Natual and Organic Products That Make You Feel Beautiful Without Makeup
By: Marlena von Kazmier
As a makeup artist people are always asking me what cosmetic products I recommend or what is my makeup kit “must have” in which I almost always reply with a skin care product. With the thousands of cosmetic products being marketed out there that are all selling you something that will camouflage your skin, I wanted to focus on how to feel beautiful without makeup.
Believe it or not, despite me being a professional makeup artist I’m not a big fan of wearing much which is why skin care is my “must have”. Not everyone has a predisposition for naturally flawless and glowing skin but there are ways of bringing out the best skin possible. Below are some products that are natural and safe for the green beauty savvy consumer.
Exfoliating is a must for brightening a complexion, deep cleaning and minimizing the look of pores. I love the Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub because it gives you both a mechanical exfoliation (scrub) and chemical exfoliation (enzyme) in one product. This scrub uses jojoba beads that have smooth edges so they won't tear your skin and they’re biodegradable.
I would avoid any scrub with micro-beads (plastic), apricot kernels, walnut husks or other natural grains because they can be too harsh on your skin and the environment; however, if you want to customize your own scrub there are plenty of natural home recipes online. Just be gentle while scrubbing avoiding sensitive areas. You might need to try a few scrubs out before you find the perfect one. I recommend exfoliation only once a week for sensitive skin and no more than 3 times a week.
Don’t forget your lips! You can make an easy delicious sugar scrub with some brown sugar, raw honey and your favorite oil.
Clay & Mud Masks
Clay and mud masks are great for drawing out impurities and eliminating excess oils naturally. I recommend using a clay or mud mask between 1-3 times a week.
Perfect for dry and sensitive skin types, Angie Bulmer’s pink clay, ‘Love Clay’ is a very mild combination of Australian red reef and refined white kaolin clays that reduce irritation and inflammation from aggravating skin conditions such as acne.
If you have oily skin try Eminence Organic Skin Care Balancing Masque Duo. Charcoal and kaolin clay draw out bacteria, excess oil and impurities to control sebum production.
A good moisturizing routine is also necessary so don’t skip it! I like to mist my skin a little bit with mineral water spray or even some rose water before I add my serums and creams. Bringing in a toner is also beneficial as it will bring back your skin's natural PH levels. You can use witch hazel for a toner or even apple cider vinegar.
After cleansing and toning I use a vitamin C serum like Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Vitamin C Serum which is great for discoloration, brightening and tightening followed by a moisture cream with SPF if it's day time. Then I use a good facial oil if I’m feeling dry to give me that extra boost of glow and to lock in moisture.
Now I know this article is about feeling beautiful without makeup however I can't help but recommend a primer into your skincare routine if you are going makeup free. A primmer can help reduce the look pores and fine lines, even out your skin's surface, mattify or add some luminosity to dull skin. If you’re worried about the effects of cosmetic silicones try 100% Pure’s Mattifying Primer or Luminous silicone free primer which also great for women of color so don’t worry about that unsightly white residue that some other primers can leave behind.
Sometimes I have had people ask me about safely boosting the color of their skin because they feel that having a little tan makes them look healthier. We all know the damaging effects of suntanning so self-tanners are a popular alternative. Vita Liberata Advanced Organics has safe ingredients and is a great little cheat for your “no makeup” routine. Vita Liberata does not source their mica from India and work carefully with selected EU suppliers who responsibly source their mica from child-free mines.
Now that we’ve covered a skin care routine that will bring your best face forward lets talk about refining the rest. Your eyebrows frame your eyes and the eyes of course are the most mesmerizing part of your face. If you don’t feel comfortable shaping them yourself go to a professional. If you feel you have sparse lashes and brows castor oil is a great natural way to promote hair grown for both but you have to be patient and not skip an application to see results. Grooming your brows doesn’t stop there, keeping them brushed and in place is just as important to get that polished look. You can use a clear brow gel, glycerin soap or a product like Soap Brows.
Most importantly great skin comes from within. Staying hydrated, avoiding excess alcohol consumption, not smoking and eating a healthy plant based diet is just as crucial to maintaining your body’s biggest organ; your skin.
Marlena von Kazmier is a professional makeup artist and educator. You can find her online at www.marlenavonkazmier.com and on social media on IG: marlenavonkazmier_mua