Makeup: Less Is More. A natural you, A Better You

How many of you have dealt with this following scenario: So you are putting eyeliner on and...woops it is a little too thick...crap! You have somewhere to be and starting over isn't an option so you just go with it. By the time you are done you are stuck with racoon looking eyes...YIKES.

So, why do we wear makeup? We want to look good, right, we want guys the guys to think we are hot and the girls to be jealous and envious. But, I thought, BETTER YET: why not make them think we didn't even try?!

Guess what is more sexy than anything in the world to a lot of guys? A girl that is confident enough to not wear makeup. You might be freaking out about the thought of not wearing makeup...but who says you can't wear a little with no one even being able to tell? Here is how:

1. Have a smooth blank canvas to work with
Make sure you wash your face every night and every morning (trust me it makes a difference!) Try face washes until you find the one that is perfect for you. Also make sure you moisturize your face, especially if you have combination or dry skin. It is important to figure out your skin type in order to pick the best products. If you have acne, I know it will be a little harder but be patient.

2. Don't go crazy on eye makeup!
Find out what your natural eye lid color is and use an eye shadow that best matches that. Then, do the same thing for above your eyelid up to your brow bone (this should be a smidge darker). You might feel naked after looking at your face with this on,but, relax...it will come together.
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If you use eyeliner don't go with a super dark color but something that matches your skin tone but a smidge darker(that way if you accidentally go overboard you won't even be able to tell). Go easy on mascara and make sure there are no clumps in your eyelashes. A little tip is to wipe off excess mascara on the wand on a paper towel or tissue. When applying mascara you really need to pay more attention to the tips of your eyelashes because those are a little lighter in color. When applying shimmy(or wiggle)across the lashes and this will also help a little bit more with clumps.

3. Concealer is your best friend
I don't know about you but I have AWFUL under eyes circles. Here is what I do: I use a yellow concealer and make three to five dots in the area just below the circle. Don't use very much just a small amount! Then I dab it in carefully with my ring finger all the way up to my lower lash area and just below the circle. If you just put concealer in the circle itself it will make it worse. After the yellow, I use a concealer over it that is a shade lighter than my skin(applying the same way as the yellow). When you look in the mirror you will notice under your eyes looks way lighter...don't worry it will work out :) With acne use concealer and don't use too much and make sure you really dab it in. If you have red spots invest in a green concealer that will help.

4. Do your homework!
What I mean by this is know what your skin type is before deciding what face makeup you want to use! Do you want to use a foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, etc. For example, if you have oily skin a foundation might not be the best bet unless it is oil free and works with oily skin. The next step is to accept your skin shade! A lot of us want to go darker because we think it makes us look a little tanner or covers up more imperfections:not true! If you find yourself having to apply makeup to your neck to match then you chose the wrong color. Your shade should blend into your skin and the only difference should be that your skin looks a little smoother. A lot of places, believe it or not, will let your return it if it doesn't work...so keep your receipt! If you have the opportunity to test a shade do it, and ask for help too and get a second opinion.

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5. The final touch: The art of Contouring and highlighting
Learning how to do contouring and highlighting takes a little practice but it is worth trying out! Look it up on the internet and watch a couple tutorial videos. The basic concept is contouring means darkening(making the areas you darken stand back)For instance, applying a darker shade just below the cheekbone and up towards the temple area makes your face look more lifted and gives more pronounced cheekbones. Highlighting means brightening areas you want to pop. Think about this: when you see the moon in the dark sky doesn't it seem to pop and catch your attention? When done, make sure you fully blend and it doesn't look unnatural.

I hope this was helpful! Makeup takes practice and a little bit of time to get it down. I suggest practicing makeup in your free time to get a feel for it. Watch videos and tutorials online and try it for yourself. Also, make sure to research before you buy stuff (especially if it is expensive) that way you will know if it is worth the cash. I think that makeup should enhance what we love about ourselves and hide what we need to without it even being noticeable. Why should we keep people guessing what we really look like by hiding behind makeup?
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What Guys Said 5

  • I always lose a lot of respect from girls who wear makeup; not only is it a form of lying, but make up often has carcinogens and makes the woman look worse IMO.

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  • I have to say that I have never possessed any makeup issues of my own... haha

    I have had GFs who really knew their stuff though- keeping it minimal- and they looked GREAT.

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  • Minimal make up is gorgeous. No make up is bland. Cake faces look bizarre. I would easily prefer a girl wear no make up than an incredible amount of make up.

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  • I usually tell girls here the same thing when they ask about make-up and if guys like it; less is more. Good article! Five stars.

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  • The fact that girls put on make up tells me that they are intrinsically deceitful. They make men believe that they are more beautiful than they actually are.

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What Girls Said 13

  • I like wearing minimal make up. In fact, I've recently felt uglier if I accidentally put too much foundation on or something like that. I put blusher on, foundation, lip gloss, sometimes highlighter and mascara and I'm good to go. :D

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  • "The best thing is to look natural, and it takes makeup to look natural" - Calvin Klein

    No truer words were said...

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  • or you know, fucking let people wear as mutch makeup as they please too. i1187.photobucket.com/.../...tKnow_zps6eca6db7.jpg

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  • Great take!! I don't usually wear heavy makeup anyways but only on occasion. And you'd be surprised at how many 13 year olds walk out the house with a clown face. smh but yea great take!!

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  • Agree. Also I always use natural products.

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  • One word, YES!

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  • I have to say, it looks weird/freaky when blondes have thick black mascara/eyeliner on. and colorful eyeshadow generally should be avoided. (don't shoot for the under-exaggerated clown look please)

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  • On the subject of less is more. Don't contour, highlight. A bit of highlight in the right spots make you look healthy and glowing. And it takes WAY less blending skill and time than contouring does. And in general, shadows give you distinguished clear features and highlights give you glow, youth, vitality. Shadows makes beautiful and highlights makes cute (and most guys likes cute better, it's less intimidating) :)

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  • thank you! your article was very helpfull. I've always believed that less is more when it comes to makeup. I have this friend though who wears a ton of makeup everyday, yet she thinks that my makeup routine is too much. I only wear concealer, lipstick and blush, and sometimes I put on a little mascara and lipliner. Ah anyways, great article and I'm glad that there are still girls who embrace their natural beauty!

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  • Thank you! I never wear makeup (except to play with fantastically bright eyeshadow at home) and I've been thinking about trying it, but wanting to ease into it since I don't want the difference to be startling or unnatural. Thank you for the tips! :)

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  • This is a great article, BUT I just want to put it out there that your make up techniques will change once you get older. Watch that concealer under your eyes if you have ANY wrinkles, not matter how small- because it will cake up in there and make them look like the Grand Canyon. If you are under the age of 30 you can pluck your eyebrows any way you want, but later on the thinner they are the older and more tired-hookery you will look. Other than that, I concurr.(us old ladies gota be careful.)

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  • I'm too lazy to contour, but I will definitely try the eye makeup tips. Thanks!

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  • I almost never wear make up at all! Id rather keep my skin clean and not worrying about it but I do wear it sometimes.

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