This blogpost features my makeup routine when I am looking for a more go out yet natural look. You can watch the video above or read the rest of the blogpost to see how I create this natural look along with the products I use in order to achieve this look!
To start with makeup, I use primer, I really enjoy Mac’s Prep &Prime spray, but for this video I used my go-to primer, Smashbox Smooth & Blur. This one is a travel size tube which is bang for your buck because a lot comes in this small container. I typically like to smooth this primer on my cheeks, nose, and forehead so that I am able to reduce the look of my pores and fine lines.
Next, I mix MAC studio fix foundation. Please note that this foundation is very thick, full coverage and you don’t want to over do it as you will look like your make up is caked on. I typically use a dime sized worth of product. I also have to mix two shades, NC-35 and C-4 so that I get my perfect shade of a natural beige. I then like to use foundation brushes to apply the foundation. I normally focus more on my areas of redness and blemishes. I then blend to the rest of the face with the product that is left.
I then will apply my concealer under my eyes, chin and forehead, and I like to define my nose with a straight line. My go-to is Too Faced Born This Way, but for this video I was running out and used some of Tarte’s shape tape. After applying concealer I will apply my contour. For my contour I used Anastasia Beverly Hills contour stick in Mink. I focus on my cheekbones, nose, and top of forehead. (See left photo above for concealer and right for concealer + contour). I then blend the concealer and contour with my finger as I feel it is easiest for me to get the precise blending that I desire.
After blending my concealer and contour I will “bake” my under eye. Baking according to Cosmopolitan is “letting translucent powder sit on your face for 5 to 10 minutes, allowing the heat from your face to set your foundation and concealer. Then, you dust the powder off your face and voilà!”. I feel like baking really sets your foundation and helps if you have oily skin. I personally like using Laura Mercier translucent powder, but Makeup Revolution has a dupe of baking powder and translucent powder for the fraction of the cost, you can get this at Ulta! I will bake my under eye, forehead, and underneath my cheekbone contour. I will let this sit until after I have done my eye makeup.
After baking, I will do my eyeshadow so that the baking powder essentially covers your face so that your eyeshadow doesn’t get into your concealer and foundation. Since I love very basic, neutral tones, for this natural look I am using Urban Decays Naked 1 palette and their Ultimate Basics palette.
I first will start off by putting down a base color using a flat brush, for this look I am starting with the color Nudie from the Ultimate Basics palette. After setting down my base I will take a darker color, a mix of Buck and Naked from the Naked 1 palette and blend this in to my crease. I like to use a blending round brush for this so that it looks well blended. After I have fully blended the base and crease, I then will take a brighter, more shimmery color and apply to the middle of my eye. For this look I use Half Baked from the Naked 1 palette. I feel that with brown eyes these neutrals bring out the golden tones of your brown eyes. After adding in this color, I will go back in to my crease and re-blend.
After finishing up my eye shadow, I’ll take a brown eyeliner pencil and outline the top eyelid only. I usually hope for a more cat eye look and only line the outer corners of my eyes. I personally think that people with almond shaped eyes should do this as it gives your eyes that cat eye effect. After this, I’ve applied NARS climax mascara to my eyelashes. I don’t use eyelash curlers as they tend to break my eyelashes. For a great recommendation of mascara for lashes that point down, I recommend Tarte’s lights camera lashes!
I then will work on my eyebrows. I use elf’s eyebrow kit because its a great price (it’s only $4!) and works very well (almost comparable to Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder). Because my eyebrows are not the same, I have to make sure that my eyebrows have tails. It kind of it like a tracing and filling in back to basics Kindergarten arts and crafts time when it comes to doing my eyebrows! Lol! I try to go for a more natural eyebrow look when “drawing” them on.
After my brows and eyeshadow, I will wipe my face from the translucent baking powder and make sure that my contour and concealer is well blended. I then take Hoola’s bronzer and go over my contour just to emphasize the contour. I then will take Morphe’s blush palette in 8C cool and mix my two favorites, Sexy and Driven and apply this blend to the apples of my cheeks. Again, making sure I am blending everything well.
Next, I will apply Kylie Jenner’s kylighter to the bridge and top of my nose, sometimes below my eyebrow, and on my upper cheekbones. The kylighter I am using is from when she first came out with her line so what I am using is a little old and I do not have a link to it!
Lastly, I will set my makeup with Urban Decay’s Deslick (for oily skin) setting spray. I typically spray 2-5 spritz on my face.
And there you have my natural makeup routine.
Thank you for watching and/or reading my blogpost! I hope you enjoyed it. Right now, I am playing with ideas and concepts to best fit me and my channel and I’d appreciate any feedback or any suggestions you may have.
Baiiiii! Xoxo Jess