There will never be a time when the ‘barely there’ makeup look is out of style, but in order to rock this look, you should know how to emphasize your ‘best’ characteristics and which ones to cover up with makeup. Speaking of covering up things you don’t like, it’s important to know how to do it discretely and tastefully, because applying too much makeup or using a wrong product will actually draw everyone’s attention to the very things you’re trying to hide. We’re here to help you learn how to enhance your natural beauty with makeup.

Prepare your skin

It doesn’t matter if you’re using the most expensive makeup on the market if your skin is not prepared before you apply it. This means that you should use gentle cleansers every evening and never, and we can’t stress this enough – never go to bed with your makeup still on. Your pores will be clogged and you’ll have breakouts which will require more makeup to cover up. If you have sensitive skin, you can simply use organic coconut oil as your makeup remover – it will keep your skin hydrated and get rid of makeup traces easily.

Choose the right foundation

Finding the right foundation isn’t as easy as you might think at first. You should find a good foundation guide and read it before you go out to get your own. You need to know your skin tone, how good a coverage you want, what finish you’re after, and whether or not you have sensitive skin. If you’re allergic to a certain chemical, make sure you read the label carefully, and choose simpler makeup that has fewer ingredients in the first place.

Find your face shape

In order to contour and highlight the right parts of your face, you should first learn which face shape you have. Looking at tutorials and copying celebrity looks might be a great idea, but it will do you no good if you try applying bronzer and highlighter at the ‘wrong’ places. Heart-shaped faces should be contoured at the sides of the forehead and temples, and highlight the area under the eyes. Round faces should also do the forehead and temples, but also the area right below cheekbones, and highlight not only the area under the eyes but also the middle of the forehead.

Eyeshadow secrets

Just like you have different techniques for contouring and highlighting differently shaped faces, you should also learn about makeup for differently shaped eyes. People with wide-set eyes will apply eye shadow in a different way than the ones with close-set eyes, and makeup artists use different tricks for almond, round, and oval eyes. If you want to draw attention to your eyes, enhance their shape and colour, you should learn their shape and practice applying eyeshadow and eyeliner in such way that you always look like you just visited a professional makeup artist.

Lipstick forever

Over the past few seasons, we have seen the rise of matte lipsticks, and even though these are more durable and discreet than their shinier counterparts, they also make your lips dry. They might last longer, but your lips won’t look as good as they do at first unless you prep them in advance. Exfoliate your lips using a homemade scrub made from honey and brown sugar, and apply a bit of coconut oil afterwards. Wait for a few minutes for the oil to penetrate the deeper layers of your freshly exfoliated lips, and only then apply your favourite matte lipstick. This way, your lips will look plump and smooth no matter what shade you choose that day.

Strangely, it’s the ‘no makeup’ makeup look that takes the longest to master, and seeing as how your skin changes all the time, so will your technique. Always try to learn something new and don’t be afraid to try products you think will help you keep your skin clean and healthy because this is one of the most important parts of natural beauty.