Subtly Sexy – 5 Sneaky Ways to Glam Up Without Caking on the Makeup

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Last Updated on April 4, 2022 by Steal the Style

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With summer upon us, you might be looking for ways to scale back your beauty routine and rock the natural look for a more relaxed style this season. The idea behind neutral makeup is to look like a better version of your natural look, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Some think that you can only look sexy with dark eye makeup and plenty of foundation or bronzer, and bright lips.

The truth is, more neutral makeup is perfect summer because you’ll already have a natural glow—plus, you don’t want to be weighed down with heavy makeup and start to melt halfway through the day. You can easily achieve the subtly sexy look this summer with the help of a few light products that enhance your natural beauty.

Read on for some ideas and inspiration to help you get the look of barely-there makeup.

Preparing the Canvas

The most important part of the natural look starts before you apply the first touch of makeup, and that is to take excellent care of your skin and your lips. If you are prone to breakouts, use a salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleanser to keep acne at bay. Proactiv is a good option for this, especially if makeup irritates your skin. You might also check out the sulphur mask available from AcneFree, especially if you are sensitive to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, or if you are pregnant and want to err on the side of safety. As for your lips, brush them lightly with a toothbrush to remove dead skin, so that your neutral lipstick showcases a smooth, flake-free pout. This will provide you with a clear and clean face to work with, and lessen the need for makeup.

The “Natural Glow”


An absolute must for achieving a natural, sexy makeup look is flawless skin that doesn’t look like it’s caked with makeup. Luckily, the new BB (short for beauty balm) creams make this incredibly easy. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream gives skin a velvety finish and lasts all day without looking cakey. Bonus: It contains SPF 15 and is available for under $15 at drugstores! If you are a bit run-down, add minimal concealer such as Maybelline New York Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer to the inner corners of your eyes. Go easy, though, so as to maintain that natural look.

Play Up Your Eyes


You can still make your eyes “pop” without laying on thick eyeliner, or an entire tube of mascara. Add some neutral eye shadow to give your lids just a bit of definition. Urban Decay has an incredible matte pallette called Naked Basics that offers six neutral shades. Get it for $28 at Sephora, Ulta, or Macy’s, and it will last forever. Stick to one lightish shade from your brows to eyelashes, then use a slightly darker shade in the creases. Finish with just a bit of mascara, or go without if your lashes are naturally dark.

Mastering the Nude Lip


Neutral lipstick can sometimes be tricky. You see it on celebrities in magazines, but in real life, you do not want to look washed-out. The trick is to find a nude lipstick with a touch of pink or brown, not just beige. One high-end option is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier is a great option of day or night. For an even more natural look, try Fresh Sugar Honey Lip Treatment, which has SPF 15 and will make your lips look bare but still healthy and plump.

As you can see, switching to lighter, more natural makeup will make your summer beauty routine a breeze and leave you looking gorgeous. As the summer goes on, your face will get some sun and you’ll need even less makeup to perfect the natural look. This low-maintenance look will accentuate your natural beauty and save you time in prepping for the day. Embrace the natural look and save the cake for your summer parties—not your face! Information for this article was provided by the makeup professionals of the Canadian Beauty College who specialize in medical aesthetics training, as well as hair and makeup styling.