Natural Night-Time Makeup

I posted this photo on Instagram before a night out about one week ago. It received a positive reaction and there were some requests sent via twitter asking me how I achieved this makeup look.

I don't normally wear a lot of makeup but when I go out, I like to look nice! Today, there are so many light-weight options when it comes to foundations, bronzers and concealers, that there is no excuse for over doing it. Too much heavy makeup screams: " I don't like myself." It also sends the message that you have something to hide or be ashamed of. Everyone has different preferences but six layers of makeup is not going to sex you up... (unless you're in drag ) then go crazy but remember even the Kardashians weren't born looking like: "The Kardashians".

You don't need to change yourself completely. So on that note, here's how to turn up the glam and turn down the crazy!

Step One:

Cleanse your skin with a product that isn't overly astringent. I used Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash A cleanser that is too strong will not only dry out your skin and age you prematurely but it will cause your skin to produce more oils... which lead to more break outs.

Step Two:

Moisturize. Yes even if you have acne, you still need moisture. When my skin is dehydrated I use Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre It works as a fantastic primer in addition to nourishing my skin and it's too "perfumy". I avoid mineral oil as its made from petroleum. Aka: Gasoline

Step Three: 

I applied MAC Face & Body Foundation in C2 with the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush. I chose that brush because it has so many bristles that it does all the work for me, it's more malleable than the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which is great for blending but... * when in a rush you're much more likely to be dragging or pulling a brush against the skin. This can cause sagging or micro tears that lead to nasty infections. Avoid it.

Step Four:

My skin was in good condition that week so I only used NARS Creamy Concealer in "Vanilla" to brighten my under my eyes. Be careful not to conceal too close to the lash line. That can cause your eyes to appear smaller or have you appear sleepy.

Step Five:

I powered with Charlotte Tilbury's Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in "1" it knocks out unwanted shine but never clings to tiny hairs or sits in creases because it's so finely milled. *This is a mature lady's dream product.

I used Charlotte's Blusher Brush to apply it. These brushes are expensive but ultra soft and cut in a way that you're almost guaranteed to look like a professional made you up... unless you're a complete wreck at makeup... in which case I suggest you take a makeup intensive! 

Step Six:

I contoured and highlighted my face (slightly) with the Film Star Bronze and Glow Palette. I used Charlotte Tilbury's Contour Brush to apply. It too is expensive but there's never been a brush that I liked more. Add it to your wish list.

Step Seven: 

I used Benefit's Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow Primer and applied a light layer of By Terry Ombre Backstair Cream Eye Shadow in "Brown Perfection" all over my lid up to the crease. I then blended that with the Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush and applied By Terry's Ombré Blackstar Cream Eye Shadow in "Beyond Gold" across the top of my lash line.

Step Eight:

I curled my lashes with the full lash curler from MAC Cosmetics. I then applied two coats of Dior Iconic OverCurl Mascara which is my personal favourite. It smells like Europe and the brush creates a lot of volume. If you're someone who cries when they drink, use Blinc Amplified Mascara 

Step Nine:

I applied Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in "Streak" to finish the look.

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