It’s not always possible to try over-the-top/ full glam makeup looks when it’s 7:45am and you need to leave for work in 15 minutes. Sometimes you need that extra smack on the snooze button, okay?! But there are also days when you want to keep things minimal but still want to wear makeup. Hence the phrase ‘No Makeup-Makeup’.
So I’m going to share with you guys, the steps I use when I’m running late (more like my everyday routine, since I’m forever late) and the products I use to help bring it all together.
Firstly, I like to use the Too Faced ‘Primed and Peachy’ matte primer to prep my face. Primer is a great base for any makeup application. This particular primer can be worn with foundation, but it looks great on its own if you wanted to forego foundation/CC cream. I try to only use this where I have pores and where my oily zones are i.e. forehead, nose area and chin.
Once the primer has set into the skin, it’s time to cover up your secrets with foundation. You don’t necessarily need to use a full coverage foundation when you are trying to create a ‘natural’ look but if that your thing then, go for it! I am completely and utterly in love with Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless. It is very much a build-able full coverage foundation which means a small amount will go a long way if that’s not the look you’re going for. I like to either use my Morphe Y6 brush or a blending sponge, both applicators will leave a soft, airbrushed look.
Another option would be a CC cream. This is a lighter formula than a foundation but it can still give you decent cover.
Moving onto concealer, I like to use Maybelline’s Eraser Eye Concealer. Simply swipe the applicator under your eye, I tend to avoid applying it anywhere else as I think it can look cakey, which isn’t ideal when you’re going for a natural look. This concealer blends beautifully with a damp beauty sponge.
After you have applied your cream/liquid products, you need to set it. Rather than baking the powder, lightly dust it all over your face with a powder brush, you can dust off any excess if needed.
Or if you do prefer to bake, use a damp beauty sponge to really adhere the powder. Sometimes, it’s also useful to bake the necessary areas, and use a pressed powder on the other areas of your face. This all depends on how matte you want your face to be.
Now it’s time to add some dimension to your face! Depending on your preference, you can either warm the face up with some bronzer and leave it at that, Urban Decay’s Beached Bronzer is a good choice for this. Or you can keep going and use a contour palette to carve it out a bit more. Morphe’s Sculpt and Shimmer palettes are inexpensive and do a great job of this. (Bonus: these palettes also come with 4 highlighters, which brings me to my next step…)
You are lying if you don’t love a bit of a glow. Highlighters always leave your face with a little pop and always look stunning. For this look, a subtle highlight is the way to go. A highlight with gold tones, lightly dusted on the highest points of your cheeks is just enough for a glowy look. Of course, if you want to have at it and go crazy with it then by my guest!
Some people prefer to do their eyebrows before contour and highlight, either way works as long as your eyebrows are poppin’ at the end of it. Whether you use a pencil, powder or pomade – always make sure you brush through your brows with a spoolie. The spoolie will evenly distribute the product, and can also create the illusion of a full and feathered brow.
This step is pretty simple…add mascara to your lashes. Too Faced’s ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara has been at the top of my list for a while now and I’m yet to find a better one that won’t cost a limb. Using your eyelash curler beforehand will help you curl them up to the high heavens.
Setting Spray/Finishing Off
Now all that is done, and girl you are looking stunning! You can finish the look off with a nude lipstick, for my skin tone I like to use Kat Von D’s Ophelia liquid lippie. When that is applied and has dried down, you should spritz (read: drown) your face with a setting spray to really lock it into place. My new favourite spray is Skindinavia’s Bridal Setting Spray – it literally does not move. Fun fact: Skindinavia are also the geniuses behind Urban Decay’s Sprays.
Side note: I don’t usually wear eyeshadow the days that I want to look natural, but if you want to add a little something extra, a warm/neutral eye look would look beautiful yet effortless which is exactly the look we want to go for.
I hope you liked my little ‘How To’ tutorial! If you enjoyed it, what else would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to like and follow my blog to be notified of when I next post 🙂
Love, Beth x