Let’s face it, nobody likes to look like they’re caked in makeup, which is why we all love products for a natural look. Nude lippie, rosy blush and subtle eye makeup create a fresh, pretty ‘no-makeup’ look that makes you feel beautiful, and nobody will even realize you’re wearing makeup at all! Here are a few of my must have beauty products for a natural look – you’re going to love them.
1. Max Factor Second Skin Foundation
Many of us don’t like to wear foundation when we’re going for a natural look, yet if you’re anything like me and don’t have flawless skin (I tend to flush easily), then a light foundation is a must. I just dot this on where it’s needed, using a tiny bit of product, and then blend really well using a foundation brush. It evens out skin tone and just makes you look fresher and brighter – it’s one of my essential products for a natural look, even if I decide not to wear any other makeup that day!
2. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
A good concealer works wonders to cover any small blemishes or lighten up dark under-eye circles – those late nights can play havoc with the natural look! Blend carefully to avoid looking cakey, and try to use a light cream concealer, such as Laura Mercier. It’s easily available online and the compact will last you ages, so whilst it’s not the most affordable concealer, it is good value for money. You can also blend the two shades to create your perfect custom color, so no expensive mistakes buying concealer that’s too light or too dark ever again!
3. Sleek Rose Gold Blush
Before you start thinking this is way too sparkly to create a natural look, remember, a little of this highly pigmented blush goes a long way. I bought mine as it’s a dupe for Nars Orgasm, that famous peachy-pink blush that is supposed to mimic your natural flush, when…you know! Dab a little on the apples of your cheeks or the tops of your cheekbones for a pretty hint of color, or you could even use it as a natural shade for your eyes to pull your look together!
4. Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
I usually like to add a hint of color to my lips for a pretty, natural look, but sometimes find that gloss looks too ‘done,’ whilst lipstick is just too heavy. Revlon lip butters offer the perfect hint of color and smooth finish, and when I’m in a hurry I just swipe my finger over the stick and pat the color onto my lips, finishing with some balm. This gives a hint of color and sheen without looking too much like I’m wearing lip color. Berry Smoothie is a warm rosy-pink that looks great on redheads and brunettes, but there are plenty of other colors to choose from too!
5. Stila Smudge Pots in Kitten or Bronze
A hint of smudge is sexy, particularly if you’re going for a natural look, and I love love love Stila’s Smudge Pots – they’re gel liner and shadow in one! You can dot the lighter shades such as Kitten or Bronze onto your upper lash line with a liner brush and gently smudge for a soft effect that’s oh so pretty! You can even use Kitten to highlight your cheekbones if you don’t have any other blusher or highlighter on hand.
6. Vitamin E Oil
Here I’ve listed Vitamin E Oil from Superdrug, a UK store, but you can find vitamin E oil at most pharmacies, drugstores and supermarkets, no matter where you are in the world! This oil is actually a blend of wheatgerm and vitamin E, but it keeps my skin soft, reduces redness and gives me a glow that makes me feel (almost) confident enough to go make-up free! Squeeze a couple of drops into your palm at night and dot over your cheeks and other dry areas (avoid any oily areas) and smooth in gently; you’ll wake up to soft, glowing skin that needs minimal makeup to look great! If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll probably want to test the oil on a small area first, as Vitamin E can cause irritation in some people.
7. MAC False Lashes Mascara
I don’t often wear brown mascara, even for a natural look – it’s either all black or nothing at all for me! Sometimes I’ll simply wear a layer of MAC False Lashes Mascara to open up my eyes (don’t forget to curl your lashes first), and skip eyeliner altogether. It doesn’t clump, separates beautifully yet makes lashes look long and luscious, and it seems to last a long time too, which makes it well worth the splurge!
So there you have it, my 7 must have beauty products to create a stunning natural look – even your boyfriend will think you’re having a makeup free day! Remember, less is more when it comes to makeup, particularly during the day for work or college. Focus on your best feature and keep the rest of your look as neutral as possible. Tell me some of your tips for a natural look – what are your ‘can’t live without’ beauty essentials?