5 Must-Have Items for Natural Beauties
So, you like to go natural? That’s great!
If you prefer your natural looks to the overly colorful makeup looks hawked on beauty sites (including this one) and in magazines, that doesn’t mean you need to avoid makeup entirely.
Just a little bit of makeup can turn your naturally beautiful face into a masterpiece without making you look like you fell head-first into a pile of cosmetics. Add these five items to your essential makeup kit.
Apply a sheer, slightly shimmery blush to the apples of your cheeks. Pick a blush shade that is similar to your own skin-tone and color. Light pinks and peaches are a good choice. Powder blushes look best in colder months while cream blushes work great in the summer. Try Nars The Multiple cream-to-powder makeup stick or Make Up For Ever Powder Blush.
2. Natural-Toned Eye Shadow
Use a natural-toned eye shadow to lighten your lid or to blend in other colors into your shadow look. Pick an eye shadow color that is just a shade or two lighter than your natural skin color. You can also use this lighter shade as a highlighter by applying it to the inside corner of your eye and on your brow bone right under the curve of your eyebrow. This will brighten up and enlarge your eyes. Try Revlon Matte Eye Shadow or one of several skin-toned shades from the Elite Pro Cosmetics 88 Eye Shadow Palette.
3. Brown Eyeliner
Eyeliner makes your eyes look larger and more beautiful. Forgo dark, harsh eye liner shades by choosing a brown liner. Retractable, gel liners apply easier that the traditional pencil variety. Apply a line of brown liner to the top lid from the outside corner to a centimeter or two from the inside corner. Even a thin line will improve the look of your eyes. Try L’Oreal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner or Stila Kajal Eye Liner in a brown shade.
4. Brown Mascara
Much like the eyeliner, a brown mascara will make your eyes look better without adding too much drama or making you look unnatural. Most mascara companies have a brown or brown-black shade. Apply this mascara to your top lashes. If you want a slightly dramatic look, apply it to your lower lashes as well. Dior DiorShow Mascara and BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara both have brown shades.
5. Natural-Toned Lipstick
Lip-stick doesn’t have to look harsh or dramatic. Choose a lipstick shade that is very similar to the natural color of your lips. Applying this color will even out the tone of your lips and add just a bit more beauty while keeping you looking natural. I recommend lipstick instead of lip gloss because the ultra glossiness of lip gloss can detract from your natural beauty. Still, use what you prefer. I recommend Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor or Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in a shade close to your natural lip color.
Use any and all of these beauty products to improve your looks while keeping you natural. Although you can employ the full list of products at once, this isn’t necessary. Instead, you could wear the lipstick and blush during a date and the mascara and liner at work. Makeup is all about experimenting!