On most days, I like to keep a natural makeup routine. There’s a time and a place to get all glammed up – like when I’m rocking one of my favorite evening dresses – but we all know that’s not every day! Skin needs a break every now and then, and besides – natural is a beautiful thing. Of course, it does take a little prep work…
Here’s a routine for the days you’re just not feeling that whole face of makeup, but still want to look as polished and perfected as possible. It’s a barely-there routine that’s actually barely there – no heavy makeup required. Instead, you’ll nourish and refresh your skin, and finish off the look with a little pop of color, if you like! It’s super easy to switch up too!
1. Do a proper cleansing by using a gentle but effective face wash like Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, which eliminates impurities with vitamin C and antioxidants. Then, use a toner to freshen skin, tighten pores, and retain that healthy glow all day long. Thayer Witch Hazel Toner uses natural, organic ingredients like aloe vera to moisturize skin and give it that healthy look throughout the day.
2. Even out skin tone by applying a primer that nourishes skin. Water-based Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation primer contains vitamin C, and peptides to promote collagen and smooth imperfections. Even if you aren’t planning to wear foundation over it, you’ll gain a more polished and refreshed visage.
3. For instantly updated eyes, always curl your lashes. Though it’s an investment, a tool like Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler can work wonders on a barely-there look. Finish with a coat of your favorite mascara, but leave the shadows, liquid liners and dramatic colors behind for the day.
4. Add a pop of color with a tinted lip moisturizer. Something as simple as Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm will do the trick, but when I’m feeling daring, a swipe of red lipstick makes for a chic, yet natural daytime look that isn’t too glam, but just right!
What is your makeup routine?