Hollywood trend: How the stars stay photo ready yet make-up free

When Alicia Keys decided to stop wearing make-up and start embracing her natural beauty, celebrities jumped on the bandwagon

Najla Kaddour

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When Alicia Keys decided to stop wearing make-up and start embracing her natural beauty, along with her blemishes, many other celebrities jumped on the bandwagon. Celebs such as Demi Lovato, Cameron Diaz, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba have started embracing the “sans make-up look.” Keys has started a movement without being aware of it and it’s an empowering example for the younger generation to embrace and accept what they look like and that you should feel beautiful, even without make-up on.

Alicia Keys has never looked better and good skincare plays a big role in that. It’s extremely important to take good care of your skin, whether you live in a hot or cold climate. Also, consistency is key so do your skincare routine once you wake up and before going to bed. There are a couple of tools and tricks that you can use at home to help your skin get as even as possible without the use of a lot of make-up.

Jade roller

The Jade Roller is a facial massager that has a pure jade stone. Jade has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to help filter toxins and clear the lymph system. To use the roller to its full capacity, pop it in the freezer and use it once it’s been frozen. Ice helps to tighten the skin and brings the blood to the surface; helps your skin look more energized and plump.

Derma roller

The derma roller is a tool that’s being used by many well-respected skincare experts and cosmetologists. It’s basically a collagen therapy, done in 10 minutes. The roller has tiny needles varying from 0.5mm to 2.0 mm long. Wrinkles, sun damage and thinning skin are mainly caused by the loss of collagen and elastin. Micro needling can significantly improve these conditions by producing, you guessed it, collagen and elastin. Just by gently rolling your Derma roller over the skin a few times a week, your skin will begin to look and feel thicker, plumper and healthier.

Now, instead of getting a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment done for $100, you can use the derma roller at home in the comfort of your bathroom for less than $30.

Facial oils

Face oils are extremely essential in everyone’s skincare routine – even if you have oily skin. To beat oily skin you must use oil as it will stop the overproduction of your skin’s natural oil. Oils help to improve skin plumpness and help fight the appearance of wrinkles, redness and pores for visibly clearer, younger-looking skin. If you want baby-looking skin, you need to start using face oils.

If your skincare routine is as good as Alicia Keys’ but you still want that extra glow or to conceal your darker circles, then you can always fall back to your trusted make-up stash. Keep in mind to keep your make-up look as minimal and natural as possible. Remember, make-up should enhance the features you already have, not cover them up.

Don’t cover, but conceal

We’ve all heard this many times, conceal your blemishes and dark circles instead of covering it up using full coverage products. Use a color corrector first to even out the skin, then apply a sheer coverage concealer on top that matches your complexion.

Enhance your features

Adding a little enhancement to your features didn’t hurt anybody. Whatever product you’re using, make sure it has a matte finish for a more natural look. If you have hooded eyelids and they look puffy without eye shadow, use a tiny bit of neutral/earthy toned eye shadow to give your eyelids some definition. Make sure to blend out well to prevent any harsh edges.