Natural Makeup

Girls, we all want to achieve that flawless ‘no makeup’ makeup look. It’s the perfect way to look fresh and awake without looking like you’re wearing much makeup at all. It’s perfect for daytime activities. The techniques and products used for a natural makeup are very similar to your usual every day look but just very toned down. In this article, we’ll show you:

17 steps to a Natural Makeup Routine

Best Drugstore Makeup Products

7 Skin Care Tips

7 Makeup Tricks

 

Natural Makeup Routine

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• Before starting your makeup, you need to make sure you’re doing it in natural light. Prop your mirror up against a window to get the best light. Doing your makeup in artificial light can making it look like you’re not wearing enough, leading you to pack on more which then ends up looking like you’re wearing way too much.

• Make sure your skin is evenly moisturised with a moisturiser that caters to your skin type. For dry skin, you’ll need something thicker and heavier and for oily skin, you’ll need an oil control moisturiser. Mix a skin care serum in to your moisturiser for an extra glow.

• Start off with a primer that will suit your skin type. Mattifying primers are best for oily skin and silicone based primers are best for dry skin. Apply an even layer all over your face.

• For a natural finish suitable for every day, use a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser. BB creams are best for oily skin as they tend to be quite dry and mattifying. Tinted moisturisers are best for dry skin because of the extra oils and hydration they provide.

• If your skin doesn’t need a full layer of coverage, try and apply a concealer to just your problem areas such as your under eyes and blemishes and spread it around your face while blending it in to the skin. This will give you a slight amount of coverage without layering on different products and looking as skin natural as possible.

• Set your base with a powder to lock everything in place.

• Keep those eyebrows looking as nice and full but as natural as possible by using a suitably coloured pencil and feathering motions to draw in hairs rather than creating long lines.

• Set with a clear brow gel or a tiny bit of mascara to make sure those brow hairs won’t stray.

• Use a brightening pen/concealer under the eyes to bring a fresh, awake look. Use your fingers to blend the product in. Doing this allows the product to be broken down by the warmth of your fingers, making it spread much easier and more naturally.

• For eye shadow, use a cream stick shadow pen. These tend to be dewy and will look more natural, rather than a powder eye shadow which could look chalky. Blend in using your fingers or a fluffy blending brush for a seamless look. For your ‘no makeup’ look, you can even skip eye shadow altogether.

• Add a shiny light eye shadow colour on your inner corners and your brow bone for a fresh, awake look.

• Use black or brown mascara to lift those lashes and open up your eyes. Apply two coats for maximum volume.

• For an added awake look, swipe some nude eyeliner along your waterline. A white eyeliner may look harsh but a nude one will look much more natural.

• For a natural looking flush to your cheeks, use a cream blush with your fingers. This will make it look like you’re glowing from within.

• Cream highlighters are also very natural looking and for an extra glow, layer a powder highlight over a cream one using your fingers and apply using a tapping motion.

• Add a slight bit of a warm bronzer to your cheeks and perimeters of your face. This will bring back some dimension and colour, and make your face appear more contoured.

• For lips, use a tinted lip balm for a really natural look or a pink/nude lip gloss for some shine. For long lasting colour, layer your lip balm with a slight bit of lip tint/stain.

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Best Drugstore Makeup Products

Here is a list of inexpensive drugstore products that are great for everyday use. Mix and match these products to create a natural makeup look or use them with a heavy hand to create a glamorous evening look. All of these products are available at your local SuperDrug, Boots or for non-UK readers, you’ll be able to find these products in your local drugstore or supermarket.

Foundation

Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

L’Oreal Paris 24H Infallible Foundation

Concealer

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte

Soap and Glory Kick Ass powder

Maybelline Fit Me Powder

Blush

Sleek Blush By 3 Blush Trio

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush

Topshop Cream Blush

Bronzer

Sleek Face Contour Kit

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

Barry M Deep Glow Bronzer

Eyes

Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ‘Au Naturel’

Maybelline EyeStudio Colour Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Revlon Liquid Skinny Liner

L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim Intense

Lips

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter

Rimmel London Lasting Finish lipsticks

Freedom Pro Melts Lip Gloss

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Skin Care

To get the best looking natural result from your makeup, you’ll need to take good care of your skin first. Needing less coverage to begin with will of course look amazing with your ‘no makeup’ look. We’re going to share our favourite skin care tips with you, along with DIY face masks you can do with simple ingredients you can find at home.

• Use coconut oil to remove your makeup at night. Coconut oil easily breaks down the makeup and moisturises your face. It also helps grow your eyelashes and brow hairs and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

• Leave it on as an overnight moisturiser. Coconut oil will deeply moisturise your skin, leaving you with smooth skin in the morning.

• Exfoliate your lips with Vaseline and a toothbrush or run a towel under some warm water and brush your lips in a circular motion to get all the dead skin cells off. Make sure you apply a heavy dose of lip balm to moisturise.

• Make sure you regularly clean your brushes using baby shampoo. This will remove build-up of bacteria and your brushes will be clean as new.

• Use a purifying foam gel wash in the morning to remove oils and dirt your skin has built up overnight.

• Apply Vaseline to your lips and extra dry parts of your face before you go to sleep for a thick layer of moisture. The under eye area tends to be really dry and sensitive so using Vaseline will add bounce back in to your skin and smooth any unevenness out. It can also help with eyebrow and eyelash growth so massage a little bit into your roots before you go to sleep as well.

• Spray rosewater all over your face before you sleep for healthy skin in the morning. This will also fade any acne scarring, blemishes and discolouration.

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Makeup Tricks

• Roll your mascara over a clean tissue to avoid clumps and remove any excess.

• Heat your eyelash curler with a hairdryer for 5 seconds for stronger curl. Make sure the curler isn’t too hot before curling your lashes.

• Use a highlight or shimmer eye shadow in the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them and bring them to life.

• Test a foundation shade on your neck instead of your face. The colour of our faces tend to be darker than the rest of our bodies so matching the shade to your neck promises a better shade match.

• Dab some foundation on your lips before you apply your lipstick for a truer colour. The natural colour of your lips tends to change the colour of the lipstick.

• Naturally plump your lips with a dab of peppermint oil. Although this won’t give you a permanent pout, peppermint oil can plump up your lips and act like a temporary lip job.

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