Let’s get back to basics this year shall we. I’m talking natural looking foundation, subtle contouring and highlighting, lightly bronzed cheeks and statement lips. These makeup trends and techniques are perfect for everyday life and really easy to achieve. You just need a few great products and a little time.
Great skin prep is a must if you’re going to rock a minimalist skin look. Always start with a clean face, then use a mild toner and finally go in with your favorite moisturizer and sunscreen. Two of my favorite moisturizers are the Kiehl’s Facial Moisturizer and the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè which both lay well underneath foundation. I also recommend using a good eye cream if you have any undereye dryness.
Using a skinny brow pencil like this one from MAC is a great way to achieve natural looking brows. Use light strokes to mimic brow hairs.
Cream foundations are great but they can be a bit hard to use and blend for the makeup novice, so if you are a newbie (or just prefer liquids), find a liquid foundation that matches the center of your chest and use that in the center of the face, then to create a natural look, go around the perimeter of your face with a slightly darker shade which will add some dimension. Blend those shades together using a damp beauty blender.
Keep in mind a true contour is cool toned but we aren’t focusing on chiseling the face, we just want to add a bit of liveliness and dimension.
Quick Tip: (the perimeter of my face is darker than the center is, so I like to match my darker foundation to the side of my face, my forehead, and my cheek/neck area so that when I turn to the side, it all blends together)
Powder the face with a little finishing powder mainly focusing on the t-zone, under the eyes and around the mouth to prevent shine and minimize creasing. I like to use the Ben Nye Powder that I featured here for that. I also use a small fluffy brush under the eyes and mouth and a large powder brush for the rest of the face.
On your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your cupid’s bow use a luminous highlighter like this one from Becca (reviewed here) or this one from Hourglass to achieve a very natural lit from within highlight. I like applying highlighters with a small dome shaped brush or a small fan brush.
Finally, pick a flattering matte lip stain and top it with your favorite satin finish lipstick in the same shade to create a beautiful statement lip. Go around the edge of the lips with a concealer brush and a tiny bit of concealer or foundation, to clean up the lip line.
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