As demonstrated at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Alicia Keys is totally committed to her no-makeup makeup regimen, as she attended the event completely bare faced. The no-makeup makeup trend began when designers started to showcase models with next to nothing on their faces – some even created acne on models for the ultimate no-makeup makeup look. Soon after, celebrities began to take note, showing the world more of their fresh faced photographs via Instagram.
And while wearing no makeup in the summer may seem a little less scary (thanks to glowing skin and a sun-kissed tan), your skin needs a break from makeup in fall/winter, too! So, if this is something you'd like to try come fall, you'll probably want to start with a clear complexion (because nothing lowers self-esteems and inhibits the courage to put your bare face forward more than acne or scaly, dry skin).
That's why we're giving you 5 easy ways to help you (and your skin) get ready to go bare (faced, that is).
HOW TO ACHIEVE PERFECT SKIN
GO ON A MAKEUP DIET
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is your flawless, makeup-free face. Start off slowly like you would any other challenging endeavour, setting two days a week that you don't wear makeup. This will give your skin the chance to regenerate and turnover stagnant cells, leaving you with a solid foundation for what's to come.
WATCH YOUR REAL DIET
It's true that you are what you eat. What you put into your body will show through on your skin, which is why diet and eating properly is so important. Give yourself a few weeks and start cutting out the most likely offenders like artificial or processed foods, and items with elevated sugar contents. Observe the results and adjust your diet to fit – you may be surprised at how your skin will change! And don't forget to drink a ton of water!
Foundation is often used to cover up over-sized pores and make the facial skin look smoother. So, if you're not going to be using it, employ something that has the same effect. Follow through with your day-to-day skin care regimen to help clean and contract pores, making your skin look naturally even and healthy. Exfoliating is also an important part of this process, so make sure to exfoliate away dry, dead skin at least twice per week!
Sunspots are a real thing, especially as you age. And while you should be wearing sunblock always, when you cut out foundation (which was likely packed with some degree of SPF) from your daily regimen, you also cut out your built-in sun protection. Guard your makeup-free face with a strong sunscreen, and look for one that won't leave your skin oily. Moisturizers with built-in SPF are a great option for achieving two steps in one!
GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
In our go-go-go culture, sleep can get brushed aside easily – and dotting concealer under our eyes usually can help fake the amount of hours we actually got. But the reality is, a healthy amount of sleep can help to rebalance the skin's natural, age-defying processes, and keep the wrinkles away.