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Tips for Looking Fresh With No Makeup

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Photo by: Kate Simandl Photography

Even though I am a professional makeup artist, I find no makeup days are necessary. Giving your skin a break is important to me, and I tell my clients this all the time. I have no makeup days and I like them. If you are having a no makeup day (or week, which is ok too) but still want to look and feel fresh and put together, here are some of my tips to get you there:

1. Get to know your eyelash curler

Curling your eyelashes makes a big difference to how awake you look. It really opens up your eyes. Most people clamp down once, and then apply their mascara. Really pumping the curler and making sure to do each corner is really important. Spending a little time really curling your lashes will make a big difference. Invest in a good curler (I like the Charlotte Tilbury one), and clean it regularly. Most come with an extra sponge. If your curler isn't working as well anymore, replace the sponge and it will be like new. Another tip is to tilt the curler up after you clamp down, to really lift the roots. If you are a perfectionist, brush the lashes out with a lash comb after curling.

2. Cold water + glowup

Washing your face with cold water brings some life to your skin, and it will wake you up too. Apply a moisturizer that is not too heavy with an SPF. Really massage it into your skin and get your blood flowing. I like to mix my daytime moisturizer with a glowy one, to get a little bit of glow and blurring of pores action. It also adds some dimension to the face without the use of contour (think non-tour!)

3.Tweeze and brush brows

Tame the brows. If that means you need to trim them, tweeze them or get them threaded, do it because it will really make a difference. Brush through the hairs and let them stand a bit straight. This will give them a youthful look and make your eyes look slightly lifted.

4. Eye drops 

If you have red or dry eyes, use some eye drops. Especially in the cooler months, with all the heaters, keep a bottle at your desk. The whites of your eyes will look brighter and you will look fresher .

5. Exfoliate lips and moisturize

Work some Vaseline over your lips and roll a Qtip over the top and bottom lip. Be gentle, but do this for a while to get rid of all the dead skin. Apply a rich balm that will last throughout the day (I like the Clarins Lip Oil and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask)

6. Self tan your face

A little self tanner designed for your face gives a healthy glow and evens out the complexion. If you wear self tanner a lot, this is a no brainer for you. For those that do not, and have a medium to dark complexion, I would give it a go (Again, try Clarins).

7. Top Knot

This step is optional, but with no makeup, go for a hairstyle that will lift everything like a top knot or half-up top knot. Tying hair back makes most people look younger and it gets it out of your way so you can get on with your day. 

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