As we slowly return to normalcy and prepare for more human interactions beyond Zoom and FaceTime, it’s becoming more apparent that the world as we know it has changed.
In the beauty industry, many beauty enthusiasts are going for the skinimalism approach compared to the 2019 bold, hyper-polished face beats and 10-step skincare routines.
If you don’t know what it is, skin-minimalism is the latest beauty a la mode, and it’s all about streamlining your routine and scaling down your beauty arsenal.
It’s all about embracing clean, dewy bare faces and letting go of the filtered makeup looks that once dominated our feeds.
The best part? Skinimalism is completely low-maintenance and works for every skin type and tone.
Interested in knowing more? Here are the five golden rules to skinimalism, or rather, low-maintenance beauty.
5-Step Skincare Routines Over 10-Step Routines
Gone are the days when we used to stock our shelves with twelve skincare products. Today, a five-step and even three-step skincare routine is the way to go.
As tempting as it might be to layer your skin with five serums and six moisturizers, applying lots of products that aren’t designed to work together can destroy your skin’s natural barrier, triggering breakouts and other issues.
So, rather than dropping a fortune on all the gimmicky products you see on the TikTok streets, try investing in five ingredients that can take your skincare game to the next level.
This five-step Korean skincare routine might be a great starting point if you don’t know where to start. All in all, you need a gentle cleanser, a hydrating cream, SPF, and a serum and exfoliant that suits your specific skin requirements.
Light Coverage Over Hyper-Polished Face Beats
PSA: powdery, full-face beats are officially canceled (just kidding – you can still do a full-face beat if you want to, but most of us are done slapping on layers of concealer).
We are ditching heavy coverage and allowing our skin to breathe. Rather than hiding blemishes, many people choose to go barefaced or go for a tiny swipe of something to help enhance the natural glow.
And fortunately, many beauty brands are launching a whole new line-up of tinted moisturizers, primers, and BB creams that help give your skin that lit-from-within glow and still allow you to maintain that flawless, natural makeup look.
Concealer? Pfft… never heard of it.
Creamy Blushes Over Powders
Unlike their powdery counterparts, creamy blushes are subtle and easily blendable – it’s pretty hard to mess up on the application.
Moreover, many cream blushers are formulated with ingredients that help keep your skin moisturized and up your glow game at the same time. Dreamy, right?
Want to know the best part? Most of these blushes are foolproof and ideal for the on-the-go – all you need is your fingers, and voila! You’ll have the most subtle yet sexy glow.
Glossy Lips Over Matte Lipsticks
Giving up lipstick can be quite hard – there’s just something about wearing a bold, matte lip shade on a date night, for the Oscars, or even a night out with your girls.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking to embrace the skinimalism approach, nourishing balms, tinted stains, and glossy lip oils are the way to go. They not only enhance your lip color but also give your lips a boost of hydration.
To nail the glossy lip look, line your lips with a pencil, then swipe some gloss on top. So plump! So luscious!
Brushed Brows Over Structured Brow Looks
While 2020 was all about microblading, today, things are pretty low-maintenance when it comes to brows.
So, if you want to adopt the skinimalism beauty approach to beauty, it’s time to ditch the structured brow looks and instead opt for all-natural colors and shapes – no more arches, harsh lines, or bold, solid colors.
It’s all about working with what nature gave you!
You can try the famous ‘soap brows’ trend if you don’t know where to start. It typically involves rubbing soap on a spoolie dipped in water and brushing it over your brows for that full, fluffy look.
If soap seems a bit too tacky, you can use a light brow gel and get the same results.
Here’s to not spending two hours gazing at the mirror, applying over 20 products, trying to achieve the perfect face beat.