I haven’t always been one to embrace natural makeup looks. Until about a year ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead without a full face of foundation, contour, and winged liner. I find that each year as I get older and grow more comfortable with myself, I am more willing to embrace my flaws.
For the last few months, I have been wearing very natural-looking makeup and have really grown to love products that just enhance my features. Below are the products I use everyday for this look.
Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer ($38)
I don’t wear foundation daily, but I still like to use a primer to give my skin a little bit of a boost. This primer feels like velvet and blurs all of your pores, giving your complexion a smoother appearance. A little bit goes a long way. One pump covers my whole face.
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer ($8)
This concealer is very light-weight, so I like to use it to highlight my face and make me look a little bit more awake. I apply it under my eyes, in between my eyebrows, and on my chin and then I use a brush to blend it out.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($37)
If you have read my blog before, you know that I get more than my fair share of breakouts. Rather than trying to pile on full-coverage foundation all over my skin, I like to do a natural base and then spot conceal. This potted version of the NARS concealer is amazing and comes in a really wide shade range. I dip into the pot with a dense, flat brush and focus the product on top of my problem areas.
Glossier Cloud Paint ($22)
Next, I apply Cloud Paint onto the apples of my cheeks and work the product upward and back to make my face appear more lifted. This product works best if you tap it onto your cheeks using your finger. I love it because it gives you a long lasting flush of colour that looks really natural.
Glossier Haloscope ($27)
Words cannot express how much I love this highlighter. I apply it to the high points of my face – the top of my cheekbones, tip of my nose, cupids bow, my brow bone and a tiny bit on my chin. The thing I like best about this product is that it makes your skin look dewy, but it isn’t sparkly. This makes the effect of the highlighter much more natural.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer ($12)
As much as I would love to test out Glossier’s Boy Brow, I feel like it is only effective if you already have relatively thick eyebrows…I do not. Instead, I use this L’Oreal pencil to draw on hairlike strokes in my brows to give the illusion of more hair. For a more detailed description of how I fill in my eyebrows, click here.
Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow ($9)
Even if I’m not wearing eyeshadow, I like to run a little bit of colour on my bottom lash line to make my eyes look more almond shaped. I use this cream eyeshadow by Revlon in the shade 710 Caramel. It is a nice bronze colour, and the metallic finish makes your eyes sparkle. I apply it with a small, dense, synthetic brush on the outer half of my lower lashes.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($12)
I apply a generous amount of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise on my top lashes. It does an amazing job at making them look thicker and longer. On the bottom lashes, I wipe off excess product from the wand and wiggle it into the roots to help give some definition to my eyes.
Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner ($9)
I use this lip liner daily in the shade Magnetic Mauve because it is the exact same colour as my natural lip shade. I overdraw my lips a tiny bit but mostly use this to perfect the shape of my lips. The formula is really creamy and I like that you don’t have to sharpen the pencil.
Glossier Balm Dotcom ($15)
To finish it off, I smooth some balm dotcom over my lips to make them feel and look amazing. This product is so long lasting and actually makes my lips feel so soft. I like to carry it with me throughout the day to reapply.