More is less when it comes to the latest trend in cosmetics with the rise of the #nomakeupselfie on Instagram and celebs like Beyoncé tweeting pics of themselves fresh-faced. Surprisingly, going light-handed with cosmetics may actually make you appear better looking: Both sexes rated women wearing a natural makeup look as more attractive as compared to a "going out" look, according to The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Not quite ready to embrace the no makeup movement and go completely bare-faced? Here, expert tips to play up your natural beauty without looking like you tried too hard.
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Your complexion can appear dry if you’re not buffing it once a week to remove dead skin cells, says Amy Holdsworth, manager of AWAY Spa at the W Retreat on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. She suggests mixing up this easy exfoliating cleanser once a week: Combine 3 tablespoons each of ground coffee (caffeine contains age-fighting antioxidants and diminishes under-eye circles), shredded coconut (which is gentler than harsher ingredients such as gritty almond seeds), and coconut oil (its super hydrating). Apply with circular motions for two to three minutes, rinse with warm water, and follow with your favorite moisturizer. Or try Kanshi’s Coconut Facial Exfoliator. The scrub uses sugar and coconut shell powder so it’s gentle enough to use a few times a week, and it smells delicious.