We have all had those days, you wake up, glance at yourself in the mirror, and don’t feel beautiful. That’s very normal. Then with makeup we try and cover our faces till we feel confident. This is something I do quite often. But recently I have really been trying to wear less makeup and just enhance my best features.
I’ve notice a lot of the makeup trends at the moment are to cover your entire face in heavy makeup. Whist I feel this is okay if you have a special occasion or feel like you want to glam yourself up. Nowadays I feel people are looking too similar with these makeup trends. Everyone on my Instagram feed looks the same! Even I was one to do this. But recently, I have been driving into the more natural makeup. Trying not to cake it on until I look like a different person.
In makeup, I really think it is important to work with your natural look, rather than covering your face. Especially when it comes to your face makeup. You as an individual are unique, you shouldn’t be trying to look like someone else. Unless you really love that look, then of course do what makes you happy. You need to work with your best features, get others to focus on them too.
My advice is to find your best features and draw most attention to those. For instance, if it’s your eyes, then focus on making them be the centre of attention. Find colours that make them pop! I have hazel eyes, I feel like green is my favourite shade on my eyes, the colour really makes the green in them stand out. Going a little heavier on these features to make them stand out. Instead of making the entire face look like its caked on with makeup.
The features your not so keen on are what you want to try and disguise. But this doesn’t mean cover them! Contouring your entire face heavily can actually be very unflattering. You also really lose your unique look when you do this. It’s best if you don’t like something, then don’t focus your attention on it. Putting brown shades on the area your trying to cover can sometimes make it stand out more. I have made this mistake many times. If you do want to contour an area, you need to make sure it is the right shade for your skin tone and you have blended it out really well!
I used to dislike the way my nose looked, I thought it was massive. Nowadays I don’t focus my attention on it. It only makes the matters worse. Especially when I tried to heavily contour it. The darkness of the contour made it more obvious I was trying to make it look smaller. Sometimes I do a very light contour for pictures or night out, but you have to be careful not to over-do it. If you don’t blend it out well, you can make an area seem bigger, rather than smaller. Most days I dust over the arch with a bit of bronzer, this seems to make it look a little smaller – without the harsh contours.
Focus all the attention on your favourite features, and not so much on the ones you don’t like. This will make you look a lot more natural, and draw peoples eyes to your best features. They won’t even notice the ones you stress about most. Even if your going for a heavier look on your makeup, try not to go heavy all over the face. This can look too intense and very obvious your wearing a lot of makeup. The goal is to go heavier on the features you want to stand out.
When it comes to foundation, I feel most people’s reaction is to go straight in with a full coverage foundation. Honestly, probably 95% of you reading won’t need a full coverage foundation. High coverage foundations are very noticeable on the skin. The only time I personally wear them is when I’m doing very intense makeup or going out for a special occasion. Even then, most of the time I would rather wear a medium coverage. If you don’t have the best skin, try carefully covering the areas that need it, rather than putting a heavy layer all over your face. This will look a lot more flattering on the skin, and your bad breakouts less noticeable.
When you look at your face, have a look at what actually needs covering. Do you have redness around your nose? Or a few pimples on the side of your face? Once you have figured out where needs the most coverage, then you know where to apply the most product. Here’s my step by step tutorial on how I correct my face and make my skin look like it’s glowing from within.
If you still feel unhappy about your features and only feel comfortable wearing lots of makeup then go for what makeup look makes you happy. I personally think its more flattering with less makeup on, and only covering areas that really need it – then enhancing the features you like the most. If you are going to do the heavy contouring just make sure you blend it out really well, so it isn’t noticeable. Nothing worse than harsh lines of brown on your face.
To me natural beauty is everything! I think nowadays in the beauty industry, and what a lot of beauty influences teach people is to try to cover their face – rather than enhance what they already have. It’s important to embrace yourself and who you are.Too many people look the same in the beauty industry. But you, yourself should just be unique! Just make sure your best features are the centre of attention if your going for a heavier look.