The ‘au natural’ look has been and will always be a classic look in the world of beauty. To me, there’s nothing better than letting your own beautiful features stand out. We are currently deep into a time of some really cool, edgy makeup trends, which are awesome, but not every occasion calls for a dramatic winged eyeliner, contour, and eyebrows on fleek. Instead, here are some tips to achieve that “I woke up like this” look for the more dressed down occasions. (If you already wake up looking like this, major kudos girl, but for the rest of us, take notes.)
Start with a Light Base
Going au natural does not involve using ‘full coverage’ anything. Instead you’ll want to use a light to medium coverage (preferably powder) foundation to gently sweep across your face. A tinted moisturizer, CC or BB cream is perfect too. With a light base, we are aiming to cover any imperfections, redness, and color correct without layering it on. Freckles and beauty marks should still be seen! Test the color on your wrist—that skin is the most similar to your face so you’ll get the closet color match for a natural base.
Many of us have suffered from having OPB at some point of our lives. That’s “Over-Plucked Brows.” They never grow back the same and definitely leave patches that we must fill in, right? Going au natural means none of that airbrushed, perfectly even brow game we’ve been playing. Use a brow powder and brush or a brow gel (one with added fibers is even better) to lightly brush through your natural brow shape. Always use a shade lighter than your brows. Brush brows upward and secure in place with clear mascara. The messy look is super cute and remember, they’re sisters—not twins!
Keep the colors simple and light on your lids – as close to your natural skin color as possible, with no sparkles or shimmer. Go a little lighter on the inner lid and then a couple shades darker in your crease. Blend!
Use a shade of brown eyeliner (black if you have black hair) and brush it gently along the lash line. You will barely see it, but this will fill in your lashes and add a subtle finish to the eye. A thick line will not do and be sure to keep the bottom lash line clear!
Use a lash curler and a lighter shade of mascara (black if you have black hair). Apply one coat on the top and one on the bottom. We’re not going for dramatic lashes here. We’re not going for dramatic anything, really, just beautiful, natural you. This will give a little fullness to your lashes and extend them without being too much.
Sweep of Color
Gently brush a baby pink blush or a light matte bronzer on the apples of your cheeks. This works to bring out a little color in your face that looks like a natural glow.
Find a tinted gloss or tinted balm in a shade similar to but just a touch darker or pinker than your own lips. Along with the simplicity of makeup, this will make your lips appear pouty and luscious.
All of these techniques call for gentle and subtle touches. Remember, you are just highlighting the natural beauty you were born with. Stick to neutral shades and matte finishes. You will be surprised at how quickly you can achieve this look that this might turn into your new go-to makeup routine. Good luck, beauties!