A gradual shift in makeup that has been quietly happening over the last few years moves into full view this spring. Makeup’s Bare-Faced Look. We are moving away from the fully made up faces of camera-ready celebrities like the Kardashians.
Recent movies featuring women in a natural state, have contributed to this theme. Reese Witherspoon in “Wild” and Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades of Grey” are two prominent examples. Johnson features this look on the February cover of Vogue. Millennials are embracing the look and cosmetic companies are delighted to have new market opportunities as they formulate products to achieve this “no-makeup” look. It seems the pendulum continues to swing from extreme to extreme!
Finding your best look is such a personal thing. Trends should be age appropriate. A young woman in her twenties is most likely going to pull off a no-makeup look more easily that her grandmother. Just remember, ladies, we grandmothers may have a few lines here and there but we are the ones the young women come to for advice. Be true to your style. If your style is dramatic, you will want your makeup to reflect that look but if you have a sporty, outdoor look, it should be fresh and more natural looking. Ladies with light coloring will have to choose more subtle makeup than the lady with darker skin or hair.
These no-makeup looks are achieved through use of concealer, sheer foundation, skillful contour techniques, and natural looking blush. Gone is the look of having applied makeup with a putty knife! However, the best “natural” look isn’t necessarily natural. Gweneth Paltrow is adorable and looks ready to take the kids to the park but this totally un-made up look would not serve her well at the Oscars! Cate Blanchett pulls off a natural look perfectly – with skillfully applied makeup. She could take the kids to the park or wear a more glamorous hairstyle, slip on an elegant dress and be ready for an evening out.
No matter how you approach the no-makeup look, remember that your beauty comes from having a foundation of beautiful skin under the makeup. Take care of your skin from the inside out you can change with the trends seamlessly.