How to Use Less Makeup & Still Look Great

Makeup is a bit like creating a trompe l'oeil (French for "trick of the eye").

You may look attractive from far away, but once you move in close, it becomes apparent that your rosy cheeks are painted on, your skin is not as clear as it appeared, and your eyelashes are coated and shellacked.

It's not a good look.


Makeup, especially makeup that is poorly applied, does little more than clog pores and seem obvious. A good rule of thumb? If a person can tell you have it on, then you're wearing too much.

Of course many, if not most, women worship at the altar of cosmetics, but few of us realize that when it comes to real, true beauty, less is almost always more. Besides, if we want to attract the opposite sex, men almost always prefer a more natural look.

So ditch the smoky eyes and thick foundation for a look that's more about keeping it real. Here are a few ideas to let your true, natural beauty shine through:

  • Clear Skin: Cultivate a great skin routine to keep your face clear of blemishes. Learn your skin type and treat it accordingly. If you break out easily, use a product that will combat that without drying out your skin. Clear skin automatically means less makeup, so be sure to wash your face two times a day with a product designed for your type.
  • Sheer coverage: Rather than using a heavy, pore-clogging foundation, use a light foundation or, even better, use a tinted moisturizer with an SPF 15 built in to save the skin from any damage.
  • Make choices: Do not be the one wearing red lipstick with smoky eyes. It's too much. If you go with a heavily made-up eye, then go with a natural lip and vice versa.
  • Natural eyes: Try mascara only, or if you really want to go bold, try fake lashes. But skip the liner and shadow. It will give you a more natural look, but still highlight the beauty of your eyes.
  • Hydration: Stay well hydrated (eight 8-ounce glasses per day). It will keep your skin healthy and maintain your natural rosy glow from the inside out. It will also combat dry skin and some claim it even helps to clear it.

How do you wear less makeup?


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