How-To: A Natural Face

Hey my lovely, fresh-faced beauties!

In the makeup world, a natural, or “nude” face means fully-dressed. It shouldn’t be hiding your features, it should be enhancing them…which is why everyone can wear this look!

Simply put, you’re just playing up what you like about your face. Do you have large, expressive eyes? Perfect cheekbones? Glowing skin? Full lips? Pick ONE feature, because that feature should be the focal point.

Here’s what you’ll need to get that “natural” beauty:

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  • Foundation or coverage of your choice (BB Cream, mineral powder, ect.) 
  • Concealer
  • Pressed powder to set
  • A favorite blush/bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Eye base or primer
  • Natural eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Brow powder and gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss

(P.S: You don’t have to use all of the products I mentioned..you can pick and choose what to add or take away!)

Anyway, let’s start!

The first step is simple, yet difficult, so prepare yourself! You need to create a perfect, smooth, flawless complexion.

I exfoliated my skin and put on some moisturizer first, so my skin would be prepped and primed. When you’re applying your coverage, be extremely careful! In one flash of a powder puff you can go totally cake-faced. (If you turned cake-faced, check out this past post for salvation.)

The next part is ten times easier! Blush and highlighter! I love a good blush…the right shade can make such a difference in how someone looks. I chose one with subtle gold veining, so it can really make my cheeks pop! The secret in a nicely flushed complexion is LESS is MORE, so be sure to tap off any excess of your blush brush! I usually add a light dusting of highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones.

In this look, I decided to play up my eyes. Before I added any shadow, I put on a cream base to intensify the colors I would layer over it. I chose dreamy, subtle colors that would really make my brown eyes glow. Then, because my brows are sparse, I filled them in and set them with a clear gel. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and windows need good frames! A wise Youtuber once said, “Your brows should be like sisters, not twins.”, so you shouldn’t go to extremes to make them look identical.

The final step is my personal favorite, the lips, one of the most seductive things about a face. Before any lipstick or gloss, you should have them exfoliated and moisturized. I chose a nude lipstick color, but you could pick any soft, natural color  you like. I like to add gloss on top too, it makes your lips look softer, younger, and plumper.

And you are dooooone, hun! ;}

PRODUCTS I USED:

  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
  • Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo in “Neutral”
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”
  • Milani Blush in “Dolce Pink”
  • Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana”
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Barely Branded”
  • Smashbox Eyelights Palette in “Flash”
  • Real Colors Whip Lash Ultimate Mascara in “Extreme Black”
  • Zuzu Luxe Lipstick in “Ultra Suede”
  • NYC Liquid Lipshine in “Nude York City”

You should look and feel really fresh and confident, like you’re not wearing much of anything, but  still put-together and polished.

I hope you guys enjoyed this how-to. After all, it’s basically my everyday look in a nutshell!

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Cheers!

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How To Avoid The Cakeface

The Cakeface. No other makeup mishap has ever been as legendary. And gross.

In case you’re wondering: “What in the world is ‘The Cakeface’?”

Here’s some examples:

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As you can see, The Cakeface is not attractive. It’s either dry and flaky, or slick and shiny (like Snooki displays above). But sometimes The Cakeface is completely unavoidable. In one flash of powder, your face goes from flawless to frosting-face. Or maybe you got a little too generous with foundation. Either way, you aren’t happy with your look.

Here’s some tips and tricks on how to avoid the dreaded Cakeface.

  • FOR ONE: You need the right tools. Without good supplies, avoiding makeup mishaps is going to be a lot more difficult. You can use your pick of sponges, stippling brushes, kabukis, mineral powder brushes…anything that works for you! Got those? Great.
  • Also, you want to pick the right foundation, concealer, and powder for your skin type. Purchasing a primer or moisturizer to use under the makeup will be awesome as well, because then the product can melt into your skin much easier.
  • NEVER put concealer all over your face. This makeup is thick for a reason, for covering blemishes, dark circles, or scars. You DO NOT need to put it all over, that’s what a full-coverage foundation is for.
  • And last but not least, if you fear all is lost once you’ve ALREADY APPLIED your makeup, a spritz of MAC’s Fix+ will be your savior. Then, I like to take a piece of toilet paper and smooth it gently across the skin to remove any excess makeup.

Good luck, everyone! What makeup disaster do YOU hate?

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MAC Face and Body Foundation Review

Hey gorgeous human beings!

Because one lovely follower suggested this, I decided to do it, so here’s a review I tried reaaallly hard to not draw out. So let’s go and take a looksie at what this foundation is REALLY like.

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I recently went to the MAC counter and bought my very first MAC foundation, like, ever. The Face and Body, babyy!

CultBeautyBuys9_EL_25sep12_pr_bt It comes with 50 ml of product, which is a pretty good deal.

 The bottle is the kind you squeeze, and it comes with a rounded tip that makes it easier to disperse product without it smearing on the cap. It’s totally liquidy, which isn’t a bad thing, but still….liquidy. I put this stuff to the test over the last four days, wearing it with BB Cream, without BB Cream, with powder, without powder, with primer, without primer, ect. Let’s get started!

DAY 1: WITH BB CREAM AND PRESSED POWDER

I used Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm with SPF 45 underneath my foundation to act like a base. The pressed powder I used was Clinique’s Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”, which set it really nicely.

To be honest, I wasn’t too crazy about the way it looked with the BB Cream underneath. My BB Cream was matte-ish, and it took away from the healthy, glowing look this foundation gives.

DAY 2: WITH BB CREAM AND MINERAL POWDER 

I used Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in “Fairly Light” to set it. I thought it would add to the healthy look the Face and Body created, but I was WRONG. Where my combo skin was more dry, the mineral powder totally made the foundation look thicker and caky.

DAY 3: WITH PRIMER AND PRESSED POWDER 

The primer (Mirabella from the December Ipsy Glam-bag) and powder definitely made the foundation wear much, much longer. The foundation looked wayyyy more natural than when I wore the BB Cream under it, and I’m sure no one could really tell that I was wearing…well, anything!

DAY FOUR: WITH NOTHING EXCEPT MOISTURIZER

I felt pretty confident about how long it would wear, and it did go for a long time on it’s own. Just because it’s a water-based product doesn’t mean it will sweat off faster or slip and slide; THAT’S foundation-racist. Face-ist.

Of course, I do not recommend this for oily skin. But, on my lightly combo skin, it looked really, really nice, and lasted all day. I only had to blot my nose ONCE!

                   Anyways, to be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about this yet. I love it on me, but it takes me a while to warm up to certain products.

I put it on with my fingers, but you can wear it however you like. The greatest thing is, you can build it up to medium coverage in the spots you need it. There’s no noticeable shimmer or glitter, and has such a natural, glowing finish! The packaging isn’t that portable, but I like it anyhow. :}

Hope this was helpful!

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