My blog posts up until now have been heavily focused on reviews. To switch things up, I decided to share an everyday makeup tutorial of sorts today. Ok, calling this a “tutorial” is quite a stretch. More like a talk through what I use on a daily basis? As a disclaimer, I am no professional makeup artist or guru. I’m just plain old self-taught Helen sharing what I like to slap on my face every day.
Today is a low-key kind of day. I plan on hitting up a local coffee shop to get some much-needed work done. To match my laid-back plans, I opted for a more natural, fuss-free look. Often, I get so caught up with makeup application that I tend to go overboard. This year I’m trying to apply the “less is more” philosophy to my makeup looks to try to get that irresistible fresh-faced glow. Not sure I’m quite there yet, but I’ll keep trying! I’m also including some new drugstore makeup goodies in the lineup. As usual, I’ll add some of my thoughts on the products! I hope you like it! I might do some more of these *looks* in the future. Maybe a night out look next?
To keep my face looking as glowy and hydrated as possible, I decided to use my favorite drugstore foundation, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serm Foundation. I buffed this in with my Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush. Surprisingly, I haven’t spoken about this product on the blog until now. It’s seriously good! This light-weight foundation gives off a nice soft matte finish that doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy on the face. It wears beautifully throughout the day! You might need a retouch down the T-zone with some powder to keep any oiliness at bay. The coverage is light but can be built up if you need a bit more. I find that this lets your natural skin shine through. I have the shade Vanille, which is the perfect match for my pale skin! Not too orange. That being said, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is CRAP for anyone without pale, white skin! They only have three shades. Three! All of those are for pale skin. LAME! I hate it when makeup brands don’t even bother to cater to deeper skin tones. Ugh!
While I usually to go heavy on the concealer (my under eye bags are insanely dark), today I kept things looking lightweight. I used my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer to cover up my dark circles. I always use my ring finger to blend this in. This concealer is perfect for natural makeup days. It’s lightweight, doesn’t crease up or look cakey, so, in my opinion, it’s a good one! While I do enjoy it I wish it provided a bit more coverage.
Though I typically use my NARS Soft Matte Concealer to cover up my acne scars and blemishes, I decided to skip that today. My skin is looking fairly clear this week. Sure, there are a few acne scars and hyperpigmentation showing through my foundation, but, hey, perfect skin is unattainable! Gotta rock those imperfections!
I decided to forgo setting my base with powder today since I’m trying to get that dewy look. I did, however, sculpt my cheekbones just a tad with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow sculpting powder. I feel so naked without it! I find that this sculpting powder is a goodin’ if you want to define your face without it looking too overdone. Though there are better brushes for contour, I just use my ECO Tools Bamboo Powder Brush on days when I’m not fussed about precision.
For blush, I pulled out my Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose. I’m in love with this rosy pink shade! Perfect for everyday looks. This matte blush is highly pigmented so be careful to only add a touch of this to your brush. I find that the color will last almost all day, unlike other blushes that just fade into nothing after a couple hours. Plus, how cute is the rose packaging?! I just use my ECO Tools brush again for this. Multitasking at its finest!
While I typically opt for a heavy dark brown matte smokey eye look, I kept things light today. This is a very straightforward eyeshadow look. To start out, I applied a bit of my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer all over my lids using my fingers. Then I took Grounded, a cool-toned light matte brown shade, from my all-time favorite Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette all over my lids. I always make sure to blend it out with my Sephora PRO Airbrush Crease Brush. Then I blended Earthy, a warm, rich brown from the same palette, in the outer corner and crease to give my eyes some dimension. I also lightly smudged both shades along my lower lashline with my Sephora Shader Brush. To finish off the look, I run through my eyelashes with black mascara. Today I used the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, which I’m loving at the moment. It lengthens my lashes like crazy! They’re almost twice as long when I use this. I also like how the wand on this does a fantastic job at separating my lashes to give them a fluttery look. No clumps in sight!
For my eyebrows, I’m keeping it simple. I just brushed through my brows with my Soap & Glory Archery Volu-Boost Brow Gel. While I don’t love this brow product for how clumpy and tricky it is to apply, it does an OK job at giving my eyebrows a bit of definition and shape. Whenever I use this I always go over my brows with my e.l.f. spoolie to get rid of any excess product.
These days I can’t step out the house without any lipstick. I feel so naked without a hint of color to them! For this look, I was tempted to stick with my classic red lip, but I went for a pink instead. I’m trying to get out of my red lip comfort zone! It seems contradictory that I would prefer a bold red lip over a nude or a pink, but that’s how I feel! So today I opted for the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Pommie Girl. I could have layered this on for a bold look, but to go along with my natural makeup vibe I dabbed this on lightly to create a subtle stain. I always apply a lip balm before putting on any lipstick. My lips are perpetually dry and cracked in the winter so I put on a few layers of the EOS Smooth Stick lip balm to soothe them.
That’s it! The final look. It only takes me about 15 minutes to do this. It’s fairly easy to do. Let me know if you like this kind of post! I know I should include step-by-step photos instead of just the products, but I couldn’t figure out a good way to do that with just my iPhone balanced on a cardboard box.