Raw and honest, Rachel Wilkerson’s blog, The Life & Lessons of Rachel Wilkerson, is captivating and heartfelt. Covering the trials and tribulations of her personal life, her blog gives advice on everything from the serious (like moving house, which is so stressful) to the mundane (fun nail art!) and everything in between. We appreciate anyone that keeps it real the way she does, so we’re excited to have her as this week’s guest blogger.
How many of us were told when we first started wearing makeup that the secret is to make it look like you aren’t wearing any makeup at all? Trouble is, that’s much harder to do than it sounds. But after years of trying (and not always being so subtle), I’ve learned how to pull off the natural look in a way that appears healthy, bright-eyed, and pulled-together. Here are some of my tips:
Choose the right colors. Natural-looking makeup starts with choosing the right colors for your skin tone, particularly when it comes to foundation, concealer, and powder. It’s really worth it to have an experienced salesperson help you pick colors and to try different brands until you find the right shade and formula for your skin. Sometimes this may mean blending two different colors together, which can be a hassle, but I promise that the customization is totally worth it. As a woman of color, I struggle to find foundation with the right undertones, but after a lot of trial and error, I’ve fallen in love with Makeup For Ever. And if I’m buying a new bottle in a different season, when I either have—or don’t have—a tan, I have a pro test shades once again.
Get the right brushes and blend, blend, blend. While it’s easy to ignore the importance of tools (buying an eye shadow brush doesn’t feel nearly as fun as buying new eye shadow), they make a huge difference in applying makeup. When it comes to a natural look, blending well is half the battle, so it’s worth it to use the right brushes. Television makeup artists rely heavily on good brushes and blending to make it look like male actors and news anchors aren’t wearing makeup on TV.
Avoid shimmer. While shimmery makeup is fun—and totally has a time and place—it’s not the best option if you want a natural look. When it comes to eye shadow, a matte shade that is close to your skin color will make your eyes look lovely, but any shimmer or noticeable contouring techniques quickly make you look made-up.
Groom your eyebrows. I find that this dramatically changes the amount of makeup I need. Before an eyebrow wax, I’m layering it on. After an eyebrow wax, I slap on a little tinted moisturizer and a coat of mascara and call it a day.
Check your makeup in natural light. If it can pass the direct sunlight test, you have nothing to worry about.
While I’m not ashamed to wear makeup (and I love me some false lashes), I usually just go the myself-just-slightly-better route on most days. And whenever someone tells me that they like how I don’t wear a ton of makeup, I consider it a huge compliment.
We’re fans of falsies, too. These ones by Faux are a fave.