10 Easy Steps… How to Not Wear Makeup & Still Look Good
Makeup can come in handy when you want to cover up flaws or play up assets like your eyes or lips. But you don’t always have time to do a full face, or you might not like the heavy way that it feels on your skin. If you concentrate on your skin care, you don’t need makeup to look good. That’s because a proper skin-care routine can give your clear, glowing skin without a drop of foundation or concealer. It just takes the steps.
Keep Skin Fresh
When you don’t use foundation or concealer to make your skin look more even or bright, exfoliating regularly to remove dead cells to help get rid of dullness, dark spots, clogged pores and acne is key. A manual exfoliant like a facial scrub can be a good option, but opt for a natural organic formula with round beads instead of harsh grains that can irritate the skin. Use a natural organic or homemade scrub once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin and up to three times a week if you have oily skin.
Without foundation to give your skin a healthy glow, moisturizer is a must. It hydrates the skin so it looks plumper and healthier, even when you aren’t wearing a stitch of makeup. If you have oily skin, opt for a lightweight organic gel or lotion formula that doesn’t contain oil to prevent clogged pores and acne. For dry skin, look for something richer. To get a dewy look, choose an organic natural or homemade moisturizer with light reflecting properties so your skin glows even without highlighter, bronzer or blush.
Protect Your Skin
If you don’t want to wear foundation, concealer or powder, try to prevent damage that you would want to hide like age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The sun is the prime culprit in that type of damage, so wearing sunscreen every day even in winter is crucial. Use a zinc oxide based sunblock or facial moisturizer with a SPF of at least 15 and broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sun damage. Apply your sunblock liberally at least 30 minutes before you plan to head outdoors. Don’t forget a natural lip balm with SPF to protect your lips as well.
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Groom Your Brows
Without eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara to add definition, your eyes may need a little extra help standing out. Take the time to groom your eyebrows to help frame your face for a more attractive look. Hold a makeup brush vertically against the bridge of your nose, and angle it toward the inner corner of your eye to figure out where your brow should begin, using tweezers to remove any hair that falls outside the area. Next, figure out where your arch should be by lining up the brush with the outside edge of your iris. This should be the highest point of the arch, so pluck any stray hair. Step back from the mirror, and make sure that your brows look even, tweezing any necessary hair for a neat, groomed look.
Groom your Lips
There is no need to use lipsticks or lip stains to change the color of your lips because in the end your natural lip color will always suit you best. The only thing that you have to do is bring out that color. In order to do that you should exfoliate your lips every week to get rid of the dead skin and moisturize them so they become soft and plush. There is no need for fancy cosmetic products; all you need is a toothbrush to lightly rub your lips with and any natural or homemade lip balm of your choice.
Nutrition & Sleep
To help your skin look beautiful without any makeup, feed it properly, with lots of water and vitamins. Also ensure that you get enough sleep and don’t overdo the alcoholic drinks. Think how you look in the mirror the morning after! Taking care of yourself and your body is one of the most essential ways to look beautiful without makeup.
Get Rid of Toxins
What is a better way to take care of your body, skin and health than by taking caring of you on the inside? After all, your appearance is the reflection of your internal health and if you want to feel confident about yourself without hiding behind make up, you should lead a healthy lifestyle. Part of a healthy lifestyle is exercise and good diet. Both of these things will help you get rid of toxins, and emphasize your natural beauty!
If you feel that you look terrible without your makeup, then your lack of confidence in your appearance will show. Believe that you look beautiful without makeup, and others will believe it as well. Many of the ways to look beautiful without makeup have to do with how you feel about yourself, and this is just one of them.
A genuine smile really does make anyone look great. People will notice your smile rather than any ‘flaws’ and they certainly won’t notice that you’re makeup free. Avoid a forced grin, as that won’t look at all natural, but let your smile reach your eyes.
We all have days when we want to disguise dull skin or spots but beware of using makeup to hide behind. So what if you don’t have flawless skin? I can guarantee that the only person who sees your skin ‘problems’ is you. Just don’t worry about it; there really are more important things to think about! One of the best ways to look beautiful without makeup is to have confidence in you.
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