Winter and the upcoming spring season is the perfect time to try the “no-makeup” makeup look (if you haven’t already). It’s all about a fresh faced glow and letting your natural beauty shine through. It also feels lighter on the skin, allowing you to breathe a little easier and worry less about touching up throughout the day. These simple steps are easy and quick to do before you head out the door on your next adventure.
Start by perfecting your skin so that the makeup blends in easily; wash with cleanser and a cloth to gently exfoliate your face. After that, moisturize your face to even out your skin tone. The fastest, most natural way to do this is with a tinted lotion, which should also contain sun protection and because it’s sheer, you don’t have to exactly match it to your skin, as you have to do with foundation. You can even go slightly deeper to warm up your complexion.
Conceal any blemishes with a small concealer brush and the under eye area by patting with your ring finger. Setting with a light powder helps prevent creasing and lasts much longer. Tap off excess on your brush and gently press into the under eye area instead of sweeping the brush. Same goes for setting any blemishes you’ve concealed; press into the skin or else you’ll disturb the concealer you’ve so carefully placed. If needed, apply a light layer of mineral foundation powder on your nose, forehead, chin, or anywhere you tend to get shiny. Bare Minerals original mineral powder is a great organic powder that will keep your makeup from creasing or your skin from getting oily all day.
Create a natural flush on the cheeks. Cream blushes are fantastic for creating a natural appearance. I love the NYX cream blushes, they’re cheap, but are made well enough to be considered a high end product. Gently pat and blend on the apples of your cheeks, making sure the edges are thoroughly blended out. This will last all day and you won’t get a caked on look that can happen with powder blushes.
Eyebrow time! Comb and fill in empty spots in your brows and set with a gel. Resist filling them in too heavily, however make sure they are defined to pull the look together.
Still keeping this look simple, Apply a light neutral eyeshadow to define your crease if you like, but go easy! This look should make people notice your beautiful eyes, not your eye shadow. Matte shadows are typically best, but you do you!
Tightlining is that mysterious eyeliner technique everyone talks about, but few can really explain. It’s used to create the impression of fuller and longer lashes. Use your finger to lift up your eyelid so you can see the base of your lash line. Then fill your brush with eyeliner and press it directly onto the waterline wiggling it back and forth until evenly applied, or simply use a waterproof eyeliner. If you are using a pencil, then definitely pick up the Urban Decay Glide On Eyeliner in Perversion (black), it lasts all day and will never smudge.
Finish the eyes off by curling your lashes and applying a few coats of your favorite mascara!
A trick that not many people know about is exfoliating your lips with an old toothbrush and Vaseline to get rid of nasty dead skin. Not only is it cheap, but it leaves you with the smoothest lips that you may not even get with expensive lip exfoliators.
After you have soft, luscious lips, apply a tinted lip balm or gloss (Burts Bees colored lip balm is the best, so smooth and has a great pigment)!
That’s it! Now let your hair down and let your inner beauty glow through!