It's not that I think I don't need makeup, but growing up my dad always pushed that the prettiest look any woman can go for is a natural one, and I guess somewhere along the road that logic started to make sense to me. I don't like the idea of spending 45 minutes "putting on my face" because it feels too much like a charade - eventually the mask has to come off, and I don't want people to be surprised by what they see.
The other reason? I really don't know a thing about makeup.
Smoky eye? Couldn't do one if my life depended on it. (Eyeshadow as a whole concept is honestly pretty foreign to me.) I don't trust myself with mascara because whenever I wear it I seem to end up crying or smudging it down by rubbing my eyes, so I swore off of it early on in high school. My makeup routine is pretty simple, but I like to think it works for me.
I do the same thing every day:
1. Put a dash of pressed foundation on any redness on my cheeks (I have perpetually pink cheeks)
2. A light layer of bronzer all over my face
3. A thin layer of black eyeliner on the inside of my lower lid.
Hardly an intensive makeup regimen, I know. On a "heavy" makeup day, I might use Garnier under-eye de-puffer, and a tiny swipe of Laura Mercier metallic creme liquid eye color in Gold to lighten up my dark circles.
For going out, I do the exact same routine except I add some shimmery light gold E.L.F. mineral eye shadow and a thin line of dark brown eyeshadow along my upper eyelid.
Here is where people really think I'm crazy - I don't wash my face. It may sound gross, but hear me out! I am blessed with very clear skin. The closest thing I ever get to a "breakout" is a small blemish every month or two. (This is the part where most of my friends decide they actually hate me). I realized in high school that when I do wash my face, I immediately break out! I have no explanation for this phenomenon, so I just leave it alone! If necessary, I wash off my minimal makeup with Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes, and for those few times a year when I do "break out" I use Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment and it's gone by the next morning!
Laura Mercier Bronzer // Clinique Eyeshadow // E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadow (In "Celebrity" and "Confident" // Garnier Eye De-Puffer // Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Color // E.L.F. Brush Set // Sephora Eye Shadow Pallet // Clean&Clear Spot Treatment // Neutrogena Makeup Remover
Nothing exciting, and possibly even a little bit plain, but this is what works for me. If you're ever going for a natural look that keeps you from looking like a zombie, this is what I recommend!