As much as I love experimenting with make-up, a natural look is my daily go-to. This week I used some new product discoveries to create such a look and thought I’d share the results, as promised in my post on Studio 10.
For my base I used Clinique’s new Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact in Very Light, which I’m enjoying so much more than the original formula in a tube. The creamy compact formula gives much more coverage, has a matte-but-not-flat finish and is so handy for touch ups. I prefer to apply this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush for a more subtle finish than the sponge that comes with it. Don’t be put off if this looks a bit matte on initial application - it really softens after around half an hour (on me anyway).
Using the Studio 10 Visible Lift Definer, I added a little contour in the hollow of my cheekbones, along jaw line and around my hairline. I also used the contour powder as bronzer, dusting a little colour onto temples and on the high points of cheek bones. I added a little colour to my cheeks by tapping on the cream blush with the flat of my forefinger and middle finger, blending it out around the edges to avoid any harsh lines. The final step for my base was to add a little glow with the creamy highlight, patting a tiny amount on tops of cheek bones, brow bones and cupid’s bow. I’ve also tried this on my lids as it’s such a pretty shade, but found it creased there as it’s so dewy (may be worth a go with primer).
I used a long term favourite and one of the most flattering eyeliners for blue-grey eyes I’ve tried on my upper lash line: Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliner in Astral and Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof liner in Taupe on the outer third of my lower lash line. This is a recent purchase after a long search for a good taupe liner - I really like how it gives subtle definition without looking harsh or overdone.
Lashes were defined with Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara, which as the name suggests, gives well defined feathery lashes. This can be built up for more drama (it even got lash compliments on my Instagram pic here), but be prepared to commit patience to repeat coats for such an effect. Personally, I much prefer this for an am-I-or-aren’t-I mascara look. It’s also long lasting, humidity-defying and easily removed.
For brows, I’ve been forgoing my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz for a quick slick of Eyeko Brow Gel. This is a genius product, which actually deserves an ode of its own - and a better showcase than several days before a brow tidy at Studio D. It’s a tinted gel with a teeny mascara-like wand, which you just sweep through brows and you’re done. It also helps hold them in place without feeling at all hard or crusty. In the pic below it looks like I’ve completely skipped the brow on the right, which I think (hope!) is just the lighting! The left brow is a much more accurate representation of how this product performs - you can also see it in action in the Instagram pic I linked to above.
I coated lips with a layer of my favourite ESPA balm before defining the outer edges with the nude end of Studio 10 Age Reverse Perfecting Lip Definer and filling in the lips with the pink end. This pencil really is the ultimate naturally enhancing shade and I love how it looks alone or paired with pretty much any lipstick shade.
That sounds like a whole lotta work for a natural look, but was really quite quick and easy, 10 mins tops. Here’s the finished look, which is all about natural looking definition: enhancing what you’ve got and looking naturally glowy rather than ‘made up’.
Here’s a closer look at the products in order of application…
Are you a fan of natural look make-up - and if so, have you tried any of these products?
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