For anyone who knows me, it will not be a shock to learn that I am not a morning person. I have a real issue with leaving my cosy warm bed behind, but when you love makeup but suffer with dark circles under your eyes and the more-than-occasional acne breakout, it’s not the best combination. So, depending on what I have to do with my day and how many times I’ve snoozed my alarm, I am left with a limited time in which to make myself look half decent.
Ultimately, a true natural makeup look begins with the skin care. If you are going to invest anywhere in your make-up routine, I would strongly advise that it be in this area, especially if you struggle with problem skin. As someone who does struggle with hormonal breakouts, I understand how hard this can be, but I will be writing a whole other blog post on my skin journey so keep a look out!
Before anything else, for the base, I start with a primer to create a barrier between my skin and the makeup to avoid clogged pores and increase the longevity of the following products. At the moment I’m a big fan of the radiant, glowing look, and to achieve this, my favorite base is L’Oréal’s Lummi Magique which is such good value for money (just £9.99 in boots!) This product claims to be multi-purpose and to double up as a highlighter but I’m not so sure about that part. Just one squirt of this applied all over the face underneath your foundation, though, and you’re left with a dewy, but subtle natural glow.
If you struggle with bad acne or regular breakouts, I would recommend Nars’ creamy concealer. This is the best coverage, non-cakey concealer and comes in soooo many colours for all skin tones. Even though it has a bit of a hefty price-tag (£22), it is completely worth the splurge because it is easily blendable, quick to use with the dufour applicator and can also be used to highlight and cover the under-eye area. Just make sure you go to the counter and ask them to colour match you because they have loads of colours!
Check out my latest Instagram video for a run-through of all the products I used to create this look!
Next; brows. Mostly, eyebrow trends change every decade or so, and thank god, at the moment the trend is to have thick, dark, Cara Delevingne-esque brows. Obviously, mine aren’t a patch on her’s but I try my best! I use Benefit’s Goof-Proof brow pencil to fill in any gaps and make the shape much more pronounced. This pencil is soooo good, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s smooth, soft, and glides perfectly. And if you make a mistake it’s easy to remove! Perfect brows in 2 minutes – what more could you want? For an average day, I tend not to wear too much eyeshadow but if I do, it tends to be a pale nude colour with a darker colour blended into the crease to give them a little bit of definition. If I’m feeling particularly brave, I might try an eyeliner flick with my favourite Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper, or maybe just smudge a little bit of pencil eyeliner above my lash line. I always finish the eyes off by curling my lashes and using the L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt mascara. This, if you’ve always struggled with your mascara transferring from your bottom lashes to the under-eye area, is a life saver.
One of the main things that people tend to forget to add to their makeup routine these days is blusher. This is an especially vital step for any skin tone, but especially if you are as pale as me. It is important to pick which tone best suits you – orange, nude or pink? Shimmer or matte? Then, depending on how much time I have left, sometimes I add a bit of contour, sometimes not. At the moment, I’m still carrying a little Christmas weight (from 2014…) so usually try to contour that double chin away. The trick is to pick a cool-toned brown which isn’t too orange, but beware of the muddy look! Perhaps you think that the more products you add the less natural this make-up look will seem…but if you do choose to add bronzer, remember to follow the number 3 shape that is on the side of your face and to also swipe over your nose in an X motion to give yourself a natural glow.
Even though strobing has become a huge trend recently, I understand this is not for everyone and may not fit into an everyday natural makeup look for many people. However, for one of the most natural highlights, I would recommend gently swiping The Balm’s Mary Loumanizer highlighter over the tops of the cheekbones, the brow bone and the tip of the nose. For a more dramatic glowy look, or to take it from day to night, add as much highlighter as you see fit because, after all, it’s your face – don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t put on it!
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