Here are some ways you can achieve a luminous natural look.
Start with a clean pallet.
The first step towards a natural look is to start with a fresh, clean face. Choose a facial cleanser that is best for your skin type. Wash thoroughly using warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and make sure you have removed all traces of makeup. Even the slightest makeup residue, especially around the eyes, can drag your look down. So if you need to use makeup remover please do.
Exfoliate and Moisturise
A good exfoliation is another sure-fire way to get started. By removing any excess dry skin from the surface your skin will not only have a more youthful glow but, your skin care products will be able to penetrate better as well. And, best of all makeup will go on smoother and look fresher throughout the day. When skin isn’t moisturised it looks dull and drab. Be sure to use a daytime moisturiser with SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected during the day and a rich replenishing night cream for bedtime.
Go light with coverage
Less is always more when you are capitalising on your natural beauty. For a super sheer look, skip the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturiser. Use your fingertips to apply in small areas, starting with the centre of the face and working your way to the edges. If you want to stick to solid or liquid foundation, apply it with a brush, stroking from the centre of the face outwards and blending well.
Bronzer and blush
Use a bronzer and/or blush to emphasise features. Bronzers provide a warm sun-kissed tone to skin. They’re a great way to create a natural glow. You can either dust bronzer along the T-Zone and cheekbones, or you can add it to your entire face. Apply bronzer lightly to the areas that are most frequently in the sun’s glow, such as the bridge of your nose, cheeks and forehead. Bronzer can replace a blush, or you can apply a very fine layer of blush over the bronzer. The most important thing to remember with bronzers is that less is more.
Illuminators or highlighters contain reflective ingredients, such as mica or other minerals, to catch the light. Apply with a large Kabuki or stippling brush. Start with a very small amount and increase as needed. If you want to find your best features to highlight, step into the natural light to see what parts of your face capture the light. Maybe it’s your cheekbones, bridge of your nose or chin. Focus on those areas. I always add a little highlight to my cupids bow.
First, make sure your concealer matches your skin colour. You may need a lighter shade for underneath the eyes, or use a concealer with blue undertones. It’s important to only dab concealer on blemishes, spots and red areas, not around, to prevent a halo effect. Gently blend to achieve the natural look. Some people find fingertips work as well as a concealer brush when applying.
Use eyeliner and mascara lightly. Bold liquid eyeliner does not belong in the natural beauty regimen. Instead, use an eye pencil in a velvety brown and do what’s called tight lining: apply your line directly in between your eyelashes and on the underside edge. Use a brush to gently lift your lid and draw the pencil across the underside edge. Remember my favourite tip: curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, and then apply mascara.
Pay careful attention to your eyebrows. First, get them in shape and clean up stray hairs. Using a soft eyebrow powder and small brush, carefully fill in the bare spots with subtle colour that matches the natural colour of your brows. Finish with a brush-on gel to keep your brows perfect all day long.
Avoid shiny gloss and chalky lipsticks. Instead, use a neutral or sheer gloss and skip the lip liner. Apply a lipstick that’s a few shades darker than your natural lip shade. Wait a few minutes then wipe it off. It leaves a bit of stain behind that really looks like your bare lips, only better. My favourite tip is to find a shade of lipstick that is the same colour as my tongue. Sounds crazy but it looks totally natural with a bit of a punch.