Going for something more casual and natural? Beauty Insider knows that natural never goes out of style! Something wearable for the daily commute to school of the office is this handy natural makeup look guide. Here’s everything you ever needed for that step-by-step on slaying that natural makeup look.
- Step 1: Clean
- Step 2: Moisturiser
- Step 3: Primer
- Step 4: Eyeshadow
- Step 5: Foundation
- Step 6: Concealer
- Step 7: Powder
- Step 8: Bronzer
- Step 9: Blusher
- Step 10: Brows
- Step 11: Eyeliner
- Step 12: Mascara
- Step 13: Lips
- Step 14: Set!
Step 1: Clean
Makeup looks flawless when applied on a clean face. Therefore, first thing’s first, before you start applying anything on your face, you have to first cleanse your face to remove all the clogged up dirt, impurities or leftover makeup.
Use a facial cleanser to wash your face. Once done, use a toner, by applying the toner on a cotton pad and applying it all over your face.
Step 2: Moisturiser
Always remember to apply your moisturiser before a primer. This will result in a much even application of your primer. Moisturising your face keeps it hydrated.
Take a pea-size amount of moisturiser and gently rub it all over your face.
Step 3: Primer
By applying a primer, it creates an extra layer between your skin and makeup. Predominantly, primers are used to help the makeup last longer and even out the skin texture, help with oil control, and make it easier for makeup application.
Take a pea-size amount of the primer on your fingertips, and apply it onto your face. You could use gentle, circular motions and blend it outwards or pat it onto your face.
Step 4: Eyeshadow
Applying eyeshadow is totally optional. However, if you do decide to use eyeshadow, go for earthy natural colours, just to give your eyes a subtle hint of depth and dimension. To play safe, stick to a shade of colour that is one shade darker than your skin tone.
To apply eyeshadow, first, apply a tad bit of eyeshadow primer. Then, use an eyeshadow brush to apply it onto your eyelids. After applying it, blend it well, so it looks natural and perfect.
Step 5: Foundation
When it comes to foundation, you can choose between a stick, liquid or powder coverage. It comes down to the density of the coverage you would personally prefer. When using a stick/cream or liquid foundation, it gives a high coverage, so it is suggested that you build your coverage up slowly as you go. However, as we’re going for a natural finish, a little goes a long way.
When using a liquid, cream or stick foundation, use a brush or beauty blender for a much smoother and even application. Take a little product and blend it from the centre of your face to the outer corners.
When using a powder foundation, use a brush or the flat sponge given in the casing for an even application.
Step 6: Concealer
When it comes to concealers, the trick is to always use a concealer that is one shade lighter than that of your skin tone. However, since we’re going for a natural makeup look, a suggested concealer shade would be that of your skin tones. Also, for the targeted look, it is best to apply the least amount of concealer, only to conceal blemishes or dark under eyes.
Apply a little concealer to the areas you want to conceal and blend it in a patting motion using a beauty blender or a concealer brush.
Step 7: Powder
Setting powder helps your foundation stay on all day. This is the most important part if you are using a liquid-based makeup base. Your T-zone and oily spots will thank you for that flawless finish that lasts all day! If you’re feeling a little extra, why not bake the areas where you applied concealer or set your whole face.
Applying Setting Powder on your T-Zone & Under Eyes
Apply the powder onto desired areas with a sponge. Leave it on for a minute or two. Then, use a big powder brush to brush it away in an outward motion.
Applying Setting Powder on your Entire Face
When applying setting powder to your T-zone and under eyes, which is where you applied your concealer, you could use a powder that is of the same colour as your concealer. Apply the powder onto desired areas with a sponge. Leave it on for a minute or two. Then, use a big powder brush to brush it away in an outward motion.
When applying setting powder for your entire face, it is recommended that you use either a translucent setting powder or a setting powder that is the same shade of your foundation.
Use a powder brush and dap it onto some powder. Tap it on the back of your hand, to lose the excess powder. Then, sweep it onto your face briefly.
Step 8: Bronzer
Since we are heading towards a natural look, instead of contouring the face, we recommend using a bronzer. A bronzer works wonders by giving a sun-kissed glow and to enhance a tan. A bronzer is applied below your cheekbones, which will give you a very mild and warm contoured look.
To apply a bronzer, use a smaller powder brush, and apply the bronzer in the motion of the “number 3”, starting from your forehead, moving to your cheekbones, and to your jawline.
Step 9: Blusher
A blusher is optional after using a bronzer. A blusher is technically used to mimic the natural flush of your face. It is also used to brighten up a tired and exhausted face to make you look more healthy and vibrant. Blushers come in different variations of pink and red. However, for a natural makeup look, lean towards warm colours. Also, blushers come in a creamy and powdered texture, and if you’re leaning towards a natural look, it is best to use a powder blusher.
Use a blusher brush and apply a little bit of powdered blusher onto your cheeks and blend them well.
Step 10: Brows
When aiming for a natural makeup look, your brows should not be overdone. If you already have thick and full eyebrows, then we suggest just brushing it in upward strokes for a neat look. However, if you have sparse eyebrows, then using an eyebrow pencil to fill it up will do the trick. Not only that but, as an Asian, when picking an eyebrow pencil shade, always go for a colour that matches your original hair.
To fill in your eyebrows, first, take the end with the small eyebrow brush and brush your eyebrows in an upward motion. Next, use the pencil and till your eyebrows in lightly, in upward strokes. Feather the pencil strokes, so they look like natural hair.
Step 11: Eyeliner
Eyeliner is usually used to enhance the shape of your eyes. It can be drawn on the lower lash lid or the above your upper lashes, or sometimes both. However, for a natural makeup look, it is best to just use it on the lower lash lid. If you want to draw a winged eyeliner, you could draw a fine and thin line above your upper lashes.
When drawing eyeliner on your lower lash lid, use a pencil eyeliner so it looks much natural. Just trace the eyeliner pencil gently from one corner of the lid to the other
Step 12: Mascara
Applying mascara is also an optional step when you’re going for a natural makeup look. When using mascara, avoid clumping it by using a de-clumping brush or either an eyebrow brush.
The first step to applying mascara is to first curl your lashes. Once curled, apply one layer of mascara, and let dry. When dried, curl it one more.
Step 13: Lips
When you have a natural look in mind, avoid pigmented lipsticks or shiny lips glosses as they all pop. The best product for a natural makeup look is a lip stain because a lip stain looks very natural and it lasts all day. Not only that, but the best part about a lip stain is that it is smudge-proof.
When using a lip stain, choose a colour that is close to your natural lip colour. A lip stain can come in a bottle with an applicator or in a small jar or tube.
If you have an applicator, then use the applicator to evenly apply the lip stain in your lips. If the lip stain comes in a small jar, you will need to use a lipstick brush for a better and even application.
Step 14: Set!
Finally, for the cherry on top, a setting spray! A product that is so powerful and the key to a perfected makeup look, yet often forgotten. The purpose of a setting spray is to be budge-proof and to keep your makeup the way you left it.
To use a setting spray, first, shake the bottle. Then hold it approximately 12 inches away from you, close your eyes and spray it all over your face, and voila! You’re done with your natural makeup look and good to go!