Beauty for Real

How To Get The Natural Makeup Look

WEARING ONLY A SMILE…

Nude, naked, natural …  The desired look is effortlessly enhanced but not made up. But going nude can get tricky. You want to look fresh and natural, but you’re spreading a mixture of earthy, brown-based shades all over your face. Sounds like the makings of a mud pie.

Here’s how to do it and look … not dead. Plus, a few tricks to make your makeup better, whether you decide to go nude, or not.

BARE MINIMUM

The girls on the runways are wearing a smile and a slew of other products to pull off their seemingly perfect complexions.

Here’s the tricky part: smoky eyes, nude palettes, and many other makeup fixes can make you look worse if you put the cart before the horse.  Consider these cosmetic assists before you strip down.

LOOK ALIVE

Conceal, even and brighten your complexion!

Soft blush on the apples of your cheeks is a must when the rest of your face is nude. These are beautiful, foolproof shades that illuminate and add a touch of color.

 

Physician’s Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder

Susan Posnick Color Me in Camelia

Nars Blush in Deep Throat

BRIGHT EYED

Makeup artists love to use a nude eyeliner pencil on the inside of the bottom lash line. Eyes look bigger and brighter. Instantly. Try these:

Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte

Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Nude

ON TO THE PALETTES…

So, what to do with all of these neutral colors? The possibilities are endless but here are some basics to keep in mind:

Choose a medium-toned shade for your lid, a deeper shade to contour the crease and the lightest shades for your brow bone and inner corner of your eyes to highlight.

Urban Decay palette Naked2  is my favorite!

The Nudes by Maybelline

Too Faced Natural Eyes

Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quads

Eye Couture by Sonia Kashuk in shimmer neutral

With all this bareness going on, you’ll need some definition.

Pump up your lash line with this trick:

 

L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Espresso has a brush that comes with it. The brush fits perfectly at the base of your upper lashes.

Starting in the outer corner, move the brush along your lashline with short strokes. They’ll connect and give the look of a full set of lashes, without the look of a liner.

LIPS

Barely there lips will complete your look. This selection of lip colors is neutral enough for a range of skin tones.

Color Sensational High Shine gloss in Iced Chocolate

Warm Nude by Beauty for Real

Lip Tar in Hush

MOST NATURAL STATE

There’s an English proverb that goes like this …

“Craftiness must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.”

Well, the truth is that it takes some craftiness to pull off naked makeup. Now you can.

Birthdays And Makeup Party Tricks: Bronzers

SHOW AND TELL

I was at a birthday party with my friends. A gaggle of girls doing what girls do. Catching up on the latest, well, everything. Someone mentions makeup and then everyone shuts up and stares at me. They want answers and they want them now.

They want their buck’s biggest bang, the fastest fix ever, the mother lode of all beauty tricks. No pressure, no pressure at all.

Thankfully, I had it wrapped up and it was ready for the birthday girl: Bronzer. A sun-kissed, healthy glow and chiseled cheeks … in two minutes or less. Happy Birthday! I patted and blended bronzer all over her, right then and there, and she loved it. I love a party trick.

CONFESSION

A few months after receiving the bronzer, the birthday girl confessed that she hadn’t been using it. When she applied it she felt like she looked muddy and bruised. So my gift was buried in the bottom of her makeup bag.

I’ve given a million makeup lessons over the years and this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. When we’re having our makeup done, we get it.  When we try it at home, it’s another story. You need to do what it takes to help you remember how to recreate the look. Get one of those finger-painted illustrations from the makeup counter. Take notes. Take a selfie. Whatever works!

So, here’s the rundown on bronzer beauty…

TEXTURES

The first trick is choosing the one that is best for you. This is based on personal preference and skin type, of course. But here are some rules of thumb…

  • Bronzing powders will give a set look. Matte, polished. If your skin is oily, this is your best bet.

  • Cream and liquid bronzers will give a dewy finish and I generally recommend them for dry skin.

  • Textures have to work together. Mixing powders with creams can create a mud pie.

  • Powder bronzers and highlighters go on after foundation or tinted moisturizer has been set with a loose powder.

  • Cream and liquid bronzers and highlighters marry well with moist skin that is free of powder.

OPTIONS

My favorite powders:

My favorite creams:

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

  • Bronzers belong where the sun naturally hits your face. Start slowly.

  • Forget the giant bronzer brush. It’s too difficult to control. Instead, use a chiseled, blush brush.

  • For creams and liquids, use what the Goddess gave you. Your fingers.

  • Blend bronzers around your hairline, the bridge of your nose, your cheekbones and chin.To get a slight chiseled look, push the bronzer under your cheekbones a bit.

  • If your bronzer comes with a highlighter, add contrast by popping a bit on the bone itself.

GIFT OR REGIFT?

Whew! All worked out.  Bronzer saved. It takes a tiny bit of practice and practice makes … well, I’m not a fan of perfect. But I am a fan of easy tricks that make you feel beautiful, at parties, in private, with your girlfriends or pretty much any day.