As women, any tips for looking and feeling gorgeous without makeup on will have us leaning in and taking notes. There are countless benefits of wearing less makeup and feeling confident leaving the house without it. If you master the tips and tricks for looking fantastic without makeup, your skin will improve (because it can breathe when it’s not covered with layers of products) and you’ll save a ton of time getting ready in the morning.
I found that once I started feeling confident without makeup, I suddenly had a ton of extra time and energy. I could sleep in, I was less rushed, and I accepted more invitations to go out. I became significantly more social and spontaneous once the drag of ‘getting ready’ was no longer an excuse to stay home. You’ll definitely seize more opportunities to go on dates and be social and if you’re invited somewhere on a whim, you’ll be able to dash out the door sans effort.
Once you feel confident in how you look without makeup on, you’ll stop letting beauty blunders get in the way of your everyday life. Gone are the days of being late for a meeting or a date because you were fussing with your makeup. You’ll also no longer turn down an exciting invite because you don’t feel like doing your face.
Plus, people will find your natural beauty much more attractive than a face full of heavy makeup. You won’t use makeup as a crutch anymore or rely on it to feel gorgeous. Instead, you’ll enhance your natural beauty and you’ll feel secure enough to leave the house without an ounce of makeup on. How is this possible? Here are 8 tips for feeling confident and looking stunning without makeup:
1. Smile with teeth
Your smile is one of your most attractive qualities, so take care of your teeth and show off those pearly whites. If you find that you’re ashamed of your teeth and you therefore don’t smile very often, take the steps necessary to become confident in your smile.
Perhaps you’ll opt to get your teeth professionally whitened, or you’ll get invisalign to straighten your teeth. Do what you need to do so that you can enhance your natural beauty by smiling more. Your beautiful smile is truly one of the most important elements of natural beauty.
2. Enhance your lips with a mini lip fill
Speaking of beautifying your smile, a mini lip fill is a subtle amount of lip filler injected by a doctor, and this adds some sexy fullness and softness to your lips without them looking unnatural.
Dr. Jason Rivers, an esteemed cosmetic dermatologist at Pacific Derm advises that a fantastic brand of lip filler is Juvéderm Volbella. “One of our most popular requests among young women is lip filler treatment. Juvéderm Volbella, when injected into the lips, creates a very natural and subtle enhancement,” he explains. “This treatment also helps to define and pronounce the shape of the lip, restoring fullness and symmetry. I want my patients to leave the office with restored self-confidence.”
Since the goal here is to feel confident without makeup on, lip filler helps you achieve that goal by defining and enhancing the lips, eliminating the need for lip-enhancing makeup products such as lip liner or lip-plumping gloss.
3. Beautify your eyes with eyelash extensions or an eyelash lift
Eye makeup is something you likely spend ages fussing over, and while it’s understandable to want to make your eyes stand out, makeup isn’t necessary. Eyelash extensions are applied by a trained technician and look incredibly natural while dramatizing the look of your eyes by giving you thicker, darker lashes. The result is similar to the effects of eyeliner and mascara – but with eyelash extensions, you no longer need those makeup products. Another option is an eyelash lift, which involves tinting the eyelashes a bolder, darker color and lifting the eyelashes with a thickening treatment.
Tiffany Tran, Lash expert and owner of Mink Canvas iLash Co, explains why these services really do replace the need for makeup. “Replacing the need for eyeliner and mascara, eyelash extensions add not only length, but both thickness and darkness to the lash line,” she says. “For those opting towards a more subtle mascara effect, an eyelash lift treatment is available to thicken and tint your lashes, resulting in a natural yet enhanced look. With these services, you’ll wake up with beautiful and effortlessly dramatic lashes.”
4. Wake up with perfect eyebrows by undergoing a microblading treatment
Speaking of enhancing the eyes, your eyebrows play a major role in this. Microblading is semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing treatment that allows you to wake up with perfect eyebrows each and every morning, vanquishing the need for eyebrow makeup. Melanie Maillet, owner of Jolie Brow Studio explains, “Eyebrows are incredibly important as they frame the face. Microblading gives you perfect brows 24/7 and you’ll no longer need to spend 10 minutes each morning pencilling in your brows. Microblading clients get in-depth consultations first, where their brows are carefully shaped and the pigment color is matched to complement their skin tone and hair color. Not only does microblading eliminate the need to pencil in your brows, but it also gives your eyebrows a better overall shape and look.” Once your eyebrow shape is perfected, that precise shape is tattooed on using a micro blade, and shaded with pigment, mimicking hair strokes. It looks incredibly natural.
5. Eat (and drink) your way to healthy-looking, glowing skin
Drink plenty of water and eat a variety of fruits and plant-based, water-rich foods (such as cucumbers) to keep your skin looking great. There’s a reason why raw vegans often have such beautiful skin! To take care of your skin, eat fruits that are high in antioxidants, which help to protect your skin from exposure to second-hand smoke and pollution in the air. Your skin cells stay healthier with more antioxidant-rich foods in your diet. Eat things like sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, papaya, carrots and blueberries, and your skin will love you.
6. Try a Photofacial
When it comes to beautiful skin, sometimes a change in diet isn’t enough if the damage has already been done. A Photofacial, also known as Photorejuvenation, is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL) to penetrate the skin and reveal smoother, more even skin tone.
Photofacials can improve a variety of skin imperfections such as sun damage, redness, aging skin and pigmentation issues. Just a few treatments can reduce the appearance of unwanted brown or red spots, smooth uneven skin, and skin’s improve tone and texture so that you feel confident without makeup on.
7. Don’t forget the sunscreen
Yes, even in the winter you should apply sunscreen to your face before you leave the house. Applying sunscreen is much less time-consuming than applying all your makeup, and it’s necessary to protect your skin from exposure to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
8. Get your beauty sleep
If you feel refreshed, you’ll look refreshed. This means, get plenty of sleep, and your eyes and skin will look more youthful and radiant. If you have trouble relaxing or falling asleep, try a soothing sleep hypnosis on YouTube. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason!
Erica Gordon is the author of Aren’t You Glad You Read This? The Complete How-To Guide for Singles with a History of Failed Relationships Who Want their Next Relationship to Succeed, available here.