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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Natural Makeup Look

I actually did this look a few month back but never posted it here, lol. Anyhoo, there is nothing really exciting about this post but just to throw it out there because I think on a day to day basis, you really can't go wrong with the natural look. In the past, I've gotten quite a few compliments about not wearing too much makeup. Personally, I think I wear quite a bit but if you know how to apply makeup, you can achieve a natural look that's very flattering.

Ok, I tried to keep the look as natural as can be and this is what I came up with.

Product Used

Face: Lancome Teint Idole mixed with Revlon Colorstay foundation, Avon Classic Aura blush, MAC Shell Pearl beauty powder, Sephora mattifying compact in D35 for countouring.

Eyes: ELF Eyebrow Kit, UD 24/7 zero, Ulta mineral eyeshadow duo in Fire Opal, Revlon matte eyeshadow in Vintage Lace, and NYX blush in Taupe.

Lips: Maybelline ColorSensational lipstain in Touch of Toffee

Tips for a natural look
- Use a brush to apply foundation. I love using my ELF Studio Line powder brush. It's very soft, dense but not too dense, and has a flat top. A brush like it will give you an even and flawless application without using too much product. Use a stippling motion for that air-brush finish.
- As far as foundation goes, make sure it matches your neck.
- Use a translucent powder to set your liquid foundation. Don't over apply, you don't want your face to look too powdery.
- Use a light rose or nudy blush for your cheeks, preferrably one that doesn't have glitters or too much shimmers.
- When you use eyeliners, line the upper lash line with a thin line and smudge it with a Q-tip. Otherwise use an eyeshadow, go over the eyeliner, and softly blend it on your lash line. Don't wing the eyeliner too far out. You may want to use a dark brown eyeliner because it won't look as harsh as a black eyeliner. For the lower lash line, using a thin brush and eyeshadow, start with the outter corner and gently work your way in. You don't need to bring the color all the way to the inner corner, just half way is fine.
- You can skip the eyeshadows but if you choose to use it, use neutral colors. A little bit of shimmer on the center of your lid and a nude matte eyeshadow on the crease and outter corner will suffice.
- Define your brows using a shade slightly lighter if you have dark hair or slightly darker if you have light hair. I prefer to use a stiff small angled brush to apply the color to my brows. Just go over the natural shape of your brows. I use a Q-tip to clean or sheer the color if I used too much. If you already have thick brows, you may be able to get away with just nicely groomed brows and clear brow gel.
- For natural looking lips, use a nude or light pink lipstain. If your lips are prone to get dry apply a clear lip balm over the lipstain. Or you can apply a nude lipstick and blot it with a tissue to give your lips a bit of color without looking like you tried.
- Highlighting and contouring is optional but I find that a bit of highlight on the center of your face and bridge of your nose gives you a young looking glow.
- I don't use mascara but that's also optional. If you feel you must use it, go ahead and try not to over do it.

What are some tips you guys want to share for a natural-looking makeup look?

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