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How to Do Makeup for a Natural Look

Avoid the caked-on, raccoon-eyed look that comes with wearing too much makeup. Accentuate your facial features with these tips.


  • Step 1: Finish with a dewy lip gloss in a nude, pink, or berry shade. A light shade of lipstick, if applied sparingly, also highlights the natural lip color. Play with the shades and colors suited for your complexion to find the natural look that works for you.
  • FACT: Ancient Egyptians used kohl -- typically made from malachite, galena, and charcoal -- to line their eyes and darken their eyelashes. It was mixed with animal fat to make it easier to apply.
  • TIP: Once you've done your makeup, check to see how your face looks outside in natural light to determine whether you should apply more or use less next time.
  • Step 2: Look in the mirror and smile to find the apples of your cheeks. Use a large brush to apply a light wash of pink or rose blush directly onto the apples. In the summer, bronzer works too.
  • Step 3: Be sure your concealer is a shade lighter than your skin tone. Dot it on your under-eye circles and on any blemishes. If your skin tone remains uneven, apply a foundation closely matched to your skin shade. Use a makeup sponge or your fingers to dot on your face and blend. Set with pressed powder.
  • Step 4: Apply a light, earthy tone -- such as gray, charcoal, brown, or gold -- in a light wash across the lid to highlight your eye color. Use a neutral eyeliner -- in black, brown, or charcoal -- to draw a thin line close to the lash line. Finish with two coats of mascara.
  • Step 5: Wash your face with your favorite cleanser, and exfoliate a couple of times a week with a wash cloth or a grainy scrub. Sloughing off dead skin allows your natural radiance to shine through. Dry your face and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

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