No make-up needed: Tried and true ways to embrace your natural beauty

From contouring and strobing to artificial hair, nails and lashes, make-up techniques seem to get more and more extreme. But while disguising our natural beauty is becoming the norm for some, many women are instead choosing to embrace their natural beauty.Enhancing the features we love and playing up our unique, so-called ‘imperfections’ is the new way to feel beautiful: moles are beauty spots, hair kinks are luscious curls, and our eyes are the windows to our souls – there to show emotion, not reveal our age. After all, what could be more beautiful than a warm smile, sparkling eyes and a natural glow? Here’s how to join this pared back beauty trend…

Fall for your freckles

A sprinkle of freckles across skin is beautiful, unique and reveals your character. So rather than wearing a thick, heavy foundation, opt for a light BB cream or tinted moisturizer that your freckles can peep through. Blush-wise, use a cream and lean towards peachy shades, rather than pink. For extra freckle ‘pop’, add a little golden shimmering highlighter to cheek bones.


Keep your curls

Whether you have relaxed beach waves or tightly coiled curls, step away from the straighteners, which can give a harsh, unnatural look. Look around and you’ll see how many straight-haired ladies are trying to manufacture those curls that are so effortless to you. We know they can be prone to frizz or dryness – but treat them right and they’ll look stunning.

Avoid foamy shampoos, which can strip away natural oils, choose products specifically formulated for curls and enriched with natural oils like coconut, argan oil.


Love your lips

You don’t need a slick of bright lipstick to look alive – there’s no better shade for you than your natural color, so take care of your pout to enhance it. Just like you exfoliate your skin, you need to slough away a layer on your lips regularly. After showering, gently rub them with a mixture of olive oil, sugar and honey, or put a drop of olive oil on a spare toothbrush and gently brush your lips, then rinse to reveal a beautifully soft pout. Regularly apply a natural oil-based lip balm made with beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter or mint for a natural boost. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your lips whenever you’re outside! Remember – dark colors can flatten them, so for full lips try a simple gloss, dabbed in the middle of your lips to pick up light.


Enhance your eyes

To make sure your eyes and the delicate skin around them look healthy, use products specifically created for that area, such as the new Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream, which targets dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness; Firming Eye Serum, which combats sagging skin; and Illuminating Eye Cream, which brightens dark circles and discoloration. Also, make sure you’re drinking lots of water, and eating hydrating foods like cucumber, melon and carrots. Curling your lashes instantly opens up eyes so that your natural color will pop – catwalks regularly feature mascara-free models as it’s so chic! If you fancy giving your lashes the day off, apply clear mascara after curling to keep that wide-eyed look.


Boost your brows

Embracing your natural brow shape is the trend now, so to work out where your brows should start and stop, hold a pencil straight up along the side of your nose – where it meets your brow is where they should ideally start. Next, angle the pencil at 45-degrees from the outer corner of your eye – you’ll see where beauty experts say your brows should ideally end. Gently pluck any strays that fall outside these lines but leave the rest be.

Next, brush your brows upwards to see where you have any sparse areas, then softly fill them in with a pencil in your natural brow color. Once you’ve filled, comb on a tinted brow gel, get the closest shade to the natural color on your arches – where brows are darkest. You’re done!


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