I wanted to write a post regarding natural makeup and what it takes to create a full face natural look. There seems to be a misconception that creating a look that appears to be natural requires less products. The truth is, it actually still requires just as many products as a look that appears more dramatic. When you use more products, the good news is that you do end up using much less of each product so a little goes a long way.
For someone who wants to keep their products to an absolute minimum, it can definitely be done but the face typically will not look as complete, potentially will not last as long throughout the day, and might not look as flawless by the end. As a professional makeup artist, my visual standard of perfection is much higher than the average person so that is why I will continue to use this many products because I understand how they work and the exact purpose they serve. I do not like to cut corners when it comes to any makeup application so however many products it takes to get to the end result, I will still use them.
I made a video to show every single product I was wearing today. I do not wear the same exact products every day as I do enjoy switching up the eye shadow, lip color, and blush. This is just a general idea of what an every day look for me entails. I will list the products below that are mentioned in my video:
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot “Soft Ochre” (eye shadow primer)
MAC “Vanilla” eye shadow (lid color)
Kiko Milano #09 eye shadow (highlight)
Addiction “Flash Back” eye shadow (crease color)
MAC “Bronze” (outer crease color)
Maybelline Line Stiletto “Blackest Black” liquid eye liner (top liner)
MAC “Teddy” eye kohl pencil liner (bottom liner)
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
Red Cherry “Wispy” false lashes
Benefit Porefessional face primer
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer “Custard – Medium 1”
NARS Sheer Glow “Deauville – Light 4” liquid foundation
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free “Translucent” pressed face powder
Becca “Moonstone” pressed highlighting powder
NARS “Benares – Dark 1” powder foundation (cheek contour)
Chanel “280 Golden Sun” powder blush
Anastasia “Ebony” brow powder duo
Lancome “Sable” eye brow pencil
NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil “Bahama”
Lipland “Fifty-Fifty” liquid lipstick
As you can see, the final look is very natural looking. However, I ended up using a total of 20 products to create it, hard to believe (I know)!
Often times when I meet clients with a pink undertone to their skin (as opposed to an olive or yellow skintone), they naturally have a rosiness to their cheeks and do not always like the idea of wearing blush.
As a makeup artist, I find blush to be an absolute necessity in completing a look, whether it is a natural daytime look or for a special occasion. Why? Blush instantly makes the skin look more youthful, dewy, and attractive. Everyone looks good with a little blush!
Even those with a pink undertone should wear blush but the key is using a shade that is not too bright or has too much pink to it. I always choose a blush that appears almost colorless or one that might seem like it won’t show up too much because on someone with a pink undertone, even a sheer or very natural looking blush will show up because their natural rosiness to their complexion will shine through.
The best blush I recommend for someone who is fair and with a pink undertone is MAC’s “Sincere” blush. This has a matte finish and shows up without looking too bright. It gives just a hint of color while also adding some warmth to the face.
Brittany’s bridal makeup reminds me of Hollywood glamour. She does not typically wear too much makeup but knew she wanted a red lip. To balance the bold lip color, I kept the eyes soft with my choice of eyeshadow colors. Even though the eyes are not too dramatic, they still stand out with black defined winged liner on the top and defined lashes. She carries off the look beautifully as seen in the photos!
Lips: MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour in Perpetuate Flame [discontinued], MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry (this did not quite match the lip color so I had to mix it a little bit with another MAC cremestick lip liner in Raw Refined [discontinued]), and a little clear top coat gloss over it
For Jennifer’s bridal makeup, I created a look that was natural and elegant but managed to be more than her everyday look. She wanted makeup that would stand out in the photos but also made her feel like herself. I find that most of my brides want a look like this and you can see how beautiful the makeup turned out along with the final look at the end, absolutely stunning! I am glad I was able to stay til the very end to see how it all came together.
One of my makeup philosophies are, you can own all the makeup in the world, but if you do not have the right tools, it does not matter how much makeup you own. Often times, people underestimate the power of brushes and how an impeccable brush can truly make a world of difference in their makeup application.
When it comes to eye shadow blending, I only use the MAC #217. There are many eye shadow blending brushes that resemble this brush, with its dome shape and fluffy bristles. However, there is nothing that compares to it (trust me, I have been open minded and have tried many others)! I literally own about ten of these brushes in total between my professional makeup kit and my own personal use.
Eye shadow blending is definitely an advanced skill set and by that I mean it takes time to really master the art of blending. It is for this reason, I highly advise picking up the MAC #217 brush if you want to step up your makeup skills and really be able to blend eye shadow more proficiently. This is not only a makeup artist necessity but I personally cannot live without it!
For this bridal look, Ashley expressed that she liked makeup and wanted it to be a little more dramatic, especially with more emphasis on the eyes. She was also open to colors rather than just sticking to neutral eye shadows so we played with adding plums and peachy champagne tones for the eyes. For the lips, she wanted a pink that would pop more for the photos and with lip liner, this also adds more depth.
The look I created above was actually for a bridesmaid in a September wedding and as a young student at FIT, she expressed she wanted a look that was on trend and suitable for a fall wedding.
Best of all, the makeup captures many Fall 2016 makeup trends in a wearable way, so here is a master list of the makeup trends as seen above:
Winged Eyeliner – This trend is definitely here to stay and can be seen as very clean and defined (like the look above) or more thick and dramatic.
Dramatic Eyelashes – That is where a good pair of false eyelashes comes in! Mascara is great but to take any look up a notch, false eyelashes are a necessity!
Ultra Dewey Skin – Although a matte complexion has been more popular lately, dewey skin has been more commonly seen on the runways these days. It is more youthful and fresh looking.
Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Mix – Matte eyeshadow palettes are popping up everywhere but there is nothing like a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows blended to prevent the eyes looking too flat from the matte texture. Notice in the look above, the look is mainly matte contrasted with a strong brow highlight shimmer and a touch of shimmer in the inner corners.
Vampy Lips – Plum and purple lip colors seem to always be more prized in the fall months and this season is no different. Although the plum lips above is very wearable, don’t be afraid to go darker this season!
Subtle blush – This season, I have seen both extremes. Either a strong pop of color on the cheeks OR a subtle almost no blush kind of blush look. For the makeup shown above, we decided to go for a subtle blush since the eyes and lips carried the most drama.
Natural Brows with Fullness – Brows are not overly defined and definitely not thin. Today’s brows have some fullness and look untouched (even if they are filled in ever so slightly, who would know otherwise)?
Clear Lipgloss – Despite the overabundance of matte lip products in the beauty aisles these days, there is definitely still an appreciation for a simple clear lipgloss to complete any look.
In case you were wondering what products were used to create this Fall 2016 look, let me share the complete list of products I used to design the look featured in this post:
Most of my brides typically ask for a natural look that is soft and just enough for the photography. These are usually brides who don’t wear makeup or little to none so I want to ensure the look is effortless and that they feel like their most natural selves on their wedding day.
The best way to go about this is with airbrush makeup. Airbrush makeup is exceptionally lightweight and perfects the skin with little coverage. I use Dinair and find the application is natural and smooth while also being very long wearing.