Natural looking makeup tips
Natural makeup is a smart look when choosing cosmetics because it shows your true beauty. Although trends at times suggest that gobs of heavy eye shadow and bright red lips are attractive, the real trick to applying makeup is to make others think you aren’t wearing any at all.
Chances are when you think of “natural” colors, the first colors that come to mind are not neon green, electric blue or blood red. Your instincts are correct. For natural makeup, earth tones are your primary color palette. This includes beige, brown, bronze and copper. The trick is to stay as close to what nature gave you when it comes to your cosmetic choices, which means glitter, glossy eye shadows and heavy black eye liner are out as well. In stead, start with a color palette of earth tones such as beige, brown, bronze, copper and pink. If you have a medium to light skin tone, use a brown shadow to contour your eyes, but stay away black eyeliner. A pink cream blush can be added to the cheeks for a rosy hue, or a bronzing powder can be used in this area to highlight your cheekbones. These colors work on all skin tones. The finishing touch is a pink or nude lip for medium to light skin tones, and a subtle mauve tone for dark skin tones.
If you have medium to light skin, use a brown shadow on your eyes, right at the crease. This will highlight and contour the shape of your eyes, while still being appropriate for day wear. For those with dark skin, a copper shadow will give your eyes the same effect. All skin tones should avoid applying their eye makeup to the brow line; the key is simply to enhance the natural shape of your eyes. Cap the look off with a few strokes of mascara.
Blush is a fun product to play with that is often ignored. It can definitely enhance natural beauty, even more so than products such as eye shadow, since most people have a natural blush to their cheeks begin with. The most natural looking blush is a cream or liquid based blush (also called a stain). These make the color appear to be coming from underneath your skin, opposed to sitting on top of your skin as powder blush does. A pink cream based blush is perfect for all skin tones. Those with light skin should go with light pink, and those with medium or dark skin tones look best in a hot pink. The key to making it work with your skin is to blend it correctly. Usually, with creams and liquid blush the more you add, the deeper the color gets, so its important to be aware of that. Bronzing powder can also be used as a blush, or just to highlight the cheekbones, on any skin tone.
The lips are kind of like the icing on the cake. Even if you’re going for a natural makeup look, its okay to have a little bit of fun with your lips and add a gloss over your lipstick. Once again, shades of pink are great on all skin tones; follow the same rules for blush when it comes to choosing a pink hue. Those with medium skin tones also look great with a nude lip.