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Many college girls, myself included, have been wearing makeup pretty much daily since middle school. However, your twenties is one of the few times in your life when you might still feel comfortable getting away with going makeup-less. With all the sand, surf, and sun, the summer is a great time to give this hassle-free look a try. Even better, skipping makeup now and then can be really beneficial to your skin, keeping it clean and allowing it to breathe.  Read on to get a few tips on looking your best without bothering with layers of cosmetics:

Cleanse

To prep your skin for the day, start by taking off the grime from the night before. Use a gentle cleanser to remove any oil, dirt, or leftover makeup from the night before. Don’t use anything too deep-cleaning or abrasive, as these might cause redness and irritation on your skin. I also find I get a build up of leftover eye makeup when I sleep at night, just underneath my eyes. To rid this black smear, dab a Q-tip with eye makeup removed and swipe it underneath each eye.

Tone

Now that your skin is refreshed, use a toner to close up pores and reduce redness in your skin. Pour a toner onto a cotton swab, and swipe it all over your face. I like Biore Triple Action Astringent, Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, or a natural toner like witch hazel (all drugstore.com).

Moisturize

Smooth on a moisturizer with SPF to smooth your complexion and protect your skin during the day. Make sure to re-apply a facial suncreen throughout the day if you’re going to be in direct sunlight a lot, like at the pool or beach, because no matter how lovely you look sans-makeup, nobody can pull off a lobster-red sunburn. There are many popular skincare brands such as Arbonne, Kiehl’s, and Clinique, that feature fantastic moisturizing products. Trial-and-error and customer reviews are the best way to figure out what works for you.

Shine

Just because you’re going without makeup, doesn’t mean you can’t do a few extra things to accentuate your natural beauty. An eyelash curler can do wonders for brightening up your eyes and making your bare lashes look darker, fuller, and longer; just look at the difference! Some natural lip balm can not only protect your lips, but make them look brighter and smoother. And light exercise, such as a brisk walk, swim, or playing touch football on the beach, is a great way to add colour to your cheeks and a natural glow all over. By the end of the day, you’ll wonder why you ever wear makeup at all.

What Do You Think?

Do you ever go without makeup? What are your tips for looking your best without the help of cosmetics? I love going to the beach and not having to worry about melting mascara or fading foundation, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Author: kaleigh

39 Comments

  1. Renee says:

    I only wear eyeshadow cuz i am not allowed to wear eye makep until im a certian age but i want to look good! Ima try theses steps tho to c if the man j like will notice me

  2. lyta says:

    for acne i used lacto calamine..and it has shown effects…it reduced my acne problem…a lot of water intake is also suggested..n avoid oily food stuffs…n yes last but not the least acne is also caused by taking a lot of tensions….have a proper sleep …being awake too long @ nyts makes the matter worse…avoid a few bad habbits for good younger looking skin

  3. shelly says:

    ma eyes r huge, but ma frnds say me dat its gud bt i need dat dey look more attractive through eye makeup…
    but i dnt know how 2 do it….??

  4. Norah says:

    I have mild/severe acne and I know wearing make up makes it worse. I don’t wear make up all the time, just sometimes when I’m going somewhere or when I just feel like wearing it. I’ve tried things like proactive and some prescription things to treat acne but nothing seems to work. Any advice on how to get rid of this acne?

  5. Kelly says:

    Abby – you’re probably beautiful! you might have rosacea (my ex had it; personally I think it’s kind of cute). also, shu uemura eyelash curler = great. i have small eyes, and i used to want big ones, but there are tons of gorgeous girls without em (taylor swift, alessandra ambrosio, etc.). don’t sweat!

  6. Abby says:

    I wish I could go out the house with makeup, but I have red-ish cheeks that make me look a little flushed and I have under eye darkness that always make me look tired even when I’m not. I also am very insecure about my looks which is why I feel the need to wear makeup. My best friends never wear makeup and they are all so beautiful, I don’t know how they do it! But do you have any suggestions about getting rid of my red cheeks and making my eyes look more awake (I have small eyes) ? Because I don’t really like the feeling of makeup on my face all day and I don’t like being the only one in the group who wears makeup. It makes me feel fake.

  7. yee says:

    Use 100% pure camellia oil, its good to remove dark circles reduce, scars and so much more do a search on google and you will know.

  8. Kaleigh says:

    Sari–that’s great. Another bonus is that when you *do* decide to get all dolled up, maybe for a night out or something, people notice more than if you wore makeup daily! :)

    Jessice–I’m the same way, and it’s hereditary, although lack of sleep can make it worse. You have two options: you can mix a dab of concealer with a dab of foundation to cover up just the circles, leaving the rest of your face bare or you can try treating the circles by placing cool tea bags or cucumbers on them for a few minutes and drinking lots of water. There are also lots of strange home remedies (like pouring saline solution in your nostrils!) that are said to reduce under eye circles…I may have to write a post just about them!

  9. Sari says:

    I never wear make-up, mostly out of laziness. It’s not that I don’t like wearing it, it’s just not a priority for me. But I do feel like I have clear skin because of it, and it’s one less thing to worry about.

  10. Jessica says:

    I would love to go without makeup, but I’m always afraid to because I have dark circles under my eyes (seems to be genetic as no amount of sleep makes them go away). Any suggestions for covering those up without layering on makeup?

    • JustWannaHelp says:

      Hi Jessica!
      You can do a lot of things to try and get rid of dark circles, my friend had a lot of trouble with them too. You can get cold tea bag and put them on your eyes, or a cold spoon. I’ve even tried a cold, wet napkin, it reduces puffiness. You can look up homemade creams on the internet to get rid of them too.
      Hope I helped!

      Robin
      XOXO

    • Sheerie says:

      Jessica- even though I don’t have a solution for it, I wanted to let you know that I completely understand where you’re coming from and you’re not alone in it. I have dark circles around my eyes and it seems tobe something I’ve had since a baby. I wear makeup every day. I have no clue what I will do when I get in a serious relationship where the guy may think I don’t even wear makeup or look the same without it then have to one day see me without it.

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