Makeup Monday- the unnaturally natural face

So, I’m not against wearing no makeup…(honest!) I really love makeup and buying it and playing with it and applying it (onto myself and others…) But I do actually enjoy not wearing it as well- it’s a good way for your skin to breathe, it’s easy, it’s certainly quicker than having to do a face. But a lot of times you just have to have something on your face. Whether it’s because you’re not having a good skin day, or you’re feeling a little drab… So I’m gonna walk you through the steps of putting on a really natural face. Plus, there’s a highlighting lesson thrown in for free, just because that’s how much I love you.  
Ready? Ok. Here we go.  
Start with a clean, exfoliated and well moisturized face. (I cleanse with Cetaphil, exfoliate with either a warm, wet and clean washcloth or baking soda + warm water, and moisturize with a combination of Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer and Skin Eternal Hyaluronic Serum.)  (The serum goes all over my face, neck and chest, and tops of my hands…gotta keep everything looking young, ladies-not just your face!!)
(Somehow making silly faces seemed to make the not-wearing-makeup-online pill easier to swallow.  Oh!  And now would be a good time to remind you that I do not use filters or retouch any of my Makeup Monday photos because I consider that cheating- so these are all me, baby!! Scout’s honor.)
Next, apply your favorite tinted moisturizer. Mine is a combination of Garnier BB Cream in Medium/Deep for my cheeks and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium on the rest of my face. (Now is also the time that you would cover up any blemishes with a light creamy concealer and/or conceal any dark circles you may have under your eyes.) 
Then apply a cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, just enough to give your face that ‘I’ve just been frolicking out in the sun for a bit’ glow. I like the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush in Coffee Cake.  And I use my fingers to apply it. 

If you need to fill in eyebrows, do so now, lightly. And I always prefer a shadow filler as opposed to a pencil, as it has a more natural look to it…especially for the lighter haired ladies such as myself.

Next we’re gonna highlight that face. And this technique is one I also use with a fully made-up face as well…just maybe a little more of it. Highlighting really helps bounce the light off your face and literally ‘highlight’ your features appropriately. Like having the perfect amount of that ‘staring into the sunset’ glow on your face 24/7. 
I have a few products I like for different occasions. 

For today I’m using the Roll On Eye Shimmer by NYX. It’s been my current go-to bc it’s just so easy to apply. 

And here’s where it goes…
It’s very important that you blend your highlighter in extremely well-  I use my fingers.  Check your face at all angles, in different lights because the last thing you want is to see the effort that was put in to this, um, effortless face…

Then I take a matte tan colored eyeshadow and brush it lightly on my brow bones to add dimension and depth to my eyes- it just makes it look like I got a little bit of sun. I’ve been using the Cinnamon Stick shade in this ‘Spice Islands’ Cover Girl eyeshadow palette since junior high. (They stopped making it and changed all their color names…don’t you just hate that?)

Then follow up with one coat of a lengthening mascara. The one I used here was Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in Blackest Black.

And now all you need is a light coat of tinted gloss/balm on your lips, and you’re done! I like Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Cherry Me

Your face feels light, fresh and completely natural…only you happen to know it isn’t.

Have a Happy Monday!! 
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  • Reply Katherine Cook July 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Do you find the unnaturally natural face stays intact without setting it with powder? I know it would ruin some of the glow effect, but my makeup is prone to meltdown in swampy DC summer weather. Also, love Baby Lips, have the same shade. And just ordered some of the roller bar highlighter (yay, Amazon Prime)!

  • Reply Everyday Champagne July 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    It really depends on your skin type, Kat. I find that the dewy look works for me, I even like it at the end of a long day but that's just because I'm not prone to a ton of oil maybe…also I use Clean and Clear blotting papers (the blue ones) sometimes if I do ever need to sop up anything!! But if you're prone to oily skin and know you'll need to set it with something, then I recommend a light dusting of a loose powder with no color. (e.l.f makes a great HD powder) and I would do that before you highlight. They also make good tinted mineral powders that could maybe even take the place of the bb cream/tinted moisturizer if your skin type needed it.

    Hope you like the roller ball when it gets there!! Ya so convenient. I love it!

    Also hope this helps!!!! Thanks for reading!!!

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