Do you think you look like Darth Vader sans makeup? 95% of women who wear makeup on a regular basis have confessed to feeling self conscious if they step out with their daily coverage. The problem is that they do not accept the person they see in the mirror and worst, they see their flaws through a microscope. There’s no harm in stepping out with a pimple on the forehead but for some women, it’s more like a bullet hole.
Understandably, a lot of us women do need some amount of coverage whether it is to camouflage those freckles or pigmentation and although you do not really have to go without makeup, you can keep it to a bare minimum.
Skip foundation during the daytime. Instead, go for a good sunscreen that covers up redness and blotches. You can also opt for a primer that has a good SPF content that would easily cover 60-70% coverage.
Also, take care of your skin so that you can actually flaunt the “real” layer. Drinking lots of water, eating right, staying active and regular cleansing and toning is all you need to maintain a glowing and lit-from-within skin.
For the minimum barely-on makeup look, you’d have to chuck the cat eyeliner or even the dark black mascara. After applying a primer or the sunscreen, if you need to conceal those under eye bags or dark circles, pat the concealer on the problematic area and gently tap using the tip of your ring finger.
A dash of kohl on your water line and a thin line on the lids would be perfect. You can even opt for light pink or brown eye shadow for the lid, depending upon your skin tone. This would add to the natural overall look and would emit a more toned look. Also, do not opt for a black mascara; a clear one would give you both length and volume while keeping the dramatic black away from the face.
For the eyebrows, if you have a properly cleaned and shaped brow, you don’t really need to worry about them. Just run an eyebrow brush over these to tuck in any stray hair.
With the lips, we mean. Nude shades are hot couture right now and although the perfect nude differs from one skin tone to other, you should choose the one that can both conceal any pigmentation on the lips and blend in with your original lip color.
To find the perfect match, choose three shades that are closest to your lip color and apply each on the middle portion of your lower lip. The one that completely conceals the area and blends perfectly overall is your shade of nude. You can also go for a nude shade to outline your lips as that would make it appear fuller and fill in with a regular gloss.
You can also opt for light peach, pink, coral and a very light shade of orange as these are all natural colors and do not give the impression of a heavy made up face. Avoid red at all cost, you might be able to easily pull of a pair of scarlet puckers but they are far from “natural”. No one honestly has naturally blood red lips unless we are talking about vampires but even they are going vegan these days (!)
Summers are great to get those naturally sun-kissed cheeks but for the unlucky few: dust some bronzer along the contours of the cheeks but do not overdo it, it looks evidently fake when people pat bronzers all over the cheeks like they cost a dime. For the daytime, you can opt for a light peach or pink instead. You can actually completely skip the blush part at least during the day, so that you have a more natural look.
Embrace the real you ladies with your flaws et al and go face the world being the beautiful person that you already are!