Loving The Girl Under The Makeup.


I love makeup. It’s such a fun way for us to feel girly and feminine. However, sometimes in my attempt to highlight my features, I cover them. We want to show our beauty, not change it!

So while I have my regular MAC foundation that I swear by and love, I’ve decided not to wear it everyday. Here’s why getting back to the basics and not wearing foundation everyday is a good plan:

-Natural is in! Flaunt your beauty! Show the real you!
-It takes too much time and effort. If we are just running errands and meeting a girlfriend for coffee, we don’t need to prepare for a photoshoot.
-Our skin is sensitive and should be nurtured. It needs time to breath. Wearing foundation everyday clogs the pores and creates an excess of oil, dirt, build up, and causes problems.

Now, before you stop reading and give up on me, I know what you’re thinking. We would all love to look perfect and flawless without heavy foundation, but we are human. Don’t worry-I’ve got some great tips and new products to help you love the skin you’re in!

For starters:
-Wash your face twice a day with a gentle skin-type appropriate cleanser.
-Always. Always. Always. Moisturizer. When? Always. It will save you from sun damage, keep you from premature aging and wrinkles, and it will give your skin a healthy glow without the makeup on!
-Toner is your best friend. Lemon juice also does a great job of creating clean, firm skin. I use toner at night.
-Exfoliate at least once a week. My skin tends to get oily, so light exfoliation scrubs gently and creates a glow without the shine of my own oils. But be gentle and don’t overdo it, because when we are harsh our skin breaks out, gets super oily, or really dry.

For the natural look:
-Tinted moisturizer is a great way to keep your skin healthy, give natural glow, and create just a tad of color correction and even tone without heavy, clumpy foundation. These can get pricey, like all makeup, but I have found a drugstore brand that is absolute perfection. Physicians Formula has an organic tinted moisturizer that evens tone with sheer and natural coverage. It is infused with Organic Fruit Water to help nourish and restore skin’s moisture balance. It also has a light lavender scent that I love.
-My skin is naturally oily, so I like to put an all natural hypoallergenic primer underneath my tinted moisturizer {Number 7’s beautifully matte makes your skin so flawless and shine free!}.
-Simply add your tinted lip balm, mascara, and concealer where you feel you really need it, and you’re good to go! But many days I just run out with the tinted moisturizer and nothing else.

Feel beautiful. Feel free. Feel like yourself.

You are beautiful!


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