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How to Look Polished without Makeup

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May 19, 2014

Just because I’m obsessed with makeup doesn’t mean I need to wear it every single day. In fact, it’s a very good idea to let your skin breathe at least one day out of the week, free from makeup or heavy products. I usually skip the full face on the weekends. Although, sometimes I hit the snooze alarm one too many times on a weekday, and I find myself with little time to get ready for work.

A lot of women feel that they need to wear makeup when they go out, or otherwise face the dreaded question, “Are you sick?” or even “Did you get enough sleep last night?” I’ve gotten those a bunch of times, and it never feels good. Luckily, I’ve learned a few quick tricks of the trade to look awake and polished without makeup.

How to Look Polished without Makeup

1. Open Your Eyes
Even without mascara, the simple act of curling your lashes will make you look more awake and alert. If you really feel like trying, you can even run some vaseline through them with a comb to help separate them. Brighten your eyes with some eye drops to look more refreshed.

2. Tame Your Brows
Even on days when I don’t pencil in my eyebrows, I never skip the brow gel. This will help avoid a disheveled look due to runaway hairs.

3. Pack Your Bags
If you’re looking a little puffy, or have dark circles under your eyes, don’t reach for the concealer quite yet. Let two spoons chill out in the freezer overnight (or for 20 minutes, if you’re in a crunch), then rest the curved side against your eyes for five minutes. Alternatively, you can chill damp teabags in the fridge, and apply them to your eyes once cool; this will also help even out any discoloration. Sometimes I do this on days I’m wearing makeup, too, since I have natural creases under my eyes that can exaggerate puffiness.

4. Dump the Dry Skin
Exfoliating your face and lips to get rid of any dry patches will give you a renewed, smooth and healthy look. Even if you’re skipping your makeup, you mustn’t forget to moisturize! Applying moisturizer and lip balm containing SPF will not only revive dull skin, but protect it against potential damage caused by direct contact of UV rays against your face. If you’re experiencing any serious blemishes or problem areas, opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream to help even out your skin tone without the heaviness of foundation.

5. Flash a Bright Smile
Marilyn Monroe knows best: “A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.” Don’t forget to smile wide and smile often for the most beautiful and confident you. When I’m feeling a bit insecure about the state of my smile, I use whitening strips to keep my teeth dazzling.

How often do you go makeup-free?

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29 Responses

  1. Citizens of Beauty
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    I wish I looked this good without makeup on!

  2. Love this post! & great photo of you!

  3. Melody Robinson Wright
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    Great Tips Miranda!

  4. Noelle
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    Awesome tips! You look beautiful!

  5. Great tips! I have a post coming up about eye puffiness as well. You will love the “before” photo. I look like a monster.

  6. FabZilla_Kath
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    Great tips! At the end of the day, we must be comfortable w/ ourselves sans makeup.

  7. Justina
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    Loved this post, but I would also add skincare!

  8. Nidia Doherty
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    I am home a lot, and rarely wear more than moisturizer and lip balm when I’m home. If I need to go out, I’ll at least put on mascara and a lippie. Then I can feel good about leaving the house!

  9. PrimeBeauty
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    Great tips, don’t forget skincare!

  10. Norah Salazar
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    Excellent tips, anyone can get away with no makeup with the right proper skincare! I do go makeup free a lot.

  11. Lisa Marie Heath
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    Love this post! Great tips!

  12. Kelly R
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    You have some great tips here!

  13. Honeygirlk
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    Love it 🙂 This is literally my every day look – I only use makeup once a week if I am lucky and this is how I strut my stuff… 😀 You look wonderful.

  14. loveforlacquer
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    Great tips! I probably only wear makeup twice a week and am content with that!

  15. Icequeen81
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    Great tips

  16. mynewestaddiction
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    great tips girly

  17. beautybymissl
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    Great tips!

  18. Amber
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    Curling my lashes is also a must!! And hiding my undereye circles lol. Don’t want to scare anyone!!

  19. Phyrra
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    Great tips!

  20. Cosmetics Aficionado
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    Seriously, curling your lashes can make ALL the difference. I do that often on no makeup days.

  21. Christine Fineberg
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    Love this! 😀

  22. Aleya Bamdad
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    I like that you put smile on this list because it makes such a huge difference.

  23. Sometimes I skip the base makeup and only wear eye makeup. Exolfiating and just generally taking care of your skin makes a HUGE difference! Mine will never be flawless, but at least I don’t have random patches of dryness hanging around.

  24. Eugenia
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    I love this post!

  25. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
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    I go makeup free a lot more than people would think. With two kids that I run around constantly plus the blog and house to keep up with… I just don’t have time to do myself up some days!

  26. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
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    such a cute idea!

  27. jamie @makeuplifelove
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    What great tips. I swear tamed brows and curled lashes make a HUGE difference. Love this!!

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