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Friday, August 11, 2006

Makeup Part 3: Au Naturale

Recently I was asked to do an email makeup consultation for the girl who wears no makeup and is getting her engagement photos done. Ay ya ya. I wish I could have just done her makeup for her, but the time, expense and logistics just wouldn't have worked out. As I was writing the email, I remembered the last makeup post I did, and the slight freak-out that some of you had over wearing COLOR, at all, anywhere on your face. If you are just NOT that (color) girl, this post is for you.

For the BARELY there, au natural look:
Curl your lashes and apply clear or brown mascara. If you choose the brown route, do a light coating. There IS such a thing as this. Practice using a light touch. And as always, do not pump your mascara wand, this keeps bacteria and air from getting in and doing a number on your mascara.

For your eyes, just choose a shadow for your lids that is as close to your skin color as possible, and a light brown to go in your crease. You want your natural look to still look natural, but this will help the eye pop.

Try this.
Make sure you use a brush to apply, this will blend it WAY better, making it look even more natural....don't just use the pads they provide, your fingers would be better then the pads.

There is a great brush set on sale at Costco right now, that z told me about. I have included a photo here. It is 17.99 for 14 pieces. Ladies, this is a STEAL....it's time to buy brushes for your kits!

For your face, you want to even-out your skin tone. Wherever there is red, blotchy, yellow or dark spots, apply concealer. Get a color match at the makeup counter, and go outside in the natural sunlight to check the match before you buy. Always test makeup on your face (for color match, not allergies), NOT on your hand. I recently heard, the jaw line is best.

For the lightest of light coverage, use either:

Tinted moisturizer (with SPF please you sunworshippers.) The only thing I don't like about the one I linked to, is I can smell the sunscreen....but that's better then wrinkles. ; )


Powder foundation applied with a brush for light coverage, and the provided pad for heavier coverage.

Bronzer (don't be afraid) is lighter than blush (in most cases)....and gives your face a more natural glow than a deliberate cheek. But make sure you spot check this and any cosmetic you buy before you apply to your face. I broke out into a rash on the job the other day because of bronzer. Yikes. It was tarte brand.

This bronzer looks good too.

I personally love Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick (another zinone find). It is pricey at 35 dollars, but I wear mine almost every day and it is not even close to wearing out and I have had it for 7 months.

Lips, Go for a gloss but not too much.

This looks super sheer:

A little lip liner would be nice....do NOT just line the outside, fill in the entire lip.

the BEST lipliner is by MAC and the color is SPICE....it is the color of natural lips, but again, if you are going for drugstore brand, try this.
That liner (see link) in the color spices looks good too, but hard to tell online.

Since I don't know any one readers' specific coloring, here is a good test. Hold up silver and gold to your hand/skin. If gold looks better, you have more yellow in your skin, so stay more brown, less pink, but if silver looks better, you can do the "hint of pink" stuff....you will be able to tell the difference in the browns...some will have more pink in them, same with the natural lip glosses. Remember, lip gloss looks pink in the bottle, but it is sheer, do not be afraid.

Take a little time to experiment...buy some eyemakeup remover (my favorite right now is Sonia Kashuk's, at Target) so that you don't start your day with dark around the eyes, and if you are new to makeup, always start with a light touch and then add where necessary. And practice, practice, practice. When you first try makeup, look at yourself in the mirror every hour or so, to get used to it. And hopefully your future husband will not call you a hooker when you simply put mascara on for the first time. If that happens, you might want to save red lipstick for 2011.


  • What is a good way to tell if you aren't just fooling yourself into thinking silver looks better with your skin because you hate the color of gold? (or vice versa)
    posted by Blogger Starfoxy at 8/11/2006 10:52:00 AM  

  • well, when I was shopping for my wedding band I was SET on platinum/silver b/c I loved that look, but it looked so ugly on my hand, that I couldn't do it. I use that example too, b/c for me I couldn't spend a large amount of money on a piece of jewelry that would look so ugly on me, so I HAD to be honest with myself. If it isn't as obvious for you as it was for me, then maybe you look great in all colors! Lucky you.

    If you want to test your color a more laborious way, pull out two oranges, two reds, two blues etc. in your closet-one that is warmer and one that is cooler and see which looks better against your skin, or have a friend tell you.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 8/11/2006 11:17:00 AM  

  • I got that brush set at Costco a few weeks ago, and I look better already!
    posted by Blogger Tracy M at 8/11/2006 12:08:00 PM  

  • Auugh! And I totally need a new face brush... and we have no Costco here... ANY other reccomendations?
    posted by Blogger Rachel H at 8/11/2006 06:59:00 PM  

  • Sonia Kashuk (the makeup line at Target) makes brushes that are good quality. I'm pretty sure they aren't as cheap as the Costco brushes, but they are much cheaper than other good quality brushes.

    Also, if you need a really good concealer, I would recommend Laura Mercier (which also has a great tinted moisturizer). It's on the expensive side, but it's *wonderful*. The only other downside is that it takes some practice because it's a two-color palette that has to be applied with a brush (the upside of this is that it works well for both pimples and for circles under the eyes). If possible, you should go to a local Nordstrom/Saks and get the person there to show you how to apply it.

    posted by Blogger Seraphine at 8/11/2006 09:40:00 PM  

  • I've had good luck with brushes from Paula Begoun (cosmeticscop.com). I don't like her makeup selection but I couldn't live without her skin care products. They saved me from terrible cystic acne. I really like Laura Mercier foundation and powder.
    posted by Anonymous Erin at 11/17/2006 09:46:00 AM  

  • hi there , i really love thiz costco brushes set , but i dont know where i could find it , iam living in berlin- germany , could u plzz tell me , which store and where i can buy those one ??
    thanxx so much
    posted by Blogger thuthuy at 7/17/2007 04:01:00 PM  

  • Cool post! Also, check out this expert advise on the best mascara. Mascara recommendations from the real pros!
    posted by Anonymous Mascara Expert at 8/23/2007 05:45:00 PM  

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