Monday, May 12, 2014

No-Makeup Makeup

How often do we here guys say "I like girls to be natural." and then use some
celebrity like Jennifer Lawrence (Love her!) as an example. Well I highly doubt they have truly seen the beautiful Ms. Lawrence's bare face. Not to say it's not just as lovely but some boys seem to think every "natural" look is actually natural. Very few people actually look like a Neutrogena add campaign, usually not even the model. So here is what it takes to look naturally perfect...which is a total oxymoron.
(Ps: if you see any bruises around my tattoo it's because it is new and on my collarbone)
What I used: 
Smashbox Liquid Halo in 1
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony
Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette. (Discontinued) Any neutral palette will work.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black (I don't know...does it have a long enough name?!)
Too Faced Lip Injections Color Bomb! in Bee Sting (I think this shade has been discontinued, but any nudey-pink will due.)
Start with a naked, clean face. Be sure to moisturize. Prime skin and give it a couple minutes to set.
Then mix together about a nickle sized amount of foundation and 
about half a pea sized amount of the illuminator.
Take the bronzer and contour your face. I did my nose dramatically so it was clear 
how it should look in case you've never contoured it before and would like to slim your nose down. 
Left: Before blending                Right: After blending
It looks way too harsh if you don't blend. You shouldn't see lines one the face, 
it should appear as shadows. Go back in with the same foundation brush and blend it in.
If you were alive during the reign of JLo you may have fallen victim to a pluck-happy waxer too so 
fill in your brows and comb through the front half again after filling to soften it a bit. 
Remember to keep natural in mind.
Apply concealer under the eyes if you need it like I do and then set with the setting powder.
If you are going for long-wear also powder the center of the forehead, the nose and chin.
Roll on stain, I keep it up higher to lift the cheek-bone by tricking the eye. Then in a dabbing motion blend it in and down. If this looks a bit too flushed go back over it (a specially around the edges) to blend it in. 

This is a favorite product for me, I reviewed another shade here
Nothing says healthy, natural, glowing like flushed cheeks. I like using a cheek stain rather than a powder when going natural because it is translucent, it looks like skin. 
If you have this Too Faced Palette (sadly no longer available) I used 1)Snowflake as a highlight 2)Whiskers on Kittens as an all over shade and 3)Woolen Mittens to define the crease. (optional) You can use any other similar shade to create this look
If you have a steady hand and feel you can make a really fine line 
along your lashes (practice makes perfect), go for it. Don't do the inner 1/4 of your lash line. This will make those lashes of yours look super thick. Then curl lashes and top with mascara. Bottom lashes optional.
 To top it all off, I do this just in the warmer months, bronze the face at the high points of the face, where the sun would naturally kiss your face. I like a brozer with a little bit of light reflection.
 Finish with a nude/pink lip and tada, you are a natural!!
So quite a bit goes into looking perfectly natural. But it's a good trick 
to have up your sleeve. I have simpler natural looks but I wanted to do a Hollywood natural look, as it's getting warmer I will probably do a quicker more everyday natural look.

Thanks for reading and remember that makeup can do a lot of tricks.
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xoxo, Amanda
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