Bare Faced Basics – Natural Looking Makeup

Learn how easy peasy it is to do natural looking makeup in minutes with Lisa at Studio 8 Beauty Portsmouth.

woman with natural looking makeupIt takes 5-10 minutes to apply with the following steps and gives a flawless natural finish: 

  • CC/BB cream or foundation depending on the coverage required.
  • Make up primer (optional).
  • Concealer (1 shade lighter than your base, green to cover redness, yellow to hide dark circles).
  • Blush (powder or cream).
  • Mascara.
  • Lip gloss or lip stick – nudes or a hint of colour.
  • Pressed powder.

 1. Good skin care creates a good base: great natural looking makeup starts with a healthy skincare regime. Always ensure your skin is cleansed and a good moisturiser applied. Remember to exfoliate regularly as it brightens, removes dullness and ensures an even base. I love Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant as its mild on sensitive skins yet can be used often. Regardless of your age, always protect your skin with a minimal of SPF 30 all year round as this protects your skin from UV rays and prevents future damage such as age spots. If you want to create a really smooth base, I recommend using a makeup primer which creates an amazing base for natural looking makeup no matter how little you are applying. My fave is Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer. It contains pearl extract which smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and creates an amazing base for makeup, so it just glides on.

2. Cover up: I prefer to cover up before foundation as it prevents you over applying foundation. Use a shade lighter than your base and lightly cover any blemishes and dark circles. Use a green concealer if you have any red pigmentation or redness in your skin to disguise this and then a yellow to cover the purpled tones of dark circles.

3. Face base: next apply your base of either a CC or BB cream (colour control/complexion corrector) or a light foundation. I like to squeeze a pearl size drop onto my hand as a measure and then dot it around my face (2 on the cheeks, forehead, chin, nose etc) then either blend with finger tips or a foundation brush. You can always add more if required.

4. Blush: for natural looking makeup go for a cream blush on the cheeks as it’s much more flattering. Use sparingly and blend over the apples of the cheeks to give a fresh look. If you prefer powder apply face powder first and then apply blusher by tapping off any excess and dust over the apples of the cheek and sweep up lightly towards the ear.

5. Powder (Optional): Lightly dust with swirling movements all over to fix your natural looking makeup base especially over the T-zone where oil tends to build up.

6. Brows: Now to enhance those brows by working a little colour through your brows with a small brush. I prefer a brow powder as the shades are more natural and they contain a wax for durability. I use a HiBrow Brow Palette as it comes with its own highlighter, brush and templates so even the least artistic can achieve beautiful brows. Lightly dust over your brows to enhance the shape bringing out the highest point to lift eyes and build it up. Remember, a little goes a long way on brows.

7. Lashes: Next add a little bit of mascara to define your eyes (black or brown, whichever you feel comfortable with). Gently layer whilst allowing to dry in between layers as this prevents clogging.

8. Lips: On the lips add a tiny bit of barely-there lip gloss or a nude lipstick.

… and there you have it, a few simple steps and tips for achieving great natural looking makeup  🙂 

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