Natural Beauty - Tips, recipes and my favourite natural products
By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:42AM
In an ever growing beauty world, I’m always asked what products people should be using. Be it makeup, or skin care. I am a huge fan of natural products. There are many chemical products on the market today, however it’s so easy to avoid. Why plaster your face, hair, body, with harsh chemicals when there are natural alternatives that are just as good!. In some cases, I understand that chemicals are the ‘best’ way forward. Meaning that things like wrinkles are not going to disappear overnight without something giving you an unnatural helping hand (that’s life, unfortunately!). I don’t disagree with this as everyone wants to look their best! I do think though, that A, you should avoid chemicals as much as possible, and B, that prevention is better than cure. In that preventative regime you can easily include natural and skin friendly products.
I think pretty much any makeup artist will agree with me when I say that great skin is the ultimate base for great makeup. The majority of models/celebs I work with are naturally blessed with great skin, but for us mere mortals, we need to look after ours in order for it to stay glowing.
Great skin, in my opinion, starts from the inside. For example, I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking water! Keeping your skin at the right moisture level is incredibly important. Drinking enough of water can help reduce the look of fine lines around the eyes, and even the overall tone of your skin. I find that if I have a bottle with me all the time, I’ll keep drinking throughout the day which keeps my skin hydrated. If you don’t have great skin and you know you don’t drink enough water, give it a go, I bet you’ll see the difference within a day or two.
Staying on the hydration track, using the right moisturiser for your skin is very important. Using one that’s too rich can make your skin greasy and clogged, whereas dry skin with not enough moisture can easily look tired and dull. In fact a big factor in the cause of dull, ageing looking skin is dehydration, whether it’s from the inside or outside. Use a day cream with an spf to fight aging, and a richer night-cream to give you an extra boost during your beauty sleep.
For those with sensitive skin, the Hydra 5 gel from Herbline essentials is amazing. It contains Aloe Vera and Honey so it’s super calming and moisturising. I love using it before makeup; it has a great texture for use before foundation as a natural alternative to a hydrating primer!
Another natural skin care range that I love is caudalie. The Vinoperfect perfecting fluid perfect for daywear! It’s SPF15 so great for preventing signs of ageing. It brightens, smooths, and evens the skin tone whilst hydrating and leaving your skin feeling like silk! Apply in the morning before your makeup.
Regular, gentle exfoliation can brighten your skin and promote cell renewal which will keep your skin looking fresh and young. Try ‘angels on bare skin’ from LUSH, it’s a beautiful natural every day cleanser with a very soft exfoliant. It leaves your skin smooth, fresh and clean with just the one product. So not only is it natural, but it saves time too!
Sometimes, you don’t even need to buy products. I’m always making my own, homemade beauty lotions and potions. I really like to know what’s in the things I use on my skin, so what better way than to make them yourself!
Try the Aspirin Face peel, for example! All you need is 5/6 uncoated asprin and some lukewarm water. Crush the asprin and dissolve into the water/juice until it’s like a paste. Smooth onto your face and leave for just 5 minutes (3 or 4 if you have sensitive skin). Massage your face just before you rinse, this will gently exfoliate your skin. When dissolved, aspirin breaks down into salicylic acid, so as well as brightening and exfoliating the skin, it will also take down any swelling from spots or acne. You can add a drop of lemon juice if your skin is oily. Your skin will look bright and even and feel super soft!
Another great recipe is simply using olive oil, honey and salt for use as a body scrub. Mix together in a bowl and apply in the shower in circular motions. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil!
In terms of makeup, when I say natural, I mean the formula. You don't have to shy away from colour whilst using natural and mineral makeup. Take LUSH's emotional brilliance range of lipsticks. The whole range is natural, cruelty free and never tested on animals. They’re highly pigmented, long-lasting and contain naturally moisturising ingredients like jojoba oil, rose wax and candellila wax. The pigment is extremely strong, which ensures staying power, and yet it feels incredibly lightweight. There’s a beautiful, versatile range of colours, so you’re undoubtably going to find the perfect shade for you, and a little goes a long way!
My favourite mineral based makeup brand is bare minerals. For skin, they have two types of foundation, the classic mineral powder and their new bare skin liquid foundation. Both are great, but very different. The powder is perfect for those with oily skin, although it works great on all skin types. Apply this with a kabuki brush, buffing it on bit by bit in circular motions. Use a tiny amount and build it up, you really don't need a lot which means you'll get a good few months out of one pot. On the other hand, the liquid bare skin is perfect for dry and/or ageing skin. This is a serum based foundation, so it's very brightening and moisturising. You need to shake the bottle up to mix the serum with the pigment, this is crucial for an even coverage. I use their perfecting face brush to apply this. You can build the coverage up. It contains vitamin c, so it will help to even out the tone and brightness of your skin in the long run whilst instantly giving a flawless glow.
Bare minerals also have a huge range of eyeshadows, bronzers, blushers and mascaras, including my all time favourite 'flawless definition' mascara. It's super black, buildable and really lengthens and separates the lashes. My lashes always seem even and longer after using this for a few weeks, compared to using other mascaras.
It goes without saying that not everyone will suit every method. It’s important to find out what works best for you. Some of the products that I love, won’t agree with you and vice versa. So figure out what works best for you. You don’t have to use a whole range from the same brand, mix and match your favourite products to tailor the perfect regime, but I do think it's important to stay natural as much as you can.
Favourite natural brands
Figs and rouge
Human and kind
Bare minerals makeup
LUSH makeup and skincare
Organic pharmacy makeup (available at edge salon Mercato)