Why I Love Being a Natural
I'm an Ethereal Natural. I love my style identity -- both halves of it.
Discovering you're strongly Natural can feel like a bummer, for a couple of reasons:
- Natural is a masculine essence, and we woman often feel that if we look "masculine," we're unpretty
- Natural feels so unexceptional. What's there to get excited about?
To the first point: Gisele Bundchen. Very strongly Natural, and stunning. Google her.
To the second point: Here are some of the reasons I love, love, love being a Natural...
This is the stuff I remind myself of if I ever find myself wishing I was a more "exciting" or "feminine" type.
But that doesn't happen too often, now that I've had several few years of practice being comfortable with who I am.
I want that feeling for you too! <3
6/27/2017 01:49:24 pm
So true! Thank you for posting this! One more benefit: my face naturally looks open and friendly. I like that I look approachable to people, without even trying.
6/27/2017 09:38:45 pm
Rachel, I wanted to ask if I have a combination type, how do I know how much natural I have? To me, the other essences kind of makes it harder for me to tell when mixed together. Is it true that just about all women can look natural if they have no makeup on? I got the calculator but still feel unsure if my facial features lean a little more toward natural or toward feminine since my features are definitely unique and I just want to understand my look a little better. The feminine features seem easy to classify, to me though it's hard to distinguish "masculine" natural features on a woman that still looks feminine and not nessecarily like a man really. I see what you mean about Giselle, she's a good example, but what is it that makes her a natural? If a person has a bit of ingénue and a bit of natural, how do they decide which one is dominant? I think you look beautiful, by the way. I wouldn't feel bad about your look, I see a lot of beautiful natural woman, even models too. Thanks Rachel if you are able to get around to answering my question.
7/2/2017 11:20:41 am
6/28/2017 07:53:50 pm
Even if I wasn't Natural, I'd figure out a way to wear cheap and comfortable clothes, avoid heels and dry cleaners, and have low maintenance hair and makeup. But perhaps my strong preferences for those things is in themselves a sign that I'm Natural?
7/2/2017 11:19:08 am
6/28/2017 11:04:45 pm
I am really happy that you posted this. Naturals are so pretty for their uniqueness and their friendly faces. I am so confused about my style. I got the calculator, and I wasn't really confident with the result, because there were so many blends, (one of them being natural). I feel more confident that if I were to get analyzed and end up with a larger amount of natural, I too would feel confident about it, especially after reading this post.
7/2/2017 11:17:23 am
Hi! Style confusion can be so disorienting. If possible, I suggest getting a close friend to complete the calculator for you, using your face (or a picture of your face) as the reference. It's often difficult for us to tell what looks good on ourselves.
7/2/2017 04:07:14 pm
I am a Natural/Ingenue needing ingénue details around my face but more natural body lines. Your post about dressing for our faces was very helpful. So, I feel that I have the best of both words: I can wear the pretty, dainty jewelry that I love around my face while enjoying the comforts of natural clothing and shoes. LOL
7/8/2017 08:15:34 pm
Many people who work in the entertainment business like actors are naturals (that friendliness and openness in a natural's face is very valuable to have in Hollywood), and yet I find it sad that natural features may be perceived as lesser than any other type--Natural beauty is very unique and effortless.
7/8/2017 08:24:19 pm
Sorry for the disjointed comments, but maybe it's because Naturals look best in light makeup or none at all? And usually, changing one's features (even for fun!) requires a lot of makeup, which isn't a Natural look? Also, to clarify, I am not suggesting that any woman of any type SHOULD feel the need to change their features. Personally, I just like to change up my face into a more Romantic/Dramatic style look if I go out in the evening or have a special formal event to go to, even if I don't have any Romantic or Dramatic, and it doesn't mean that I hate the type that I am.
7/10/2017 11:29:18 am
8/17/2017 05:52:43 pm
I know this is an older post but I have just read it again because I was initially surprised about my results on the Style Calculator. In my mind's eye, I'm an ethereal goddess wearing flowing drapery, so when I learned that in reality I'm a Natural with some Classic and Ethereal, I had some disappointment. For some reason the preppie style indicated by Natural Classic just sets my teeth on edge, and it's take me a while (weeks) to realize that I can settle into the Natural without wearing the stripes and boat shoes of the Classic.
8/26/2017 10:45:23 am
"If I'm in a hurry, I can skip jewelry without worrying that it's ruining my look" - this caught my eye, as I really don't think of myself as a Natural, but I do skip jewellery on most days, in fact I tend to wear jewellery only on special occasions..! And i didn't know that's a sign of Natural! (I thought that's Classic, actually, minimal jewellery...) But I guess if I have any Natural, it's my 4th essence (less than 20%, probably). It is true that not usually wearing jewellery is one thing that doesn't seem to fit R, E or I, my main essences...
9/27/2017 03:30:37 am
I'm booked for a style analysis in October... I hope I'm a Natural. I'm sure I have a lot of feminine essence though. I definitely feel weird wearing Dramatic or Gamine. I tried Classic, still not perfect.
Leave a Reply.
I'm passionate about helping people become their most authentic and beautiful selves.