Looking good without makeup – a thing of past?
During our childhood or during our early teens, our skin would glow naturally without any kind of makeup. We didn’t need blush or any other makeup product to bring out that glow. But as we grow older, makeup becomes an essential part of our lives, and sometimes we can forget about our natural beauty.
No, we cannot stop skin aging, but we can delay the process by taking proper care of our skin. With the fast pace of our life, we found a way to keep track of everything, but the one thing we neglected is our skin care. This is where the dependency on makeup starts.
We resort to makeup to hide the damage done to our skin, and that in turn impairs our skin even more. It is never too late to start a beauty regime that you can easily fit into your daily life.
If we can manage hundreds of things at a go like a pro, then we will definitely be able to squeeze out few minutes from our busy schedule to take care of our skin too.
No need of makeup to look good
Your skin reflects your health. If you do not agree, then try maintaining a healthy lifestyle for a month and see the change in your skin condition. You will start believing in it. When you look at celebrities, do you think they look good only because they wear makeup?
No. They also follow a strict beauty regime and diet. It’s not easy to repair damaged skin, but at the same time, it is not an impossible thing to achieve as well. The first few days will be difficult, but if you start doing it regularly, then it will become a good habit.
There are places where you will have to ditch the makeup. Wondering, why? If you are going for a swim, will you be able to wear makeup? No! If you are out on a beach will you wear makeup? No! While sleeping, a makeup is an absolute no, so what to do?
You will have to listen to the beauty experts to bring back that natural glow and look good even without makeup. You will be surprised to know that how simple things can help you repair your skin and make you look attractive without a hint of makeup.
Here we will be discussing 25 such beauty tips to help you regain your lost glory and ditch the makeup for good.
1. Want to look good, then exfoliation is must
You must have heard about how exfoliating your skin can help you look fresh and young. But, have you tried it yet?
If not, then start doing it right away. Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week will help you get rid of dead skin cells, which helps reduce acne and leaves your skin feeling feeling fresh, smooth and healthy.
You can exfoliate your skin using homemade facial scrubs, or you can buy a facial scrubber. Make sure that the product you buy has elements you want for your skin (hydrating, firming, etc.) or else it won’t be as effective.
To make a DIY version, you can mix plain white granular sugar with your cleanser and use it as a facial scrubber. It will eliminate the dead skin and will leave a natural glow behind.
You can also try the combination of tomato and sugar facial scrub. Cut a tomato slice and sprinkle some sugar on it, now gently rub the tomato on your skin in circular motion for some time. Leave it for some time and then wash it off with water.
The sugar removes the dead skin layer that made your skin look dull while also drawing moisture to the face. The tomato will add nutrients and softness to your skin, leaving you with a fresh and pretty look instantly.
Try it once at home and you will love it for sure.
2. Toning — a must for skin
This is one step that most of us ditch in our beauty regime. If we are not applying toner after exfoliating, then moisturizing our skin alone won’t help. You must have heard about the pH balance of our skin. Toning helps in restoring the pH balance.
It also helps in cleaning the bit of oil, dirt, and impurities left behind after exfoliating, and it nourishes our skin. So, girl if you were skipping the toning part, then stop doing that right away. It will only take few seconds, but will leave a long-lasting impact on your skin.
3. Moisturize your skin to look good without makeup
When you are done with exfoliating, the next step that you should follow is moisturization. Your dead skin is all gone, now you will have to take care of the fresh skin that has come up.
Once you exfoliate your skin, your pores are wide open. It is time apply moisturizer to lock in the moisture. The other benefits of applying a moisturizer are — it minimizes the pores, reduces fine lines, and keeps the skin soft.
Moisturized skin will reflect a natural glow and will help you look good in a photo even without makeup. The natural glow is the best way to look pretty and attractive.
Don’t forget to apply a good sunscreen before hitting the road during the daytime. The sun causes serious damage to our skin without our knowledge. Carry an umbrella, to avoid direct sunlight.
It is better to avoid the sunrays if you want to avoid wrinkles, spots, fine lines or premature skin aging. In order to make your skin healthy inside out, you should also try applying some serum before applying the moisturizer.
This way you won’t have to hide your skin under a thick layer of makeup. Your natural glow will help you look pretty and attractive in a photo and in person.
4. Exercise daily in the morning
Want to maintain a healthy and young skin? Then exercise daily in the morning. It will help pump the blood to your skin surface. You knew it already, but it is time to execute it as well to get that beautiful no makeup look.
5. Taking care of the dark circle
Now that you have taken care of your skin, it is time to deal with another sensitive area: under your eyes. No matter how much glow your skin has, if you have dark circles, then you won’t get that attractive and beautiful look that you are aiming for, and they will show up in photos you take.
The trick to getting rid of the dark circles is simple. Just soak the cotton balls in cold milk and apply it on your dark circles. Another way of getting rid of the dark circles is to get proper sleep and by staying away from stress.
If you have dark circles, then don’t hide it under the makeup, instead get rid of it completely.
6. Chapped lips don’t look good
Moisturizing your skin won’t suffice if you don’t take care of your chapped lips. Your lips also need its moisture back. How to regain the moisture of your lips?
Mix carrot juice with sour cream and apply it on your lips. Leave it for 7 minutes before washing it.
7. Eating healthy for healthy skin
Your lifestyle takes a toll on your skin. If you have been eating out regularly or if you love to binge on junk food, then be prepare to see a reflection of that on your skin. In no time, your skin will lose its natural glow, and you will have to take the help of makeup to look good.
Eat healthy foods; include a variety of fruits and green vegetables in your diet to give a boost to your internal health. If you are healthy inside, then your skin will start to reflect that. Just like your body, your skin also needs a good amount of antioxidants, necessary nutrients and vitamins.
So, next time when you feel hungry, grab a fruit instead of a chocolate bar or wafer. A small step like this will bring in a huge change to your skin, and if you make it a habit, you’ll reap the benefit for years to come.
8. Look good without makeup: Drink water
Do you keep your body hydrated throughout the day? This is one question that you need to ask yourself to avoid an aged, dry and dull look.
A minimum of 8 to 10 glass of water is a must. Don’t indulge in soda water or alcohol or any other types of liquid. It won’t help you in keeping your body hydrated; in most cases it will cause serious damage to your skin.
Water is the only way out to keep your skin hydrated. There is no other way out to keep away from the use of makeup.
9. Facial skin mask for glowing skin
Okay, we know you are super busy and hardly get the time to cleanse and moisturize your skin. But trust me, you’ll want to make time for a mask! Initially, skin-care routines can seem tedious and time-consuming, but once you get started, it isn’t tough at all.
There are some DIY masks that you can prepare within no time using ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. You can apply them and leave it behind for few minutes to get that fully moisturized, glowing and replumped skin in no time.
If you don’t have time to make your own, there are sheet masks, clay masks and other kinds of masks that you can buy anywhere that sells beauty products.
Using masks replenishes nutrients in the skin that are lost throughout the week. With your skin looking so healthy, you’ll have no need for makeup every day.
10. How can we forget your tresses?
Will you look good in a photo if your skin is glowing but your hair is all dull and rough? Definitely no. so, you know what to do.
You will have to take care of your mane just like your skin if you want to look beautiful and attractive in a photo or in person.
Take care of your hair by adding a deep hair moisturizer, use a cleanser that won’t strip your hair of its healthy oils and don’t forget conditioner. You can try a new haircut or hairstyle if you want something new.
Sometimes, a simple haircut or change in your style makes a lot of difference.
11. Whiter teeth sparkle up your smile
Dental hygiene is a must to get that perfect look in a photo. We all know the benefits of brushing twice a day and taking care of our gums. But, how many of us really follow that regime to the core?
It is a known fact that a smile can always make us look pretty, but if we have yellow teeth, then it will draw away from our beaming smiles. You can visit your dentist to get your teeth whitened or you can try doing at home using teeth-whitening strips.
The whitening strips will help you achieve the sparkling white teeth at home. Just make sure you go through reviews of the product before investing in it.
12. Pimples won’t look good
Pimples are the biggest and the worst nightmares of any girl. It is really hard to keep them at bay, but you can always try. Don’t take the help of makeup to hide your pimples because makeup will worsen the situation even more.
Instead, try to get rid of it by cleaning and moisturizing it regularly. Pimples appear because the oil and dirt clog the pores making way for the microbes to build up and eventually leading to pimples.
Drinking water is a definite way to keep the pimples at bay, so keep your skin hydrated and forget the makeup.
13. Taking care of your hands
Your hands go through a lot throughout the day. Therefore, you should take care of your hands by providing it will all the moisture that it has lost throughout the day.
Before hitting the bed, apply hand cream mixed with vinegar and you will be able to witness the difference within two weeks.
14. Vitamin C in the morning
Make it a ritual to include Vitamin C in your diet in the early morning. Start off your day with a cup of hot water and lemon juice. It is not only good for your skin; it also helps you awaken your senses in the morning.
Apart from that, it will purify your body by flushing out all the toxins and diminishing the chances of skin sensitivities in the future.
15. Keep your hands off the face
You won’t believe how much damage you cause every time you rest your face on your hand or rub your eyes. It actually breaks and loosens the skin and also adds in unwanted oils to your facial skin.
Avoid the dermal scarring and tearing simply by not touching your face. It is that simple.
16. Start feeling beautiful from inside
Once you start believing yourself that you are beautiful, you will notice the change reflecting on your look as well. Even without makeup, you will look pretty and attractive in a photo if you have a sense of self-esteem.
Makeup won’t help if you are not feeling beautiful from inside.
17. Get rid of the blackheads
If you are aiming for a flawless skin, then take care of your blackheads. There are several blackhead removal strips available in the market that you can use or you can prepare a blackhead removal mask at home.
Mix gelatin powder in warm milk and apply on the blackheads. Keep it for some time and when it has completely dried, peel it off slowly.
Your skin care won’t be complete if you don’t take care of your blackheads.
18. Oily skin — a troublesome thing to deal with
We all know how oily skin is prone to all kinds of skin troubles, but if you can take good care of your skin, then you can control the oil secretion and protect your skin from major outbreaks.
If you have oily skin, then try to keep your face clean all the time and avoid junk foods. These are the two biggest enemies of oily skin. Acne, whiteheads, blackheads, and dark spots are some of the most common problems faced by oily skin.
But, if you look at the brighter side, this is one skin type that comes with a glow if taken good care of. This charm is natural and breathtaking and you will look radiant and attractive even without makeup.
19. Nails — how can you forget that!
Forget the nail paint and go for the natural pink nails by dipping in your nails in lemon juice for 15 minutes.
Lemon juice will strengthen your nail and make it look good without the nail paint. It is always good to trim your nails rather than chewing it.
20. Choose your dress accordingly
Make your own style statement rather than blindly following the fashion trend. Everybody has a different body type and not every dress will be suitable for you. So, understand what looks good on you and dress up accordingly.
What is the use of wearing something that makes you feel uncomfortable? Try to avoid loose fit clothes, even if you are on the heavier side. It is a myth that loose clothes hide your extra flab. No, it doesn’t. On the contrary, it actually makes you look even worse.
So, exchange all your ill-fitted and loose clothes with well-fitted clothes to make you look good.
21. Well plucked eyebrows to look good
Don’t pluck the eyebrows excessively rather go for the tweezers to give it a shape. If you pluck it extensively then it might give you an artificial look that nobody will appreciate.
22. Beauty sleep is very much required
You must have heard of 8 hours of beauty sleep, but if you are not getting one, then it will take a toll on your skin. You must get 8 hours of uninterrupted deep sleep to maintain a fresh and healthy skin.
If you are stressed out due to some reason or the other, then it is quite obvious that you will not get proper sleep. So, try to avoid taking too much of stress.
23. Stay away from alcohol
Want to look good without makeup? Then the very first thing that you must do is stay away from alcohol. One of the reasons behind your belly fat is the consumption of alcohol.
Once you reduce your alcohol intake, the puffiness will also reduce.
24. Brighten up your skin
Make sure that you have included a good amount of Vitamin A in your diet. It helps in brightening your complexion.
Watermelon, egg yolks, ripe papaya, shellfishes, etc. are very good sources of Vitamin A. Include them in your diet and let them spell their magic on your skin.
25. Don’t forget your eyelashes
Long eyelashes enhance the look and make you look pretty and attractive. Till date, you must have been taking the help of mascara to get that perfect eyelash, but now you can get the luscious eyelashes by applying some castor oil on them.
After going through these 25 tips, looking good without makeup is clearly achievable.
If you actively stick to your skin-care routine, then you will be able to achieve that beautiful makeup-free look.
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé