Make up can sometimes be a magical, wonderful thing. For some people, however, it is a mystery that requires far too much patience to understand. Who on earth are these people that have the willpower to wake up at 5am every morning to spend an hour painting their face? It’s madness! If only there was a way to look like a reasonably healthy human being without needing to master the art of contouring or the impossible challenge that is applying liquid eyeliner. Well, sleep enthusiasts and makeup novices; look no further for the answer because we have some great tips on how to look to look good with little to no makeup.
1) Take care of yourself.
It seems like a pretty obvious first tip, we know, but it’s definitely the most important one. If you hate concealers but love clear skin the best thing to do is adopt a few habits to keep it nice and healthy. Lifestyle is the most important part of maintaining healthy skin. Eat your greens, drink plenty of water, wash your face and hair regularly, get the right amount of sleep and take time away from stress. All these things combined can make a world of difference for the condition of your skin, not to mention prevent any nasty surprises like spots and bags from showing up too frequently.
2) Keep your skin clean and hydrated
Rubbing your face with a couple of cleansing wipes might have constituted as washing your face at some point but that is definitely a habit that needs to be broken. A lot of cleansing wipes contain alcohol and chemicals that damage the skin and strip away the natural oils on your face which can lead to quite a few skin problems if you keep using them. The best thing to do is start a skincare routine with a few basic products.
One recommended product would be ‘Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel’; use this in the evenings after a long day. It provides a deep clean without drying out your face and leaves your skin beautifully hydrated. Although it might seem a bit pricey, a little bit goes a long way and you’ll find that it lasts a lot longer than a pack of face wipes.
If you can’t quite afford it, the best thing to do is to avoid any cleansers or soaps with alcohol or sodium lauryl sulphate as these can dry or irritate your skin. Your main goal should be to find a cleanser that’s hydrating and gentle but gets the job done. It may take a bit of testing to find the one that’s right for you but it will be worth it in the end.
When it comes to actually using the cleanser you should always use warm water (water that’s too hot or too cold can damage the capillaries in your face) and gently use your hand or a washcloth in circles around your face to rub in the cleanser and work out the dirt. After you’ve cleaned your face and dried it gently, make sure to moisturise. If you have sensitive skin then you should avoid oily or scented moisturisers. If you have oily skin then you need to look out for a moisturiser that doesn’t clog your pores. Using an SPF moisturiser also gives the added benefit of protecting your skin from sun exposure.
This routine should be done no more than twice a day. Before bed and after you wake up would be the best times to do it.
If you shave your face regularly, make sure your razor is always kept clean and sharp. There’s nothing worse than using a blunt, rusty razor on a beautiful face. Exfoliate your face before you start shaving and use shaving oil before you apply cream to properly lubricate your face and reduce the risk of unsightly razor burns.
3) Lippy tips
Let’s face it. Lipstick is annoying. You could spend ages finding the perfect colour, carefully applying it to the curve of your cupid’s bow, blotting it delicately so it’s lovely and matte, then twenty minutes later it’s already been licked off or half has been smeared all over the rim of your coffee mug and the rest on your face.
Want to know the secret to having beautifully smooth lips that look like they just came back from a Spa day at the fountain of youth?
You don’t even need to buy a scrub. This is one of those amazing products that can easily be made at home with a bit of sugar and oil (and a few extra ingredients if you’re feeling adventurous). The awesome website ‘Brit+Co’ has put together a list of 23 different lip scrub recipes that you can check out. Every now and then, when your lips are looking a bit cracked and sad, just slather on some scrub, rub it in gently with a toothbrush and wash it off for amazingly soft lips. After that, all you’ll need is a bit of tinted lip balm to keep your lips looking gorgeous all day.
4) Eyebrows frame your face
If you’re going makeup-free it’s important to take good care of your eyebrows. If eyes are the windows to the soul then eyebrows are pretty much everything else. It doesn’t matter how fantastic your eye makeup is looking or how expensive your moisturising cream is; having a patchy brow will ruin your look.
All your brows need is a bit of tender love and care. Just combing them can work wonders. Not only does combing them regularly help you get acquainted with the natural shape of your brows but it makes it a lot easier if you want to attempt plucking them. If you can, you should avoid plucking the hairs on the top of your eyebrow and plucking them too thin. Instead, it would be better to just take out the few strays at the bottom every now and then.
Simply combing them can do the trick on lazy days, otherwise a bit of pencil or tinted eyebrow mascara never hurt. To create a natural look you should stick within your brow line and follow the natural shape of your brows. The idea is not to create a shape to your brows but to define their natural shape. Comb your brows to follow the natural line of the hairs, fill in the patchy areas with a pencil or mascara wand and brush through the colour to make them look thicker and more youthful. That alone will definitely draw attention to your beautiful, bare eyes.
Late nights are inevitable. As much as you try to avoid them there is going to be some time when you won’t be getting to bed at exactly nine o’clock and it shouldn’t be traumatic to wake up the next day to find that your face is getting its revenge. Spots and bags are annoying as Hell but that doesn’t mean that you have to slather your face in concealer to try to cover them up.
Colour correcting concealers are used to neutralise some of the bold colours in blemishes. For red spots and patches you would use a light green or lilac, while beard shadow and eye bags should be covered with warm colours like pinks, reds and oranges. When you reduce the colours of these problems you barely need to apply any makeup to hide them.
You should probably do a bit of experimenting to find the right combination of colours to match your skin tone when you’re choosing the right set of concealers. Imagine your face is a paint palette. Think about the colours you need to mix to turn them into your skin tone and test them out before venturing off into the world. Having a big green circle on your face is probably just as bad as a bright red pimple.
Some kits that you might want to start experimenting with are the ‘NYX Colour Correcting Palette’, the ‘Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette’ or the ‘Kiko Colour Correction Concealer Wheel’. It may be a bit of a trial and error experience when you start testing them out but the right colour can cut your acne induced anxiety by half.
Going make up free not only gives you more time to sleep in in the mornings. It can seriously improve the condition of your skin and help your natural beauty shine through. It’s up to you to decide how much makeup is the right amount but following these tips will make makeup free seem a lot less scary.
Words: Alicia Hempsted