If you’re a big fan of Kate Moss, or you’re bored of sticking to a rigorous makeup application routine in the morning, spring brings good news. This season, the catwalks are all about daring to bare all. The fresh-faced 90’s are back. With these tips, you can achieve beautiful glowing skin and a barely there look, which will enhance your natural beauty.
To nail the natural look, it’s important to invest time and effort in your skin. Ideally, you should already have a skin care routine in place. This should involve regular cleansing, toning and moisturising. If you don’t have a regimented skin care regime, now is the time to adopt one.
Most experts recommend cleansing the skin twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Never sleep in your makeup, as it clogs your pores and may increase the risk of breakouts. You can use all kinds of different cleansing products, including face washes and scrubs, wipes and lotions. Look for cleansers, which suit your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, opt for non-perfumed products. After cleansing, apply a toner and then moisturise. You may also wish to use a serum at night. Exfoliate once a week using a scrub or a face mask.
Your diet can also have major benefits for your skin. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and always try and hit your 5-a-day target. Nuts, oily fish and olive oil are also very good for your skin and hair.
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Getting the 90’s look
Spring is an ideal time to try out fresh-faced beauty looks. This season’s throwback to the 90’s is all about subtle shimmer and understated glamour. Think minimal effort on the eyes and lips and glowing skin.
To get this look, it’s essential to choose the right foundation, concealer and highlighter. If you want to add a bit of colour to your cheeks with the summer approaching, you may also wish to add a bronzer to your tool kit.
Start by applying a primer to your skin. Primers even out the surface of the skin to provide a better canvas for your foundation. If you have dry skin, use a nourishing primer. If you have oily skin, make sure you choose an oil-free product.
When your primer has soaked into your skin, you can start layering your foundation. There are hundreds of different products to choose from, and the search for the perfect foundation often involves trial and error. For barely there beauty, choose a light liquid or a mineral powder. Start with a couple of drops and blend completely, before you start adding more. Use a brush, your fingers or a sponge. If you have imperfections, such as spots, add a small blob of concealer over your foundation to provide extra coverage.
Once your foundation is in place, use a highlighter to define your features. Dot over brow bones, and cheekbones and apply a small amount under the eyes. Use a nude lip gloss to create the perfect pout. Slick on a layer of mascara, and apply a subtle blush or bronzer to the apples of your cheeks. Make sure everything is blended well and you’re good to go!
How to find the right products
If you visit a store or browse online, the number of products on offer can be overwhelming. It’s difficult to know where to start. Although reviews can be helpful, what suits one person’s skin tone and type may be unsuitable for others. The best thing to do is visit a department store and have a look around. Try out some products and ask for recommendations based on your skin type, your complexion and the kinds of looks you want to recreate at home. Book some makeup lessons, or arrange to have a makeover while you’re at the store. See which products suit you and don’t feel pressured into buying anything you don’t like. It’s also a good idea to take samples home with you. If you’re testing foundation, apply a tiny amount of product to your wrist or your jaw line. Make sure you look for color matches in natural light.
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Once you’ve revamped your makeup bag, look out for tips and tricks to help you perfect the application process online. You’ll find all kinds of images and video tutorials. Practice the looks you love, and you’ll be able to recreate them perfectly in no time at all.
When the warmer weather arrives, it’s refreshing to let your skin glow and your natural beauty shine through. This spring, embrace your inner Kate Moss and travel back in time to a land before contouring and heavy brows. Focus on looking after your skin and learn how to create a beautiful, natural look with minimal effort.