New Year, New Natural Look

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With the New Year finally here, a lot of people are using it as a chance to have a fresh start. New jobs, homes, wardrobes and haircuts are common changes made by a lot of us in January… And why not? It’s the perfect time to try a whole new look. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic, eye-catching makeover; a revamped natural look is the stylish way to do 2014.

Eyes

Natural make-up for eyes can take time to achieve but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Try buying an eye-shadow palette with various neutral tones in to put you on the right track. Once you have a set of colours to work with, it’s just a case of applying them to the right parts of your eye.

Opt for shades that complement your natural eye colour. An easy rule is to pick colours that are opposite to your eye colour on the colour wheel. If you want to make things look very natural, choose softer shades of your own eye colour. It can be tempting to reach for the eyeliner, but try to avoid it if you want a natural look. Instead, choose a dark eye-shadow to blend into the lash line; you’ll get a softer and altogether more understated look as a result.

The same applies to your mascara. Rather than slapping on several coats, stick to just the one and make sure you comb through your lashes to remove any clumps. An eyelash tint and a pair of eyelash curlers may actually give you a better flutter and look much more natural, so think about opting for this instead the next time you reach for your mascara.

Lips

If you want to create a truly natural look, skip any lip colours. Simply use a moisturising lip balm to ensure the lips are nourished and plump. An intensive lip balm might leave you with a bit of a tingly feeling on your lips but this can make them look plumper as a result.

If you do want to add colour, make sure your lips are prepared with a balm and ensure you get a good outline. Use a lip-liner in the same shade as the lipstick and fill in your lips with it to give the lipstick something to grip onto. Make sure you blot between applications and take the time to get it right.

Face

Getting a good base is the key to creating a polished, yet natural look. A strict skincare regime will ensure your skin is healthy and has a natural glow, meaning you don’t have as much of a need for lots of foundation. If you don’t want to add a lot to you skin, try using a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser for lighter coverage. It’ll help to revive your skin without being too heavy.

If you need a heavier base, make sure you set it with a translucent powder to prevent any oiliness building up over the day. Avoid touching your skin too much as this can cause your make-up to slide off your face, putting all your hard work to waste.

To achieve a natural, fresh-faced look, add a light blush to the apples of the cheeks where you naturally flush. Keep this to a minimum though; you’re aiming for a little bit of colour, not clown cheeks. Dust a little bronzer down the sides of the nose, across the forehead and along the jawline. This will help to make your bone structure look more pronounced but also give you a healthy glow without looking too intense.

Start from the inside

Ultimately, a great natural look starts from the inside and what your general health is like. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy, balanced diet. This will make your skin clearer, your eyes brighter – and you’ll feel better, too. The better your skin looks, the fewer products you’ll need to achieve a stunning look while keeping it natural.

 

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Lauren Sutton is a brand journalist, writing on a number of topics in different fields. Lauren has a particular interest in the Beauty interest and regularly blogs about this in her own time as well as in her work for Beauty Dept.
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About Lauren Sutton

Lauren Sutton is a brand journalist, writing on a number of topics in different fields. Lauren has a particular interest in the Beauty interest and regularly blogs about this in her own time as well as in her work for Beauty Dept.

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