BEAUTY BREAKDOWN: Natural Beauty

The truth about this look is that it was something I did in under 20 minutes. We had this beautiful model on set for another shoot where the makeup was more minimal than this, and the photographer and I decided last minute to squeeze in a beauty shot. I misted her hair with Joico Hairshake (one of my favourite hair products), threw it back in a tight low bun and pulled some baby hairs forward with my Mason Pearson brush.

Photographer:  Alvaro Goveia  

Photographer: Alvaro Goveia 

The base for this look was already done. Using Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in #3 #6 and #8, I used a Beauty Blender for a light and natural application all over the face (use #6 and #8 around the perimeter of the face and blend it into the center with #3). I lightly set the foundation with Laura Mercier Setting Powder and contoured using a MAC 137 brush and the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette. The next step was brows. I brushed through the brows with a disposable spoolie to ensure there was no product in them. Using the Anastasia Brow Pro Palette and a MAC 266 brush I applied the Brow Powder Duo in Auburn and Soft Brown to fill in any bare spots.

I used the Sephora Contour Inner Rim Gel Eyeliner in Wide Eyed (which is the perfect nude eyeliner for fair skinned people) along her waterline, and she already had on a bit of L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black from the look we shot earlier.  I very rarely use anything other than that for mascara in my kit, sorry if that is not exciting enough for you. Now here comes the exciting part. If you haven't seen my DIY MAC Nudes Lipstick Palette video on YouTube (once you get there don't forget to subscribe) you'll have to catch up on that first.

Using nude lipstick from that palette and using a bunch of Real Techniques synthetic brushes (sorry I can't remember which ones, I was working in a hurry) I used a mixture of nude lipsticks as shadow and blush to create the nude on nude look you see. Because I lightly set the foundation with powder the lipstick was easy to work into the skin, and setting the lipstick was not necessary because I wanted the skin to have a natural glow. The above photo is also very minimally retouched. Makeup Artists who are learning, this should always be your goal. Don't let a computer program take your job away from you! Here is a shot of the model from my phone unfiltered and unretouched so you know I'm for real.

Using lipstick as cream blush is a great tip (maybe not the best for oily skin) but play around with it and see what you think! If you are giving this look a try, don't forget to tag me on social media so I can see your work!!