Thursday, May 2, 2013

MAKEUP-TUTORIAL:Natural Barely There Makeup

Natural looking, 'barely there' make-up is the newest trend lately. You see celebrities are going "fresh faced" in magazines and designers are choosing "au naturel" for they runway looks. The message is clear: Less is more. 

Honestly, I either doll myself up or I go completely make-up free so this look was slightly odd to me when I first heard about it. I mean spending time applying make-up, only to look like you don't have any on?  And besides I love my mascara, my eyeliner, my concealer....But now that I've tried it, I can definitely appreciate this 'no makeup makeup look'! It is quick and easy and I mean if it's good enough for Jennifer Aniston then it's good enough for me. 

So I hope you enjoy these tips on how to get this  laid back look, Aniston style.                                                                                               
Prep your skin. Your skin is on display with this look and so you have to make sure it glows. Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize to get it looking flawless. Opt for a lightweight moisturizer so you won't look shiny and oily. 

Apply your base. This would be foundation and concealer. 

  • Foundation: Going foundation free is ideal for this look but if you simply can't do it some ultra lightweight foundations can work. Bare Minerals have some great mineral make-up foundations that look great, and a great drugstore alternative is Maybelline's Mineral Foundation (9$). If you prefer liquid makeup you can use a BB Cream, a great drugstore one is by Revlon (12$) or my favorite thing to use for this look is a tinted moisturizer, mine is from Laura Mercier (42$) and it works amazingly with my skin but of course it is a little pricey so you can use any one that works for you. Otherwise use your everyday cream or liquid foundation but apply it with your fingertips to melt the product into your skin and apply a small amount at a time, building up to the coverage you need.  

  • Concealer: The trick here is using a slim eyeliner or lipstick brush to conceal any imperfections on your face. Once that is done use a small amount of concealer to hide any discoloration under the eyes. My favorite concealers from he drugstore are Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer and Highlighter (5$) and L'Oreal Lumi Concealer and Highlighter (10$). 

Enhance your eyes. I always use either a push liner brush to apply a powder eyeliner right onto my lash line or I dot on a superfine line of my favorite  pencil eyeliner on my lash line. You don't want it to look like you are wearing any liner, so by applying it onto the lashline it won't show as a harsh line and will just make your lashes look very dark and full. Then apply a coat of mascara to enhance your eyes some more.

Warm up your skin.  Here is where I add some bronzer to the outer parts of my face to warm up my skin so it looks nice and healthy. Use a bronzing powder that doesn't have shimmer and apply with a light hand in circular motions to the perimeters of the face. Then lightly put on some blush to your cheek bones. (Note: A pinker blush will look more natural )

Pouty Lips. Use a tinted balm or a lipstain in place of a lipstick. This will just apply a sheer color to the lips. A good lip stain is the Revlon Just Bitten Stains (8$) at drugstores and NYC Lips stains (3$). 

Remove Shine. Your skin isn't naturally matte, so a dewy finish is what you want when doing a barely there makeup look. If you have oily skin though the last step is to use a matte powder to get rid of shine in your T-Zone. Rimmel's Matte Powder works especially well, (3$) at drugstores.