Ensure your make-up always looks natural

In theory, natural make-up should be easy as it implies minimal effort, right? I wish.

However, some women find out that their foundation often goes cakey, or their attempts at contouring verge on clown-like. To avoid mishaps when you are doing a natural makeup look, here are some tips.

Customise your base: One way to get a more natural base is to mix a little moisturizer into your foundation.  It’ll dial down the coverage and give skin a dewier, natural finish.

For a glowier finish, add a smidge of a strobe cream product to any foundation.  Not only will it reduce the heaviness of any base, but it’ll instantly increase your glow and leave skin looking fresh and natural.

Dial back on the concealer:  It can be tempting to go heavy on the concealer, but this can lead to ashy undereyes and caking. A tip to ensure a more natural finish when using concealer, is to look at yourself in the eye when applying. Women have a tendency to zero in on all imperfections, but no one else does. So when you use concealer, look into the eyes and conceal only things that you notice within the peripheral vision.

Low-key lash hack: Mascara can be super heavy, but if you’re trying to achieve a softer look, big lashes can be too much. One  trick is to apply mascara as usual, but then use two cotton buds with a little makeup remover and pinch the lashes between them to remove some of the excess mascara.

Opt for definition, not drama:  A great tip to define your eyes without a dramatic liner look, is to apply a black or brown eye pencil to the top and bottom waterlines of your eye. After applying it, close your eyes really tight – this will push the pigment into the roots of your lashes, deepening the appearance of your natural lashline. Then, take a cotton bud and remove the majority of the pencil from the waterline, leaving just the pigment at the roots of your lashes. Your lashes will look naturally defined, with zero harsh lines.

Mute your blush: Everyone likes rosy-flushed cheeks, but if you’re doing for the no-makeup-makeup look, subtly is key. Apply your blush as normal, but then go over it with your recently used foundation brush. This helps mute down a bold blush to a softer finish – perfect if you’ve gone a little hard with the rosy glow.

Fluff’ your lipstick: Matte lipstick is still a huge trend, but the bold pigmentation can be a little overwhelming if you want to achieve a natural make-up look. For a softer finish, grab your favorite matte lipstick, then dampen a small fluffy makeup brush with a lightweight water mist, next, use the brush to buff the color into your lips creating a diffused, long-lasting, matte lip stain.