If you think of natural makeup, the first thought to come to your mind would be, “Oh, this should be super simple. After all, the point is to look natural, right?” Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Yes, natural makeup is minimal and fresh, but it can be hard to achieve if not done the right way.
Natural makeup is for those people who want to use makeup, but don’t want the eye shadow, blush or lipstick to be the first thing people notice about them. Because while we love following all sorts of makeup trends, neon cut crease or a rainbow smokey eye is not for most of us! It is perfect for girls who want a little coverage but don’t want to go all OTT.
Whatever your reason or the occasion you want to wear the no makeup-makeup look, believe us when we say this, it won’t disappoint. This natural makeup look is extremely versatile and can be worn anywhere from office, date nights, and weddings to parties. Contrary to its name, the no-makeup makeup look actually requires a decent amount of effort, makeup and steps, but let it not intimidate you, as this natural makeup look is easy to achieve with just a few simple steps.
We’ve rounded up the key steps to nailing the natural makeup look—feel free to tweak the look to make it work for you.
- Step 1: Prep your skin
- Step 2: Use a primer
- Step 3: Skip the foundation
- Step 4: Conceal the flaws
- Step 5: Dress up your cheeks
- Step 6: Fill in brows
- Step 7: Define your eyes
- Step 8: Pucker your pout
Step 1: Prep your skin
The first step before you apply any kind of makeup is to always thoroughly prep your skin for the makeup to follow. This step helps the makeup blend into your skin and look flawless. To start with wash your face using a gentle yet effective cleanser and then use a toner. Then pick a hydrating moisturiser that is suitable to your specific skin type and rub it evenly into your skin. Then wait a few minutes before you start with the rest of your makeup, as this allows time for the moisturiser to settle and works its magic. You can use the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel is enriched with Vitamin E to nourish the skin from within and banish skin dryness.
Step 2: Use a primer
Primers are those holy-grail products the help in evening out the texture of your skin by reducing the appearance of pores, fine and wrinkles. This is an important step that you should not miss if you are looking to achieve the natural makeup look. Now that your skin is well moisturised, it is time to prep your face with a primer. The Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer hides imperfections, pores and gives your skin a flawless, matte look. This primer also ensures that your makeup stays put all day long. A little bit goes a long way. Start with a dime-sized amount of primer in the centre of your face, and slowly work it out towards your cheeks, forehead, and chin.
Step 3: Skip the foundation
To perfectly nail the natural makeup look, it is better to ditch the foundation completely, as most foundations leave behind a layer that looks slightly fake. If you feel like you need more coverage than your concealer can offer, you can opt for a lightweight BB or CC cream and blend it into your skin using a brush, sponge or your fingers. You can try the Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale CC Cream One pro tip that MUAs swear by is, post the application of BB or CC cream, go over your face with a damp beauty sponge to eliminate the appearance of any streaks and lines.
Step 4: Conceal the flaws
After the use, a BB or CC cream, see if you need to apply any concealer to cover any visible flaws. You can take a little bit of the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Concealer Stick SPF 20 and conceal dark circles or any other pigmentation you might want to even out. Pat the concealer in the under eye area, as this helps to blend the product seamlessly into your skin. Another way to achieve the natural makeup look is to choose a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone, as this trick helps brighten up the under eye area and cover up any discolouration and dark circles.
Step 5: Dress up your cheeks
All of us love a face that looks fresh with a flush of colour. Cream blushes in warm peaches or pinks are the perfect pick to give your skin a natural, subtle flush of colour. Swipe a little bit of the Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color on the apples of your cheeks for a natural looking blush. This lip and cheek colour has a lightweight finish that does not feel heavy on the face and also lasts a really long time. You can even a bit of bronzer to your face to give that beautiful sun-kissed glow.
Step 6: Fill in brows
The whole idea of a natural makeup look should add definition and not drama. This is what you should have in mind when doing your eyebrows as well. Simply brush up your brows and lightly fill in the sparse areas. This will define your lashes and make them appear fuller and yet be in sync with the natural makeup look you are trying to achieve.
Step 7: Define your eyes
To successfully achieve a natural makeup look, it is important that you keep your eyes looking extremely natural, without any obvious harsh lines. You can either skip the eyeshadow entirely, but if you can’t, then using matte brown coloured eyeshadow to your crease then swipe a neutral shade across the entire lid for some definition. Don’t forget to blend. Apply a single coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes, being sure to wiggle your wand vertically to get every single lash.
Step 8: Pucker your pout
Lipsticks are those indispensable weapons that take any look from drab to fab in an instant. But picking a shade to tie together this natural makeup look can be tricky. Anything too light will wash you out and anything too dark will defeat the purpose of this look. Therefore it is best to pick a lip gloss in a natural pink or nude shade. The nude and pink shades from the Lakmé Absolute Plump And Shine Lip Gloss range come in various shades that complement a lot of skin tones. Remember to pick a colour that is the closest to your natural lip colour for it looks absolutely natural. You can pick a nude matte lipstick with brown undertones for a supernatural finish.
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