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How to Look Better With Less Makeup

Updated on July 28, 2014

Are you finding less an less time to spend on your appearance each day? Here is how you can wash your makeup off every night and still go to bed with glowing skin and defined eyes.

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1. Exfoliate Your Skin

Your skin is constantly producing new cells below the surface and pushing the old cells toward the top. The dead skin cells collect at the surface of your skin and make it look dull, clog your pores and cause blackheads. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells to reveal healthy cells underneath. Try exfoliating two times per week to keep your skin clear and glowing.

Keep it gentle! The skin on your face, especially around your eyes, is very delicate. Products with rough exfoliating particles may cause damage and irritation to the skin. Try products with round exfoliating beads or a gel exfoliant instead.

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2. Exfoliate Your Lips

Don't forget your lips! Exfoliated and moisturized lips are more plump and colorful. When your lips feel rough and dry, use a gentle exfoliant to get rid of the dead skin, then apply a lip balm. Your lips will appear more pink, plump and defined.

3. Moisturize Your Skin

Using a good moisturizer is crucial for beautiful, glowing skin. When your skin is dry, it can look older and duller. Look for a moisturizer that is non-comodogenic, meaning it will not clog pores. Buy a facial moisturizer according to your skin type (dry, oily or combination). Properly moisturized skin should look dewy but not greasy.

A good natural option for dry skin is coconut oil. It is an excellent natural moisturizer due to its ability to absorb into the skin. Try raw, organic coconut oil to reap the benefits.

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4. Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure

A tan may look attractive While you are young, but repeated prolonged sun exposure makes your skin age faster. Some doctors estimate that ninety percent of skin aging is due to the sun. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sun spots. If you plan to be out in the sun more than fifteen minutes, apply an all-over moisturizer. However, you should always protect your face with an SPF of at least thirty.

5. Get Your Eyelashes Darkened

Getting your eyelashes darkened is a great option if you want your eyes to be more defined without mascara. The service is available at some spas, or you can do a home treatment. The eyelashes are darkened by using dyes similar to hair dyes, and it will last until your eyelashes fall out as new ones grow in.

6. Groom Your Eyebrows

The eyebrows are a very important facial feature. They serve as a frame for your eyes and face, so changing the shape of your eyebrows can change your entire look. When grooming your eyebrows, it is important not to over-pluck or over-wax! Fuller eyebrows give a more youthful and more defined appearance. Your goal with eyebrow grooming should only be to get rid of stray hairs and create a more defined eyebrow. Full but groomed eyebrows will help define your eyes with less makeup.

For round faces, try a more angled eyebrow will help balance out your features. For faces with sharper angles or more prominent features, try a softer eyebrow curve. Having a well-defined eyebrow for your face shape will enhance your features and give your whole face a lift!

7. Use a Turmeric Mask

This homemade skin remedy has been used for ages and gets a lot of positive feedback. Turmeric is a yellow spice used in Thai and Indian dishes as well as mustard. When applied to the skin, turmeric is said to help with acne, Aage spots, scarring, large pores, discoloration, and inflammation. It basically takes everything you need a foundation to do for your skin, including evening your skin tone. Some regular users claim they have needed less foundation since using turmeric! Turmeric may temporarily stain some skin tones a yellow hue, so it is best used before bed. Use a gentle cleanser after removing a turmeric mask.

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A Simple Turmeric Mask for Dry Skin

This mask combines the benefits of turmeric with coconut oil to soften and moisturize the skin.

You will need:

  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp. organic coconut oil

Combine turmeric powder and coconut oil and mix into a paste. Apply to the face, avoiding the direct eye area. Leave for ten minutes, then remove with a warm washcloth. Use a gentle cleanser to remove the rest of the mask, and then pat the face dry. Any yellow discoloration should clear up the next time you wash your face.

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      Janice Horner 3 years ago

      I love you hub! Lots of information and images. I've just turned 63 a few weeks back and still do not have to dye my hair. I'm a natural redhead, and although in my youth I totally hated my hair colour, I now love it!