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. evelin brand says:

    while i go out, i just wash my face with my face wash and apply some sunscreen. after that, i put some lip color lipstick that’s it.

  2. Taylor says:

    Hi, there i am at my 20’s and begin to realize that i should religiously use moisturizer for my skin. However when using one, especially at daytime. I feel like my whole face gets really messy and too oily. Do you know of a product which can protect and moisturize my skin without making it to oily?

  3. Danielle says:

    Im older than all Of my friends by a month or so but I’m smaller and I look younger.
    I don’t want to wear make up and they always do so this was awesome advise, thank you.

  4. Natalie says:

    These tips are very useful thanks <3

  5. alllyyson says:

    i rarely ever wear make up because im make up challenged and lazy, hahah, and im looking forward to trying out these tips!

  6. kenneth says:

    i have wheaty complexion,and lots of dark circles under my eyes,as i wear spectacles also i am having acne problems .i want my skin to look fresh always,coz it seems dead.
    and want it to clean up from those damn cirlces and acne.
    i need to go outside in sun everyday.
    please suggest me some remedies about how to do so.. and look fresh. i’am a collage student
    home remedies’ll realyy be appreciated.

  7. sarah says:

    my skin colour is very dark n i feel very inconfident about it. Even if i apply makeup, i feel as if i am not looking good. Can u tell me some natural home remedies that can make my skin look fairer?

  8. Angela says:

    For those of you who have uneven complexions that make you self-conscious about going out barefaced- listen up! Try using a weekly Salicylic-Acid chemical peel. I have always struggled with make-up and when I was younger I picked at my face in a vain attempt to ‘fix’ it. Needless to say, it didn’t work. However this peel has made my face so smooth it almost erased years of damage- making me much more confident about my face and side-profile. DISCLAIMER- Do NOT overuse this product, because it will burn your face. However, if you use it responsibly you’ll have nothing to worry about and your face will be gorgeous! :)

  9. Amy says:

    I swear by Dawn dish soap for removing oil from skin, whether it’s using it on your face every once in a while (not too often) or in your hair, before you shampoo, just once every one or two weeks. Seriously! So if you have pimple issues, that’s a way to reduce the oil.

    Also, of all the trouble you could have with going without makeup, dark circles are kind of one of those that most people don’t notice. The girl in the photo at the top of the article has shadows under her eyes–I didn’t notice it first time, and I bet you didn’t either.

    Red cheeks? Just start calling it “natural blush” and people will look at it positively. (Don’t believe me? Try saying “The sky looks kind of green today” and see how long it takes for people to start agreeing with you.) It IS natural blush, and once you start calling it that, you won’t think of it so badly.

  10. Jessica says:

    I gave up makeup for lent. At first it was the hardest thing ever cause I was so used to always wearing makeup when I go out. I really recommend doing it though! I have a new confidence that is actually me- not hiding behind makeup. In actuality, most people didn’t even notice when they found out I wasn’t wearing any. Make up should only help enhance your beauty, not create it!

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