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8 Tips to Achieve that Perfect Natural Makeup Look
As with many things in life, usually less is more. I truly believe this is the case when it comes to makeup. Providing yourself with a more natural look is a lot more attractive than caking on makeup. I've found that most agree with this statement as well.
This is the perfect look for makeup beginners as well as those who are experienced. Here are six tips on how to achieve an easy, natural makeup look:
1. Use concealers to hide any imperfections on your skin.
I typically use this Jane Iredale Active Light Under Eye Concealer. It has a convenient brush to help put what I need in exactly the right places.
However, I was recently sent a few items from It Cosmetics and they happened to include the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer in a Neutral Medium. Being the fair skinned person that I am, I wasn't sure how well this would work for me. But I have to say on one recent morning as I was getting ready to speak at a conference, I broke this out when I ran out of my concealer above.
At first, I was startled because the consistently is a little like spackle or tacky glue. But once I got it on, it gave me 16 hour coverage and still looked great. No one could tell I had those tired under eye circles. I should also mention that this fabulous creation also has Collagen and Vitamins C & K in it. This might be my new favorite “must have” beauty product.
PRO TIP: Always apply in a dabbing motion, with a light sponge or with the tools provided along with the product. Never rub the skin under your eyes.
2. Use light liquid foundations or powders only. No heavy foundations.
PRO TIP: Apply with a light hand. It is much easier to add a little more than to have to take everything off and start over. I sometimes use one coat, many times two depending on how tired I am and then I use three coats when I am going out for the evening for a more dramatic and polished look.
3. Apply neutral eye shadow colors such as golds, browns, and tans.
Neutrals can really bring out the colors in your eyes and really does go with everything as well as lend to that truly natural look.
PRO TIP: For quick eyeshadow application on the go, the CoverGirl eyeshadow above has directions on the back making it the easiest thing to use ever.
4. Apply eyeliner to the lower waterline.
This really opens up the eyes causing them to appear bigger and brighter. If you want it to be very natural looking, don’t wear any eyeliner at all.
Now I kind of switch around between eyeliners. I use the Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil pictured above in Black Jade. This was based on a tip given to me by a professional makeup artist. She said to really bring out my blue eyes, use a liner with a little color in it besides black and she was absolutely right. I love this eyeliner!
I also use Mac Kohl Smolder Eye Color for Women in Teddy which is a nice chocolate brown that really looks good on my eyes and e.l.f. Brightening Eye Liner in Coffee
PRO TIP: Don't be afraid to experiment with different eyeliners. Try them out in various ways on your eyes and take pictures. I do this with my phone (in natural light) so I can see what looks best on me. This can differ from day to day.
5. Don't forget the eyebrows.
They say that the eyebrows frame the face and once I adopted this policy, I never feel completely finished if I have not used my eyebrow powder. For years I used a pencil which always gave me a harsh look until I blended it in. The day I found Vanity Mark Cosmetics Ultra-brow Powder in Gingerella is the day makeup became much more fun for me.
This powder is about the best thing ever and it makes me feel good just having it on. With minimal to do once applied, I highly recommend any of the brow powders from Vanity Mark. Make certain to get the Brush/Blender tool they sell for perfect application every time.
PRO TIP: Make certain to always highlight your eyebrows as this gives a more defined look to your face. Play around with a few colors until you find the right shade for your skin. The shade that was perfect for me doesn't exactly match my hair color but blends in perfectly and looks great.
6. Apply a thin layer of mascara to your upper lashes.
Be sure to not make it clumpy, this comes off as very unnatural looking. Properly applied mascara can really make your eyes look amazing. I never would ever consider another mascara besides CoverGirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara in Black.
I love that it is waterproof because I live in a humid state and occasionally suffer from allergies yet my mascara stays on through all of this. The coverage, the lack of clumps and the overall look means that they might have to pry this from my dead hands to get me to stop using it!
PRO TIP: Make certain that your lashes are free from any mascara before applying. Start at the bottom and pull up slowly as you coat your lashes.
7. Use a bronzer or illuminator on all of your most common sunspots such as your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose to provide a natural glow for your skin.
Make certain not to skip this step even if you are fair skinned like I am. I tend to have a little natural redness is my skin but I have found that by picking my bronzer wisely, my red looks more bronze. I always choose bronze over red and the best bronzer for my skin is definitely the Avon Mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes – All Over Face Palette in Warm Glow (pictured above).
It has been a long time since I have had anything from Avon in my makeup (although my mother used to sell it in the 70's & 80's). But when I got this bronzer at an event this summer, I instantly fell in love. It can be used as eyeshadow and just really gives amazing coverage so I love it!
PRO TIP: Always go light with the bronzer and add more if you need to to complete your natural look. This bronzer is perfect for contouring as well.
8. Complete your look with some light lip coverage.
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Watermelon offers the perfect light coverage in a light, shimmery pink without caking or needing a lot of re-application. I probably have about 20 tubes of this product laying around my house. Everyone in my family now uses it and I love giving Burt's Bees as gifts.
PRO TIP: Find as many products as you can that contain SPF. The more coverage the better. I even apply a moisturizer with SPF before I put on any makeup.
I keep all of my makeup organized with the Trina Vivien Essential Travel Train Case in Blue:
Natural and professional looking makeup not only looks good but it can make you feel good as well. Use these tips and products to achieve the perfect natural makeup look for you!
So this is a little peak in my makeup bag. I guarantee on any given day that all of the products above will be with me in my makeup bag. They are a critical part of my beauty routine. While tt doesn't help that I am a total beauty product junkie, I really do love trying new things but they must be pretty spectacular to make it into my makeup bag for everyday use.