6 Tips for Creating a Subtle and Understated Makeup Look


Although getting dolled-up is fun, an understated makeup look for day or night is trending. Women are gearing toward a natural makeup appearance, especially during the day, since many of the bold lips and dark eyes are a little too harsh for that time. Luckily, even if your skin isn’t flawless, you can create a subtle and understated makeup look and still feel confident in your appearance. 

Prep Your Skin

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If your skin is less than perfect, your purpose for wearing makeup may be to cover up blemishes. If you want to go for a natural look, you should start by getting your skin in shape. If you have acne, make sure you wash and moisturize your face. Pick a good cleanser that doesn’t dry out your skin. Although it may seem counterintuitive, dry skin creates more oil to compensate for the dryness, which may lead to more blemishes. Avoid touching your face throughout the day as much as you can. 

If your skin seems dull, make sure you are exfoliating regularly and drinking plenty of water. Get enough sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes. Healthy skin starts on the outer layers, and if your skin is glowing, then you will feel less need to overuse makeup. 

Skip the Foundation

For natural-looking makeup, your best bet is to skip the foundation entirely. If you’re concerned about blemishes or uneven skin tone, consider using a light concealer to hide perceived flaws instead of coating your skin with foundation. You can also use a tinted moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen if you want just a bit of coverage. Your options are endless with Amway’s hypo-allergenic makeup products. If you feel like you must wear foundation, have a professional match the color so that it blends flawlessly. 

Pick One Feature to Accentuate

Dark eyeliner, eye shadow, and bright red lips do not create a subtle look. If you’re aiming for something subtle and natural, pick one feature you want to highlight and go easy on the rest. If you want a pop of color, choose a brighter lipstick, but keep your eye shadow neutral. If you want your eyes to shine, use a darker or bolder eyeshadow, but steer toward a clear or light gloss for your lips. Subtle doesn’t have to be boring, but don’t play up all your features if you want an understated look. 

Highlight Your Natural Features

Just because you want your makeup to be subtle doesn’t mean you can’t emphasize your best features. If you have long eyelashes, curl them and use a lengthening mascara to make them stand out even more. If you have high cheekbones, invest in a shimmer blush to highlight them. You’ll find that you can bring out your best features without overdoing it. 

Skip the Contour

Contouring is all the rage, and although it may help your photos look flawless, it’s not very subtle on the street. If you must contour, keep it basic, and use a color close to your skin tone. If you want to bring out certain features, or you expect to be taking pictures, use a good highlighter on your forehead, nose, and cheekbones to help them stand out without looking like you’re headed to a photo shoot. 

Fill In Your Brows

If you’re trying to go easy on the makeup but still want to look striking, spend some time filling in your eyebrows. Long gone are the days of pencil-thin eyebrows. Now, bushy, thick, and maybe even a little unkempt is what’s trending. Use a brow filler on those eyebrows, and maybe sweep some mascara on, and you’ve got an understated look that will still turn heads. 

Natural looks are in, and it’s also easier than the time-consuming trend of applying heavy makeup. Makeup is supposed to accentuate your features instead of covering up your face. Invest in good products, and only use what you really need to get that perfect, subtle look.