If you want to look your best but can’t stand the feeling of heavy makeup on your face or have trouble applying it in a way that doesn’t appear mask-like, you’re in luck!
Whether you’re hoping to enhance some of your natural features or need to disguise irregularities in your skin tone, there are plenty of options available that could give you the results you want without leaving you feeling over-made up.
Whatever your reason for avoiding makeup, we’ve got some great recommendations to help you achieve the look you want effortlessly!
1. Tinted Moisturizer
A tinted moisturizer offers light coverage and is a great option for anyone who doesn’t require the heavier finish of foundation but still wants to even out their skin tone. It’s also ideal for individuals with drier skin types, as it will provide the additional moisture they need while reducing any flaky, rough patches. A tinted moisturizer can be easily applied with fingertips, too – no makeup sponge is required.
2. BB Cream
BB cream, also known as Beauty Balm, is another great option for those with minor blemishes to conceal but want light coverage and a natural-looking, sheer finish. There are many different brands of BB cream available, but it’s a good idea to get one with ingredients like SPF and antioxidants, so you can enjoy UV protection and anti-aging benefits.
A concealer is a must-have for anyone who wants to camouflage imperfections, such as blemishes or discoloration, or reduce the severity of under-eye dark circles. The key to using concealer successfully is to only go one or two shades lighter than your skin tone for the under-eye area while matching it to your foundation, or tinted moisturizer, elsewhere on your face. While it can be applied with your fingers, a pro-tip is to use a brush, blending well into the skin.
Face powder is perfect for setting makeup, so it stays in place, and for those with oiler skin types, controlling shine. Loose powder is best when you put your makeup on in the morning, and can be applied with a brush, but pressed powder in a compact, applied with a sponge, is more convenient for touch-ups during the day. Whichever type you use, make sure it isn’t too light or too dark so you can enjoy a matte yet natural finish.
Blush is a great way to add a pop of color to your cheeks and give skin a healthy, natural glow. You could also use it for contouring, but if you’re applying it for that purpose, proper blending is essential, otherwise, it will appear too obvious. Blushes come in powder, cream, and gel formulas, and everyone has their preference, so experiment a little and see which one works best for you.
6. Eye Shadow
If you’re trying to keep your makeup routine as simple as possible, you might be tempted to skip eye shadow. You certainly don’t need to use it every day, but eye shadow is great for special occasions when you want to look more polished or to add some depth and dimension to your eyes. While traditionally, eye shadow comes in powder form, using a cream or liquid can give a more natural look. To ensure your eye shadow lasts from morning to night, it’s a great idea to use a primer first.
Whether your eyelashes are light-colored, too sparse, or too short, a mascara can help! It’s a great way to open up your eyes for an instantly refreshed appearance while adding some length and volume to the lashes if needed. Because there is such a variety of mascaras available, it’s worth taking some time to select which one is right for the result you’re trying to achieve. For example, if your lashes are already long, using a lengthening formula may end up making them look ‘spidery,’ so opt for one that just adds volume instead. If you’re going for a natural look, opt for a brown or brown/black shade, as pure black may add unwanted drama to your peepers!
For most people, even those who aren’t big makeup users, lipstick is the one item that they can’t live without! Lipstick is a great way to add some color and definition to your lips, whether you keep it natural and soft with a neutral shade or want to stand out with a bolder tone. It’s not necessary to use a lip liner, of course, although the pros often recommend it, and as with the eyes, using a primer first is a good idea. It will not only prep your lips to help the color glide on smoothly but prevent feathering and ensure your lipstick doesn’t come off on everything it touches!
The key to natural makeup that doesn’t feel heavy or mask-like is to choose formulas, shades, and application methods that suit you best, not just for the look you’re hoping to achieve but taking into account your skill level, too.
While the tips listed above are a great starting point, if you need extra guidance, it’s worth booking a consultation with a makeup professional who can help you put together a simple yet effective kit for all your needs.