Fancy A No-Makeup Makeover?

Mention ‘makeover’ and images of an ordinary girl-next-door transformed into a head-turning beauté usually comes to mind with moisturizer, concealer, foundation – all faithfully applied on the face. Hence ‘a no-makeup makeover’ will obviously sound oxymoronic. But following Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s appearances without makeup in their respective movies ‘Wild’ (2014) and ‘Cake’ (2015), the bare-faced style has steadily gained popularity among women. For Ms Rita W., 44, who has gone au naturel for two decades, she believes that this phenomenon could be the ‘new normal’. “My mum was a makeup artist so I know a bit about dolling up. But my husband prefers me without makeup. It wasn’t easy at first but I grew more confident over time and was completely off makeup by our first wedding anniversary.”

Starter Kit For Beginners: No-Makeup Makeover

Here are a few things to do if you want to go for a makeover without slathering layers of makeup. Top of the list is to have clear skin – the most important thing in achieving a successful no-makeup look. Start by washing your face two to four times a day using a good face wash or soap with warm water. Next, using a face cloth, make small circular motions on your forehead and cheeks to remove dead skin cells. You can also apply a facial toner for a more thorough cleansing and to close up the pores on your skin. Then, apply a suitable cream, lotion or moisturizer to your face. 

Touch-Up Tricks

You will be surprised how much your eyebrows can affect your overall appearance. A simple upkeep method is to just brush the brows into place with a clean toothbrush. If you are more daring, you can pluck your eyebrows with tweezers to give them a clean, slightly arched look. If your eyebrows are too thin, you can thicken them with an eye pencil for a fuller, shapelier look. For a dash of luster, dab a bit of petroleum jelly on your eyelashes which will give them a mascara-like gloss. If you’re in the mood for some glam look, curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. And don’t forget to put on lip gloss or chapstick to make your lips look smooth and shiny.

A New Hairdo

Your hairstyle has the biggest impact on the way you look. Image experts say that first impressions about you as a person are formed within three seconds of a meeting. And the telltale sign that gives you away? Not your face – but your hairstyle! Indeed, a research on First Impressions and Hair Impressions by Yale University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department found that for women, short tresses are equated with success. Ladies with straight and long hairstyles are viewed as sexy and rich while those with middle-length hair are perceived to be more congenial and smarter. Last but not least – your wardrobe. A major revamp will be costly and may not even be necessary, so try and make do with your current fashion range by mixing and matching them to suit the occasion. So let the no-makeup makeover begin and have loads of fun!

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