TIPS, PRODUCTS AND INSIDER TRICKS FOR A FLAWLESS MAKEUP LOOK THAT IS EFFORTLESSLY NATURAL.
I just want to preface this with two things. Firstly, I never plan to produce a ‘no-makeup’ tutorial. I don’t understand the sense of pride that some people have as they boast they never wear makeup. Frankly, I’m more impressed by someone who says they can apply a full face of makeup in under five minutes than someone who hasn’t done anything at all…
And secondly, a more natural makeup look doesn’t imply some boring neutral toned face that’s school photo appropriate. I’ve always believed that if animal print is considered a neutral, then a red lip and winged eyeliner can easily be considered neutral too.
Yes, a little ridiculous, but would you be here if I was boring…?
BEFORE WE START…
You need a whole lot less product if your skin is on point and you’ve got a great base to work with. So invest in your skincare. Perfectly groomed manicured brows and a lash tint makes things a little easier too.
Also, the perfect accompaniment to any makeup look is a gorgeous blowave. It doesn’t matter how bangin’ your makeup is if your hair is so oily that it could butter bread. The two work together!
This look definitely isn’t the baked on, perfectly contoured look you see on the popular pages on Instagram. It’s chic, effortless and a little Parisian.
WHERE TO WEAR?
Perfect for dates, shopping adventures, brunches, lunches, this look is even suitable for a sneaky trip to the McDonald’s drive-thru. There isn’t anywhere that this look isn’t appropriate. Maybe swimming? But would you really want to wreck your blowave with a chlorine filled pool?
1. YOUR BASE
I believe skin is meant to look like skin. I start by applying La Roche-Posay’s Uvidea BB Cream to my face and blending down my neck. It’s a higher-coverage BB cream with an SPF of 50+ and it magically covers all redness. For days when I feel as though I’ve lost my sparkle, adding a small squeeze of the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer for a light strobing effect.
Using a small brush like the Rae Morris concealer brush, apply a small amount of a creamy concealer to lingering problem areas. I love the Stila Perfecting Concealer which I apply to the birthmark on my chin, the inner corners of my eyes and any standout spots that are demanding to be seen – pesky pimple scar, I’m looking at you!
3. FRAME YOUR FACE
If you only listen to one thing I have to say today it’s that you need to learn the art of a well-drawn on brow. The most natural brow starts lighter and tapers to a darker tail, it doesn’t have a clear border and isn’t too fussed about matching her sister (aka, your other brow). I use a Rae Morris Brow Brush and Spoolie to brush my brows in place. Using an eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics, I use feathery strokes to fill in my brow. My favourite handbag friendly solution that is long lasting is the Mac Eyebrows Crayon which I use in a tutorial here – PS. It’s vintage PB, don’t judge.
4. ENHANCE YOUR EYES
I’m a huge fan of using your intended bronzer as an eyeshadow as I feel it ties your entire look together. Use a large fluffy brush like the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush to apply to the socket and blend it out. I use the Models Prefer Samantha Jade Eyeliner to draw a baby wing which I’ll smoke out along the lashline using the same shadow I used on my brows. I’ll finish the look with a mascara, my current favourite being the Lancome Grandiose Mascara.
5. ADD DEPTH
I think we need to move away from the contouring and highlight craze, but that doesn’t mean our face has to look flat. I use a fluffy brush and a bronzer only marginally darker than my skin around my forehead, hollows of the cheeks to my jawline. Imagine a “3” shape on either side of your face. Try to mimic that ensuring you blend it out to look natural AF.
6. FOR LIPS SO KISSABLE
I’ll leave the house like this, only applying a generous sweep of the Nuxe Reve De Miel Balm for ample hydration and a subtle sheen. Or for a slightly stained more polished look, I’ll use the moisturising Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon which provides a just-kissed hint of colour.