How To Create a ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look

Hi guys!

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.

Primer

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.

Foundation

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.

Concealer

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.

Setting Powder

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.

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Primer, Foundation, Concealer and Setting Powder

Contour/Bronzer

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…)

Highlighter

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!

Eyebrows

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.

Mascara

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

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Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Liquid Foundation Review

Hello my lovelies!

I am always on the hunt for a good foundation that won’t melt off my face, and having combo/mostly oily skin doesn’t make the hunt any easier for me. I have heard many things about the Maybelline SuperStay Foundation on both the internet and in person. Some good things and some bad things, so I thought I would put it to the test and see how it performs.

Product Description:

I bought this foundation from £9.99 from Boots, while it’s not as cheap as my holy grail Fit Me Matte and Poreless by Maybelline (£6.99, BTW) it’s still a pretty decent price for a budget foundation. The foundation claims to be full coverage that will can last up to 24 hours. It also claims to be lightweight, matte and suitable for all skin types.

If I could complain about the initial product, it would probably be the shade range. There are 12 shades, which isn’t a lot considering how many shades other brands can produce and how many skin shades exist in this world. So, there isn’t a lot to choose from if you’re very fair or very deep.

First Impressions:

Once my primer was applied, I used one pump to the back of my hand. My first thought was this foundation is very thick with a similar consistency to the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation. I used my Morphe Y6 brush to blend the foundation on my skin. It felt very heavy and it looks kinda cakey. I switched to a damp BeautyBlender which helped it blend better, in the end I had an airbrushed kind of look. The coverage is crazy good, pores? I don’t know her. But…even after I used the sponge, it still felt heavy on my face. I also noticed after I wore a collared shirt all day that I had transfer on the collar and if I touched my face at all, you could feel the makeup coming off. 

The next day, I used a smaller amount. Half a pump of foundation still covered my entire face and still gave me the coverage that I like. It felt a lot better and didn’t transfer at all compared to the day before. So, I definitely recommend starting off with a small amount and apply more as you see fit.

 

Is It Long Lasting?

With other foundations I nearly always have to touch up a few times a day, you know the drill: blotting sheet, powder, repeat. Oily skin, forevs <3. However with this foundation I only touched up once in 8 hours. I also noticed that I still had okay coverage after a full shift at work, which is more than what could be said for Kat Von D’s Lock It foundation which vacated my face after a few hours of wear.

Could it last 24 hours though? I’m not so sure, I was pretty oily after a full day and it was starting to separate a little on my nose and cheeks. My guess is, if I had gone over even 14 hours of wear, it would stop looking good.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, I like this foundation. The coverage is seriously impressive and the fact I didn’t need to touch up as much proves it works pretty well. This definitely works better using the littlest amount. Foundation on the collars of your shirt ain’t cute and this foundation definitely transfers. Overall, it’s high up on my list of budget makeup and I absolutely love wearing it.

Rating: 4/5

Love, Beth x

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