How to Look Beautiful Without Makeup

10 Tips on How to Look Beautiful Without Makeup

You don't need makeup to look or feel beautiful.

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Makeup is great for self-expression and making people feel beautiful, but it shouldn't be necessary to wear makeup just to feel beautiful. With these 10 tips on how to look beautiful, you can look as radiant as ever without the added makeup.

Wash Your Face With the Right Cleanser

A lot of people wear makeup to cover up acne, blemishes, or oily skin. If you don't want to rely on makeup anymore, it's important you are using the best facial cleanser for your skin type. Using a cleanser that matches your skin can make a world of difference in the way your face looks. If you have oily skin, you need a cleanser that helps to pull out the oil and dirt that clogs your pores. If you have dry skin, you should use a light face wash that doesn't dry out your face and gives you the added nutrients you need. Feel free to experiment with some different facial cleansers before settling on one that makes your skin feel healthy, soft, and clear of acne or blemishes.

Exfoliate Often (But Not Too Often)

Exfoliating is especially important for people with oily skin because their pores tend to hold onto dirt, sweat, and oils that make your face look greasy and lead to breakouts. Exfoliating pulls out the toxins from your pores, leaving your face shiny and smooth as ever. You should only be exfoliating every 2-3 days, and even less so if you have dry skin. Exfoliating too often can damage and dry out your skin, so it's important to find the right balance.

Moisturize Every Day

Moisturizing is important no matter what skin type you have. It gives your skin the nutrients that were pulled away from washing and exfoliating, leaving your skin hydrated, soft, and smooth. Just like finding the right cleanser is important, you also need to find the best moisturizer for your skin. If you have dry skin, you'll want to use a heavier moisturizer that gives your skin the extra oils it needs to look healthy. If you have oily skin, you can use a lighter moisturizer, so you don't add too much hydration to your skin. I've found that tea tree oil moisturizers work great for oily skin because the tea tree oil helps to keep the oils in your skin balanced, leaving your skin feeling perfectly hydrated.

Brighten Your Smile

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. No matter what makeup you may have been wearing, your smile shines brighter than all of it. By keeping your smile bright, you will radiate beauty every time you flash those pearly whites. Keep your teeth white by brushing them every day, flossing, and limiting how much you intake things that can be damaging to your teeth (sugar, coffee, etc). Read more here for some great tips on keeping up with your dental hygiene so you can have a radiant smile.

Shape and Strengthen Your Brows

Your eyebrows help to shape your entire face, so it's important to take care of them and keep them well-groomed. You don't need makeup to do this, however. You can use eyebrow gels and serums to shape your brows and make them look fuller. Carefully pluck and trim, or have them waxed or threaded, so they can be perfectly shaped and look fantastic.

Use Lip Scrubs and Moisturizer

Having full, bright, smooth lips is an important aspect of looking beautiful without wearing makeup. Using a lip scrub not only helps to smooth your lips by shedding the dead skin cells, but it also tastes amazing. After using a lip scrub, apply lip balm to leave your lips feeling hydrated, soft, and smooth throughout the day. Just as you shouldn't use a face scrub every day, you should also limit your lip scrubs to every 2-3 days to prevent them from drying out.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is as important to your outer beauty as it is to your inner health. If you eat unhealthy foods that lack nutritional benefits, you are depleting your body of the nutrients it needs. This can lead to duller looking skin and even cause breakouts. By eating healthy, your body will get all the vitamins and minerals it needs to look its best. You'll notice how much your skin glows when you change your diet to make it more nutritionally beneficial to you.

Take Daily Supplements as Needed

It can be difficult to get all of your needed nutrients from your daily diet, which is why taking supplements is also important. Especially if you are low on vitamins such as iron or magnesium, you should be taking these every day. Not only will your skin look better from providing your body with enough nutrients, but you will feel loads better. You will have more energy throughout the day and sleep better at night.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water is so important to your overall health, including your exterior health. Dehydration is one of the worst things for your skin. No matter how much you take care of your skin with scrubs, cleansers, and moisturizers, it won't matter if you aren't staying hydrated throughout the day. You should be drinking 8 cups of water each day if you want to be properly hydrated.

Be Confident in Yourself

Confidence is probably the best thing you can do to look and feel more beautiful without makeup. Own your look, your outfit, your skin, your hair, and everything else about you. People are attracted to confidence. It literally makes people look more beautiful. If you feel you are lacking confidence, start giving yourself positive affirmations each morning by saying something you love about yourself. Confidence is a learned behavior, so the more you act confident, the more confident you will feel, which leads to feeling and looking as beautiful as ever.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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