I’ve been on a minimal makeup kick. Winter is always the season I wear more makeup all around- once it starts warming up and the humidity rises, I have to change my game plan. Higher humidity=higher chance for cakey-ness. It’s also true that piling on makeup isn’t necessarily the secret to looking youthful and fresh, and while I’m in no way complaining about getting older, I don’t want to practice any habits that age me unnecessarily. Keeping that in mind, I’ve done the impossible- I’ve gone without my signature black eyeliner for almost two weeks, and I’ve kept my foundation routine as light as I feel I can while still evening out my skin tone.
Overall, the redness in my skin is improving. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have an idea why. I’ll be talking more about that in about a month once I’ve really seen how it all plays out… I went for my usual tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour foundation. I cannot give up this foundation. It absolutely bonds to my skin, so I do not have noticeable shifting/patchiness during the day as I get with other foundations (here’s looking at you, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation)
In an attempt to keep my skin fresh, I also have to embrace the flaws. This means a light layer of foundation, followed by spot concealing to try and disguise pigmentation, scars, and breakouts.
For my eyes, I meticulously evened out my eyelids with my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. After applying Painterly, I swept a bit of pencil highlighter under my brow bone to give the appearance of lift.
For the eyeshadows, I used my trusty Urban Decay Naked 2 (my personal fav of the 3). I started by sweeping Foxy all over my lid with a fluffy brush, and slightly into the crease. Then I used Tease as my crease color, concentrating the color on the outer corner, and pulling it slightly in towards the middle.
Then, for some highlight and brightening, I took the shade Bootycall and patted it on the inner third of my eyelid (please note the exasperated face. I’m not thrilled with the names of these shadows. Sort of wish UD would name them things like “leader” and boss” instead, but whatevs.
And although I said earlier that I’ve been going without my signature black eyeliner, I have not skipped the crucial tightlining step. Nope. Will never skip this step. It makes a huge difference.
In an attempt to make my lower lash line a bit fuller, I took the eyeliner brush and lightly ran it over my bottom lash line. This gives a slightly smoky, slightly grey effect, and when layered with mascara can bulk up my puny lower lashes.
Any time I put product on my lower lash line, I dot the tiniest amount of concealer on the inner corners. I don’t have much discoloration there, so I don’t have to spend much time color correcting as some might, but I want to discourage any blue hues from showing through.
I will also confess that this look is ‘minimal’ in theory, but I couldn’t help myself when it came time to mascara. I love L’Oreal’s Miss Manga mascara. It’s great for volume, but since the formula is quite dry, it doesn’t add much length. My Maybelline Falsies mascara adds tons of length, but doesn’t volumize quite the way Miss Manga does. So- what does one do when one needs two different things from two different mascaras? One layers. I start with Miss Manga (again, due to the dry formula and the fact that it does really well up against my lashline) then follow with Maybelline’s Falsies.
Here is what one eye looks like with just the Miss Manga:
Straight back to building up the lashes…
And here it is with both…
A little more length, a bit more volume, but the lashes still look natural. I did the exact same thing to the lower lash line. First the Miss Manga, then the Falsies.
I set my face with the lightest dusting of powder possible (bye bye packing powder) and added a bit of Spring-y color to my cheeks with a vibrant pink-coral blush.
That’s it. Fresh skin, and lots of lashes. I feel very happy with this look. It’s about as minimal as I like to wear makeup, but my skin looks good and I didn’t spend 100 hours on an over-complicated eye look. It’s the perfect way to wear makeup on an every day basis.
Want to know the best part? This look also pairs brilliantly with neon lips. So if you are like me, and can’t resist bold lips… (which definitely takes it out of the ‘natural look’ category but looks AMAZING with sunglasses on a summer day)
This lipstick gives me all the feels. It’s Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate in 110. AND IT’S THE BEST LIPSTICK EVER. I know I’m prone to hyperbole when it comes to lipstick, but since I bought this lipstick, all other lipsticks have been forgotten. I love it that much.
And as always, to finish up this epic post with 9000 pictures, here is a product shot: