Some people are blessed with a flawless face, then the rest of us spend 3 hours painting our faces to achieve the same look!
There is no right or wrong way to do makeup, that's the art of it, but there are some excellent tips to achieve a light and natural finish.
Please have a read of my blog for my top tips to achieve a natural-looking makeup look.
The first and most crucial step to achieve a natural finish is to keep your makeup light and have no thick layers on your face.
Try using light bases for your skin, like BB/CC cream, to avoid having a thick layer of foundation on your face.
You can even use concealer to cover up any imperfections on the face and keep the rest of your natural skin glowing and on show.
When going for a natural look, it's best to avoid harsh contouring to the face.
Your aim should be to accentuate your natural face shape and not to change it.
A simple yet effective tip is to add twice as little to your face as you usually would for a full face of makeup.
Products to Avoid
Some makeup products we use every day are amazing; however, many makeup products tend to flush away the natural look and, instead, make us look like a MUA.
One of the biggest no-nos is a full coverage foundation if you are looking for a natural finish.
This is thick on the skin, leaving a different and unnatural texture to your face.
Replace this with a lighter foundation or be best off skipping it altogether.
If you want to add any eyeshadow or lipstick, make sure any shades on your face are neutral colours, like nudes or light pinks/reds, as no one is born with bright red lips and glittery eyelids!
As the face naturally produces oils, using matte makeup is a big giveaway to show that this makeup look isn't your natural look.
Avoid any matte products as it leaves your face looking less natural and more textured.
Good Products To Use
Many products can help you achieve a natural look, so here are some of the best products to use:
Primer - helps hide the pores and reduces natural oils, making the skin look clearer and cleaner and helping your makeup stay on throughout the day.
Liquid highlighter - adding a little bit of liquid highlighter to the base of your face can give a more dewy finish, as no one's skin is matte.
Use clear mascara or brown - to make eyelashes look longer and thicker without a clumpy finish.
Black mascara can also be used. You can add this and then get a clean mascara brush and brush the excess away to give it a more natural finish.
Clear brow gel or coloured gel helps make the eyebrows look more natural as you can still see the natural hair, and it helps avoid any harsh lines for your brows.
Tinted or normal lip balm - using a tinted lip balm instead of gloss or lipstick is a perfect way to keep your lips looking hydrated and coloured without looking like you have painted your face.
Light Blush - Blusher is an excellent way to contour the face for a natural finish, as all of our cheeks get rosier when we are out and active, so it’s the perfect way to look natural and cute - make sure the colour isn't too bright!
CC/BB Cream - This is a perfect replacement for foundation as it gives a lighter finish and leaves no texture on the face whilst helping colour correction and covering imperfections at the same time
Concealer - using concealer to cover any imperfections is one of the best ways to make your skin look all even and avoid having a thick layer on your face; you can even use concealer, and people will not know you have any base on, make sure to colour match!
Powdered foundation - If you are still unwilling to give up the foundation, the powdered foundation is a good alternative; it is lighter and smoother for your face, which will help reduce the texture.
Setting spray helps pull the whole face together, as it holds your makeup for the day as well as eliminating any powdered texture on your face once it's been sprayed, making the makeup genuinely look like your natural face!
So, in a nutshell, the best way to achieve a natural look is to add less makeup, stick to neutral colours, choose your products wisely, keep them light, minimal, and not too flashy.
The key thing to remember is, try not to change your face - enhance & embrace it!