Dreaming of spring last week got me thinking about re-vamping my makeup routine, trading in my (slightly) more dramatic eye and lip colours in favour of a lighter and more radiant look. I love a dramatic red or berry lip and standout eye makeup in the cooler months or for dressier occasions, but I was craving something a bit more natural. And so, after some experimenting, my new no-makeup makeup look was born.
This makeup routine is perfect for everyday and easy to do with a just a few or all of the products I used. It focuses on three key areas; the base, the cheeks, and the eyes for a subtle, glowing look. To make it easier, I’ve broken down the steps to get this look below.
It may be a no-makeup look, but I always have something that needs a bit of covering up, and once you reach my age, I really do think a bit of properly-applied (meaning a light hand and lots of blending) foundation can make a huge difference. If you’ve read this recent blog post or been following my Instagram, you probably know that I love Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hours Hydrating Foundation and I alternate it with Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. I prep my skin with moisturizer and a bit of Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance for added glow, then cover up my imperfections with my chosen base. Next up, I had a touch of Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener (which works a million times better than YSL Touch Éclat in my opinion), blending it by gently tapping my finger along the under eye area.
I start with a sweep of Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, hands down the best blush I’ve ever found at any price point. At under $10, it is my number two drugstore beauty steal (number one comes later). After blending, I use a flat oval brush to contour my non-existent cheekbones with Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contur Powder , blending upward into my blush. A quick dash of Makeup Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder with a large powder brush to set and then I’m ready for a light sweep of Claré Blanc Minerals Luminizing Powder, which gives a delicate glow to my cheeks and any other area I want to highlight (usually my brow bone, the bridge of my nose, and my cupids bow, above the top lip). This is a new product to me and I really enjoy it. The powder looks like it may be a bit to sparkly in the package, but it has a very light finish on the skin that doesn’t look glittery or juvenile, but provides a nice glow. Another alternative that is getting tons of buzz is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Prismatic Amethyst (as seen here).
Next up is my eyebrows, which get helps from Benefit’s Ka-Brow and Gimme Brow, both of which are probably my favourite Benefit products ever. I’d share more, but frankly, this blog has heard me talk (complain) about my brows quite enough.
For eye makeup, I keep it simple. Starting with a champagne shadow (I’ve been using the Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in Taupe Delicat – similar here) over the entire eye area, I highlight the lower lid not with a shadow, but with my number one drugstore beauty steal, Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter. This gives a light golden glow on the lid that I am in love with. You can line the eyes with a softly smudged black gel liner for a bit more drama, but I prefer to keep them unlined for this daytime look. A sweep of Benefit They’re Real Mascara and my eyes are done.
What is your take on a soft makeup look like this? Would you use this many steps, or pick and chose, depending on your day and how much time you have)? It can easily be pared down for an even more natural but polished look, but even with all steps included, it takes me no more than fifteen minutes from start to finish (and that includes at least five minutes for my brows alone, because they are a PAIN!). And hey, you can always add the mascara when you get to work, right? 😉
Enjoy the pretty things in life,