Makeup trends - ever changing and sometimes it can be a little hard to keep up with so why don’t we help you out. The ‘No Makeup-Makeup’ look or as Beyonce’s makeup artist calls it ‘The Boy Beat’ focuses purely on enhancing an individual’s natural beauty and embracing their flaws. As much as we all love a full face beat with lashes that can blow someone away (Literally) with a blink or a killer sharp contour with a blinding highlight, sometimes it’s good to take a step down to switch it a step up. Don't believe it? Keep reading.
First things first, the base. No I’m not talking about your foundation or even your primer. There are certain things that affect the overall look of your makeup without us even realizing. So let’s start with how you ACTUALLY look when you wake up completely bare faced. Some are blessed with no dark circles or blemishes and girl we envy you but not all of us are that fortunate.
- Start off with your morning with a glass of water to hydrate your body and especially your skin. By sun down, you should have consumed at least 3 litres of water. This will keep your lips plump up and skin glowing. Lips are also a key focus, chapped lips never look cute. Scrub them gently with a toothbrush and apply a nourishing balm so that they’re smooth and prepped. Bring on the H2O glow!
- Bright eyes instantly make you look more awake and refreshed so go ahead and use eye drops to reduce some of the redness. If you struggle from puffy eyes, steep green tea bags or use cold metal spoons over your eyes to de- puff (this really does work).
- Follow up with your skincare routine and girls, MOISTURISE to get your skin prepped for smooth makeup application. Also, do not forget SPF we do not want premature wrinkles babes –apply to both FACE AND NECK as your neck is where the first few signs of aging show (same goes for your moisturiser)
Now for the makeup, focus on enhancing your more prominent features that frame your face so firstly, eyebrows. Instead of that perfect Instagram brow go for a softer feathery look. Use an eyebrow pencil with a fine tip to draw small strokes to mimic hairs to give the illusion of bushier brows. Focus more on fullness rather than a perfect shape. As for your eyes, ALWAYS curl your lashes as this will give you that doll-eye effect. Apply a thin layer of mascara on your top and bottom lashes (Brown mascara if you want it to look even more natural) to add subtle definition to your eyes.
Start with the base, opt for a lightweight tinted moisturiser, BB cream or CC cream to even out your skin tone. If more coverage is needed, spot concealing will be your best friend. Use a liquid or cream highlighter (preferably not one with chunky glitters) and apply to the tops of your cheekbones, your brow bone, inner eye corner, tip of your nose and your cupid’s bow to bring those features forward and draw more light to them. For dewy skin, mixing in your favourite liquid highlighter and foundation together to get an overall glow. #youglowgirl
Try to go for a monochrome look matching your cheeks and eyes together with some warm blusher or even a contour shade. Add some to the creases of your eyes will tie the whole look together.
Finish off with a tinted lip balm or a clear gloss. I recommend Universal by CanCansBeauty for a flawless juicy pout. Sprits on some setting spray to make your natural look last all day long.
At the end of it all we did was enhance what we're already blessed with. If a few imperfections peek through, embrace them! That is what makes you unique. It is easy to get carried away with full coverage and heavier makeup so why not try something light for a change? Something more you, more beauty-full.
Written by: Sureena Shree Chandrasekar