As the warm season approaches, you might start feeling the need to not only switch from dark, heavy clothing to lighter-coloured, thinner materials, but also go for a simpler, more natural make up look. Truth is, even the seemingly easy to achieve minimalistic appearance requires a bit of effort from your part. Therefore, behold! Here is a list of steps you need to take and techniques on how to achieve the perfect non-make-up-ey look whilst, in fact, wearing make up.
Step 1: Cleanse and moisturize the skin
What you want to do first is to make sure your skin is and looks well taken care of. This can be achieved by sticking to a regime of exfoliation and cleansing. You can engage in this little skin-cleansing ritual right before you start putting make-up on, as it facilitates the application of it. After your skin is proper clean, it is extremely important to use a moisturizer, as it not only hydrates the skin, but also evens out your skin texture and, what is best, promotes anti-aging benefits. For best results try using light moisturizing serum (apply several drops, blend it in and let it sink for a few minutes).
Step 2: Conceal those imperfections
Now that your skin is nice and clean (and well nourished!), it is time to cover up any blemishes or dark under eye circles you might have. For spots and pimples it is best to dab, blend and gradually build up thin layers of coverage (you can either use a brush, beauty blender or your finger). When it comes to those dreadful dark circles underneath your eyes, simply swipe the concealer wand under your eyes (focus on the inner corners of the eyes, as they tend to be the darkest) and then lightly pat with your finger to blend it in. Also, when working on your under eyes, try using a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone. The trick is to not use too much of the concealer, as that way you might accentuate the problems instead of hiding them.
Step 3: The tinted moisturizer/foundation debate and powder
Whether you should use a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation entirely depends on your skin type: if you have excessively oily skin, it would be wise for you to avoid the tinted moisturizer, as it will only add moisture to your already moisturized skin, thus making your face look shiny. Therefore, liquid foundation is the answer to those with problem skin. If, on the other hand, you have a normal skin type, or, better yet, if your skin is prone to dryness, tinted moisturizer is your number one choice.
Step 4: It is all about the eyes…
Probably one of the most important steps in creating the natural look is defining the eyes. For it to be successful, you will first want to start with the eyeshadows. The goal here is to pick a color that is just a shade or two darker than your skin tone and then, with a blending brush, apply the shadows to your eyelids, smoothing them outwards until you cannot tell where the shadow ends and the skin begins. Most makeup artists suggest using the cream eyeshadows because they resemble the natural skin texture. Again, go easy on it!
Step 5: Groom those eyebrows
For a natural look, you must make sure your eyebrows are neat and perfect, as they pull the look together. Comb them, fill them in (not too heavily though) and then set them with a brow gel.
Step 6: Add some color to the lips
For a finishing look, pick a light pink, peach or sand-colored lipstick and dab it on. If you are going for a slightly simpler look, you can also apply a bit of lip gloss.