As much as I love makeup, and wearing it every day, I do like to wear a minimal amount some days. Sometimes its because I am lazy….like really lazy. Some days, its because I just want to have a fresh-faced, natural look about me. Lets be honest though….99% of the time its because I am totally lazy.
Typically, I wear full makeup just about every day. That includes my Bare Minerals foundation, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara. The works. You can even check out my post about My Everyday Eye Shadow.
But for today, lets talk au naturale. How can you get a natural look while still wearing makeup??
You’ve gotta prep your face. I start out with moisturizer and then primer. We all know how important primer is. In fact, I wrote about how awesome and important it is in a post a while ago! It evens out your skin tone even before applying foundation! I use Bare Minerals Primer
After the primer, apply your foundation, whatever it may be. I personally use Bare Minerals. Here is where the au naturale part comes in 🙂 For me, instead of using my usual blush, eye shadow, etc. I change it up a bit.
You want to use a light colored blush. Remeber you want to look natural. Maybe like you just ran a few laps? If your complexion is…
Light: use a light pink
Dark: deeper pink or purple
OR….you could just pinch your cheeks 🙂
Left to Right: ELF Shy (light complexion), ELF Glow (medium complexion), ELF Blushing (dark complexion). All $2.00. Available at Target.
Bare Minerals Petal Pink is perfect for all complexions. It gives everyone the natural flushed look. Just be sure, based on your complexion to apply what is necessary!
Bare Minerals Queen Phyllis is also perfect for all complexions. On a typical day, I use this for a highlighter on my brow bones, but for a natural look, I very lightly dust this all over my lid. Gives just enough shimmer.
Bare Minerals Bare Skin is another great neutral. This is particularly great for those with a light or medium skin tone. Just like Queen Phyllis, dust all over the lid.
Bare Minerals Chic Nude is yet another option. Adds a perfect light shimmer.
ELF eyeshadow: Upper left: Wheat. Upper right: Ivory. Lower left: Driftwood. Wheat and Ivory is great for medium to darker complexions. Ivory good for lighter or medium complexions.
One thing to remember for your lips is to play them up a bit while keeping them natural looking! Try out shades like these…
L’Oreal Colour Juice in Raspberry Smash. This is perfect for medium-darker complexion. This gives your lips a “flushed” look
Bare Minerals Lip Gloss in
I adore this lip gloss. For those of you that want a completely natural lip with just a little gloss or shine, this is the gloss for you! And its so cheap! Find it at drug stores, Target, Wal Mart, etc.
Lastly, I finish the look off with some mascara. I skip the eyeliner. A coat or two of mascara does the trick. Here is what I use and I SWEAR by it!
Here is a pic of me in my “natural” makeup look. And yes, I am wearing a hoodie and documented it on my fashion blog! Fashion bloggers have comfy days too 🙂
I am wearing…..
1. Queen Phyllis eye shadow
2. Petal Pink blush
3. L’Oreal Colour Juice in Raspberry Smash
4. Bare Minerals foundation
To sum up, some things to remember to create your natural look:
1. Everyone’s complexion is different. What works for one may not work for another! Play around with shades!
2. Remeber less is more when aiming for this look.
3. Don’t forget the primer.
4. Try some highlighter (I use Queen Phyllis) to highlight some of the darker areas of your face. It adds to the natural looking glow! Don’t overdo it though- this isn’t the year 1999 when putting glitter all over your face was hot!
Enjoy being in the buff…its a refreshing change!!