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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sstepph sstepph

Yeah, I don't wear much unless we're doing something fancy I guess you'd say

annaica annaica

Hubby always tells me how beautiful I look au natural... And he's being serious!  It's a concept that us women seem to disagree with and I think that makeup can be like a comfort tool.  We get used to it and it gets comfortable.  It's not about how well it looks on us, but how we feel when we have it on!  I still have to have my eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss...  Just don't feel like leaving the house without those 3:)

Madel... MadelynMc

I don't know...a little liner or shadow can go a long way...

MomIWant MomIWant

I wear a light moisturizer/foundation and mascara every day.  I'm not sure if I do it because I like the natural look or because I'm lazy.....hahahaha

tazdvl tazdvl

I don't wear much make up.

tonya... tonyalynn

i dont wear makeup

Carey... Carey2006

I don't wear make up at all

choli... cholita1978

I only wear make-up at a family gatherings, and I only use mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick.  I think foundation messes up your skin anyway, so that way you have to keep using it, and of course keep buying it. 

frysh... fryshannon34

I used to wear the whole mask but just recently I have been using just concealer where needed and mascara and I have really noticed a GREAt improvement in m skin!I dont know wy I ever wore all that other stuff before.

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