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Achieving the Natural Look with Makeup

There are many women who like to wear makeup to enhance their appearance but don't necessarily want to look as though they are wearing a lot of makeup. While some may think that it is pointless to wear makeup in order to look natural, this is not the case.


Many people who have studied at beauty school in Peoria will tell you that makeup can be used to create a natural but very healthy glow. So, while you do not look like you are wearing makeup, your skin and appearance still get a helping hand. In fact, natural-looking makeup has become increasingly popular over recent years, with many celebrities opting for that healthy, natural look with the help of makeup and makeup artists.

Some Tips on Achieving the Look

There are a number of ways in which you can achieve that natural look rather than wearing makeup that is heavy and obvious. The first is to switch your foundation for a BB cream, which will both moisturize and add a healthy glow to your face. There are many BB creams on the market these days from a range of well-known manufacturers. Just as you would with foundation, you can find the one that best matches your skin color to ensure a really natural look after application. If you prefer to continue with a foundation, make sure you go for a light coverage one that will not look heavy and obvious when applied.

After applying your BB cream or foundation along with concealer, choose a neutral shade for your eyes. You can get some wonderful matte light brown shades that look great but are also very subtle. For the natural look, you won't need to wear any eyeliner but make sure you use some mascara to open up those eyes. Don't go too heavy with the mascara – just use a single coat to bring out the best in your eyes without making your lashes look too heavy.

Cream blusher is an excellent choice if you want to show off a natural glow and a dewy finish, which is definitely on-trend these days. You can choose from a number of different shades to suit your skin tone. When applying the cream blusher, apply to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upward. Also, only use a little at a time to achieve the right level of blush.

Finally, when it comes to the lips, choose a natural shade to complement your look. Light and mid-browns are a great choice as are pale pinks. Again, your skin tone and personal preference will help you to decide which color you should go for. This will give you the perfect finish for your natural look makeup.

Great for Work and Day Wear

This natural look is perfect for work or during the day when you don't want to look laden down with makeup, but you still want to look good. The great this is that it is easy to transform to a nighttime look by simply adding a more intense color to the eyes and lips.

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Tropism, Mindfulness, and Responding to Your Environment

One of the few things I remember from grade school biology is the concept of tropism. In plain language, tropism is the reaction of a living thing, like a plant, towards a stimulus like sunlight or heat. You've likely seen this before but just didn't recognize it for what it was. If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action. The plant is bending towards the sunlight.

If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action.

In our everyday lives, we are all inundated with stimuli throughout the day. The driver in front of us that stalls at the yellow light and zooms through the red light, leaving us behind to wait. Or the customer service rep that leaves us on hold for an ungodly amount of time, only for the call to prematurely drop. There are so many examples both common and unique to our individual lives. The trouble begins when we form the habit of responding to everything — particularly negative stimuli. By doing this, our mental peace is disrupted and diverted making us slaves to whatever happens to happen. Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us. Now take that concept and multiply it by the number of things that can happen in a day, week, or month. What happens to you mentally with so many emotional pivots?

For me, the result is: Restlessness. Anxiety. Sleepness. Mindless Eating. Everything besides peace of mind.

Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us.

Earlier this year, something pretty trivial happened to me. I'm sure this has happened to you at some point in your life also. I was walking through a door and, as I always do, glanced back and held the door longer and wider than normal for the person coming behind me. My gracious gesture was met with silence — no thank you, no smile, not even a nod. I remember being so annoyed at this travesty of justice. How dare they not acknowledge me and thank me for holding the door? After all, I didn't have to do it. I know I spent the next few hours thinking about it and probably even texted a few friends so that they could join in on my rant and tell me how right I was to be upset. In hindsight, I should not have allowed this pretty petty thing to occupy my mind and heart, but I did. I let it shake my peace.

I've since taken some classes on mindfulness and what I've learned (and I'm still learning) is the art of being aware — being aware of the present and my feelings. Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy. We're all human and having emotions is part of the deal but as mindful adults, it's critically important to choose what you're going to care about and let everything else pass along. There are several tools on the market to help with this but the Headspace app has really helped me in my mindfulness journey. The lessons are guided and coupled with some pretty cute animations.

Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy.

Over the course of the next week, I'd like to challenge you to pay more attention to your reactions. How aware are you of how you allow your environment to affect you? Are you highly reactive? Do you ruminate for hours or even days on events that are insignificant in your life? If so, practicing a bit of mindfulness may be the way to go.