Hacks for Natural Makeup

  • 15 Jul - 21 Jul, 2023
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

Isn’t it weird that we want to apply makeup that looks like we’re not wearing makeup? Existential beauty crisis aside, the off-duty model, no makeup vibes are here to stay. This look directly goes against the typical “Instagram” beauty looks where we see a lot of – bold brows, full coverage foundation, and winged liner etc. The all natural makeup is basically the bare minimum, focusing more on the steps of application than the number of products. Ditch the heavy foundation and muddy contour in this sweltering heat, settling for a more natural, fresh and almost ethereal makeup finish. In theory, the natural make-up look should be oh-so easy - it's minimal, which means minimal effort as well, right? You wish. We have these hacks for you to make your makeup look as natural as possible, take notes!

Add moisturiser to your foundation base

A clever hack to achieve a more natural base, is to mix a little moisturiser into your foundation. It'll dial down the coverage and give skin a dewier, natural finish. Not only will it reduce the heaviness of any base, but it'll instantly increase your glow and leave skin looking fresh and natural. You can even squirt the tiniest amount of liquid highlighter for a glowy effect.

Bronzer and subtle shades for the eyes

A great shadow for a soft natural eye is just a wash of bronzing powder. Sweep it over the whole lid and then add a little more into the socket. It’s a soft look that adds natural definition. Makeup can (and should) be multi-purpose. We often don’t see all the options we have right in front of us, because we're paying too much attention to how make-up is labelled for us. Some of the more beautiful and natural looks created have come ---from using a product in a way that it's not necessarily been designed for.

Ease out the mascara

Uber-natural boy brows were the talk of several eras ago, but for 2022 it's all about the low-key lash. Mascara can be super heavy (which isn't always a bad thing), but if you're trying to achieve a softer look big lashes can be too much. A trick often used, is to apply mascara as usual, but then use two cotton buds with a little makeup remover and pinch the lashes between them to remove some of the excess mascara.

Opt for definition, not drama

A great tip to define your eyes without a dramatic liner look, is to apply a black or brown eye pencil to the top and bottom waterlines of your eye. After applying it, close your eyes really tight - this will push the pigment into the roots of your lashes, deepening the appearance of your natural lash line. Then, take a cotton bud and remove the majority of the pencil from the waterline, leaving just the pigment at the roots of your lashes. Your lashes will look naturally defined, with zero harsh lines.

Mute the blush tint

We're all for rosy-flushed cheeks, but if you're doing for the no-makeup-makeup look, subtly is key. Apply your blush as normal and light as possible, but then go over it with your recently used foundation brush. This helps mute down a bold blush to a softer finish - perfect if you've gone a little OTT with the rosy glow.

Mute the lipstick, too

"Matte lipstick is still a huge trend, but the bold pigmentation can be a little overwhelming if you want to achieve a natural make-up look. For a softer finish, grab your favourite matte lipstick, then dampen a small fluffy makeup brush with a little setting spray, next, use the brush to buff the colour into your lips creating a diffused, long-lasting, matte lip stain.

Bronzer is your best friend

Most people use bronzing powder like a fake tan and apply it all over the face. But if you want to create a more natural finish, just apply the bronzer around the outside edge of your face and whip it lightly under the cheekbones. This technique warms the face naturally.