WHAT I USE FOR MY NATURAL 10-MINUTE MAKEUP LOOK
You guys, I just realized recently that I have never done a makeup tutorial on this blog. I realize that it’s much easier to do a makeup tutorial in video format than as a written post - and I’m working on that.
I have some YouTube projects in the making that I cannot wait to talk about (soon, hopefully!) but I thought in the meantime, it would be fun to share one of the things you don’t really need a video to understand: What I use to do my signature, super quick natural-looking makeup look.
Now before I get right in, I need to make 2 disclaimers: First, I’m not a makeup artist, nor do I claim to be. I’ve done my own makeup pretty consistently for about 15 years and I’m obsessed with anything that makes me feel beautiful, but that’s about it.
So by no means am I pretending that I know it all when it comes to makeup. In fact, I’m pretty sure a pro makeup artist would look at my full-face and cringe at certain things. But I do my makeup the way I like it, and that’s what matters. And if I like it, I figure some other people will probably like it too.
Secondly, I feel like I need to say that this look is what I do when I want to look like I tried a little, but it’s too early to do a full smokey eye. For example, I might be wearing this look to brunch. It’s something that takes me literally 10 minutes to do, and since it’s a pretty light makeup look, it looks a lot better in person than on camera.
So if you’re looking for a super quick beauty routine that you can do in a pinch before going to work, something SUPER EASY that require virtually no skills, this is the right place to start.
So without any more blabbing, here is everything I use to do this makeup routine, in order, and how I use it:
1- I prime my skin with the Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, by First Aid Beauty. I did a full review of this product before (you can read it right here) so I’m not gonna go in all the deets about what it does, but basically, when I’m going for a natural look, I want to look glowy, dewy, fresh and awake. That’s why I’m using such a moisturizing primer, because I don’t want to look super matte and flat. I use about the size of a big pea, that I rub all over my face, using my hands.
2- I mix equal amounts of my Clinique Acne Solutions foundation and Glamglow’s GlowStarter, which is a super illuminating moisturizer. Not only does that make my foundation a little less covering (giving me a more natural look), but it also adds to the glow that I want. This is a great tip if you don’t want a full foundation mask, but don’t have a BB cream. I apply little dots of this mix all over my face, before blending it with a wet beauty sponge.
3- I apply a few drops of Benefit High Beam to the top of my cheekbones, in a C motion going from the highest point of my cheekbones to the tips of my eyebrow’s tail. I apply and blend with my fingers, before applying powder (the next step) just because I feel like it gives me a deeper glow than just using powder highlighter on top of everything.
4- I apply a tiny amount of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder under my eyes, on my T-zone and on my cheeks and I let that sit while I do my eye makeup. I apply the powder with the puff, because I feel like that’s a much easier and precise way than with a brush. Even though I’m going for a glowy look, I still want to use a tiny bit of setting powder, just because when you have oily skin like I do, there’s a fine line between glowy and greasy… And we really don’t want to step over that line. If you’re not familiar with this setting powder, you can read my full review right here.
5- For eyeshadow, I like to keep it really simple for this look. Once again, this is a look that screams “I got ready in 10 minutes and I look this good”, so you don’t want to look like you spent 6 hours in front of the mirror. I like to use my Too Faced Ticked Peach eyeshadow palette for this look because it has the perfect shades of peachy brown that makes me look a tiny bit sultry but still daytime appropriate. Using my fingers, I apply the lighter matte brown shade (Peach Spice) all over my lid and along my bottom las line, and dab a bit of the sparkly highlighting shade (Parisian Peach) on top, just to give it a little sparkle. Then, I take a blending brush and apply a very small amount of the darkest brown shade (Love Pit) in the crease, just to give it a little bit more definition. To finish it off, I take a wet liner brush and I apply a line of the same dark brown shade along my lash line, as a replacement for the black eyeliner I usually wear, because I feel like it gives it a much softer look.
6- I finish off my eyes by applying one thin coat of Better than Sex Mascara, by Too Faced. This is my new favourite mascara, and I love using it for this look because it gives a lot of volume and length, but doesn’t clump at all. Since I already have long and curled lashes, I only apply a tiny bit, otherwise I feel like it looks weird with such little eye makeup. In this case, a little goes a long way.
7- After my eyes, I move on my brows. For that look, I try not to go ham on my brows, because I feel like it looks a little crazy with minimal eye makeup. For my brows, I use the Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil. I start by brushing them up with the spoolie on one end, and then I draw on a rough shape, filling it in with some hair-like strokes. I try to go super light, because I feel like I suck at doing brows, and I’d rather they just look a little defined than like 2 angry caterpillars sleeping on my face. Once I’m done drawing them, I go over with a few strokes of the Sephora Collection Tinted Brow Freeze, which is like a wax that hold them in place all day.
8- I then brush off my bake to reveal a clean face, and then I start building up the glow, starting with bronzer. My favourite is Hoola, by Benefit, and I use it no matter what look I’m going for. Since it’s cool-toned, I use it to contour my face right under my cheekbones, on the top of my forehead (right below the hairline) and under my bottom lip. I then take a super fluffy brush and and quickly apply a tiny amount all over my face, neck and décolletage, just to look like I’ve been at the beach lately.
9- I’ve never been a huge fan of blush, but lately I discovered one I’m OBSESSED with, in the Pixi English Rose face palette. I use the bottom right shade, that looks like a dark red highlighter in the pan, but comes out just the perfect shade of flushed pink on the cheeks, with the perfect amount of glow. I swear, I’ll have to re-buy this entire palette just for this shade of blush - It’s the BEST.
10 - One of the most important steps to me in any minimal look is highlighter. I use the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills, which is now sold out, but I linked the closest one from ABH below. I love all the shades from this palette, but when I go for a natural look like this, I usually use “Forever Young” or “Glo Getter”. I simply apply it with mu fingers, to the highest point of my cheekbones, under my brow bone, in the inner corner of my eye, on the bridge of my nose (a little lower than right between my eyes), on the tip of my nose, and on my cupid’s bow. If I want a bit of extra glow, I sometimes apply the tiniest amount to my forehead and chin.
11 - Last but not least, I like to finish off a natural makeup look with a glossy lip. Lately, I’ve been loving the Marc Jacobs Enamored lip gloss stick in Pink Lemonade. It’s a bright pink that’s subtle and sheer enough that it doesn’t make too much of a statement, but it still brightens up the whole look. I love it because it’s super hydrating and it goes well with the whole healthy, glowy vibe I’m looking for.
That’s it guys! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope it gave you some pointers if you were looking for inspiration for a natural, super quick and easy makeup look. With Spring being here (finally!) I feel like this is the perfect makeup look.
What do you guys use on your maintenance makeup days? Let me know below, I’m always looking for some new cool products to test out!
Love you guys,