Our guest author today explains how to get the “no make up” look – which is an art form, of course. I admit that I can’t do this! A note to our American audience: the prices listed are in pounds but they’re readily available here in the USA.
#1: First of all, ensure your skin is super soft and smooth by using a facial exfoliator such as St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub. Simply dampen your face with warm water then dispense a pea-sized amount onto your fingertips and massage in for thirty seconds. Your skin will immediately look brighter and it’ll give you a gorgeous, natural glow.
#2: Now you need to create an even base. Garnier Nutri Miracle Skin Perfector is ideal as the sheer, mineral pigment packed formula glides onto your skin to give you just the right amount of coverage as well as 24 hour hydration. Simply massage in and you’re ready to go… Quick, easy and no need to moisturize first!
If you need a little extra help disguising dark under-eye circles and blemishes then invest in Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. The yellow base and great consistency erases any flaws in an instant and you’re able to build it up as you wish. Dab onto the offending areas with your ring finger and blend, blend, blend! Be careful not to apply too much as you want to steer clear of the ‘cakey’ effect and keep it looking natural.
- The next step is to set your base so that your no-make up look lasts all day. Take a loose powder, Illamasqua Loose Powder is great as it comes in a range of shades and it’s extremely lightweight. Use a powder brush like Bourjois Powder Brush (£4.99) to pick the product up, compact it into the brush by pressing down on a clean, hard surface and then tap off the excess. In circular motions, sweep the powder filled brush over your complexion, paying particular attention to your t-zone.
- Contouring time! Rimmel Natural Bronzer is absolutely perfect for sculpting your face and adding some color. Just as you did with the loose powder, use the Bourjois Powder brush to pick up a good amount of bronzer, then compact and tap off any excess.
- Beginning in the center of your forehead, concentrate firstly on the right side of your face and work in a number 3 shape – using gentle, circular motions, bring the brush down past your temple and under your cheekbone. Then back towards your ear and down again over your jawline. Repeat this process on the left hand side of your face and then sweep the brush down over your nose and onto your chin to achieve a sun kissed effect.
For a lovely peachy glow, use a blusher such as ELF Blush in Peachy Keen or Candid Coral to make your cheekbones really ‘pop’. A rounded brush like Bare Minerals Tapered Blush Brush will give you the best results. Again, pick the product up, compact and tap off the excess before smiling and guiding the brush over the prominent apples of your cheeks and up slightly towards your temples.
- Eyebrows play a major part in the framing of your face so define yours with The Body Shop Brow Definer (£8.00) in a shade similar to your hair color. Rather than drawing on thick lines, use light, feathery strokes to ensure the look doesn’t become too harsh.
- To complete your new, natural make-up style, coat your lashes with a brown mascara rather than your usual black one so as not to give the game away. Benefit BADgal Mascara in Brown (£16.50) is a great one because it shows off your eyelashes in a soft, fluttery way without looking too overdone.Well there you have it! Next time you want to improve your features without piling make-up on and giving the impression that you’ve made a huge effort, you know what to do. Easy when you know how!