How you approach your beauty routine each morning can have a big impact on your day. Keeping your focus on maintaining your skin (and overall wellness) in check and healthy is the start to any beauty standard. When we learn to love our natural look and not to be dependent on cosmetics, we learn to be happier in our skin. Elaborate makeup styles can be fun to change up your look for a night out or an important event. But, for every day, you might want to keep it simple with a makeup look to enhance natural beauty and save yourself time and stress. The French Girl Look is popular for good reason. The idea may be “I just woke up looking like this” because the goal is to look effortlessly put together. The closer you can actually get to that, the better, n’est-ce pas?
Your routine doesn’t have to be very involved to give you some subtle enhancements. A few products, or even ingredients found in your kitchen, will be more than enough to play up your natural beauty. Especially in Summer, you want to use as little makeup as possible. Don’t just put it on out of habit. Stop and check to see if you really need it.
Before you begin to apply your makeup, you should thoroughly wash your face. A good cleanser will clean your skin of any old makeup residue, sweat, and dirt. It’s important not to skip this step. Failing to cleanse your skin is a good way to get blemishes. A cleanser will keep your pores open and prevent build-up that can lead to acne, as well as redness and irritation. Keeping clean is the first step for healthy skin that is smooth and fresh looking.
After your cleanser, you should apply a suitable moisturizer. Choose one that is made for your skin type. A moisturizer that is heavy can irritate oily skin but be of benefit for someone who is prone to dry skin.
Moisturizers help to keep your skin hydrated by locking in natural moisture. They contain rich ingredients to penetrate the skin’s layers and keep it supple.
Many moisturizers that you buy contain some sun protection, but it may not be enough protection for outdoor use. Read your labels and if you plan to spend time outside, apply a sunscreen in addition to your moisturizer to prevent sun damage. Too much sun can speed up the signs of aging and damage your skin. If you plan to reapply during the day, you might skip the setting powder.
Once you have cleaned and moisturized your skin, you can begin to apply your makeup. The first product to use is a concealer. This will help to cover and even out any redness or hyperpigmentation spots. Concealer is available in flesh tones for minor touch ups and colors to balance any spots that need color correction. For example, a green tinged concealer is good for covering any redness while yellow will work well for under eye circles and small veins. If your skin is happy, you can simply spot correct any noticeable issues and skip the strong coverage application.
On top of your concealer, you can apply a foundation that matches your skin tone. Foundation should be blended carefully into your hairline and down your neck so you don’t leave a line around your face. This step evens out your skin tone and provides a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup. Again, if you have clear and even skin tone, you may want to look into simply using a BB Cream or even tinting your favorite moisturizer with your foundation to create a lighter product. It saves time and keeps things simple.
Lip gloss is a simple way to add a glow each day. This is an essential item that would be good to carry with you for touch ups. The right lip gloss will hydrate your lips and keep them soft to prevent drying and chapping. Severely dry lips may even lead to cracking and bleeding so make sure you don’t use a product that is alcohol based, as it pulls the moisture out of the skin. If you do suffer from dry or chapped lips an easy fix is to rub a bit of coconut oil into them before bed at night and first thing in the morning before you do anything else, to let it sink in before the rest of your lip service.
Lip gloss is very versatile and comes in many different colors that can compliment any outfit and draw attention to your lips. Alternatively get a clear gloss that you can wear over your favorite shade of lip stain.
Blush should be applied sparingly but a natural color will make you look fresh faced and vibrant. A light dusting across your cheekbones is all you need. Choose a color that goes well with your natural skin tone. Don’t reach for anything too bright. Blush should highlight your face, but look natural. If you need a hand picking a color, go to any cosmetics counter and ask the opinion of the in house makeup artist. Especially if they are themselves wearing a “not too done” look.
Mascara and Shadow
The eyes are one of the most noticeable features on your face, so pay them a little extra attention. Eye makeup can instantly make you appear more alert and as the “window to the soul” they also automatically enhance natural beauty.
Start by lining the upper lid with a liner. This helps to give the appearance of full lashes even before you grab the wand. To keep it simple, apply a neutral color of eyeshadow and finish with a coat or two of mascara to your lashes. This simple technique is perfect for every day, when you want to draw attention to your eyes without overdoing it.
While everyone’s makeup routine will differ according to individual tastes and preferences, keeping a few basics on hand will simplify your routine and prevent any last minute stress over not finding the right tool or product. You will learn which colors and techniques are right for you and will soon be a pro at applying your makeup.