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I'd love some help on how to look pretty without makeup. My boyfriend absolutely
hates it when I wear makeup. He wants me to go bare-faced for our dates but I don't
look good and feel really insecure with no makeup. What can I do now? Any ideas and
tricks? – Jocie, Iowa.
5 Hot Tips to Look Good Without Makeup
I can assure you that your boyfriend finds you very hot au naturel so stop worrying
about how you look without wearing makeup. Instead, change your attitude towards
beauty and shift your focus on other areas of your body you like.
You don't need to wear loads of make-up to look and feel beautiful. For example,
you can show off your luscious locks in loose romantic waves, or make heads turn
with your super-toned long legs in a micro mini skirt and sexy high heel sandals,
or flaunt your perky butt in a pair of daringly tight skinny jeans.
Allow me to digress a little and tell you some advantages of going without makeup.
First of all, it's a great way to give your face a break and let your skin breathe
and totally rejuvenate itself. Putting on a lot of makeup can clog your pores and
contribute to pimples and blemishes, especially if you don't remove your makeup each
night before bed.
Second, you'll appear more youthful than women who use makeup. This is because wearing
the wrong foundation shade or color that clash with your skin tone can add years
to your face.
Third, you save oodles of time and a considerable amount of money staying away from
the makeup aisle.
Going without makeup in front of your boyfriend for the first time can be scary,
but there are a few simple things you can do to slowly wean off of makeup and make
yourself look eye-catchingly gorgeous.
How Do You Look Gorgeous Without Wearing Makeup?
1. Maintain Good Skin
The first step to looking great bare faced is to make sure your skin is at its absolute
best condition – dewy, luminous and blemish free. That means eating a healthy diet
consisting of nutritious skin foods such as salmon, avocado, almonds, and eggs along
with heaps of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Drinking enough fluids – 8 to 10 glasses of water – every day is also important.
Water helps rid your body of built-up toxins that can lead to skin troubles like
boils, zits and acne. In addition, water plumps up skin cells, making your skin younger
and keeping it as wrinkle free as possible.
Insufficient sleep causes a range of beauty problems such as dark eye rings and puffy
eyes. Therefore, make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
It’s a well known fact that smoking and excessive alcohol intake are bad for skin
health so don't light up and go easy on the booze, if you want flawless skin.
Doing all of these things will reward you with radiantly-clear skin and hence, you'll
feel more confident about your natural beauty and won't hesitate to go "bare".
2. Prepare Your Face
To prepare your face for the day, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply
a mild toner to tighten pores. Don't use products that are too deep-cleaning or abrasive
as they may irritate your skin, causing redness and peeling. I suggest Neutrogena
Pore Refining Toner, or use a natural toner like witch hazel or rose water.
If you’ve large pores, you can shrink them by gently rubbing ice cubes over the affected
areas for 5 minutes or so. Not only will the cold from the ice cube tighten pore
openings, it'll also help reduce facial oil while refreshing your skin instantly.
Finally, apply a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher to smooth your complexion and
protect it against sun damage. If you’re going to be in direct sunlight – at the
pool or beach – make sure to re-apply sunscreen often.
3. Groom Your Eyebrows
You don't need lashings of black mascara or ultra shimmer eyeshadow to make your
eyes look bigger and pop. Beautifully shaped brows frame your face, draw attention
to your eyes and make you look feminine. If you're not uncomfortable about plucking
your own eyebrows, visit a salon and have them shaped professionally the first time.
4. Accentuate Your Best Features
Going au naturel doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t cheat to enhance your natural
beauty. An eyelash curler is a great way to brighten up your eyes and make your thin
and sparse lashes look darker, fuller, and longer. Shu Uemura or MAC eyelash curlers
are best for Asians.
A simple trick to add a natural rosy glow to pale complexion without using blush
is to rub the cut side of a strawberry to your cheeks and let dry. Alternatively,
lightly pinch your cheeks until they’ve a nice color. Any type of physical activity
or exercise – brisk walk, swim, or playing beach volleyball – will also make your
cheeks naturally red and glowing.
If you want smoother kissable lips, don't forget to exfoliate and apply some natural
Last but not least, make sure your smile is extra bright and white. Try an over-the-counter
teeth whitening product such as Crest Whitening Strips.
5. Pretty Up with Accessories
You can pretty up a bare face without a scrap of makeup by using unique fashion accessories.
Make a bold statement with big hoop earrings or a funky necklace with chunky stones.
Dress up your tresses with a Swarovski crystal barrette for that romantic date, or
keep it simple with a stretchy headband.
Aside from coffee grind and brown sugar, what else is good to exfoliate skin? Find
out gentle exfoliating face scrub ingredients from your kitchen that can keep your
skin baby smooth and radiantly bright.