Natural beauty isn’t reserved only for those with good genes. Have you ever met someone who spends minimal time getting ‘ready’, yet always seems to look fabulous?
The overly done up, high maintenance look can be fun for a once-in-a-while occasion, but there is so much more freedom and flexibility to enjoy when you aren’t a slave to a complicated makeup routine. How do you keep it simple and carefree, yet and still look great and feel confident?
Here are five things that naturally beautiful people do that help you to bring out your natural beauty and let it shine.
1. They Smile
This. Seriously, wearing a smile vs. not is THE biggest difference between looking attractive and approachable vs. not. No amount of makeup can take the place of a genuine smile.
This isn’t to say that you’re not allowed to ever be sad. All of us go through good times and bad. But the key is to always TRY. Try to be your best. Try to do your best. Then let that be enough and make a conscious decision to look on the bright side no matter your situation.
We’ve all heard that ‘happiness is a choice’. That can make it sound so simple, like it’s this quick, easy decision. It’s not. What it is though, is a decision to take the positive approach in each situation. These small decisions add up and become our habits, which determine our overall happiness.
Yes, it does take effort to choose to be positive, but the amount of energy you spend is worth it. And it is far better spent than the energy it takes being unhappy.
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”
2. They Take Care of Their Skin
The better you take care of your skin, the less you need to cover it up, and the more you can feel confident in your own skin.
A lot of women cake on makeup to hide what’s underneath, but thick layers of foundation can often make your skin even worse. Downward spiral, here we come.
Here are a few things you can do to reverse things and bring out that beautiful, healthy skin we all know you have:
Try switching to a healthier foundation product like a BB or CC cream or a mineral foundation. Some of these products are actually good for your skin and have anti-aging benefits. They also have a lighter, more natural look. My fav is Peter Thomas Roth’s CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector. It protects against future sun damage with it’s SPF and improves your existing skin with Vitamin C and E to even out your skin tone, support your natural collagen, and protect against free radicals.
A couple other helpful tips? Drink plenty of water (see #3) and get enough nutrients (see #4).
Lastly, wash your face before bedtime and follow up with a good moisturizer. This helps prevent the unnecessary aging that happens otherwise.
The healthier and clearer your skin is, the more your natural radiance will shine through.
3. They Drink Up
Drinking enough water each day affects everything from your energy levels to the condition of your skin. You look more radiant, more rested, and fresher. You have more energy which carries over to the vibe you give off to those around you.
Keep a water bottle with you to make sure you get in your 8 glasses per day.
4. They Get Their Nutrients
A healthy diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables directly impacts the condition of your skin. Essential vitamins and minerals help combat aging and dullness. They’ll also improve your skin tone. Eat lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Walnuts, eggs and yogurt and are also great for your skin.
5. They Exercise
So much stress and effort goes in to the ‘smoke and mirrors’ part of beauty, but you know what? Taking care of your body has a much bigger impact on how you look and feel than that expensive skirt or that designer shade of lipstick.
Sure, it’s fun to splurge on something nice every now and then, but you will look and feel better if you pay more attention to your fitness than your fashion and beauty purchases.
And no, I’m not talking about killing yourself at the gym. You don’t need to do a crazy intense workout every single day. Just doing a moderate workout a few times a week will boost your metabolism up a notch.
But the most important benefits of exercise aren’t just physical. You will literally feel better. Your mood will improve and you’ll feel more confident. Both of these can be spotted a mile away.
6. They Get Their Beauty Sleep
This is such a tough one. Almost everyone has a ton of reasons to skimp on sleep – and most of us do. It’s almost to the point where getting 7-9 hours isn’t ‘normal’ and seems like a luxury few can afford.
Of course some of our reasons for skipping sleep are unavoidable. Kids especially don’t leave us with a ton of options sometimes. But when possible, getting enough sleep will ensure you have a well rested glow. You’ll also have the upper hand on managing stress, one of the #1 culprits in taking a toll on our looks.
7. They Don’t Over Do It
Some girls do like to wear a lot of makeup. To each their own. But personally, I am a fan of those who wear just enough to enhance their natural features as opposed to looking like a completely different person. It’s a fine line, but I am a firm believer in finding it. 🙂
You can definitely play up features and feel like you’re putting your best foot forward. But don’t lose yourself in the process. YOU are beautiful. You shouldn’t have to try to look like someone else.
If that isn’t motivation enough, here’s a fun quote for you:
“I don’t wear a ton of makeup. I’d rather have a guy be shocked when I put makeup on, than be shocked when I take it off.”