How to Look Good Without Makeup

Three Parts:Get Clear SkinBe Well GroomedFocus On Your Overall Appearance

Many women would love to forget the morning routine of carefully applying their makeup and go fresh-faced instead. However, they may feel vulnerable and exposed without their makeup and are afraid of how they would look without it. If you are one of these people, then put down your mascara wand and start reading, because this article will show you how you can both look and feel good without even a bit of makeup!

Part 1
Get Clear Skin

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    Wash your face twice daily. Skincare is a key factor in looking good without makeup. Spend what time and money you would spend applying and purchasing makeup on skin care. First and foremost, find a good facial wash that's suited to your skin type and use it twice a day—once in the morning and once at night.
    • Although it may be tempting to wash your face more than twice a day, this is not advisable. Over-washing can make your skin dry and irritable, causing it to look worse rather than better.
    • Develop a skin regimen for your face. Whatever regimen you choose, stick to it, and always follow through. Repeat the regimen in the morning and at night.
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    Wear moisturizer daily. Every time you wash your face, you should follow it up with an application of facial moisturizer. Pick a quality daily moisturizer (preferably one with SPF in it) and apply it every day after washing. Opt for a slightly richer moisturizer to wear at night.
    • Always choose a moisturizer that's suited to your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, go for something gentle and unscented. If you are prone to pimples, try something light and non-oily.
    • Drier skin types should go for heavier moisturizers with soothing, nourishing ingredients like shea butter or aloe vera.
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    Exfoliate once a week. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, leaving your face looking fresh and radiant. It can really help to give a healthy glow to your skin, which is a bonus when you're aiming to go makeup free. Find a skin wash with special exfoliating particles which you can use at least once a week, but as often as every 2 to 3 days, for best results.
    • Alternatively, you can exfoliate using a clean washcloth soaked in warm water. Rub your face gently with the washcloth, in slow circular motions. This option is good for people with skin that is sensitive to the ingredients in any facial washes.
    • Never scrub your face too hard with the exfoliator or use it too often. This will dry out your skin and leave it feeling irritated, which is the last thing you want.
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    Use toner. Toner is a skin care product that has often been overlooked, but can do wonders when it comes to improving the appearance of your skin. Toner restores your skin's natural pH balance, along with many other benefits depending on the type of toner. Look for toners that are alcohol-free. These are less drying on the skin and help to even out skin tone.
    • For instance, toners designed for oily or acne-prone skin can help to remove excess oil and tighten pores, while toners for dry skin can help to soothe irritation and lock in extra moisture.
    • A toner appropriate for your skin type can be used everyday, after cleansing and before moisturizing.
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    Always remove your makeup. Even though this article is a guide on how to look good without makeup, chances are you will still want to wear it from time to time. This is absolutely fine, but just make sure that when you do wear makeup, you remember to take it off completely before bed. Makeup that is left on overnight can clog the pores and lead to pimples.
    • Use a specific makeup removing product, like a foaming cleanser or cream to remove the makeup, rather than your regular face wash. Use a special eye makeup remover to clean off mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner.
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    Take care of any pimples. Pimples can be one of the main reasons that people are afraid to go bare-faced in the first place, so if you can get rid of those, you will feel a lot more confident about going makeup free. Make sure to follow a rigorous skincare regimen to avoid pores from becoming blocked and remove any excess bacteria from the surface of the skin. Use products targeted at oily or acne-prone skin and look for moisturizers, sunblocks and makeup that are non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking).
    • Loom for over-the-counter spot creams and gels which contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, both of which are extremely effective for clearing acne.
    • If these measures do not seem to be working, consider seeing a dermatologist who can prescribe a stronger medicated cream or even a round of antibiotics or other oral medications.
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    Always wear sunscreen. You should wear sunscreen every day, even if it's cold, cloudy or snowy, as the UVA/UVB rays can still damage your skin. Sun damage will cause your skin to age prematurely, and in extreme cases can lead to skin cancer and other skin conditions.
    • Aim to use SPF 30 or higher and, if possible, find a sunscreen which doubles up as a moisturizer. This will make sunscreen application easy to remember.
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    Stop touching your face. This is a habit many people are guilty of, which can seriously affect the quality of the skin. Picking at spots, rubbing your forehead, or simply resting your chin on your hand are all things which add oil and bacteria to the skin, causing it to break out and look greasy.
    • Rubbing at your face can also loosen the skin, causing premature wrinkles. Therefore, if you want to improve the appearance of your skin, make an effort to stop unnecessarily touching your face.
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    Take care of your skin from the inside out. Be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and to drink at least 5-8 glasses (or 1 and a half liters) of water. Sleep gives your skin a chance to repair and restore itself, leaving you looking fresh and without dark circles beneath your eyes, while drinking water hydrates the skin and purifies it from the inside out, flushing out toxins and fueling the skin's metabolism.

Part 2
Be Well Groomed

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    Pluck or wax your eyebrows. Keep your eyebrows looking tidy by removing any stray hairs. Having perfectly shaped brows can do wonders for your face by framing your eyes, therefore making them the center of attention. Well-manicured eyebrows can be very striking and add definition to your features without the need for makeup.
    • If you're nervous about plucking and aren't sure which eyebrow shape would best suit your face, go to a beautician to have them plucked or waxed for the first time.
    • Once that's done, you will be able to maintain your new shape at home with a pair of good, quality tweezers. Always pluck one hair at a time, and pluck from the bottom of the brow rather than the top.
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    Shampoo your hair every other day. It is important to wash your hair frequently to prevent the hair and skin from becoming greasy. However, unless you have extremely oily hair, it is probably unnecessary to wash your hair every day—every second day will do. This will ensure that your hair doesn't get dried out, but never looks dirty either. Use a shampoo and conditioner suited to your hair type and remember to get a haircut every 3 to 4 months to keep hair in tip-top condition.
    • Keep your hair nicely conditioned, using a grape-sized dollop of conditioner applied to your roots and pony-tail area daily. For extra shine, smoothness, and softness, rinse with cool water.
    • Tie your hair in a low ponytail at night to prevent any grease from your hair getting onto your face.
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    Curl your eyelashes. Long, curling eyelashes can make you feel very feminine, but you don't need lashings of mascara to achieve this look. All you need to do is invest in an eyelash curler—a contraption that may look scary, but is actually painless and easy to use.
    • The eyelash curler clamps around your eyelashes and is held in place for 10 to 20 seconds, leaving your lashes curled and your eyes looking wider.
    • You can also make your eyelashes appear thicker and darker by applying a coat of Vaseline to your lashes, then combing them through with an eyelash brush.
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    Keep lips looking smooth. Smooth, full lips are much more attractive than dry, cracked ones, so make sure to look after yours using a combination of exfoliation and moisturization. Exfoliate your lips by gently rubbing a dampened toothbrush against them, then hydrate with your favorite lip balm.
    • Protect lips from extreme weather conditions by wearing a lip balm with an SPF in the sun, or a protective chapstick in the winter.
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    Whiten your eyes. A great trick that can brighten up your eyes and give an overall impression of health and alertness is to use some redness-reducing eye drops. These are readily available at your local pharmacy and are a quick and easy way to improve your appearance. Simply add a drop or two to each eye every morning for brightness and clarity.
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    Put some color in your cheeks. One simple thing that can give the appearance of beauty and health is a little rosy color in the cheeks. This can be achieved through frequent exercise and time spent outdoors in the fresh air. However, a quick fix is to gently pinch or slap the cheeks, giving them a little color.
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    Pay attention to dental hygiene. A white, healthy smile can work wonders for your overall appearance, so make sure you give your teeth the care and attention they deserve. Brush a least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes, using gentle circular motions. Focus on each tooth individually and don't neglect the hard to reach teeth at the back.
    • It is just as important to floss daily as it is to brush. Flossing removes built-up bacteria, food particles and plaque from between the teeth, thus preventing cavities from forming.
    • Also remember to brush your tongue with the toothbrush and use a mouthwash to prevent bad breath.

Part 3
Focus On Your Overall Appearance

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    Smile. Smiling brightens up your face and allows your inner beauty to shine through. It gives the impression of happiness and confidence, while also making you more attractive to others. Smiling more often will help you to look your best, regardless of whether you're wearing makeup or not.
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    Get a healthy tan. A healthy glow can transform your appearance, making your skin appear more radiant and your complexion smoother and more even-toned. If you can achieve a tan naturally, while also wearing protection, that's great. However, tanning beds and other options like these are expensive and occasionally cause skin cancer, so try a spray-on tan (good quality—you don't want to look fake) or for your face, bronzer for an extra little sun-kissed glow.
    • Look for facial moisturizers which will slowly build up a natural-looking tan and leave you looking sun-kissed, no matter the weather.
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    Dress well. Feeling good without makeup will rely on how confident you feel about the rest of your appearance. Every girl knows that a killer outfit can make her feel like she can take on the world, so use the time that you would normally spend on making up your face on planning the perfect outfit.
    • Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in and that fit you perfectly. Don't try too hard to fit in with the latest trends or squeeze yourself into tight fitting clothes. You'll look your best when you feel your best.
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    Style your hair. Make sure that your hair looks clean and neat at all times. It just gives you one less thing to worry about. Try a new haircut, like adding layers or bangs or even taking the leap with a pixie cut. Experiment with different styles: straighten your hair, curl it, put it in a bun or plait—use your imagination!
    • Bad hair days can be covered up with a fashionable scarf or beret—or simply use a little dry shampoo to de-grease hair and add volume.
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    Eat well. Looking and feeling healthy has a lot to do with what you put into your body. Skin, especially, can be affected by a poor diet and healthy skin is essential to looking good without makeup. Try to cut out as many greasy, fatty, sugary foods as possible and load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats instead.
    • Remember to drink plenty of water to flush out your system, keep skin looking healthy and prevent you from feeling bloated.
    • Take a vitamin supplement if you feel you are not getting all of your daily requirements from your diet alone. Vitamins A, C and E are all particularly beneficial for the skin.
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    Be confident. True beauty shines from within, so stop believing that you need your mascara to feel confident and start believing in you. Stand up tall, with your shoulders back and your chin up. Make eye contact with people and smile frequently. Remember that makeup is simply a tool used to emphasize certain features—your natural beauty has been there all along.


  • You can get rid of black circles under your eyes if you struggle with sleep by placing either ice cubes or a damp cold towel against your eyes for roughly 25 seconds.
  • Get some exercise and stay fit. Remember, beauty comes from head to toe.
  • Make sure you stand or sit up straight. A person that slouches is not very attractive.
  • In addition to being healthy, try having a pleasant personality and eat the right kind of foods.
  • If you have spots, tea tree oil is a very good spot cream and is also very affordable!
  • Tea Tree Oil is also good in hair. You can mix some in with your shampoo and conditioner and your hair will be incredibly soft!
  • Curl your eyelashes, it will make your eyes pop and appear larger.
  • Let your hair down and brush it and if you want you can use curlers to curl your hair.
  • Paint your nails with a color that suits you best. If you have blue or green eyes, blue, brown, purple, and your choice of color is a great color. But if you have hazel or brown eyes, green, pink, cream, and your choice of color is great..
  • Drink lots of water. It'll make your skin look fabulous without any makeup. Also, sunscreen will help keep your skin in great condition as well.
  • Sudocrem is great for spots, apply a thin layer to the affected area and sleep with it on. The next morning redness will be reduced and the blemish should be healing nicely. Remember to use an old pillowcase to avoid the Sudocrem transferring on to your bedding!
  • Be confident in your own skin.
  • Do not let anyone bring you down. You are beautiful with or without makeup.
  • Make sure your nails are filed down.
  • At night before bed, use petroleum jelly and lotion for a night treatment.
  • Brush your hair twice in a day.
  • If you have acne, try using oil-free acne wash.
  • Feel confident, and if you get dry skin, use moisturizing face cream.
  • Use E45 to prevent spots, make your skin glow and feel smooth.
  • You can use almond oil to get rid of dark circles and fine lines. It can also help by making your eyelashes longer.
  • Whiten your teeth by rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for 2 min. Let it sit for 10 seconds and then rinse. Do that once a month. Or rub coconut oil on your teeth. For soft silky hair, don't forget to put conditioner on the ends of your hair.
  • Always have enough sleep, and use a cotton bud with coconut oil on your eyelashes.
  • Confidence is key.
  • Make sure that you take care of your hair. Trim it every few months, as the ends will split otherwise and lead to rough hair.
  • Every now and again try applying coconut oil all through your hair before you go to sleep and rinse it out with water then wash your hair with a moisturising shampoo and use a moisturising conditioner.
  • To keep your nails looking healthy you can always keep them painted with neutral colors.
  • Spray rose water on face throughout the day. Use only the best serums and creams. Stay out of the sun! Eat healthy. Sleep a lot. Don't squint. Exercise.
  • Always aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. This will reduce dark circles and puffiness.


  • Always remember to wear a moisturizer that has a SPF of at least 15 or just use plain sunblock.

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