Natural beauty will always be on-trend. And, just think how much time you could save if you didn’t have to put on your makeup every single morning! Besides, with the weather heating up, who wants to pile a bunch of stuff on their face anyway?
Here’s your complete guide to getting the ultimate all-natural look this summer. Hint: It all comes down to how you care for your skin!
Don’t neglect your morning skincare.
Even if you aren’t putting on makeup, prepping your skin properly can make all the difference in how it looks throughout the day. Start by doing a double cleanse to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin that can build up overnight and leave skin looking tired and dull.
After cleansing, use a gentle toner to balance your skin’s pH. Look for one that contains botanical extracts to gently exfoliate and further brighten the skin. Finish up with a lightweight moisturizer suited for your skin type. Moisturizer will give your skin a hydrated glow and radiance throughout the day, even without foundation.
Your evening skincare is equally important.
If you’re going to make a habit of going sans makeup, you need to be meticulous with your evening skincare routine as well. Natural beauty is all about clear skin, so you’ll want to double cleanse in the evening to remove oil, dirt, and sunscreen before you go to bed.
Follow up with a toner and then apply a serum that addresses your top skincare concerns. There are formulations for acne-prone skin, anti-aging, fading dark spots, adding hydration, and much more so shop around for the one that’s best suited for you. Don’t be afraid to buy more than one and layer them for even better results.
Your nighttime moisturizer can be a little heavier than your daytime choice. It also allows you to incorporate additional active ingredients into your routine, so look for one that addresses your top concerns.
Wear sunscreen every day.
Sun exposure leads to dark spots, redness, and premature aging, not to mention increasing your risk of sun cancer. Sunscreen is a must for every day, whether you’re at the beach or not. Bonus: It’s much easier to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day if you’re not wearing a ton of makeup!
Try a Korean BB or CC cream instead of foundation.
You don’t have to pile on a heavy, pore-clogging foundation to get decent coverage. BB and CC creams are some of the most popular Korean beauty cosmetics sold by the top K-Beauty brands specifically because they even out the skin tone and blend away imperfections, but still manage to look like natural skin.
Many BB and CC creams are excellent multitaskers, too! They often include active ingredients to address skin issues, lightweight moisturizers, and SPF to help you keep the number of products on your face to a minimum.
Perfectly groomed brows are a must.
When you’re not wearing makeup, your eyes are the center of attention. Since your eyebrows frame your eyes, keeping them perfectly groomed is a must. Shape them to suit your face shape or have a pro do it for you. Use brow tinted brow gel to make them look thicker and keep them in place throughout the day.
Play up your eyes.
It is possible to play up your eyes but still keep them looking natural. Start by curling your lashes with an eyelash curler, then apply clear mascara. If you want to keep it super quick on the day to day, you could even have your lashes tinted or get eyelash extensions, so you don’t have to fuss with them at all.
If you’re fighting dark circles, concealer will be your best friend, but you can take steps to improve them without makeup, too. Analyze your diet to see if you might be deficient in B vitamins or iron, which can sometimes lead to darkness under the eyes. Use a brightening eye cream day and night and look for an eye mask that contains green tea for depuffing and brightening.
Your smile is everything.
Natural beauty is all about beautiful eyes and a beautiful smile. To brighten up your smile, use a whitening toothpaste every day, especially if you drink red wine or coffee. You can also talk to your dentist about having your teeth professionally whitened if you’re concerned about yellowness.
You don’t want to be walking around with dry, flaky lips either. Regular exfoliation is just as important for your lips as it is for your face. Natural oils, like coconut oil, make fantastic overnight lip treatment, and always wear lip balm with SPF during the day.
Take care of your hair.
If your hair looks good, you will still look polished and put together, even with minimal or no makeup. Stay on top of your trim and color appointments and choose a natural color that suits your eyes and skin. Keep your style simple so you don’t have to use tons of heat and styling products. Use a coconut oil mask weekly to add shine, reduce dryness, and fight dandruff.
With today’s busy lifestyle, we often look at sleep as a luxury, but it’s really a necessity for good health, and that includes healthy skin. Adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Some experts also say that you should try to sleep on your back to reduce the likelihood of premature wrinkles.
Eat a healthy diet.
Your diet has a direct connection with the condition of your skin. Healthy fats are crucial for healthy skin, so be sure to eat plenty of nuts, seeds, healthy oils (like avocado and coconut), and fatty fish. They all contain vitamin E and fatty acids which keep the skin looking young and supple.
Eat a variety of colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables each day to ensure that your skin is getting the best nutrition and plenty of fiber. And, of course, stay hydrated by drinking tons of water.
Choose your wardrobe carefully.
Choosing the right color of clothing can also flatter your skin and eyes and even make your skin tone look more even. When you’re going for a no-makeup look, stay away from dark shades that leave your skin looking washed out. Instead, go for bright colors like turquoise, blue, emerald green, or plum to flatter your skin and help you look more awake.
The natural, no-makeup look is here to stay, and that’s a good thing! Not only does it save you time, but it also allows your authentic, natural beauty to shine through. Even better, it gives your skin a chance to breathe in summer’s stifling heat!