How to: Basic natural makeup (tutorial)15:51
I had a request from one of my blog readers to do a tutorial for a natural eye makeup. I decided it would be kind of nice to make a tutorial for a natural makeup look that anyone could adapt to their skin tone, eye color and such. I am not a makeup artist, but I think I have managed to see a lot of makeup looks and self taught myself what should look good on people. Some of the things you've probably already heard a lot and I don't think I'll write anything new, but maybe I can help someone who doesn't have that much experience with makeup.
Nice face base
As far as the face goes, there is no need for foundation. If you have an even skin tone with no or very little imperfections, there is no need to put on foundation. Why cover the natural beauty? As for all of us, who have some hyper pigmentation, darker spots and little bumps or pimples here and there, we should definitely put on something with a bit of color. You can choose from a lot of different products like BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers, foundations, mineral foundations... It all depends on what you're looking for.
BB creams, CC creams and all the other letters creams are great for those who want all in one. A moisturizers that evens out the tone of your skin, corrects and gives you a bit of color.
Tinted moisturizers are in my opinion the same thing as all those creams. It's basically a moisturizer that has a bit of color in it.
Foundations can differ in coverage. Creams are naturally heavier and have heavier coverage. Liquid foundations can range from really light coverage to full coverage.
Mineral foundations are powders, which you buff into your skin. They give the most natural finish. The coverage can be build up. It's a great alternative for anyone with sensitive skin or those who like natural products and natural finish on the skin.
As for the shade that would suit you..If you're not the best at deciding what tone you have, it's better to let the staff from the counter help you.
When we have a fairly even skin tone, it's time to conceal any imperfections. You can use concealer or corrector.
Concealer, as the names suggests, conceals any imperfections. It's supposed to be the same shade as your foundation.
Corrector comes in many different shades. You can have rose, yellow, green and every color is supposed to cancel out the tones in your skin. For example green corrector can neutralize any redness on the skin. I would personally avoid these colored correctors, because if you don't know how to use them properly it can look weird. Of course you can also get some correctors that look like concealer shades.
There are also brightening concealers, which can bright up certain areas like under eye area. They usually have some light reflecting particles in the product.
I love to use concealer on the under eye area. Make sure it's a moisturizing one if you have dry skin or start to see little wrinkles. As for covering up pimples or red patches, I use a heavier cream concealer. Cream concealers are usually higher coverage than liquid ones. But it depends, it's not always like that.
If you have oily or combination skin, you can then use powder to powder either entire face (if you have very oily skin) or just concentrate on the areas, where you get oily (for me is mostly my T-zone). Powders can have different shades. You can also get some in a transparent shade, which usually look white and should adapt to any skin color. They can be pressed or in a loose form. It all depends on what you prefer. They can prolong the wear of your foundation and of course make your skin look more matte.
For a basic natural eye makeup, I would still recommend eye primer. Eye primer neutralizes your canvas. If you have naturally more pigmented lids, this will create an even base for when you'll be putting on eyeshadow. Primer also prevents eyeshadow from creasing and make eyeshadows more intense. They can come in liquid or cream forms.
Then I would choose a natural brown or taupe shade that is about two to three shades darker then your skin tone. Apply it all over the lid. The mistake that most people do, especially if you have hooded eyelids is that the eyeshadow goes only up to the crease. If you extend the eyeshadow a bit over the crease, it can actually be seen while you have closed eyes. Otherwise, the eyeshadow is not even seen. That doesn't mean putting it all up to the brows - except if you are model on a photoshoot :). You can use the same shade around the lower lash line to define it a bit more.
For those who need more definition, you can use a bit darker taupe shade in the crease. It's for those who want to define the crease or who have very flat eyes. Take it on a fluffy brush and put it in where your eye start to make a crease. Then just drag it from left to right and that's it.
If you have sparser or thinner eyelashes, you can use colored pencil and smudge it around the upper lash line. This will make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller. Just apply it as near to the lashes as possible and use a cotton pad to smudge it. If you have lighter eye color, you can use browns or dark greys to look more natural. For anyone with darker eyes you can use black.
Curling the lashes is very important step, if you don't have natural curled lashes. It opens up the eyes and makes you lashes look a lot longer then they really are. I know a lot of people are "afraid" of the eyelash curlers, but once you master it, you will always use it.
Mascara is a must have for anyone who doesn't have naturally curled, full and long lashes. There are tons of mascaras on the market and you can choose if you want your lashes to look longer, voluminous, thicker, blacker, separated...you name it. They have it all. When you use new mascara, wipe most of it off onto a tissue and then apply it on the lashes. Because if you have too much of mascara on the wand, you can end up with lashes that stick together and don't want to separate. Plus there will be more fall out later in the day.
Then you can use a shade that is three shades lighter than your skin tone and put it in the inner corners of the eye. This will instantly make them look a bit brighter and less tired looking.
If you have sparse lashes it is always nice to fill them in. You can use eyeshadow to fill them in (this will give you a very natural look), or eyebrow gels (which are very pigmented and can look really bold), or eyebrow pencils (which are in between of bold and light, depending on how you use it). You can also use eyebrow mascaras. They come in different shades, but you can also get them in transparent shade. In my opinion they look better on people, who already have pretty thick brows. Because if you have naturally thin and sparse brows, the mascara will only stick to your brows that you already have, thus making them stick together and look like you have less brows than you actually do. Powders are great for a very natural look, while pencils can create a pretty thick brows. I prefer to use pencil.
Make sure to get the shade that looks most like your brows. If they look a bit grey, get a brown that has a grey tone to it. If you have lighter brows, use a light brown. If you have dark brows, never use black shade, instead use a dark brown shade.
Blush is an amazing product that instantly gives some color to your face and makes you look fresh. There are so many blushes available, that you can definitely find the shade that suits you best. You can have cream, liquid or powder blushes. Creams and liquid are great for achieving very natural looks, like you've been pinched or are blushing from within. Powders can look a bit bolder and more unnatural. Creams and liquids are also very easy to apply, but sometimes harder to blend, if you don't know what you're doing. Powder blushes need a brush to apply it and can look very sheer or very bold. The fluffier and softer the brush, the lighter the application.
Some say to apply it on the apples of the cheeks, some to apply it further up back to the temples. It all depends on which look you're going for. If you apply it on the cheeks, you'll get a very doll like, romantic, youthful effect. If you decide to apply it along the cheekbone up to the temples, you're already contouring the face a little, pulling it up. I do something in the middle. A bit on the apples of the cheeks, but dragging it up to the sides of the face.
If your skin tone is more on the yellow side (you're warm toned), then you would look best in peach, coral, reds, basically anything that has warm tone to it. If you're into shimmery shades, golden shimmer is your friend.
If your skin tone is more on the pink side (you're cool toned), then you would look best in anything pink and purple, basically anything that has cool tone to it. Silver shimmer based blushes would look best on you.
If you're skin tone is neutral, you can use either.
If you have a pale skin tone, make sure to use shades that look lighter and if you have medium to dark skin tone, use more pigmented blushes in darker shades.
With natural makeup look, you need the my-lips-but-better shade of lip product. It means that you're looking for a lip product, which is about the same shade as your lips. It might be one to two shades darker. Depending on your skin tone, those shades can be mauve, pink, coral or brown. My lips are naturally very pale and have a pink brown tone to it.
For the most natural effect you can use lipstick and pad it on with your fingers. Lip stains also look very natural and can last longer on the lips, because they actually stain your lips. Lip glosses are usually shiny, which means they won't look as natural on the lips. You can also use tinted lip balms if you want it too look very natural any moisturize at the same time.
I hope this was helpful to some of you and I think I'll do another post with how to add color to your basic eye makeup for different eye colors and how to add a bit of contouring and highlighting to the face.