A Natural & Different Makeup Post

Hello there lovezzz! Today I thought I would share how I applied my makeup on this specific day to achieve the look pictured on my most popular instagram post and share the steps I took to get there. None of these steps are necessary if you don’t feel that they are for you. ♡ But I wanted this to be realistic and natural whilst encouraging whoever reads this to feel like it’s achievable because it so very much is!! I also wanted it to be uplifting and a lil’ inspiring rather than portraying something we’ve seen and heard a thousand times already.

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“You don’t have to be pretty like her. You can be pretty like you.”

These words freed me and I couldn’t do such a post without beginning to discuss how I truly believe that there is beauty in everyone. As much as people tell me this is not true I think it’s something that you choose to see and there is always going to be beautiful aspects of a soul who is kind – a freckle on your nose is included. So please when you look back at photos of yourself you may not like remember that a photograph will never capture the enormity of who you are and in this modern age we are often too unnecessarily critical of ourselves in this way (sometimes you even feel the need to flip a photo a certain way so that your face look more proportioned… I mean for artistic affect). Makeup is fun and I believe; used when we simply enjoy it and enhance our features rather than attempt to change them completely, which I often see, is when it can be something quite empowering.

“I remember when I was young I wanted to be beautiful; now I’m older and I want to be intelligent. I want to burn hearts with brilliance and engulf souls with compassion. I want to be loved for my thoughts and nothing else.”

Quotes like this one shaped and inspired the way I like to look at beauty. Trends change and different ideals of attractive come and go more often than not, so why be so caught up in something that does not fulfil you? For me makeup can make me happy and if it doesn’t or I don’t feel like wearing it there should never be an obligation too. (I know this is hard and that there is a preconceived notion of not being ‘put-together’ without a  touch of makeup but honestly this is so silly).

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So here are the simple steps to this natural look…

  1. A healthy body and mind is the  foundation to beautiful and glowing skin – drink LOTS of water, moisturise & find ways to de-stress.

  2. There is no right or wrong way to apply makeup, so long as you are pleased with the outcome and the way it makes you feel.

  3. I like to curl my lashes first and apply a coat of waterproof mascara because they are soo short and I feel a whole lot prettier after doing so. This also, for my little straight lashes is the only way by which I have been able to hold a curl in them – this is my prep for more mascara application later.

  4. I apply primer all over my face – I use a napoleon one for my under-eyes which is amazee however I still have not found any difference between any of the face primers I have tried so hit me up if you’ve found an amaze one! For this reason I’ve chosen not to share any specific one but primer does make a significant difference to how foundation applies.

  5. Usually concealer is best applied after foundation application for the places it does not cover but because I want an utterly flawless finish and because I know what parts of my skin do need extra help the next step I do is conceal / correct using Nars creamy concealer on spots which are red and my trusty Bobbie Brown corrector under my eyes to correct the darkness.

  6. Foundation – I use Estee Lauder’s Double Wear in ‘Ecru’ all over my face using a damp Real Techniques Spongeeeeeeeee. I press it into my skin to appear as skin-like as possible and then apply Two faced Born This Way Concealer in the lightest shade under the eyes, on the eyelids and down the bridge of my nose. Again pressing it in with my spoooonge.

  7. After letting my all time fave foundation and concealer dry and settle onto the skin I set it using my urban decay ‘naked skin definition powder’ in fair neutral with a light hand using an eco-tools powder brush.

  8. CONTOUR – omg I really don’t know how to start this I could write a whole post about how everyone cannot contour the same as that’s not enhancing everyone’s varying, unique & wonderful features. Despite cheekbones being fairly straight forward they are in different positions and angles for everyone so press your fingers into your face to find that hollow beneath the cheekbone and apply darkness there – I like to use the colour ‘Nudie’ in Two Faced’s Natural Eyes Matte Palette. If you already have a small forehead there is no need to add contour there. If your nose is already thin don’t feel obliged to apply darkness to the edges. Don’t feel obliged to add highlighter to your nose if you don’t want attention drawn there. AND if you like the shape of your nose, don’t feel the need to contour it. I personally add a small amount of contour below my cheekbones and then on the edges of my forehead and temple. I also apply a little to the very bottom edge of my chin to create the illusion of it not sticking out as much despite the ‘norm’ being to add highlight there. But if you want to bring out  your chin applying highlighter there is beautiful. Applying highlighter wherever you feel like putting it is beautiful and I like to do so on my cheekbones and cupids bow. With contouring and highlighting please think of it in terms of, ‘what do I want more prominent (highlight) and less prominent (contour)’ – No matter how you contour your face it isn’t going to change ridiculously and I feel like contouring in a way that suits you specifically can often make you more confident in the skin you are in. *The highlighter used here is Hourglass Ambient lighting

  9. My fave part is adding colour to my complexion – Benefits Hula Bronzer is perfect for this and I apply it to my cheeks and forehead. Benefits, ‘bene tint cheek and lip stain’ is also so nice for the apple of my cheeks and lips. It’s been my fave for years and smells like roses!

  10. Just like contouring all our eye shapes are different and I think it is the best thing to embrace this! For lots of eye shapes a bronzey colour in the crease goes a long way in opening the eyes and this is what I do using my Two Faced Neutral Eyes Matte Palette again.

  11. Next I apply mascara like crazy using Benfits Rollar Lash and a black line on my eye with a black liner I have and know works. This is usually the Stila or Maybelliene shiny one.

  12. Using the shade ‘sexpresso’ from that trusty Two Faced Matte Palette and an angled brush I follow the natural shape of my brow and brush any intense lines away with a disposable mascara wand. I also take this colour on my bottom lash line until about the middle to add more definition to my eyes.

  13. Lastly I like to line those lips with Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Liner cause it is so close to my natural lip colour and then add some Lip plumper gloss by Two faced – let it settle in and then put on my fave nuuuuude = Napoleon’s Matte Lipstick in ‘Sophia’.

I am currently studying, alongside my university degree in Design, a Diploma in Make-Up Artistry and Screen Media. Let me tell you that through studying I  have learnt that there is so much more to makeup than what we initially perceive as right or wrong and how much goes into the images we are bombarded with on social media and television, which could be a whole other post in itself. My point is that really like most things that surround us we need to be critical in how we bring it into our own lives hopefully this has sparked a more empowering side to make-up.

I hope this post was insightful and always let me know what you think, lots of love!



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    Also love the tip about contouring! This is the reason I hate getting my makeup done at a beauty counter! They never customize the make-up for someone’s face structure and on me I end up looking like a man because I am overly contoured!

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