Enhancing Natural Beauty

I watched a video on Lauren's Curtis' channel a few weeks back where she spoke about removing make-up in front of boys. From what I gathered from the comments, it proved to be a bit controversial. However, I for one definitely agree that it can be nerve-wracking going bare-faced in front of a new boyfriend, and thought she gave great advice. Of course, it goes without saying that whoever you're with should think you're beautiful with and without makeup, but a lot of the time us girls feel more confident with a little something.

Makeup is a wonderful thing. It masks pesky blemishes, makes our cheekbones look higher and disguises the fact we've only had three hours sleep. If you read my last post you will know that I often have breakouts, so foundation and concealer are my saviors when my skin isn't looking it's best. However, there are  times when I feel a full face of war-paint isn't necessary - such as when I'm exercising, on holiday in a hot country or just popping to the shops. Therefore I thought I'd write a post about what I like to use when I'm planning on going makeup free - these are all things that make me feel that little bit more confident.

Fake tan. I know everyone isn't a big advocate of fake tan but I personally love it. A facial tanner will give your complexion a healthy glow while providing the tiniest bit of coverage - perfect for me as I hate wearing foundation to the gym but I still feel like I need a little bit of colour. It's also fantastic for acne scars as it evens out your skin tone whilst reducing the appearance of redness. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Decollete and Face is my current favourite.

Eyelash Curlers. Obviously I don't want to be going to bed with any mascara on, so one thing I like to do to enhance my natural lashes is give them a quick curl. I love Shu Umeura's offering - they're fantastic for really opening your eyes up and making you appear much more fresh and awake. Lash extensions are also amazing if you're going away on holiday and fancy ditching mascara for a week or two.

Whitening Strips. Once I take off my foundation and red lippy, my teeth are left looking a little less sparkly. That's where whitening strips come in. I first started using these Crest ones around three years ago and I've never looked back. I place them on my teeth and leave them for half an hour every day, for two weeks and the results are incredible. I've heard they can be painful for some people so I'd recommend switching your toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth - I never have any problems though.

Water. At the beginning of 2014 I began making a conscious effort to drink more water - I couldn't believe what a difference it made. By hydrating my body from the inside, I don't suffer from under-eye bags as badly as I used to and my overall complexion looks much plumper and healthier. Eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies will help skin look it's absolute best too.

With this post I'm not trying to imply that you have to wear makeup to look and feel good about yourself, because obviously that's not the case. I know lots of girls have no problem being makeup free which is great. I just thought this might be helpful for people - like myself - who have breakouts/skin hangups and may feel less confident with a bare face. After all - as cliche as it sounds - everyone knows that confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have, so it's important to feel comfortable in your own skin :)

How do you enhance your natural beauty?


  1. Oh, lovely tips. I don't really do anything in special but it is always nice to read about it and get some new tips. Have a wonderful week,

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  2. I wish the Crest white strips didn't hurt my teeth! x
    Rachel Coco