How to Look Attractive Without Makeup

Take care of your skin so you glow even when makeup-free.

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Beauty may come from within, but looking attractive has its merits. It can help you snag the attention of that cute guy or get an extra shot of syrup in your latte. It can also improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. If your makeup routine is dragging you down, you can still look gorgeous without all the goo. Save time in the morning and vow to glow from the inside out.


A spunky attitude goes a long way in helping your inner beauty shine forth. As cliché as it sounds, beauty is only skin deep: it's defined by your inner character and how you present yourself to the world. Author Dawn McIntyre suggests in her book “The New 10: 40 Days to Creating a Boldly Beautiful Life from the Inside Out” that you should live your life to your fullest and fill your head with beautiful thoughts. Your internal happiness and positive state of mind will help you glow. Random acts of kindness, a positive demeanor and sunny disposition make you seem beautiful, whether or not you slather on the foundation in the morning.


Eating refined and processed foods can make you feel lethargic, which gives you a droopy, unattractive look. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins can provide you with essential nutrients and antioxidants that can make you feel more energetic and glow with good health. If you take care of your inside, your outside will follow. A good workout can add a flush to your cheeks and help you cleanse out toxins through sweat.

Skin Care

Clear, radiant skin can be attractive without makeup. Spend a few minutes in the evening thoroughly cleansing your skin to help eliminate dirt and pollutants that clog pores and cause breakouts. Using a gentle scrub can also remove dead skin that dulls your complexion. Finish with moisturizer to add hydration and plump fine lines that may make you look tired and saggy.


Even if you glow from the inside out and have an impeccable skin care routine, a few steps in the morning can help you make the most of your nude face, say the beauty experts from "Glamour" magazine. Curl your eyelashes to help your eyes pop. Apply sunscreen to prevent premature aging. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside too. Consider your hairstyle as well -- something as simple as a trim can make you look polished, even if your face stays bare. You can also aim to appear makeup-free but still cover up your perceived flaws. The "Glamour" experts also suggests applying just a bit of concealer and a dusting of blush.

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