With summer on the horizon (apparently – although the weather may be saying otherwise at the moment, even though it’s July!), makeup looks will be all about less being more, creating a style that suggests a healthy glow shining through our skin from within.
Your first step towards achieving this kind of makeup look, however, will start with lifestyle so make sure that you’re eating healthily, getting enough exercise and – perhaps most importantly – drinking enough water. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your skin healthy and fresh, as well as nice and plump so try to drink six sips of water an hour at the very least.
Once you’re well on your way with the lifestyle overhaul, you can start to think about what’s in your makeup and toiletry bags, and how you can use the natural face products you have in stock to their best advantage.
Cleansing, toning and moisturising is a must but try not overuse facial oils as you may clog your pores and make it hard for dirt and grime to be properly cleansed away. Exfoliating twice a week can also really help the quality of your skin, as can using a facial brush to really stimulate your cells and give you that sought-after healthy glow.
Before you start applying makeup in the morning, use an illuminating primer to act as a base for your foundation and so on, while creating a luminous glow that really shines through your makeup and makes you look extra hydrated.
The key to success with a natural makeup look is to avoid layers of heavy foundation if you can. We appreciate that this may be difficult for some of you to feel confident doing if you don’t feel as though you have particularly great skin but follow the rules above and you may well see a difference in the quality of your skin in a few weeks.
BB creams and tinted moisturisers can be used to give you even more hydration while allowing your skin to show through. You’ll get the best results if you use a sponge or buffing brush for application.
For any problem areas or spots you want to hide, use a hydrating concealer and apply it with your fingers for greater control of where it goes.
Now you can apply your highlighter, which will make your skin look natural but give you the glow you’re looking for. Creams are the best option as they’ll blend in with the other products you’ve already applied. Add a touch of cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, a very light slick of mascara (or you can even omit this if you want) and away you go!
Check out this Cosmopolitan article for tips on how to achieve great skin.