5 Ways To Enhance Your Natural Beauty Without Makeup
As a follower of My Style Rules, you will know that the cornerstone of our philosophy is to accept and embrace yourself, exactly as you are. We always encourage women to dress for their shape, and those that take this advice will look their absolute best, without changing a thing. So it won’t surprise you to hear that when it comes to makeup, we believe that natural is the way to go.
You have probably noticed that ‘face contouring’ is becoming a big trend, with ladies using more and more makeup to hide their features beneath a layer of cosmetics. The result is a knock-out selfie for sure, but I often wonder what it does for the lady beneath the mask.
On one level, how is the skin coping under there? After all, most cosmetics include a myriad of hidden ingredients that we can barely pronounce. Scientists often struggle to agree whether they are safe for us to use or not.
But on a deeper level, how do we feel when we wash it all off and are faced with our real reflection – zits and all? Is there a psychological factor at play here that makes some of us want to hide behind a perfect facade?
Perfection is entirely subjective of course. But when you look at many of the celebrity ‘beauties’ in the media you will often find some form of ‘flaw’ that has become their trademark. There is Cindy Crawford’s infamous mole, some have cute quirky noses, gaps in teeth, or even different colored eyes. Yes, the stunning Kate Bosworth was born with this condition, called heterochromia, and we feel that her mismatched irises simply enhance her beauty.
We are human after all, and it would be strange to make it through life without some form of flaw, be it a wrinkle, crinkle, scar or pimple. So with that in mind, we want to encourage you to stop covering up and hiding your true self, we want you to realize that you are beautiful just as you are.
Now, that takes some courage of course, so here are some natural ways to enhance your skin, so that you can glow from within.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of nature’s wonders, and is a great supplement to your skincare regime. You can find cleansers and toners that include tea tree oil in their ingredients, but you can also use the essential oil directly on your skin, or diluted with a little witch hazel. Go carefully to be aware of any irritation (essential oils are powerful things).
Tea tree is prized for it’s pimple-fighting properties. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-fungal. It can be used on your hair too….and around the house. But that is off topic. Just get yourself a bottle!
Coconut oil is another wonder substance that has too many benefits to list here (we could publish an entire article about it). When it comes to beauty, it can be used to effectively remove eye makeup, to highlight the cheekbones, and it makes a wonderfully nourishing face and hair mask.
If you want to give your skin a boost of anti-aging antioxidants then look no further than nature’s wonder serum – raw honey. It is fabulous for your skin, working wonders on acne, as well as soothing dry skin with its deeply moisturizing properties.
One of our favorite DIY spa skin treats is an avocado mask. It is quick and easy to prepare (simply mash up a ripe avocado), and while it can sometimes get a little messy, the results will be totally worth it.
Of course, these natural remedies can only do so much, your lifestyle is the real foundation to beautiful skin. So be sure to do the following to ensure that you can look your best naturally.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet
- Get enough sleep
- Drink plenty of water
- Protect your skin from sun damage – every single day
Less Is More
While these natural skin care tips will help you to look your best naturally, there may still be times when you want to wear makeup. Remember that applying it should not take up much of your time, and keep in mind that you want to enhance, not hide. Natural looking makeup should leave you looking beautifully fresh without being overdone.
Cleanse and Prepare
The first step to a natural looking glowing skin, is to clean the canvas. Start by washing your face with a good quality cleanser. This will help to prepare the skin for easy blending of makeup later. Make sure that you remove all traces of old makeup on your face by rubbing your cleanser in a gentle circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with water to finish. You can follow with a toner if you like.
Moisturize your skin twice a day, taking time to gently massage into your face and neck. Skin that is well moisturized has that natural glow that we all desire. Dry skin look can look weathered and leathery, so plump up your skin by drinking lots of water and by moisturizing well. If needed, you can even out your skin tone with a tinted lotion.
Now that you have moisturized well and your skin is prepared, you are ready to apply foundation. Choose one that is lightweight and of the right tone. This is crucial, so take your time when purchasing, and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
It is also important to ensure that you apply your makeup in natural lighting so that you can see exactly how well you are blending. Use your fingers to gently rub in the foundation, going all the way down your neck. If you stop your foundation at your jawline, there will be a noticeable change in color between your face and neck making it look as though you’re wearing a mask. This is not a good look!
If you want more coverage, you can apply a dab of concealer to blemishes around the eyes or any other areas of pigmentation or unwanted blemishes you wish to cover. You can also use your concealer as a highlighter down the bridge of your nose and above your eyebrows. This will create a bright and awake look for you and make you look a few years younger. Make sure that your concealer is the same color as your natural skin tone.
Blush and Bronze
Bronzer can add a natural glow to your face, although if you are naturally very fair you may want to opt for blush instead. When applying bronzer, brush all over your face paying particular attention to the cheekbones and T-Zone for a natural suntanned look.
With blush, crème is sometimes a better option than powder because it lasts a longer and is easier to blend into the skin. If you are unsure of where to apply blush, simply smile and go straight for the apples of the cheek. Make sure that your blush is a light and natural looking color and not too pink.
If you choose to apply eyeliner, line your upper lash line with natural browns, blacks or grays. Then, gently smudge with a cotton bud to get a smoky eye, and avoid any harsh lines.
You can apply a little white eyeliner or eyeshadow to the inside corners of your eyes to create a wider and brighter looking eye.
When selecting eyeshadow, choose two natural colors. Opt for golds, browns and silvers depending on what suits your skin tone best. Apply a neutral, light eyeshadow to the entire lid, and a slightly darker color just above the crease of your lid. Blend these colors into each other for a natural appearance.
Mascara can add a little spark to our eyes. Curl your lashes and apply mascara to create the illusion of big eyes that are wide awake.
When selecting lip color, aim for something close to your natural lip color. Choose a sheer or nude shade, avoiding anything too chalky or shiny. Chalky lips look dry, and shiny lips look unnatural. Lip stain is a great option as it looks just right and lasts all day.
What Works For You
Whatever you choose to do, we want to remind you that you are beautiful just the way you are. Why not try going bare faced for a day to see how you feel? Or if that is too big a leap, try out these natural makeup tips and greet your day looking fresh and ready to take on the world. With a combination of our natural skin care tips and these barely-there makeup ideas, you’ll have everyone wondering what your secret is to looking so young, flawless and perfectly rested.