Ever since queen Beyoncé released Flawless, Instagram became flooded with the #wokeuplikethis and the fashion industry followed with T-shirts and hoodies with the same hashtag. However, we all know that behind those photos hides an abundance of filters and no-makeup makeup tricks that more often than not involve full-coverage foundations that don’t do the skin any favors in the long run. The good news is, there is a way to wake up looking (almost) flawless and it revolves around a carefully curated skincare regimen which will give you the ability to achieve perfection with the bare minimum of makeup. So, if you’re tired of covering up imperfections and would rather say good riddance to them instead, let’s dive right in and discover the fountain of flawlessness; spoiler alert – it’s all natural.
A blank, clean canvas
Skincare commandment number one says: “Thou shall always keep the skin clean.” The girls with perfect skin are well aware of the importance of thorough cleansing, whether in the morning or evening. Never ever go to bed with your makeup on – this is the key to breakouts and irritation. While you can go scouting for the perfect natural cleanser/makeup remover, if you’re feeling crafty, you can always make one yourself. Take your pick among this six amazing recipes, and make your own cleansing concoction.
As for the face wash that comes after the cleanser, great news – you can DIY your way with this product as well. Take out your notebook and start taking notes. You’ll need 1 cup of filtered water and ¼ cup liquid castile soap; After that come 5 teaspoons jojoba of oil followed by 2 tablespoons of raw honey. After that, it’s time to add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil 15 drops lavender essential oil into the mix. Finally, 10 drops rosemary essential oil. The ingredients should be added in the order they were listed. Stir the mixture gently, mixing everything together, pour into an empty face-wash container and you’re done! The best part is because these are all-natural ingredients, the wash is suitable for all skin types. Ok, now that you have a clean canvas, let’s see what comes next.
Hydration, hydration, hydration
Never forsake your moisturizer – it’s probably the most important product in your skincare arsenal. It keeps the skin fresh, plump and hydrated, and hydrated skin is healthy skin. Now, while you can’t make your own, luckily, there are now numerous amazing organic and natural skincare companies that have heard our cries and provided us with an abundance of safe and effective choices. Among great choices, our definite pick is the Revitalizing Day Cream by Dr Hauschka. Thanks to its mixture of nurturing Anthyllis, witch hazel, carrot, apricot kernel, sweet almond and wheat germ oils it won’t only keep your skin super-hydrated but it will also help fight acne and blemishes. As we mentioned the word hydration three times, there are two more steps to take to keep that skin hydrated – eight glasses of water a day, and a natural face mist in your bag – for quick rejuvenation and extra hydration, because in this department, there’s no such thing as too much.
Love and devotion
In order to make room for the new, sometimes we have to get rid of the old. This applies to skincare as well, so open your arms and welcome the exfoliator and face mask (two times a week). Exfoliation, when done in moderation, serves to remove dead cells and make way for new collagen production. When it comes to natural face masks, you definitely can’t go wrong with honey –it is a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin, and has valuable skin care benefits, helping to protect, restore and rejuvenate the skin. All you need is 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one egg yolk. Mix the ingredients until you get a homogenous paste, apply and keep for twenty minutes, then gently remove with warm water and discover fresh and replenished skin.
Time to shine
Once your skin is in spick and span condition, you don’t need much to make it shine. When you have nothing to hide, all you really need is a great BB cream, a touch of mascara, a bit of highlighter and a great lip balm. However, you can snap that perfect morning selfie with your perfect bare face and reserve the light makeup for when you’re about to walk out the door, because, when your skin is naturally radiant, you don’t need any makeup for your wokeuplikethis hashtag to be true.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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