Natural makeup means different things to different people. For some, natural could mean wearing lip balm and sunscreen. For others, it means a full face of earth toned colors. There is a happy medium in between. If you want people to think that you wake up looking naturally gorgeous, read on.
Foundation: There is no such thing as a “natural” foundation. No ones face is one opaque color. Natural, healthy skin is multifaceted. So if your skin is uneven and blotchy, consider a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream such as Iman Skin Tone Evener. These tend to be more on the sheer side and allow some of your natural color to shine through.
Concealer: Use concealer sparingly. Think about it like an eraser. If you want to erase dark spots or under eye circles, then target these areas only. Pick a concealer that had more than one color in the pallet such as Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Pallet. Choose a color that matches your skin exactly to cover dark spots and pick a color that is slightly lighter to conceal dark circles and brighten the eye area.
Blush: Think more natural flush and less Cupie doll. Again, think sheer color in a crème gel formula like Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush. And forget about shimmer. No ones skin has glitter in it. Place the color a bit higher on the cheeks than you think it should go. This draws the eye up. Pick a color that mimics when you blush naturally. Use a fluffy brush. The color goes on heavier the more densely packed the bristles are.
Brows: If your brows are naturally full then you don’t have to do much. Brush them in place and set with a clear brow gel. If your brows are sparse like mine, use a fine tipped brow pencil like Merle Norman’s Automatic Fine Brow Pencil to fill in light areas. Use short, feathered stroked to mimic the appearance of brow hair.
Lashes: I’m not actually a fan of “natural” lashes. I love thick, full, fluffy lashes. The denser the better. I’m not satisfied until I look like a bunny. But for those that want a more natural look, choose a lengthening formula that won’t deposit too much product on your lashes. My favorite mascara to achieve this look is Definicils from Lancome. If you’re blonde, choose a dark brown formula. Apply two coats and use a q-tip to clean up any product that ends up on your eyelids.
Lips: Choose a stain like Cha Cha Tint from Benefit. They last longer and you can build the intensity. Choose a color that is close to the inside of your lip.
Powder: Keep your look natural with an invisible powder like Make Up For Ever Microfinsh HD Powder. This powder goes on completely invisible and blurs imperfections while setting your makeup.
Keeps these tips in mind and people might just think you were born this way.