How to Look Great Without Makeup in 5 Easy Steps

| Beauty and Style, natural beauty

Want to Look great without makeup?

Seriously. Who doesn’t? But

what often keeps us feeling less than confident and feeling like we don’t look great without makeup is:

  • uneven skin tone
  • breakouts
  • dryness
  • redness

Well, this is true for me, anyway.

Unfortunately, because there is so little regulation of the beauty industry, many popular products can actually make out skin issues worse!

Step 1: get your skin looking it’s best.

You need a chemical-free regimen to avoid irritation.

You need products that will work safely and effectively to soothe, nourish, and hydrate your skin to reveal your own natural radiance. This will allow you to look great without makeup so you will no longer need to hide your skin. On those days you choose to wear makeup you can do so to enhance your natural beauty rather than hide imperfections.

I’ve got you covered!

In my quest to live better with autoimmunity (in my case, rheumatoid arthritis) I have made a concerted effort to limit my daily environmental toxin exposure. Since 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed, I chose to swap out all of my toxic skincare and makeup products for the effective, yet safe, and environmentally responsible options from Beautycounter.

Since the swap, my skin has changed dramatically. The redness I used to mask with foundation and powder is greatly diminished and the dullness I used to combat with highlighters now has been replaced with a natural glow.


look great without makeup

Full disclosure: If you click on any of the links to read more about the products below you will be taken to my personal website. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about Beautycounter or your skincare concerns).

I recommend finding a regimen of products that work for you, like the Rejuvenating Line I am currently obsessed with but the second best thing to that is one product that cleans, brightens, and moisturizes. 

The Cleansing balm is my desert island product. I love a serum, eye cream, mask, oil, mist, etc, but if I had to choose one product, The balm would be it. Hands down- best product around.

Read more about the one product I would recommend over any other to ensure you will look great without makeup:

cleansing balm link

Take my skincare survey here  I will help determine a regimen for you and will send you FREE customized samples based on your results. 

 Step 2: Naturally whiten your teeth.

Whiter teeth can not only improve your smile, it can actually make you look younger! Without the use of bright lip color to contrast your teeth enamel, it’s important to remove those stains for a brighter smile, naturally!

The healthiest (and actually quite effective) way to do this is with a charcoal whitener.

 I use this one and love it!

Pure Activated Charcoal Powder is a great alternative to harsh bleach or whitening peroxides; no harmful chemicals; RECOMMENDED USE 1-2 times per week. I mention this and the clay toothpaste I love here.

Step 3: Make sure your lips are smooth and moisturized.

Once you get those teeth brightened up it wouldn’t make sense to ignore your lips. Keep them exfoliated (you can use an old, soft-bristled toothbrush or a little baking soda) and apply a moisturizing lip balm or gloss. I don’t consider gloss makeup and it sure can make a big difference in one’s appearance. Just a little bit of color can brighten your whole complexion!


I use this lip conditioner. It is pepperminty, fresh, and super hydrating!




how to look great without makeup

  I use this lip gloss. It looks bright, but it is actually very subtle and sheer. This gloss is ultra moisturizing and divine.



 Step 4: Get your Glow On!

Once your skin is well-taken care of, hydrated and smooth, it won’t take much to enhance that natural glow (if you even need it). But sometimes, especially in winter, it’s nice to get a little help with a touch of color and a dewy glow.


This is where the glow shimmer oil comes in. This stuff is like liquid gold! I use it alone when going makeup free and I add two drops to my skin tint on days when I wear foundation. It is glorious and smells delicious!

If you still like a little coverage with sunscreen, our Dewskin is perfect.

Dewskin is a tinted moisturizer that leaves skin with a luminous glow. Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 provides lightweight, sheer hydration that evens skin tone while protecting the skin from sun damage. Black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while sodium hyaluronate promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin.

Check DEWSKIN out here.


Step 5: Own it!

Lastly, and most importantly, the best way to look great without makeup is to simply embrace your natural beauty with confidence and smile. It’s the very best way to enhance that newly acquired glow.

Here’s to better beauty and looking great without makeup!




Learn more about why and how I switched out my toxic products here.

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