Achieving a natural makeup look that uses as little product as possible while also enhancing the features and being undetectable is definitely an art where practice makes perfect. Often times too much product is used or not the right product is used. What’s been donned as “Instagram makeup” has been a top makeup trend for years now but if you are like me and are tired of seeing faces hidden under strategic and heavy makeup, you might be gravitating more towards natural makeup now. It’s important for women, but especially dark skinned Black women, to experiment with makeup and make sure it’s done in a way that doesn’t heavily effect their self-esteem.
Though it may not be talked about much, wearing a lot of makeup on a regular basis can definitely change the perceptions you have of yourself and you start to look at yourself differently once the makeup is gone. I’ve been there, which is why I try to encourage Black women to work with their features instead of against them, since our beauty and features are often scrutinized and labeled as less desirable. The makeup world has currently been under the spell of nonblack women who chop, plump, and chisel their features enough to look racially ambiguous by emulating the features of Black women while including European standards of beauty, like a slim nose. That style of makeup has definitely made its rounds in the Black community as well and it’s time we rethink our relationship with makeup and how we paint our faces for the world.
1. A Natural Base
The most important part of achieving this look is to have great skin which isn’t unachievable at all. With the right research, appropriate products, and consistency, you’ll have the perfect base for your makeup and may not even need to wear foundation at all. One of my favorite places for skincare advice is the Geom Girls group on Facebook, it’s a small community of women of color who chat and give each other skincare advice. I highly recommend joining if you’re new to skincare or if you’re a skincare enthusiast.