Saturday, February 28, 2015

Everyday Barely-there Makeup Look

Um hey, how is it already the end of February?! The year is already going by too quickly and it honestly doesn't feel as though I wrote my last post a month ago, whaaat. Anyway I really appreciated the feedback on my first 'first impressions' post and from that it's given me inspiration for this post. If you haven't checked it out already, you can do so here.

The makeup looks that I've shared on this blog consist of bold eyeshadows, eyeliner and also circle lenses so for once I thought I'd do the total opposite by eliminating the following, just for kicks:

NO eyeshadow
NO eyeliner
NO mascara
NO lipstick
NO lipgloss

Makeup without any of the above, some may wonder how that is even possible. Well it is by having a 'barely-there' makeup look that subtly enhances your features without adding any colour or shimmer.

I don't know what face I'm making here

Using only these products:

Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer in Original
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 200 Soft Beige
Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder*
Tony Moly Crystal Light Highlighter in 02 Gold Beam
The Face Shop Lovely me:ex Design My Eyebrow in #04 Brown
Benefit Benetint Rose-tinted Lip & Cheek Stain*
Rimmel Silky Loose Face Powder in Transparent

This is a look that takes minimal time to prep with only a handful of products and you're good to go. It's especially handy for those who don't have long to get ready in the morning and still want to look fresh and done-up.

A smooth, even complexion is what I need to give me that boost of confidence and I tend to use either BB cream or foundation but when I used foundation I must use a primer. These days I cannot leave the house without filling in my brows because my brow game's got to be strong no matter what hehe. I top everything off with translucent powder afterwards.

Adding a pop of colour on the eyes and/or lips can be amazing yet it requires much effort with blending and perfecting and sometimes it takes way longer than expected. Getting your winged eyeliner on point is a tedious task too. Personally I believe that adding depth and dimension to the face with bronzer/contour, highlighter and blusher are the key aspects to making one's appearance stand out above the rest and there doesn't need to be a lot of it to make a difference. And when it's done with precision it's absolutely mind-blowing - think of those contouring before and after pics floating around the internet! My natural everyday look consists of slight contouring of my nose and cheekbones and highlighting on the high points of my face. You can barely tell it's there, hey?

A time-saving trick is to use a 2-in-1 cheek tint and lip stain and the one I've been loving is Benefit's Benetint which gives me nice rosy cheeks and lips. I just love how the pigmentation is buildable and easily blendable so you can use as much or as little as you want while giving you that flawless finish :) Did I mention that a lip/cheek stain is long-lasting too?

A touch of pink to my lips and cheeks. Once again it's subtle!

And lastly, the eyes! For this look I've kept my eyes completely free from makeup which I know is unlike most people who do use makeup because it's usually the main focus when applying/wearing makeup. I've purposely left my eyes as they are because 1, I recently had lash extensions done so eye makeup-free is the way I've been going, 2, eye makeup products such as eyeshadows, eyeliner and mascara seem to draw the most attention, hence not really meeting the 'barely-there' criteria and 3, it saves time and also the time taken to remove the eye makeup afterwards - no need for rubbing and tugging on the delicate eye area!

Keen to share my lash extensions story with you all very soon~

If I had to pick a signature look for myself, this barely-there one would surely be mine! It makes me feel comfortable and confident and to me that's the perfect combination. As much as I appreciate gorgeous eyeshadow colour combinations and stunning lipstick shades, I'll always fall back on keeping things basic to reflect my simplistic lifestyle and shy personality. I feel most like myself with the bare necessities that don't make me look over-the-top.

Questjen for you:

Do you have a signature makeup look?

This doesn't have to be a full-face thing, it might just be that you always wing your eyeliner, wear red lipstick or have a peach blush on. It could also extend to how you have your nails or your hair - I'd love to know what looks you guys are rockin' on a daily basis!


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