DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT WITH MAKEUP. WITH THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF EASY-TO-LEARN TECHNIQUES AND GOOD-QUALITY NATURAL COSMETICS, ANYONE CAN TRANSFORM THEIR LOOK OR SIMPLY ENHANCE WHAT IS ALREADY THERE.
Makeup is the ultimate quick fix and a fantastic way to temporarily transform your look. Many of us feel beautiful and confident when we wear makeup. It is possible to define cheekbones, accentuate or open up the eyes, even out the skin tone, and make lips look full or lashes look long. However, learning to love your face without makeup is the first step toward using makeup positively, as a means to bring out the best in your unique self.
Studies show that we still live in a world where most of us perceive women who wear makeup to have qualities that are lacking in those who don’t wear it, such as greater competency in the workplace, trustworthiness, and likability. These perceptions can push us into tortuous, high-maintenance fixes—fake tan, false lashes, sculpted brows, and big hair—in order to look good. But there are easy, natural ways to look good and wear makeup that do not require hours of application and regular touch-ups.
Conventional makeup products are full of synthetic colors and fragrances, and harsh preservatives that can cause skin problems. It’s worth investing in organic and natural cosmetics, which avoid these in favor of mineral colors and natural preservatives, such as vitamin E.
KNOW WHEN YOU DON’T NEED IT Makeup has become such a part of our lives that many of us do not “choose” to wear it, in any real sense of the word. We wear it because we are expected to, or because we think it makes us look better, or because all the other women we know wear it. Make wearing makeup a positive choice. Ask yourself every once in a while: do I really need to wear makeup today?
KEEP IT CLEAN
Clean your makeup brushes and other tools regularly to keep them free from harmful bacteria. Replace products regularly (even makeup has a sell-by date) and do not share them with others as this can pass viruses and bacteria from one person to another.
REMOVE MAKEUP AT NIGHT It may be tedious, especially if you are tired, but removing makeup is the best thing you can do for your skin, since nighttime is when the skin repairs and renews itself. Incorporate a little light massage into your facial cleansing routine to help promote good circulation and enhance the tone and texture of your skin.
AVOID TANNING PRODUCTS
Although you might think that a fake tan is a better option than sunbathing, many products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical that, according to research, accelerates skincell death and has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage.
As you age, your skin tone changes and the colors you wore when you were younger don’t look the same. Don’t be afraid to refresh your look and palette from time to time to suit these changes. Be aware that too much makeup can make you look older—not younger.
USE MAKEUP SENSITIVELY
If you have skin problems, the ingredients in your makeup could be the cause. If your skin is irritated and red, spending a few days without makeup can help it to recover faster. Reintroduce products one at a time to determine which products you are reacting to. Do not wear eye makeup if you have an eye infection and once this has cleared up buy new makeup to avoid re-infecting the area.
Get The Look Water This fantastic daytime look represents water with healthy, dewy skin, and a focus on soft sheens and shimmering textures. Beautifully hydrated skin is essential, so take time to prepare it. For fresh, energized, and truly healthy-looking skin, thoroughly cleanse the skin, then apply a face mask for 10 minutes, followed by a hydrating serum, a moisturizer, and finally a facial oil. Before you begin, apply a flawless foundation base that creates a natural sheen
Get The Look Earth
This look draws inspiration from Mother Earth and her “grounded” tones of umber, warm browns, toasted sand, and rich russets. Focus on the contour of the eye and blend well to create soft, fluid lines. This look suits everyone, moves seamlessly from day to evening, and is easily adapted. It shouldn’t be rushed, so set aside 30 minutes and enjoy some time out. Before you begin, apply a flawless foundation base
Get The Look Air
This fresh look requires light makeup. Air makeup is about suggestion and weightlessness, so use very little product and set aside around 10 minutes for crisp and pure results. The look works best with groomed brows, so brush them through with a clean mascara wand or brow brush. Before you begin, apply a foundation base
Get The Look Fire
This dynamic and sensuous look focuses on the flaming lips. Rather than the classic brick red, this look explores natural berry tones. The finishing touch is delicately flushed cheeks. Smooth a brightening serum underneath your moisturizer to give the skin extra radiance. For evening wear, simply intensify the tones. Before you begin, apply a flawless foundation base
Get The Look Metal Metal’s mutability and reflective properties create intense makeup looks. This is an easy, adaptable, and contemporary look. The skin is natural and fresh, and the eyes are bold. Hydrate your skin but don’t allow it to get too dewy otherwise there will be too much shine. Metallic eye shadow may drop onto the skin, and it is tricky to remove without disturbing your makeup, so apply it before your foundation
Get The Look Wood
This is a sophisticated look, inspired by walking in the woods. Nature showcases an abundance of colors, yet at the same time the palette is subtle. This look uses neutral, muted tones which softly define and contour the eyes. Before you begin, apply liquid or mineral foundation, conceal under-eye dark circles and blemishes, and lightly powder
EXPERT TIPS :
- If you have close-set
eyes, the highlight in the
inner corner of the eye
helps to widen them.
- If you’ve applied too
much bronzer, take a
dry cotton pad and gently
buff, removing the excess.
- Your bronzer should look
healthy, not muddy.
If you have mature
skin, use products with
a very subtle shimmer as
high shimmer textures can
highlight fine lines.