How to Achieve a Natural, No-Makeup Look November 06, 2015 14:32
I was pleasantly surprised by this research and I know you will be too. According to a study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, both men and women find women more attractive when they have less makeup on. To learn more about this study, and read the full article in Women's Health, click here.
Here are 6 easy steps to achieve that natural, no-makeup look that everyone finds so attractive:
1. Prep your skin
It all starts with great skin. Cleanse your face every night, no matter how tired you are, and apply a nourishing night cream. In the morning, after you cleansed and toned your face, apply a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Wait until your moisturizer is fully absorbed to avoid streaking.
2. Apply a light mineral foundation
Turn the mineral foundation jar upside down to release the minerals into the sifter. Lightly dip the brush into the powder and swirl it into the lid until all powder is absorbed into the bristles. Tap off any excess powder.
Apply the minerals in thin layers using a circular motion. Begin application where you want the most coverage – usually the cheeks, then lightly layer over the rest of the face and neck, buffing with the brush until you are satisfied with the coverage. Use thinner layers close to the eyes to minimize lines.
If you need help choosing the best foundation colour for your skin, read Choosing Your Foundation Colour.
3. Add a touch of mineral blush
A great choice for the natural look is a sheer pink blush that will warm up the skin without looking fake. Lightly dip the brush into the mineral blush and swirl it into the lid until all powder is absorbed into the bristles. Tap off any excess powder.
Apply the blush sparingly and with a light touch, sweeping up along the cheekbone, and using the center of your eye as the starting point of your application. The upward sweep will give the illusion of pulling your face upward, slimming it. Be careful not to apply the blush too far below the cheekbone, because this will visually pull down the face.
Keep colour light and always swipe in one direction to avoid streaking. If you've applied too much blush, you can tone it down with a touch of finishing powder.
4. Conceal dark circles
A soft mineral concealer won't clog your pores and will cover those dark circles or small imperfections of the skin.
5. Softly line the lower lash line
Apply a thin, soft line to the lower lash line. Heavy liner ends up looking like your mascara has smeared. To achieve that natural look, skip the black eyeliner and opt for a brown eyeliner instead or, if you are a fan of the black eyeliner, like I am, go for a very soft line.
6. Curl your lashes and apply one layer of mascara
Curling your lashes can produce spectacular results. Your eyes will look bigger and more wide-awake and you'll see that one layer of mascara is more than enough.
Give these easy steps a try and be ready to be admired! Let me know if it works!
Here's to a beautiful, healthier you!
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