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How To Make Yourself Prettier Without Makeup : 6 Transformative Ways That Are Easier Than You Think

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Summer is right around the corner and it’s no fun if you’re constantly worrying if your makeup look is about to slide right off your face in the scorching temps. But what if you need to wear a full face of makeup because you are afraid to let people see you without it? Well then, girl, grab a glass of water and have a seat because you clicked on the right article. Read below to find out 6 ways to look prettier without makeup.

1. Radiate Confidence

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Some of you just sighed in disappointment and dropped your shoulders a little as you read that word. You clicked on this article looking for things to buy and here comes that ten-letter word again. I get it.

I remember one time very clearly when I was in a bathroom asking my sister a question about being pretty and she told me I only needed one thing. As she was hyping this thing up I was getting more and more excited. All my problems were about to be solved (hahaha).

Mentally, I was rearranging my budget to buy this product even though I had no idea what it was or how much it cost. Finally, I asked, “What is it?!?!”

With a smile on her face, she said, “Confidence.” Just imagine my disappointment.

So, I reallllly understand if you feel deflated. The older I get the more I realize how true it is though. People, in general, are attracted to confidence.

Along with confidence, having a happy demeanor makes you more attractive as well. A woman walking around with a smile on her face is more attractive than a woman walking around with a permanent frown. Also, happier people are just more fun to be around.

2. Invest in Quality Skincare

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In my personal opinion, the better your skin the less makeup you need (or even want). Figure out your skin type and invest in quality products. Price doesn’t always equal quality but more times than not, you get what you pay for. Especially in skincare.

Good skincare costs money. YouTube is a great resource full of beauty influencers with your skin type and great tips on how to manage it. Dry skin? Oily skin? Combination? Sensitive skin? They have tested a bunch of skincare products so they will have tried and true favorites.

Engaging with the proper skincare routine will even help you reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles and dark spots, something I’m sure you’ve used makeup to cover up in the past.

I love my daily beauty routine of applying my skincare at night. It’s a way to help me wind down for the day and get ready for bed. Even just starting off with simply washing your face and applying moisturizer on a daily basis will add to your natural, glowing beauty.

You will see results if you take good care of your skin and are diligent with your skincare routine. I promise. 

3. Take the Time to Do Your Hair

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This is another area that might seem small but makes a big difference. Never underestimate how doing your hair can make you look good.

Think about watching someone do a presentation at work. They have on a killer outfit, with a smile a mile wide, and their face has a healthy glow from their morning moisturizer.

And then your eyes come to a screeching halt when you get to the hair. It’s in a haphazard ponytail with loose ends sticking out everywhere, looking like they just rolled out of bed and forgot to do it. Probably not the best look.

On the flip side, imagine that same scenario, and instead of a messy ponytail (and not in a cute way), their hair is nicely done. You honestly probably didn’t even notice they weren’t wearing makeup. This example just shows the power of how paying attention to your overall look is a great way to make yourself look prettier without makeup.

Again, YouTube is a great resource for watching people with similar hair textures and patterns style their hair. Also, never underestimate the power of a pretty headband.

4. Put together a Nice Outfit

magazine and nice outfit from above

When getting dressed and putting on an outfit that makes you feel good, you are more likely to do your hair and maybe apply some moisturizer. It’s all a domino effect at the end of the day (or morning I should say).

We all have certain outfits that we feel like a million dollars in. Our confidence is the highest in these outfits and we want as many people to see us as possible. Just me? Okay. I challenge you to identify what makes those clothes so special and curate a wardrobe full of clothes just like that. Imagine wearing a look every day that makes you want to kill it.

Related: 8 Easy Outfit Combinations You Already Have in Your Wardrobe

5. Don’t Underestimate Mascara, Lip Gloss, and Accessories

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I know the title says no makeup but hear me out-I don’t even consider mascara and lip gloss makeup as much as I consider them necessities.

If there is one thing you have time for, that’s applying mascara and lip gloss. To be honest, sometimes (a lot of the time) this is my whole makeup routine.

Both can be applied while waiting for your coffee to brew or sitting at red lights. Lip gloss or lip balm can literally be applied as you are walking into work.

Applying mascara and lip gloss makes it look like you put in effort when in reality you spent less than one minute.

When it comes to accessories, having a simple necklace around your neck is a great way to upgrade any outfit. Bracelets and simple rings are another great way to elevate an outfit. Bonus points if you pick accessories that complement your skin tone (silver for cool-toned skin and gold for warm).

These small steps are an easy way to add appeal to your look.

6. Cultivate a Healthy Lifestyle

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I’m not going to talk too much about having a healthy diet on here because I believe if you have a healthy lifestyle then the diet naturally follows. The one thing I will say is, in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables being good for your body, they are also helping your skin look good.

I would include drinking water in this category as well. Did you know we as females are supposed to be drinking about 11 1/2 cups of water every single day? Are you drinking enough water?

Drinking water has amazing benefits for your skin. It helps with the appearance of fine lines, contributes to clear skin, is good for your immune system, and quenches your thirst on a hot day.

It’s always a good thing to get your body moving every day too. Go for a walk on your lunch break, take your dog for a walk, or go for a walk yourself around the block after work. You can squeeze physical activity in anywhere – parking farther away from the store and taking the steps instead of the elevator are just two examples.

Lastly, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Not only does your body get a chance to recover but so does your skin while you are getting a good night’s sleep.

I would say after confidence having a healthy lifestyle is the most important thing. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is great for the entire body. It leads to better health, healthy skin, and being comfortable in your own skin. Having a healthy lifestyle, getting adequate water and enough sleep just lets all your natural beauty shine through.

Related: 13 Tips to a Healthy Lifestyle

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Now that you have these 6 steps, which one are you going to work on first? As Georges St-Pierre once said, “If you look good, you feel good and if you feel good, you do good”. And we could all use a little more good in the world. And besides, why wouldn’t you want to show off the best version of yourself?

In order to present the best version of yourself to the world, you have to be your best version. And the best way to do that is to have healthy habits. Keep reading for 7 Life-Changing Healthy Habits to Adopt!

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Hi there! My name is Katherine and I love all things beauty. I love walking through Sephora and Ulta to see the latest makeup and skincare products. It's so fascinating to see how many looks you can make from one eyeshadow palette. When I'm not playing around with makeup and skincare, you can find me in the kitchen. Along with baking and eating all the baked goods, I love to lift weights and be outside in the sun.