Everyday, Polished & Natural Makeup
For me, the perfect day time makeup look is one which take me 15minutes to do, looks very natural, but leaves me ‘polished’ and looking more awake. It take some practise to get all of the elements right – using makeup to look natural is a little bit of an oxymoron when you think about it lol and usually there’s a fair few products involved. But it is achievable! Like with anything, its probably about practise and using the right textures.
The most natural colours to use are earthy tones which are matte. Here’s the thing though – using matte colours and textures all over your face will make you look older and ‘flat’- there’s nothing more youthful than dewy skin. Luckily makeup products have developed so much, that you can use textures that have no obvious shimmer in them, to make you look more awake and make the tones on your face multi-dimensional (so you don’t look ‘flat’ and tired – everyone naturally has lots of different shades and tones in their skin). This is my everyday makeup look, which I also wear to work (when I’m bothered lol!) because it’s polished, subtle and ‘clean’. With natural everyday makeup, you want people to notice you without noticing your makeup first.
So here I am with a clean and moisturised face – looking tired, with uneven skin tone and a few blemishes.
And after – using only base products:
So what did I use?
A hydrating and illuminating makeup primer (I used Lancomes Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector because it contains silicones and illuminating particles – you can use an illuminating base or none at all if you don’t feel you need it! I also used it around my eyes as Ms. Visionnaire said it was ok 😉 A natural water based foundation mixed with a hydrating serum and liquid illuminator (one without obvious shimmer!). You can also mix a little face oil in with your foundation (on the back of your hand) to give you a serious glow without shimmer (rosehip or argan oil would work great – especially for very dry skins!).
TheBalms Time Balm concealer under my eyes – set with a translucent powder. I used a more creamy concealer on my blemishes.
I used a little bit of bronzing powder to contour under my cheekbones, forehead and side of the nose (just a little).
I then *lightly* powdered the rest of my face with a finishing powder (not as matte as regular powder and without shimmer) – don’t over powder, as the powder will fall into fine lines and make pores more obvious. A little powder is all you need to make your makeup last longer and to stop your face being overly shiny. Use a translucent powder in places you get really shiny if you have oily skin.
Base products I use below!
Above: Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector (used as a primer), YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation, Dior Youth Essential Concentrated Sorbet Essence (because I mix 2 quarters of foundation with one quarter hydrating face serum and one quarter liquid highligher – both the serum and foundation last me for aggges – especially the serum, I have 80% of the serum left even though I’ve been using it for close to a year!) and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone.
Above: Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Powder & Hourglass Amber Lighting Powder in Dim Light (I use this as my finishing powder).
Above: Nars Laguna Bronzer, theBalms Time Balm concealer and Dior’s Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer.
If I was in a rush, I could easily just stop here and feel confident knowing I have ‘perfected skin’. To me – the base is the most important component to any makeup! However, if you want to naturally define your eyes, cheeks and lips then read on! 🙂 Below is a photo of the completed look!
Use a eyeshadow primer (to make your eyeshadow last all day) and then use a matte ‘bone’ coloured eyeshadow (something close to your skin tone) to even out the skin tone on your eyelid. Then, use a matt brown shadow in your crease (for me a cool toned brown works best) and blend blend blend for definition!
I’ve realised that if I’m tired, skipping eyeliner on my top lash line does wonders as it can make my eyelid look heavy. Tight-lining your upper water line is the much better – but I hate the feeling of tight-lining my upper lid so I often skip that step.
Here’s a great trick – use a touch of pearly shimmer in the centre of your top lash line. If you don’t have eyeliner there, it should be be visible but not very noticeable. This will brighten the whole eye lid area! You can also use a little bit of the pearly shimmer in your inner corners – but not to much, as to much shimmer ends up looking artificial.
I bring down my crease colour to the out corners of my bottom lash line and then I line my lower waterline with a beige eyeliner to look more awake (more natural looking than white).
Use mascara do define your lashes, but don’t pack on the mascara – subtle is key.
Use a matte cream blusher on your cheeks – a rosey nude.
I either like to use a matt nude lip pencil which defines my lips and gives me natural looking colour (after lining I fill in my lips with the pencil) and I put lip balm on top so it isn’t to drying (this also softens the lip liner).
Instead of a lip liner, you can use a chubby pencil in a nude tone – or a natural toned lipstick (in the picture above I’m only wearing Mac’s Subculture lip liner on my lips, while in the picture below I’m wearing Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in 01 Curviest Caramel).
Eye, cheek and lip products which I use for this look are below!
Above: Nars Eyeshadow Base, Clinique Lash Building Primer, Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara and Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.
Above: The shades in the Urban Decay Basics Palette. I loooove this palette! I use W.O.S all over my lid as it matched my skin tone perfectly. If you have a more yellow toned skin, Foxy should be great for you. I use Naked 2 as my crease shade as it’s a cool toned brown. Perfect for defining your eye! Venus is a pearly off white, but without chunks of glitter. It is shimmery (the rest of the shades in the palette are matte) so I use a touch for the inner corners of my eye and for the lash line in the middle of my eyelid. Sometimes if I’m feeling more awake, I will use Faint or Crave as an ‘eyeliner’ on my top lid, but pushed into my lash line so it looks natural (using a very small angle brush).
As you can see, there’s a BIG difference between my first picture and last. But *hopefully* I still look natural but polished. I hope you have enjoyed seeing what products I use and why, so that you can appropriate the look for yourself 🙂
I will be trying to in March to look more polished and put together. Because I am lazy and NOT a morning person, disheveled is usually how I end up looking lol! But 15 minutes is really all you need for the look above, so that is my goal!
Let me know what products you love for a natural everyday look! I would love to know! And yes, it’s March already… *Sigh.
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