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A Beginner’s Guide to a Natural Makeup Look

A natural makeup look is a great place to start if you’re new to the world of makeup or simply looking to switch up your routine.

It is all about enhancing your features while still looking like yourself. It’s a fresh-faced, effortless approach to makeup that’s perfect for everyday wear that will make you feel confident and beautiful.

Let’s dive into the beginner’s guide on how to create this look yourself.

Prepare for the Natural Look

It is important to prepare your skin properly before applying makeup, especially if you want a natural look [1]. To achieve this, you should carefully choose skincare products that are gentle, nourishing, and won’t cause irritation or breakouts. Consider those with natural ingredients and antioxidants that can protect and enhance your skin’s natural radiance. Properly prepping your skin involves washing your face with a gentle cleanser such as Caudalie’s Vinoclean Instant Foaming Cleanser, applying a lightweight moisturiser such as Augustinus Bader The Light Cream, using concealer to even out your skin tone, and applying a primer to help makeup adhere better and last longer [1]. 

Create the Base

A flawless base is essential for achieving a natural makeup look. Here are some pointers on how to go about it:

How to Choose the Best Foundation for a Natural Appearance

The foundation you use can make or break your natural makeup look. Look for a lightweight formula that perfectly matches your skin tone. Avoid heavy coverage and opt instead for sheer or light coverage. Consider using a moisturizing foundation such as Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation if you have dry skin. Choose a matte finish foundation if you have oily skin [2]. Shop all our foundations here.

How to Apply Foundation for a Natural Look

Start with a small amount of foundation and blend it out evenly with a sponge or brush to achieve a natural finish, and remember, bounce or buff, don’t paint! As needed, use a light hand and gradually build up coverage. Concentrate on the areas that require the most coverage, such as blemishes or redness [3]. 

Check out how to flawlessly apply foundation here.

Enhance the Eyes

Stick to neutral, earthy tones that complement your skin tone for a natural makeup look. Shades of brown, taupe, and beige are all good choices and you can find them in the Charlotte Tilbury Easy Eye Palette The Super Nudes. Light pinks, peaches, and mauves found in the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Pillow Talk Palette can also be used to add a subtle pop of colour [4]. 

Consider your eye colour and skin tone when picking eyeshadow colours. Warm colours like copper and bronze, for example, can make blue eyes pop. Shades of brown and purple can bring out the green in your eyes. If you have brown eyes, you have more freedom to have fun with different colours [4]. Shop all our eyeshadow palettes here.

The goal of applying eyeshadow for a natural look is to highlight your eyes without making them appear overly made up. Here are a few tips to achieve a natural look using Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyeshadow Pillow Talk Palette:

  1. Begin with a clean, primed eyelid to ensure that the eyeshadow applies smoothly and lasts as long as possible.
  2. Apply a neutral shade from the ”Desk” eyeshadows to the entire eyelid up to the brow bone as a base.
  3. To add depth and dimension, apply a slightly darker shade from the same “Desk” selection to the crease of your eyelid.
  4. To brighten and open up your eyes, apply a light shimmer or matte highlight shade to the inner corner of your eyes and under your brow bone using one of the “Dream” shades.

Take a look at how Charlotte Tilbury creates different eyeshadow looks using this palette here.

When it comes to eyeshadow for a natural look, remember that less is more. To avoid harsh lines, limit yourself to two or three shades at most and blend well. 

The key to using mascara and eyeliner for a natural look is to keep it subtle. Opt for a mascara that lengthens and defines your lashes without adding excessive volume or thickness. Brown or black-brown mascara may appear more natural than black.

Add Colour

Adding a splash of colour to your natural makeup look can help to brighten your face and highlight your features. However, choosing the right shades for a natural finish is necessary. Here’s how to pick the best blush and lip colours for your natural makeup look:

How to Pick the Best Blush Colour for a Natural Look

When deciding on a blush colour for a natural look, look for shades that mimic your natural flush. Pink and peach tones suit lighter skin tones, while coral and berry tones suit medium to dark skin tones [5].

It is important to select a blush formula that is appropriate for your skin type. Choose a powder blush that will last if you have oily skin. Choose a cream or liquid formula that will hydrate and add a dewy finish to your cheeks if you have dry skin.

How to Pick the Perfect Lip Colour for a Natural Look

Choose a lip colour that is similar to your natural lip colour or one to two shades darker when going for a natural look [6]. Opt for nude, pink, or peach tones for a more natural look.

Find a lip formula that works for you. Choose a sheer lip balm or tinted lip gloss for a natural look. If you want a more defined feel, use a matte or satin lipstick in a natural shade. Shop all our lips products here.

Finishing Touches – Nail the Natural Look Like a Pro!

Now that you’ve mastered the fundamentals of a natural makeup look, it’s time to take it to the next level and add the finishing touches.

Nobody wants their makeup to melt halfway through the day. This is where Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray comes in handy! Choose a light, natural-looking finish spray to keep your makeup in place without making you look like a wax figure [7]. With a couple of spritzes, you’re good to go!

No matter how well you set your makeup, it sometimes needs a little boost throughout the day. Keep a sheer powder, tinted lip balm, and a travel-sized setting spray in your bag for touch-ups. In no time, a light dusting of powder, a swipe of lip oil or lip balm, and a spritz of setting spray will have you looking fresh and fabulous!

Knowing how to create a natural makeup look is essential for a variety of reasons. For one, it can save you time in your daily routine, as you won’t have to spend as much time applying and perfecting your makeup. It’s also a great way to highlight your natural beauty and feel confident in your own skin. Plus, a natural makeup look is versatile and can be adapted for any occasion, whether you’re going to work, school, or a special event.


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‌[5] “Which Shade of Blush Looks Best on You? Here’s How to Find Out.” Mindbodygreen, 21 Apr. 2022, www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/blush-color.

[6] “4 Makeup Artist Tips to Easily Find Your “My Lip, but Better” Shade.” Mindbodygreen, 6 Aug. 2020, www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-find-my-lip-but-better-shade.

[7] “What Is Setting Spray and What Does It Actually Do? – L’Oréal Paris.” L’Oréal Paris, www.lorealparisusa.com/beauty-magazine/makeup/face-makeup/makeup-setting-spray.