Saturday, January 23, 2010

Natural and sheer…



The "no makeup look" has never got out since the day it was in. It's a twist and paradox in itself as the no makeup look actually needs more makeup to put on. Skin flaws are an unavoidable part of us human beings and sometimes we need to hide them to reveal our inner beauty. This is actually the essence of "the no makeup look."


For the no makeup look we need……


  • Estee Lauder Face Primer
  • Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15
  • Shiseido Stick foundation in appropriate color
  • (optional) Lancôme color Ideal foundation
  • Shiseido Accentuating stick in Glistening Flush S3
  • Shiseido Multi shade enhancer in S3 Sunset glow
  • Clinique Blended Face powder in appropriate shade
  • Clinique High Definition Mascara in Black
  • MAC single eyeshadow in Remotely grey or Dark Edge
  • Clinique Superbalm moisturizing lipgloss in Grapefruit


If you are budget conscious then you can use: -


  • Oriflame Face primer
  • Chambor Stick Foundation
  • Oriflame Giordani gold mineral loose powder
  • Max factor flawless perfection blush in Naturelle
  • Oriflame O Beauty blush in Bronze
  • L'Oreal trio eyeshadow in Linda Evangelista
  • Max Factor silky gloss in Plum shimmer


How to sport the new makeup look: -


  1. First prep the face by dabbing a small amount of primer all over the face. The face primer lessens the appearance of pores and makes the foundation go flawlessly on skin. Face primer also prevents the foundation from changing color thanks to the acidity of the skin and makes the foundation go longer than what it would go without a primer. Primers nowadays have fortified with anti oxidants and vitamins that not only enhance but also enrich the structure of skin.
  2. I chose a Stick foundation because it solves the purpose of a concealer and foundation in one. It goes on effortlessly and builds up to create a flawless canvas and doesn't look heavy on the skin. It creates this magical veil of color that looks natural and beautiful. Use a foundation brush or fingers to blend the stick foundation into skin. First draw a couple of strokes on the face and then spread and blend. This means, a horizontal stroke over the forehead from one end to another, vertical strokes on nose, sides of the nose, 2 vertical strokes on the cheeks, one on the chin and 2 horizontal strokes on the jaw line. Quickly blend these strokes into perfection so that there is no visible demarcation line.
  3. Apply and blend with fingers, the stick foundation in the under eye area like a concealer and then blend over the eye lids to create a subtle base for the eyeshadow to cling on.
  4. Use a creamy oil free highlighter stick over the heights of the cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose, on the brow bone and centre of the forehead with fingers. I always like to blend with fingers as the warmth and the oils in fingers blend the product better.
  5. Set the foundation and the illuminating highlighter with a minuscule amount of loose powder using a fluffy powder blush so that it does not look too matte or too chalky.
  6. Use a taupe brown eyeshadow on the lid up to the eye crease and blend it to perfection without any harsh lines. The eyeshadow color is specifically chosen to mimic the natural color of the eye lids but less harsh.
  7. Fill in the brows with a shade lighter than your hair color if you have dark hair and shade darker than your hair color if you have soft brown or blonde hair color. For ladies with red hair, they should choose a burgundy brown but very discreetly. I love an angled brow and liner brush and prefer filling the brows with a powder than using a pencil as the former looks more natural. Any matte brown in an appropriate shade works. Btw do stay away from harsh matte blacks and black eye brow pencils. They are the most unnatural ones and do not solve the purpose of the look.
  8. Then use a semi matte bronzing powder discreetly over the cheek bones, in the perimeter of the face, under the jaw line and over the bridge of the nose using a fluffy bronzer brush. Do not forget that you have used a highlighter even before putting the bronzer.
  9. Apply a dash of lip gloss. I prefer a lip gloss that has an effect of lip balm also so that it nourishes and keeps the lips looking softer for longer time.


Suggested Brushes


  • Lancôme Foundation brush
  • Shiseido concealer brush for the eye areas
  • Shiseido small eye shadow brush
  • Scott Barnes contour brush
  • The Body Shop lip brush
  • Human fingers (reader's own)
This is the best look for everyday office use or for starters who hate to apply a lot of makeup. This look is very international and has an appeal all over the world.
Think Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra etc. and you'd know.
Dab in some shimmery gloss and some liner and it becomes an evening look…..


Try on and have fun……


Till then,


Ciao






1 comment:

  1. Hey,

    gr8 post! i loved the budget list reccos - will pick up some of them.

    Had a question though - is concealer compulsory/necessary part of a make up arsenal?

    what if you have close to perfect skin with no dark circles or blemishes?

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