29 October 2011

How to: Create that no-makeup look

When we ask guys what their ideal girl is, usually, the word simple is on the list. When we ask them to define simple, it usually means that the girl shouldn't put on makeup.


What guys mean is that they want that no makeup look. There are a number of ways you could do it, but here's how I do mine :)

Consider yourself lucky because I never post pictures of me without any makeup on! Haha, just kidding. Anyway, here's how I look like without anything on my face.
The first thing you wanna do is moisturize. Choose a day cream that's compatible with your skin type. As for me, I use Nivea Visage Sparkling White Day Care.

I'm the kind of girl who puts foundation daily. But I also want my skin to breathe so I use a light one with little-medium coverage, Maybelline New York Clear Smooth Aqua Foundation in Natural Beige. Make sure to cover every bit of your face and don't leave out the hairline. You can also put concealer afterwards for pimple marks, etc.

Next thing I do is draw my eyebrows out. If you noticed in the previous photos, my eyebrows are practically non-existent. Shaped brows frame your face and give you a better look so master how to do this if you have thin brows. If you have thick brows, be sure to groom them :) Shaping your brows also takes a lot of practice! It takes time to master it using different mediums (brow shadow, pencil, etc). In my case I used Maybelline's brow powder.

I didn't take a picture anymore but I brush on mineral powder after the brow step. I use Maybelline New York Clear Smooth Minerals in Natural Ochre.

  It's an optional step, but you might want to brush on brow gel or clear mascara over your newly shaped / drawn brows to keep them in place ;)

Only if you want to, you can dust highlighter on the inner arches on your brows, inner corner of your eyes, and lower lash line. It doesn't show much on the picture, but it glimmers in the sunlight! :)

If you haven't mastered this step yet (eyeliner on the upper lash line), I suggest you give it more practice. It would only hassle you to make mistakes, especially if you're using a waterproof liner. I do this to brighten my eyes and give it more definition. You can use whatever liner you want. On a daily basis though, I prefer using a pencil liner cause it gives a more smudged look rather than a precise line when using liquid liner.

Curl your lashes!!! Never forget this!!!
Apply your preferred mascara. If you know it's going to be a hot day and you'll be in corporate attire like me, use a waterproof formula to avoid "raccoon" eyes. If you don't have one, coating your regular mascara with a clear one might do the trick. I use Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum' Express Hydrofuge.

We're almost done! To give you that glow, apply just the right amount of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Apply your preferred color! Tip: If you feel like you have big cheeks, don't be afraid to contour your cheek bones by applying bronzer just below the apples of your cheeks. Just make sure to blend it with your blush to avoid harsh lines.

You can skip this step if you want, and you still have created your no makeup look.
To apply a color lighter than your lips, put a bit of foundation or concealer on those puckers to even it out with your skin color. I just use residue foundation from my foundation brush.

Apply your preferred color :)

Now scroll up to first picture....

And compare it with this one:
Lastly, put down your hair and flash those pearly whites!! We're done! ;)

If you still think absolutely no make up is the best way to go...
Well, I don't know what to say about that! :)

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