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Published: Wed October 15, 2014
Appearing bare-faced in public may send some of you into a cold horror filled sweat but with the right products and techniques, you can make the most of your natural beauty without wearing layers of heavy makeup.
The Perfect Canvas
A great art work starts with the perfect canvas. Luminous skin starts by being perfectly prepped. Invest in a good quality antioxidant rich cleanser, moisturiser and SPF 50. The healthier the skin the less make up you will need.
Try Skinstitut l.lactic cleanser to hydrate and smooth away dead skin cells and Moisture Defence to add hydrating and protective antioxidants.
Easy on the base
Skip the heavy foundation and even out your skin with a healthy dose of sheer colour. Look for a lightweight mineral based BB cream or try mixing a sprinkle of mineral based bronzer to your regular SPF 50 for a DIY option.
Applying makeup with your fingers over well moisturised skin gives a dewy, hydrated appearance. For a smooth flawless finish, apply a serum that contains super firming ingredients such as the botanical extract Quercus Suber which acts as an invisible veil or mesh over the skin. Quercus Suber acts as the perfect make up primer by providing a smooth flawless finish without the congestion that is associated with heavy silicone based make up primers. Try a pea size amount of Skinstitut Eye Believe all over the face and neck prior to SPF application.
Use a light-reflecting concealer pen after applying foundation on dark or red areas e.g. around your nose, eye lids and under your eyes. Light-reflecting concealers disguise small imperfections and minimise fine lines without settling in the creases.
Work with the tones in your skin. Find a blusher that matches your skin’s natural blush, similar to the flush that appears after exercise. Your lip tone can also be used as a colour guide. In general, powder pinks work for fair skin tones, peachy pinks work for medium skin, and brownish pinks work for darker skin.
Blend a dot of the blush into areas where the sun would fall on your face -- apples of your cheeks, chin, forehead, and bridge of nose
Look for mineral based make ups that contain iron oxide pigments to give a natural rosy glow to the skin. Many blushers, bronzers and lip tints can contain D&C red dyes which can cause blackheads and congestion leading to a skin condition called acne cosmetica. This condition is commonly associated with a bumpy forehead and cheeks which will disappear once the congesting culprits have been removed from your daily routine.
Apply a touch of lip colour a shade darker than your natural tone to accentuate the fullness of your lips. Add a sheer shine to give the illusion of extra plump and kissable lips.
So there we have it, follow these simple skincare and make up tips and tricks and dare to go bare this spring and summer.