Tips on making your makeup look natural

  • 08 May - 14 May, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

There are days that call for vivid makeup looks and a full face of colour, and there are days when you want to subtly play up your features with a low-key look. And with the country facing varying levels of lockdown, the latter is likely to be more in demand. If you’re looking to nail a natural, glowing finish for those last-minute Zoom meetings, the answer lies in your makeup bag. In search of further tips, tricks and insider-only hacks, we have compiled ways to ensure your makeup looks au naturel. Read on:

1. Prep and prime

The road to the perfect no-makeup makeup look starts with an adequate base – a thorough hand with prep and prime. If you do both these things well, your foundation will blend well and look as natural as possible. You’ll also find that tools such as an applicator, blender or buffing brush will help your foundation, especially liquid formulas, look more natural and blend in better.

2. Conceal and cover

The job of a good concealer is to stay invisible, but the road doesn’t end with simply opting for the right shade – also show diligence when choosing your texture. Liquid formulas give a more natural-looking finish, whereas creams are a bit heavier. But of course, remember to choose your shade wisely as the right colour concealer can often negate the need for foundation at all.

3. Eye makeup must-haves

Once you’ve created an even canvas for your makeup, you’ll want to turn your attention to your eyes. Stock up on a few essentials to define your eyes without looking like you put in much effort: Brown kajal, mascara, a good eyelash curler and a nude eyeshadow. This is all that you need to give your eyelids an even base.

4. Skip the second coat of mascara

If you are looking to open your eyes without the time to recreate an elaborate eye makeup look, add a little bit of brown kajal on the outer corner of the eye and smudge it lightly with your finger. So when you put mascara, it doesn't look like you've done elaborate eye makeup – it offers the equivalent of two coats of mascara while making your eyes look more open.

5. Lashes for days

If you have sparse lashes, use a volumising mascara instead of lengthening and curling. Likewise, if you have short lashes, use lengthening formulas. This will ensure that your lashes always look healthy and natural, and not spidery.

6. Keep it sheer

When attempting a natural makeup look, keeping things light is key. One of the things that we like to do is adding a touch of Vaseline to our base for a sheer, natural finish. It gives us the power to blend in the makeup till it disappears into the skin.

7. My lips but better

If you’re hoping to create the perfect pout without looking like you tried too hard, stick to colours that are the closest match to your natural lip colour. You’ll find that creamy luminous textures always look better than dry matte ones for a natural-looking finish.

8. Contour needn’t be OTT

While Instagram tutorials often look to contour for creating a fully sculpted face, we believe that contouring needn’t be restricted to go-bold-or-go-home. Try using a cream contour and mixing it with a little bit of your chosen foundation, and you will see the difference for yourself.

9. Lip balms are everything

If you’re opting for a natural look, your makeup kit is never complete without a good lip balm for a hydrated finish. We have also discovered that if you put a bit of lipstick on your finger and rub it on your lips as a lip balm, it gives a beautiful lip stain that looks like your natural colour.

10. Don’t skimp on skincare

Ultimately, we believe that the best route to acing natural makeup is to work in tandem with your skincare routine. Take care of your skin, drink water, take your supplements and listen to your dermatologist. So when you do put makeup, you’ll find that you need a lesser amount on your face which is always good news.