Yes, there are actually a plethora of ways to look gorgeous and feel confident sans the makeup. You don’t really need to apply mascara and blush before you step out of the house. Of course, we all love experimenting with different shades of lipsticks and eyeshadows now and then. Makeup is fun. But it shouldn’t be mandatory. Your daily makeup routine should be motivated by creativity and expression, rather than fear and self-doubt. Considering all products are packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients, it’s nice to go bare once in a while. For days you can’t or don’t wish to wear makeup, we’ve listed fabulous ways for you to look stunning au naturel.
1. Skip The Mascara!
Curl your eyelashes to make your eyes look wider. If you want longer lashes, you can apply almond oil or coconut oil to your lashes before hitting the sheets every night. You can also brush them in the morning with a coat of Vaseline for that voluminous look.
2. Exfoliation is the Key
“At least once a week, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, leaving your face with that glow you’ve always wanted”, recommends Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. Never scrub too hard, because it leaves the skin feeling irritated. If you don’t possess an exfoliator, just add granulated sugar to your cleanser and scrub gently to get smooth skin. It works wonders!
3. H20 Please!
Drink hot water with lemon in the morning to flush out the toxins from your body and leave you feeling hydrated.
4. Pimple Trouble
The number one rule for dealing with pimples is to stop touching it. Yes, we’re all guilty about this habit but we desperately need to stop picking at pimples or rubbing the forehead. Just let your skin breathe, girls.
5. The Golden Rule
Every single time you wash your face, follow it up with a moisturizer and a sunscreen before you leave the house. “If you have marks on your skin, mix lacto calamine lotion with your sunscreen. Along with fading away blemishes, it also helps treat acne and dry skin”, suggests Dr. V. P. Kaushik, a Delhi-based Dermatologist. If you are prone to pimples, use a non-oily moisturizer and if you have dry skin, opt for heavier moisturizers containing coconut or shea butter.
6. Groom Yourself
“Perfectly shaped brows frame your face, pull your features into focus and give an instantaneous lift, so don’t neglect them”, advises make-up artist Mrignaina Kumar.
7. Stick to The Basics
Good skin is the best foundation, so if you decide to go makeup free, stay true to your skincare regime. Cleanse regularly, and spritz with rose water twice a day for that fresh look. Use toner, as it helps restore pH balance of your skin. If you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need makeup.
8. For that Million Dollar Smile
Exfoliate your lips by gently rubbing a dampened toothbrush and hydrate with a lip balm to get rid of cracked lips. Since a beautiful smile helps your face look young and luminous, make sure you give your lips and teeth the attention they deserve. Brush at least twice a day, and when you have some extra time on your hands – add baking powder to your toothbrush and brush for whiter teeth. Just like Marilyn Monroe said, “A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear”.
9. The Quintessential 8 by 8 Rule
Drink 8 glasses of water and sleep 8 hours at night to let the skin repair and restore on its own. Doing so would also keep a check on dark circles. Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle.
10. Shampoo Time
Shampoo your hair every other day to prevent the hair and skin from becoming greasy. You can also style your hair; straighten, curl, tie it up in a plat or a bun – use your imagination – because if you’re having a good hair day, you can handle anything.
Note: Feel confident. Feel beautiful. Because a girl who feels good in her own natural skin is more beautiful than any girl who wears all the makeup in the world.