How to Apply Makeup for a Natural Look

Three Parts:Applying Makeup to Your FaceApplying Eye MakeupApplying Makeup to Your Lips

A fresh face is always in style. If you're easing yourself into makeup or would simply like to try something new, the 'natural look' will be perfect for you. Of course, even the natural look takes a little bit of time and practice. Scroll down to Step 1 to get started!

Part 1
Applying Makeup to Your Face

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    Clean your face of any previous makeup. Put makeup remover or water on a cotton ball. Dab or rub the cotton ball in small circles to remove old makeup. Determine your skin type and cleanse, tone and moisturize with suitable products twice daily. If you have skin problems like spots/blackheads, exfoliate your skin.
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    Moisturize your face. Using a small dab the size of a pea, gently rub in an unscented, oil free lotion. Scented lotions can aggravate your skin and cause breakouts or an allergic reaction, and oily lotions will encourage acne.
    • For a more natural look, instead of using foundation, use a tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers blend in while evening out your skin tone and commonly contain SPF. Those lucky girls with clearer skin will look best using tinted moisturizer.
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    Apply concealer to any blemishes and around your eyes. Applying your concealer before foundation helps keep foundation to a minimal amount. Make sure this is the exact same color as your skin. When you apply the concealer, do so directly on the spot and not around it. This is to avoid a halo effect and emphasis of the spot. Optionally set with beige powder.[1]
    • Be careful not to overdo it on the concealer; you only need enough to cover the spot.
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    Apply a powder foundation on the oilier parts of your face. Before you start, it’s best to determine whether or not you’re using the right foundation color. Get in a natural light and test the foundation to make sure it's the right color for your skin. Dab a few marks on your cheek and angle your face different ways to see if the color matches.[2]
    • Take your finger or a sponge dab in the foundation, and dab it on your face, blending it until it looks like your skin tone. Be sure to go underneath your jaw line; if you stop at the edge of your face, there will be a clear line where the foundation ends, making it look like you’re wearing a mask.
    • If you have bags or discoloration under your eyes, make 3 dots on the line of the circles under your eyes. Blend it gently using your ring finger.
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    Apply Bronzer. Some people wait until after they have applied makeup to their eyes to add bronzer or blush. Bronzer is a great way to give yourself a natural glow. Lightly brush bronzer all over your face (or just along your cheekbones and T-Zone for a natural suntan appearance). However, bronzer can look silly on people with pale skin if applied incorrectly. Practice at home with bronzer to see if it looks good on you before going out with it on. If you don't like the way it looks, skip this step.
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    Apply Blush. If you were not happy with bronzer, you can apply blush instead. Crème blush generally works better than powder because it gives you a dewy look and lasts longer. Using a champagne-tinted crème blush, rub a little on your ring finger and blend onto your cheekbones. Note that you should not apply both blush and bronzer; choose one.

Part 2
Applying Eye Makeup

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    Line your upper lashline with a brown, black or gray kohl pencil. Some women prefer not to do this, as eyeliner looks a little less natural than an eye with just mascara. Other beauty specialists say to line your eyes with a roasted-colored gel liner. Pencil looks less natural than liquid or gel liner and gel is easier to blend. Line two thirds of your top lashline and one third of your bottom lashline. Smudge the line with a cotton bud.
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    Use a white eyeliner to make your eyes look larger. Line the inside corners of your eyes with either white eyeliner or white eyeshadow to give your eyes a brighter look.
    • Some people also like to add a bit of white eyeliner or shadow under the brow bone to make their eyes appear brighter and more awake.
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    Consider using eyeshadow. Use two shades of eyeshadow for a professional look. The colors you choose should be golds, browns or silvers, depending on your skin tone and coloring. Apply a light, neutral tone all over your lid and just above your crease and use slightly darker to softly line the top lid and outline your crease. For a natural look, remember to blend the colors.
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    Curl your lashes and apply one layer of mascara. Curling your eyelashes will give you a bright, awake look. If you want to make your eyelashes stand out against you skin, put on one layer of your favorite mascara.[3]
    • If you use mascara, avoid clumping by using a de-clumping brush or an eyebrow brush.

Part 3
Applying Makeup to Your Lips

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    Apply a sheer nude lip color. Avoid using chalky lipsticks or shiny lip glosses. Lip stain is generally best because it looks natural and lasts all day. Use a color that's close to your natural lip color.
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    Dab a tiny amount of the shimmering blush onto the center of your lips. Test this step out at home before going out with it on--some people do not like the look of blush in the center of your lips. Do what feels (and looks) best to you!
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    Enjoy your dewy, fresh, radiant look.


  • Using natural makeup is healthier for your skin and can reduce blemishes. In fact, mineral foundation doesn't clog your pores and is actually good for your skin, so you may want to invest in a good brand.
  • Don't overdo the makeup! Remember that makeup is meant to enhance your natural features, not to cover them up.
  • Make sure you apply makeup in a bright, sunny place so you can see all your features clearly.
  • Try to go for a similar color with blush and lipstick. It will bring out your natural features.
  • Get a trusted friend to tell you if you've gone overboard with the make-up.
  • Apply makeup in the light you will be in; for example, apply your makeup with a lot of light if you are going out on a sunny day, or if you are going clubbing use dimmer lights.
  • To make it look as if you have natural eyelashes with mascara, slowly and gently work your way upward.
  • Try to find a color that is as close as you can get to your skin tone.
  • Don't wear makeup just too fit in, wear makeup for enhancing small parts of your face.
  • Relax. Constantly checking a mirror, and fussing over your face can ruin a day. Smile, and have lots of confidence.

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