Hello internet friends!
I thought I’d share with guys an update of my go-to “no makeup” makeup look. Now, because it’s summer, it’s much lighter and more minimal than what I wear in the winter because, you know, heat. However, by giving your skin time to take a breather, your skin will thank you, and after a few weeks, wearing foundation will just seem crazy to you. Trust me when I say this; I put foundation on the other night and man, did it ever feel strange! I’m going to break this down in steps, along with pictures, but feel free to go ahead and add more or less, skip a step or go backwards if you really feel like it. The best part about makeup is that it’s not life or death. There are no rules!
Cleanse yo’ face
…Or if you’re lazy like me, just use a makeup wipe. I’ve been using Neutrogena wipes lately. They’re okay— I just kinda like the smell. I’m not a huge fan of wipes though because they’re expensive when purchased over and over again and they’re just bad for the environment in general. So, if you aren’t using a cleanser and wipes are what ya got, then use ‘em! You don’t really wanna put makeup straight on to a dirty face. Even if you just woke up, trust me, it’s not clean.
I group all these terms together because this one product kind of does all three things. The Clinique City Block SPF 25 is my buddy. It doesn’t provide much coverage at all but it protects against the sun, makes my skin feel quenched and gives it a nice, healthy glow. This was the biggest thing to get use to for me because I use to be a foundation every day kind of girl, but after this, I’m almost a full-on converted no foundation wear-er.
The part of not wearing foundation that redeems itself is that I still wear concealer. I alternate between the Esteé Lauder Double Wear concealer (more pink based, full-coverage, light-weight) and the Tarte Shape Tape concealer (more yellow-based, full-coverage, med-heavy-weight). I generally use the Esteé Lauder under my eyes to help colour correct/brighten and the Tarte on any problem areas and my chin. I refrain from using the Tarte under my eyes only because it is a bit heavier than the Esteé Lauder and because I do have some fine lines, I don’t want to accentuate them by putting a heavier product over top.
This is really only if I have extra time, because on days when I’m running late I just do a powder highlight but if you wanted to do a cream or liquid highlight, now is when I’d do it. I love the Sephora liquid highlight in Morning Light.
Set dat ‘ish
With a medium size tulip brush (just a powder brush that’s not massive will do) I set my under eyes (LIGHTLY) and any areas that I’ve concealed. I don’t want to bake or any of that shit, just a nice light dust of some translucent powder works. I use the RCMA no colour powder and will continue to use this powder until the end of time because it’s bomb and it’s cheap. Go ahead and spend $40 on Laura Mercier powder, I’ll just be sittin’ here all pretty with extra cash in my wallet, thanks.
I’ll also go over my liquid highlight with a little powder highlight. I’m still making my way through Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, but MAC Soft and Gentle is an HG product of mine as well.
If you ALSO wanna throw on some Bronzer, you can do that now too. Again, just an extra step if you’ve got the time.
This latest trick I’ve discovered is probably one I’m most proud of and also most concerned people will think I’m a total wacko for doing. I use eyelash primer on my brows— specifically, the L’Oréal one. The idea came to me one day when I started using it on my eyelashes, of course, and loved how it lengthened them and made them look so full and bushy. I thought, “hey, what would happen if I put this on my brows?” and so I did. Yes, it made them white at first, but then I went over it with both (on separate occasions) clear brow gel and Benefit Gimme Brow and they just looked SO good AND they stayed in place better than anything I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried it all! I’ve most definitely gone about my day with just those products as-is, but I also sometimes throw in some NYX precise brow pencil or Anastasia Dip Brow, depending on how much time I have. The pencil gives a more natural, filled-in look whereas the Dip Brow allows me to add in fine hair-like strokes to give the appearance of a less sparse brow.
I use the same eyelash primer that I used on my brows for my eyes— its intended use haha. I coat both bottom and top lashes and then before it dries completely, I add my mascara. I’ve been using Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black forever and can’t switch to anything else— there’s nothing that’s really blown me away.
The look feels unfinished unless I have something on my lips, even if it’s just nude. I’ll sightly over line my lips with NYX nude lip liner and finish it off with either the MAC X Samantha Ravndahl lipstick or just some lip balm. *Currently using Smith’s Eucalyptus and Peppermint.
That’s it, folks! In total, this takes me 10-20 mins max. It’s an easy “base” that you can add more onto but is also wearable enough to go to work and look presentable. I hope the steps/pictures breakdown is helpful but if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on my social media platforms!