Replace Your “Instaglam” Makeup With These Minimal Trends

As a beauty school, we’re all about keeping up with the hottest trends here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls. When it comes to makeup, we’re 100% on board with the idea of “less is more”. While we love the super glamorous Instagram makeup trend, we also love a more natural look. Sometimes going back to basics is the best way to refresh your look. If you want to try out the minimal beauty trend this year, here are a few tips!

Start With Skin Care

It all starts with the skin. Before a stitch of makeup touches your face, make sure your skin is in check. This doesn’t mean you need a 12-step routine. It can be as simple as eating healthy, drinking water, and using a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, serum, and moisturizer. When your skin is healthy, it looks better, feels better, and will respond better to makeup. It’s also easier than ever to find skin care products that work for specific skin types. So if you’ve got oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin, there’s a skin care system out there for you!

Close up of beautiful woman with dewy skin.

Create a Focal Point

If you want a natural look that still has a little something special, focus on one specific area of your face. That could be a statement red lip, strong brows, fluttery lashes, or a smoky eye. If you’re used to wearing bold makeup but want to try toning it down, this is a great option. It packs a punch without looking overdone!

Pale brunette woman wears a leather jacket and bold red lipstick.

Add a Touch of Pink

Pink is one of those subtle colors that always looks beautiful. It looks great as a blush, lipstick, and eye color. Best of all, you can buy multi-use cream products that work in all three areas! A glowy, pink look gives you the fresh-faced look of someone who just came in from a walk in the cold. It’s natural, beautiful, and always in fashion!

Woman with natural looking pink makeup.

Do Lighthanded Eyeliner

Love yourself some winged liner? Try doing it with a lighter hand to create a more minimalistic look. This could mean switching out your liquid liner for a kohl pencil or trading your dark black liner for a more subtle brown shade. Create a thin line and smudge it out for a more natural look that still makes your eyes pop.

Blonde woman with light cat eyeliner.

Naturalize Your Brows

Intense brows have been popular for the last few years. While these look amazing in photos, try something a little lighter for your day to day life. Brow pencils and tinted brow gels are your best friend. These products distribute color and look super natural when applied with a light hand. The idea is to add color so it looks like your natural eyebrows, rather than creating those overdone Instagram brows.

Brunette woman with natural eyebrows.

Become a Trendsetter!

Love learning about beauty trends and recreating the looks? You might love our barber styling program at TSPA Cedar Falls! We can teach you the technical, business, and marketing skills that you’ll need for a successful career in the beauty industry. Contact us today to learn more about applying.

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