How to transition from mainstream makeup to all-natural products
Things are pretty crazy in the beauty world right now.
New products sound more like salads than face creams. Weâ€™re being actively told to put oil on our faces instead of avoiding it at all costs. And getting makeup from Whole Foods could be considered more glam than the Marc Jacobs counter.
If youâ€™re thinking about making the transition from mainstream beauty brands to going au naturel, you might be overwhelmed. Lucky for you, we talked to Jacquelyn Foster Quattro of non-toxic beauty brand Jersey Shore Cosmetics about where to start with all this organic BS.
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1. Eat and drink healthy
Makeupâ€™s not about covering up your flaws anymore. Itâ€™s about a full-body, health-oriented approach. Basically, get your glow from baby carrots and clean water, not chemical peels.
â€œThatâ€™s where youâ€™re gonna get your healthy skin and radiance,â€ Jakki says. â€œYou’ll need very little makeup and you wonâ€™t need expensive skincare. Youâ€™ll have healthy skin from the inside out.â€
Yes, we know â€œdrink more waterâ€ is the most annoying skincare advice in the world, but the reason you hear it so often is because itâ€™s true.
2. Fix your skincare situation
Before you even get started with makeup, you need a good cleanser and moisturizer, Jakki says. Extend this practice to your hair and nails, too.
â€œTry not to clutter your face with products,â€ Jakki says. â€œI make sure my skin is hydrated. Start with healthy skin, hydrated hair and skin and cuticles.â€
Jakki uses a marigold face and hair serum on her face, which she formulated herself. It also contains olives and hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring chemical thatâ€™s responsible for skinâ€™s bouncy appearance.
If you canâ€™t afford a blended oil, Jakki says, go with cocoa butter. Just rub it on your face, and wipe the excess off with a washcloth.
3. Go easy on the makeup
Natural beauty is about letting your inner glow come out instead of covering it with makeup. Of course itâ€™s easy to say that when you have great skin â€” but if you follow Jakki’s rules, your skin will be glowing in no time.
â€œIf you have good skin because youâ€™re taking care of yourself, you donâ€™t need a lot of cover,â€ Jakki says. “You donâ€™t want to cover up your natural beauty. You want to enhance it. Take good care of yourself and do a bronzer or a blush that can double as a lip stain.â€
She also recommends a nourishing organic lip balm without petrochemicals.
4. Most importantly, go easy on yourself
If you canâ€™t transition 100% to natural makeup, it really doesnâ€™t matter. Every little bit helps.
“Youâ€™re gonna run into a Mac counter and see a vibrant lipstick,â€ Jakki said. “Itâ€™s normal. Not everythingâ€™s gonna hurt you.â€
The key is not to use toxic or chemical-laden products all the time. A little bit wonâ€™t hurt.
â€œMaybe youâ€™re in the mall with your friends and you see a Dior lip gloss and itâ€™s just glistening at you, calling you,â€ Jakki said. â€œWho can resist? Donâ€™t beat yourself up if you canâ€™t go all at once.