Tomboy Beauty

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Growing up we all had a tomboy pal—a sporty, laid back lady friend who shopped the boys’ section, excelled in P.E. class, and had more guy friends than boyfriends. Some of us may still know a few tomboys. Heck, some of us here at Beautylish might still even BE tomboys. Dressing down, staying comfy, and staking out a place as one of the guys: these are just a few of the typical tomboy traits.

But what about beauty? Tomboys still like to look good after all, and while false lashes and neon lipsticks may be pushing the femme scale a little too far, there are still plenty of options out there for a grown-up tomboy to make getting your beauty-fix fun, without looking too “done”. Let’s break down our favorite casual beauty options for boyish ladies everywhere.


Since you won’t be sporting statement makeup, your skin will be on full display. Moisturize daily and cover up minor imperfections with a BB Cream—a lightweight moisturizing foundation also known as a Beauty Balm. It will look and feel weightless, and applying it in the morning will keep your complexion looking dewy rather than powdery and monotone. If you’re active, use one with sunscreen such as Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm. Or, if the balm’s pink packaging is too much to take, try Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. Both will protect you when you’re outside in the elements.


The natural lip look is open to interpretation, but regardless, the finished result should read as fresh and fuss-free. A tinted balm keeps your pout looking pert without too much definition. We love Bobbi Brown’s smudge-on no-nonsense balms for a hint of tint that doesn’t require a trip to the bathroom to apply. Also, keep your lips in tip-top shape with an exfoliating balm like the Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant which sloughs away dead skin with micro-size sugar crystals, while hydrating. You’ll look better naked—at least where your lips are concerned!


A healthy glow is the way to go, especially when the cold weather keeps you from soaking in the rays. Try a streak-on color stick like NARS Multiple Bronzer. The smudgeable application feels care-free and a few swipes will get you looking toned while the antioxidant infused formula boosts your natural beauty. If you’re wanting a rosier look, grab a jar of Inglot Cream Blush. Blend a liberal amount of this velvety rouge across your cheeks for an honest-looking flush to keep you looking lively. With fifteen shades to choose from, you’ll likely find a seamlessly matchable shade.


Every tomboy will face a situation calling for eye makeup sooner or later. It could be a special occasion, or simply an evening out. For a fuss-free option, reach for an eyelash curler like the one made by Billy B Beauty. This quick-result instrument will open up your eyes without weighing down your lashes. Top it with a coat of brown mascara like Bad Gal Brown by Benefit. This brand dries quick: a one-coat formula in a neutral shade. Though brows are often neglected, they are one of the most important features on the face. That said, to ensure you’re brow and eye-ready for anything, keep an all-in-one kit on hand, such as the Anastasia All Eye Want palette. This selection includes six natural-toned wet/dry shadows that work on lids and brows, plus a mascara and a brow gel that lets you dress your look up or down to suit your mood. The set even includes a brush, in case you don’t keep one handy. Then again, who ever said tomboys don’t keep tool kits?