How to create the natural look

Feel beautiful while still feeling like yourself with these natural beauty tips.

Feel beautiful while still feeling like yourself with these natural beauty tips.

By the time spring and summer roll around, your face may be begging for lighter coverage and a break from your normal winter beauty routine. Don’t automatically fall back into your previous year’s habits. It’s a new season, a prime opportunity for trying new products.

If you’re looking for a glowing finish on your skin and still want a little bit of coverage rather than going completely au naturel, try: 

Vapour Beauty’s Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, made from 100 percent natural ingredients. This line is also cruelty-free and free of chemicals. It gives light to medium coverage and makes your skin look lit from within.

Dr.Jart+ BB Cream Set, a collection of BB creams that lets you experiment and find one that works best for your skin type. These BB creams are meant to moisturize, provide sunscreen, correct skin tone, add a bit of color, and act as a primer if you want additional coverage.

Physician’s Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream,combines coverage with moisture with a few skin brightening ingredients thrown in to give you a luminous complexion.

For adding a little color to your cheeks:

Adding a little color to your cheeks, brightens and shapes your face!

Adding a little color to your cheeks, brightens and shapes your face!

Milani’s Baked Blush in Bella Rosa, which is long-lasting, matte, and gives a gorgeous deep, natural pink flush to the cheeks.

Cover Girl’s Clean Glow Blush in Roses or Peaches, allows you to mix three colors for a customizable glow.

MAC Cosmetic’s Bronzing Powder, highlights your skin with sun-kissed color and a light sheen. It’s available in four shades, so there’s one for every skin tone.

Bring out your eyes with mascara, even if you use nothing else (although you can tightline your upper lids with rich liner color to make lashes look even thicker without detracting from the bare-faced look): L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara mixes length, volume, and pigmented color for flirty lashes that don’t necessarily need the assistance of other makeup to make your eyes stand out.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, has deep dark color, lift, volume, curl, and it’s smudge-proof. What could be better?

Heavy smoky eyes may not be the norm in the warmer months, but that doesn’t mean your lids should go neglected.

Bring out your eyes:

Make your eyes the focus of your natural look!

Make your eyes the focus of your natural look!

Urban Decay Naked 3, is still worth talking about, and the 12 shades will flatter tan and glowing skin tones in the spring and summer just as well as it complemented lighter skin tones in the winter.

Stila Kitten, is an oldie, but goodie, and it’s versatile. Highlight your lids or brow bone, your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the inner corner of your eyes with this one. The silky-smooth finish glides across your skin.

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color, is perfect if you love to use your fingers to apply and dash out the door.

Complement bronzed skin with Apricot Twist or Iced Cocoa, which highlight beautiful eyes without looking like you’re wearing a ton of makeup. Or use both and apply Apricot Twist to the lid and Iced Cocoa to the crease.

Why use multiple products when you can get away with one that does it all? Lipgloss/lacquer/stick hybrids give you opacity, comfort, moisture, and shine all at once. Try:

Maybelline’s Color Elixircomes in a wide range of highly-pigmented colors, from nudes to “your lips, but better,” and they feel amazing on the lips.

L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Color Riche, has shiny, moisturizing color that lessens the appearance of fine lines and brightens your face (try Orange Tempo, Pink Tremolo, and Fuchsia Orchestra if you like to add a pop of color to an otherwise natural look).

Updating your natural beauty routine means no-fuss lighter coverage on the face and a gorgeous “no-makeup, makeup” look for every day (you can always throw a brighter shade on your lips, along your lash line, or in the outer corners of your eyes when you feel like “dressing up”). Let your natural beauty shine through while reaping the benefits of products that smooth lines, highlight your assets, and provide antioxidants to keep your skin looking young and fresh.

Crystal Schwanke

Crystal has been a freelance writer and editor since 2005. Her work has appeared on multiple channels at LoveToKnow.com, as well as Mia, M Magazine, Moultrie Magazine, and others. Her interests include fashion, beauty, history, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter. You can find her blog at http://mommybeauty.blogspot.com

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