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When the mercury rises and the sun shines, most of us don’t want to feel like our skin is caked in makeup. In spring/summer, natural looks tend to be much more popular, but if you’re used to wearing a lot of makeup, it can be daunting to go au naturel. If you’re feeling brave, and you’d like to give the minimalist look a go, here are some tips to make baring all easy.

Clinique ‘Dramatically Different’ Moisturizing Lotion+

Start with moisturizer

When you’ve cleansed your skin, apply moisturizer to nourish and hydrate your skin. If your skin is dry or flaky, your makeup won’t absorb properly, and you won’t get a smooth finish. Wait until your moisturizer has absorbed completely until you apply any other products.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer

Use primer

Most makeup experts extol the virtues of primer, so if you don’t already use one, now is the time to start. Primer gives you an even base on which to apply concealer and foundation, and it can also help your makeup to stay in place for longer. Choose a primer that suits your skin type. You can buy products for dry, normal, sensitive, and oily skin, and you’ll find some recommendations here http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/10-best-primers-clinique-benefit-porefessional-smashbox.

NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Foundation

Choose your foundation carefully

There’s nothing more important than choosing the right shade and type of foundation when it comes to achieving a flawless natural look. If you’ve got a color that’s too light or dark, you’ll be able to tell that you’re wearing makeup straight away. The color of your foundation should blend with your natural complexion. Always test shades before you buy, and make sure you try the product out in natural light. Go for a shade that complements your skin tone. If you have cool skin, don’t buy a golden shade. Instead, go for something with pink or peach undertones. If you need advice on shopping for your skin type or tone, take a look at websites like beautyambition.com or ask a skincare expert or a beauty assistant for advice. Most people end up trying a whole host of products before you find their ideal match. In the summer months, when you tend to have a bit more color in your cheeks, it’s wise to go for a slightly darker shade than you would use in the winter. Layer the product, rather than applying a large amount in one go, as this makes it easier to blend.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette

Adding blush or bronze

Once you’ve finished applying your foundation, you can define your cheekbones and inject a little color by adding a sweep of bronzer or a flush of blush. Use a brush to apply bronzer to the areas that the sun would hit, for example, the end of the nose, the forehead, and the cheeks or add blush to the apples of the cheeks. Go for subtle shades rather than bold contouring.

Summer will be here before we know it, so are you ready to be daring and bare all with minimalist makeup? If you’re keen to give the natural look a go, hopefully, this guide will give you confidence, and help you recreate the look with minimal effort.

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Over the last few decades our awareness of moving back to natural ingredients and organic living has increased tenfold.  We all know the importance of selecting fresh ingredients, taking care to ensure that our products aren’t tested on animals and staying clear of nasty chemicals.  However, sometimes products that tick all the right boxes from the natural front, are slightly lacking on the luxe front.  I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging but I’m starting to really go for more natural products- like the oil I use instead of drugstore moisturizer now. Beauty comes from within, right? Treat your body well and you’ll be glowing.

Sun Potion Ashitaba Supplement

A few years ago the world went mad for Matcha green tea.  This was a powdered tea which was packed full of antioxidants and made an excellent replacement to your morning coffee.  Matcha gave you an alkaline caffeine fix which was far better to the body than the acidic kind you get from coffee and black tea.  Well, move over Matcha because there is a new tea in town.  Brand wise Ashitaba is like the Armand de Brignac of the tea world.  Beautifully packaged with a Japanese chic, you will love bringing this out when you have guests over.  However it is the ashitaba health benefits which are incredible, these include more potent antioxidants than matcha, a neuro growth factor, it rebuilds DNA and is packed with chalcones and vitamin B12.

When it comes to our skin we need to be more aware of the contents included, which is why it is a great idea to go for natural and organic products.  However there are very few truly organic products on the market.  We searched the globe and found the incredible La Creme Beaute products.  These stunning creams are made by a former British model who realized there were no 100% organic products on the market and those that were nearly there, didn’t have that luxury feel to them.  Le Creme Beaute now offer a huge range of beautiful products including Bee Venom from organic bees!

Votary Cleansing Oil

If you prefer oils to creams then the beautifully packaged range from Votary will tick all your boxes.  Unlike many natural oils the ones developed by Votary are light enough to use under your makeup.  We think the lavender pillow spray and the super seed oil are fantastic.  The packaging will look stunning in any luxury bathroom and would make a stunning present.

Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple & Gemstone Wet Mask

The brilliant guys and girls at Herbivore Botanicals have produced a must have face mask for anyone wanting to give their face a stunning natural glow without worrying about chemical or processed ingredients. The brand is absolutely flawless with a really delicate minimal feel and stunning typography.

The more we use natural and organic products the higher the demand will become, this will mean that our designer favorites will be forced to start producing ranges like this.  So maybe it won’t be long before Chanel cosmetics go au natural and give you the gentle products you need for your body!

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