Makeup Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Natural Makeup Look


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It’s safe to say that natural, glowing makeup is everyone’s go-to right now. Whether you refer to it as skinimalism, no-makeup makeup, or makeupfullness, it’s all about glowing skin, feathered brows, and a rosy glow. With that said, there’s a fine line between a minimal makeup look and everyday glam. From too much mascara to an overly sculpted brow or a fierce wing, it’s easy to go beyond the natural makeup look and head straight for glam town. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, check out the natural makeup mistakes you need to watch out for.

Natural Mistake No# 1: Not Prepping your Skin

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We all know glowing, radiant skin starts with a smooth canvas, and gentle exfoliation is the easiest way to get there. The WISHFUL Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, $39, is our fave exfoliator for smoothing, evening, and giving your skin that natural glow.

Alternatively, swap out a scrub for a gentle AHA toner like the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, $23. Once you’ve gently retextured your skin, it’s time to add layers of hydration! If you have time for a sheet mask, our WISHFUL Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask, $9, will plum up your skin and boost your glow as it’s packed with soothing aloe vera, hydrating sodium hyaluronate, and niacinamide to brighten and protect.

We’re also obsessed with the Alpyn Beauty Serum Plantgenuis Survival Serum, $68, as it leaves our skin looking dewy and healthy thanks to its powerful combination of skin-brightening ingredients. It also leaves a subtle, luminous finish that works perfectly for a natural, glowing makeup vibe. For more amazing serums, check out the skin-enhancing serums celeb MUAs couldn’t work without.

Natural Makeup Mistake No #2: Overusing Matte or Powder Products

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Glowing skin is another essential element of natural makeup, so opt for cream products instead of matte or powder formulas. Cream products tend to blend into the skin more seamlessly for a more natural finish without looking cakey. If the idea of skipping powder altogether makes you feel uneasy, only apply a light veil of powder where you’d typically get oily.

To add a more radiant, natural-skin finish to any of your products, mix in a drop of serum or moisturizer like Candice Swanepoel demonstrates in this hack (above) in her Vogue Makeup Tutorial. Then, apply the DIY formula with your hands or a damp makeup sponge.

Natural Makeup Mistake No #3: Going Heavy on the Eye

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As much as we love eyeliner and false lashes, for a minimal makeup look, simply add definition to your eyes using a nude-for-you eyeshadow, bronzer, or blush shade by taking a small fluffy brush and working it into the crease and along the lower lash line to contour. As for your lashes, brown mascara is a great option as it’s more muted and understated. We love the Maybelline Snapscara Washable Mascara, $8, as it creates a super feathery look and adds definition to your lashes without clumping.

When it comes to your brows, a full feathered brow brings everything together. The quickest way to achieve a lion brow is by using a tinted or clear brow gel like the Benefit Cosmetic 24-HR Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel, $24. The super-strong formula sets brows in place all day without flaking or leaving a greasy residue. Once you’ve created the shape, fill in any sparse areas with your fave pencil, creating tiny hair-like strokes to keep the look natural. Our go-to is the Huda Beauty #BOMBBROWS Microshade Brow Pencil, $17, as it has the thinnest tip possible for a brow pencil (0.9 mm), which allows you to create a faux full brow.

Natural Makeup Mistake No #4: Forgetting Blush

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A soft rosy glow is one of the most essential elements of a natural makeup look. Our current go-to is the Freck Cheek Slime, $22, as it’s super pigmented, easy to blend, and lasts all day long.  We’re also obsessed with the e.l.f Putty Blush, $6, which has a creamy putty texture that melts into the skin so you can layer it for a natural flush or an intense pop.

For a rosy glow, apply to the apples of your cheeks and works upwards to add definition to your cheekbones. If you have any excess product left on your fingers, dab it onto your lips, and even on your eyelids for a monochromatic look. Check out more amazing cream blushes here.

For more no-makeup makeup essentials, check out the natural drugstore products we’re obsessed with.

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