INTRODUCING … Natural Beauty!
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE LOOK.
The “au naturel” look dominated the runway in the Spring/Summer 2010 fashion shows. In the Erdem, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, Philip Lim and Donna Karan shows there was a strong “nude” theme. The models sported fresh skin, neutral eyelids, bare cheeks and lightly balmed lips. Jean-Paul Gaultier, Versace and Chanel continued the natural trend but opted for a more polished overall feel. The models stepped out looking sexy and sophisticated, with emphasized lashes, defined eyes, groomed brows, contoured cheeks and accentuated lips. This season’s key colors are brown, bronze, beige, taupe, nude-pink, soft peach and lilac.
To recreate the Natural Beauty look, watch the video tutorial and follow the step-by-step instructions below:
1). Tidy your brows by tweezing any stray hairs.
2). Cleanse, tone and moisturize(a) your skin.
Makeup artist tip! Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)(a) is one of my favorite pre-makeup moisturizers. For perfectly primed skin, simply massage a small amount over the face with your fingertips.
3). For a natural-looking complexion, apply a tinted moisturizer(b) to your face and eyelids, and blend it into the skin with your fingertips.
4). To even out the skin tone in the eye area, take an under-eye concealer(c) on a concealer brush(d), and apply it beneath the eye and onto the eyelid. Then, for a well-blended finish, pat it into the skin with your fingertip.
5). To disguise any imperfections, apply a high-coverage concealer(e) to any spots and blemishes with a concealer brush(d). Then, for a natural finish, blend by pressing it into the skin with your fingertip.
6). To add luminosity to the face, apply a light-peach shimmer cream(f) to the tops of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and over the Cupid’s bow with the brush provided; then blend with your fingertip.
7). To begin, apply a base shade. Using an eye-contouring brush(g), blend a soft-brown, shimmery eyeshadow(h) over the eyelid and through the crease. To elongate the eye, wing it out slightly at the outer corner.
8). Next, add shape and dimension. Pick up a medium-brown, shimmery eyeshadow(i) on an eye-shading brush(j), and beginning at the upper lashline, pat it over the lower part of the top eyelid. Work the shadow from the outer corner inward and follow the natural contour of the eye. Then, using a small, angled brush(k), take the eyeshadow beneath the eye and line the bottom lashes. To soften the finish, blend over the line with an eye-contouring brush(g).
9). To make the eye glisten, add a touch of shimmery white shadow(l) to the inner corner and blend it part way along the lower lashline with an angled blending brush(m).
10). For soft definition, apply a gel-textured bronze eyeliner(n) to the top and bottom lashlines and smudge it with an eye-contouring brush(g). To add intensity to the lower lashline, pick up a medium-brown, shimmery eyeshadow(i) on an eye-contouring brush(g) and smooth it over the bronze liner until you achieve the desired depth of color.
11). To make the upper lashline darker and more defined, take a deep-brown cream liner(o) on a small, angled brush(k) and apply it to the roots of the lashes.
12). To make your top lashes appear longer, curl them with an eyelash curler(p). Then, to open up the eye, generously coat your upper and lower lashes with a black lengthening and volumizing mascara (q).
Makeup artist tip! This mascara(q) rocks! It lengthens and thickens, and the wand is genius!
13). To set your base, dust on a matte translucent powder(r) with a kabuki brush(s).
Makeup artist tip! This brush(s) is brilliant! It does a perfect job and is super soft on the skin. Try to avoid powdering the areas of the face that you highlighted earlier, otherwise you may need to repeat step 6.
14). To contour the face, sweep a mineral powder foundation(t) over the cheekbones and up onto the temples with a complexion brush(u).
Makeup artist tip! When contouring, select a color that is one shade darker than your skin tone and blend well.
15). For a deliciously juicy pout, apply a peach gloss(v) with a lip brush(w).
Makeup artist tip! If your lips are highly pigmented and throw pink or red undertones, it is often difficult to get a true color pay-off from a natural-colored gloss. Want a quick fix? After you have applied your lip color, dab some concealer(e) over the top with your fingertip to knock down the color. This will lighten your lips by a shade or two and make the texture of the gloss creamier.
16). For sculpted cheeks, pick up some shimmery bronzing powder(x) on a blush brush(y) and blend it under the cheekbone. Then, using the same brush, pick up a shimmery peach blush(x) and apply it to the apples of the cheeks.
(a). Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream).
(b). Tinted moisturizer: e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Ivory #6005.
(c). Concealer: e.l.f. Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter Pen in Glow/Fair #81501. (I used the concealing end of the pen under the eye and over the eyelid.)
(d). Concealer brush: e.l.f. Studio Concealer Brush #84007.
(e). Concealer: e.l.f. Studio Concealer in Beige #83172. (I used this on spots and blemishes, and to lighten the lip color.)
(f). Highlighter: e.l.f. Studio Shimmer Palette in Sheer Sunrise #83321. (I used the second color from the right.)
(g). Eye contouring brush: e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush #84006.
(h). Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Studio Single Eyeshadow in Wild Wheat #81123.
(i). Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Studio Single Eyeshadow in Saddle #81124.
(j). Eye shading brush: e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow C Brush #84008.
(k). Small angled brush: e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush #84010.
(l). Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Studio Single Eyeshadow in Sand Dollar #81121.
(m). Angled blending brush: M·A·C Medium Angled Shading Brush 275.
(n). Gel-textured eyeliner: e.l.f. Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Brown/Basic #81103. (I used the Brown eyeliner end of the pen.)
(o). Cream eyeliner: e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Coffee #81151.
(p). Eyelash curler: e.l.f. Studio Eyelash Curler #85007.
(q). Mascara: e.l.f. Studio Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black #81401.
(r). Powder: e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder in Translucent #83101.
(s). Kabuki brush: e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush #85011.
(t). Mineral powder foundation: e.l.f. Minerals Foundation in Light #6102.
(u). Complexion brush: e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush #84002.
(v). Lipgloss: e.l.f. Studio 2 in 1 Conditioning Gloss in Love It #82403.
(w). Lip brush: Chanel Petit Pinceau Correcteur (Small Concealer Brush #8).
(x). Bronzing powder and blush: e.l.f. Studio Contour Blush & Bronzing Powder in Blushed/Bronze #83601. (I used the Bronze shade under the cheekbone and the Blushed shade on the apples.)
(y). Blush brush: e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush #84011.
BEAUTIFUL . . . NATURALLY!