Monday, May 11, 2009

How To Look Good without MAKE-UP

Make-Up Free Yourself
Practice Excellent skin care
If you're going to forgo makeup, you need to take the best care of your skin possible. Twice a day cleansing with a mild cleanser followed up by a moisturizer cream designed specifically for your skin type is a good start. Follow your skin care regimen religiously to keep your skin in top shape if you plan on going without makeup.
Exfoliate your skin
This is one of the best kept secrets for beautiful skin. In the morning before you go out the door, use a facial exfoliating pad and a gentle cleanser to massage your face in circular motions for at least one minute. This will remove dead skin cells and increase circulation to your face, giving your skin a soft glow that's even better than blush. (I used crushed uncoated aspirin in my mild cleanser 1-2 times a week, works beautifully.)
Get plenty of rest
If you're going to go natural, it's important that you sleep seven to eight hours a night. Tired skin looks sallow and any bags or dark circles you have under your eyes will be enhanced. If you don't get enough sleep and your eyes look puffy and swollen from tossing and turning, try applying an ice pack to each eye for ten minutes to reduce some of the swelling.
Drinks lots of water
Your skin looks best when you're well hydrated. Drink at least 64oz of water per day to maintain skin hydration. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine which acts as a diuretic to further dehydrate your skin.
Keep your eyebrows and eyelashes well groomed!!
If you won't be wearing eye makeup, make sure your brows are neatly groomed with no distracting stray hairs. Use a clean eyelash brush to open up and emphasize your eyes.
Keep your lips moisturized!
If you won't be wearing lip color, apply a moisturizer to your lips to keep them soft and smooth. A touch of clear lip gloss can also give you lips and face a natural glow.

Wear a sunscreen
Just because you're not wearing makeup doesn't mean you should forgo sunscreen. Many makeups have light sunscreens which offer some protection from the elements. If you're going natural, be sure to apply a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 20 to give your skin the protection it needs from ultraviolet rays. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Yes, you can look pretty without makeup if you practice good skin care and life style habits on a daily basis. You may actually find that natural works better for you on a daily basis. While makeup can be reserved for special outings. Give it a try!

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Kisses♥ NIKKI :)♥


Anonymous said...

great info as always Nikki!

My Fashion Frenzy said...

Great information!