Don’t you love it when people can’t tell if you’re wearing makeup and they think you just have naturally long eyelashes, an even skin tone and glowy cheeks? Personally I love it, it makes me feel like my makeup skills have seriously come a long way from ye old days when I was 13 and I used to think experimenting with my mum’s makeup made me a pro.
Now don’t get me wrong I love a good bold makeup look, but for day to day I’m all about nailing down a ‘my face but better’ makeup combo that compliments my natural features. Here’s a breakdown of the cocktail of products I’ve been reaching for that make me look a hell of a lot better, but not in that “Oh she’s clearly wearing lots of makeup” kind of way:
For the base: Nars Sheer Glow + Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer are a match made in heaven for me. Using Sheer Glow with a beauty blender really helps even my skin out and the thin consistency of the creamy concealer makes me feel like I’m literally applying a second layer of skin. I know that sounds creepy but it’s actually brilliant. The result of the two products combined is a fresh face with skin that looks a whole lot better than what I started with.
For the cheeks: Sadly my cheekbones aren’t naturally radiant (I wish), but a few swipes of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Incandescent Light’ and my glow factor goes way up. I’m one of those people who would rather skip all eye makeup than forego highlighter because I think a nice glow just takes my cheeks to a whole new level. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Jaclyn Hill?
For the eyes: I love using MAC’s Brule shadow as a flesh-toned, neutral base all over the lid, pairing it with a mixture of the two matte brown shades ‘Naked’ & ‘Buck’ from the Urban Decay Naked Palette through the crease to lightly define the socket. I make sure to take both shades a little higher than my natural crease as well to make it look like my eyes aren’t so hooded (damn hooded eyes).
After pushing MAC’s Black Tied eyeshadow along the upper lash line as a liner and adding a touch of MAC’s Nylon to the inner corner of the eye to brighten things up, I use a few swipes of my Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara to subtly lengthen my lashes and I’m ready to go.
For the brows: I’ve got fairly thick brows so I don’t fill them in but they can get pretty unruly, so I love using the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to keep my brow hairs in place. It’s a no bells and whistles brow gel but it gets the job done.
For the lips: I’ll either go for MAC’s Patisserie or the Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream in ‘Spice Spice Baby,’ both of which are muted pink tones and real ‘my lips but better’ shades. That’s exactly what they look like on as well- my lips, but better.