
If you have oily skin, then you may need to set your makeup with powder to stop it coming off during the day, so set your makeup with a light dusting of loose powder and that will keep everything in place.