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. sarah john says:

    I was looking for a good toner and thanks you shared which one to use. Can you please guide about wearing the natural looking makeup as well?

  2. Tunki says:

    I am 17 years old..but I hv genetic extremly brown under eye dark circle and hollow problem….so I had been using make up on my face everyday..l used all home remedies and under eye cream…but it is still same and increasing day by day….

  3. Anonymous_male says:

    I really really really hate cosmetics and feel like I’m living in a makeup apocalypse where all women have been brainwashed into wearing it. It makes women uglier to me and I know most of it has carcinogens and other bad shit in it that also washes off into the water supply (thanks women). Please stop wearing cosmetics women, you look like clowns with it on. You either have natural beauty which is vastly superior or you simply aren’t attractive and cosmetics won’t fix that. Take care of your health… detox once in awhile if you must, cleanse the skin, etc. but don’t wear cosmetics.

    I can hardly find any women that don’t wear cosmetics ;_;

  4. India says:

    I used to be very self concsious about my skin because I suffer from acne I used to cover up my face in makeup to hide them but the more I put the worse my skin got. I was so scared to go out in public without makeup that my friends couldn’t remember the last time they’d seen me without it! After years of being nagged by mum to listen to her and stop wearing makeup I finally listened and it worked my skin has cleared up I have no pimples although I do have some scars but am working to get rid of them. It helped by having a routine that worked for me as well as drinking plenty of water.

  5. Likextheyxsay says:

    Okay, I have no problem with acne whatsoever-(very fortunate) but my face is red like 24/7. I live in a small town and it’s very rare that I ever go to the city to buy products. Any DIY solutions to get rid of redness???

  6. Izzi says:

    I dye my eyelashes, because they are basically invisible otherwise. And to make my skin look OK in the morning I open my pores up with a really hot steamy wet flannel, before splashing under the cold water tap concentrating on dark circles and redness for about a minute. That tends to sort the worst of my dark circles and tone down any spots. Then use some E45 moisturising cream.

  7. Neha says:

    i hav dark circles…. n my face looks dull as soon as i step out….. wanna look pretty… any suggestions???

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