Different days and occasions bring different needs for makeup techniques. If you’re attending a wedding, holiday party or formal event, a more dramatic look might be desired. But for day-to-day work or school life, you probably want a more natural look, right? Or maybe you’re into “less is more” makeup EVERY day, no matter the occasion?
We’re with you! And we have some expert tips for how to get a natural look - a.k.a. the I’m-not-wearing-makeup-makeup-look! Follow these makeup techniques, where less is truly more.
Start with freshly-cleaned skin. You can only get a natural look with fresh skin, so use your favorite cleanser (and maybe a soft cloth) to get your face clean and free of oils and to buff away loose skin. You probably don’t want to use an exfoliant so soon before applying makeup, though, as it can cause reddening of the skin. So save the exfoliants for at night and stick with a gentle cleanse!
One special tip we can offer in the moisturize step for how to get a natural look? Use a tinted lotion. This will do double-duty for your skin: moisturize AND even out your skin tone with barely-there color, eliminating the need for foundation altogether. Because it’s so much lighter-weight than foundation, you can even choose a slightly darker shade to warm up your skin tone without worrying about it looking “fake”. Just remember to blend, blend, blend!
5. Choose a light neutral blush. Remember, less is more here, so you’ll want to choose a shade of blush close to your natural “flushed” shade...probably a light neutral pink or peach, or a darker pink if you have darker skin. Choose a cream blush and blend into the apples of your cheeks for a very subtle color splash.
6. Light mascara, no liner. Some of the most fun and creative makeup techniques to try involve your eyes, right? Bold liner looks, blending colorful eye shadows, etc. But if you truly want to know how to get a natural look, you’ll have to forego all those and take a simpler approach to your eyes.
Using eyeliner is just too much for au-natural, so stick with a single coat of mascara only (or two coats, max) to the upper lashes only. Or, if you are blessed with naturally dark or long lashes, it may be enough just to curl them.
As an option, you can choose to add a single shade of eyeshadow across your lids. Opt for a light brown shadow in a shade just darker than your natural lid color.
Heavy eyebrows are a dead giveaway that you’re wearing makeup, so for “au natural”, simply choose a clear brow fixer gel to hold brows in place very naturally. Or if you have very light brows, blend some color sparingly to give your brows a little definition and shape.
Want an even MORE natural lip? Simply exfoliate your lips with a gentle lip scrub. Scrub off those dead skin cells for smoother lips! Plus, the increased blood flow to your lips will give them natural color. Follow this up with your favorite lip balm and your lips will have a healthy, moisturized glow that will look perfectly kissable.
If you’ve seen your favorite celebrities and influencers sporting the “I woke up like this” look and have been wondering how to get a natural look yourself, follow the makeup techniques above.
One last tip: If you’re looking for the perfect tools to help you achieve natural beauty, make sure your makeup brushes and sponges are clean and replaced regularly. You can’t get a flawless, well-blended, “barely there” look with old, dirty brushes and blenders.
Beautiac offers a subscription brush replacement service: once a month, you will receive 3 replacement brush heads that snap on to the Beautiac “universal” brush handles, plus a replacement blur sponge.
The old brush heads that you pop off are 100% recyclable, and the new ones you receive are clean and free from bacteria and debris that can harm your skin! Enjoy fresh, clean and healthy skin every month with new makeup brushes, delivered to your door with free shipping.