You can look stylish while hiking… while at the same time looking natural and pretty.
“What were they thinking?” is the thought that comes to mind when I see a young woman with full make-up (foundation, blush, eyeliner, eye shadow etc.) walking along hiking trails. Usually this type of “outdoorsy gal” is trying to impress a new boyfriend into thinking she loves nature just as much as he does… but she’s not willing to get natural in a nature setting.
Oh honey… I worry for your skin pores! This is just as bad as wearing the wrong footwear, such as flip flops.
You can still look great while hiking without overdoing the use of cosmetics. Here are some of the things I do to look my best on the trails and for giving my skin a break:
If you have dry skin or combination skin, use a light moisturizer with an SPF of at least 20. Since you’re working up a sweat, your skin will become naturally more oily but you will still want to protect it from the wind and the sun, maintaining a healthy glow. You may want to use a heavier moisturizer later in fall and winter to protect your skin from drying out.
Just a Hint of Colour
For pale, fair-haired types like myself, consider using a hint of mascara on your eye lashes. Avoid black mascara as it stands out too much – brown or brown-black is the way to go to great a more natural look. Add a dusting of eyebrow powder (Elizabeth Arden’s brow shaper and eyeliner is a favourite) to outline your brows and frame your face.
No Powder or Foundation
For blemishes, set aside the powder and foundation, which can clog pores, and blend in just a bit of concealer. I stress the bit part. Blend well – you don’t want splotchy skin when you have a naturally rosy colour due to the exertion of walking.
Keep Scent to a Minimum
Perfume is a no-no – it attracts certain insects, particularly wasps and bees. Keep your scent clean, with at most your hair smelling nice from your scented shampoo.
Moisturize Your Lips
If you want to go without any make-up, consider at least a slightly tinted lip balm for rosy lips. It will protect your lips, making them smooth and kissable. Avoid anything with too much scent (such as scented lip gloss) as it can attract insects.
How do you look stylish while hiking? I’d love to hear you beauty tips. Brands that you enjoy using?