Neutral makeup tutorial: Dare to Bare!

August 12th, 2010

Chic and understated makeup is ultra modern. To look fresh, young and natural, create a flawless complexion with foundation and concealer, and then sweep neutral tones around the eye. Finish the look with a flick of black mascara, a lick of natural lip color and a flattering flush of blush.

Neutral makeup

Without makeup

To recreate the Dare to Bare look, watch the video tutorial and follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Best semi-matte foundation


1). Cleanse, tone and moisturize(a) your skin.


2). To even out your skin tone, apply a semi-matte foundation(b) to your face and eye area with a foundation brush(c); and for a natural finish, work it into the skin with your fingertips.

Makeup artist tip! If you have chosen the correct color, your foundation will blend into your skin. If your foundation is too light or pink, it will leave your complexion looking dull and gray. On the other hand, if your foundation is too dark, there will be a line of demarcation between your jaw and neck, and along the hairline.


Best concealer brush


3). To lighten the eye area, mix a concealer(d) with a highlighter pen(e) and apply it over the eyelid and beneath the eye with a concealer brush(f); then, blend by patting it into the skin with your fingertip.


4). To camouflage any spots and blemishes, apply a high-coverage concealer(g) to the affected areas with a concealer brush(f), and to blend, press it over the skin with the pad of your finger.


5). To matte down the eyelid, take some matte, loose powder(h) on a tapered blending brush(i) and apply it to the eyelid.

Why powder the eyelid? A soft halo of color around the eye is one of this season’s statement trends. To create this washed-out effect, dust a layer of matte, loose powder over the eyelid before you apply your eyeshadow. This will dilute the intensity of the color and help you achieve a well-blended finish.


e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow

6). First, to brighten the eye, apply a gold-tinged, light-beige, metallic eyeshadow(j) to the eyelid and brow bone with a tapered blending brush(i), and then sweep it beneath the eye and blend it along the lower lashes with an angled blending brush(k). To make the eyes appear fresh and wide awake, concentrate the color toward the inner corner.

7). Second, to enhance the shape of the eye, pick up a soft-brown, shimmery shadow(l) on a tapered blending brush(i),and blend it over the eyelid and through the crease. Next, using an angled blending brush(k), work the shadow across the bottom lashline. To define the outer corner of the eye, take a tapered blending brush(i),and starting at the lower lashline, blend the shadow outward and upward along the natural curve of the eye socket. Blend back and forth to give the eye a softly rounded silhouette.

Makeup artist tip! The key to mastering neutral eyeshadow is to choose colors that work with your complexion. Light beiges and sheer golds work well on fair skins but can often leave darker complexions looking dusty. If you have dark skin, choose terracotta, bronze and deep yellow tones.


8). To create the illusion of longer top lashes, curl them with an eyelash curler(m). If you have difficult, uncooperative lashes, use a mini-eyelash curler(n) for more control. Then, to make the eyes appear wider, coat both the top and bottom lashes with a lengthening mascara in black(o).

Small angled brush


9). To frame the eyes, take some brow color(p) on a small angled brush(q) and fill in any gaps using short, upward strokes.


10). To set your base, apply a matte, loose powder(h) to the face with a powder brush(r).


11). For a polished and groomed look that will last, brush your brows upward and hold them in place with a clear brow gel(s).

Best natural lipstick


12). For a neutral pout with staying power, apply a matte lip pencil(t). Draw it on for a natural effect, or apply it with a lip brush(u) for greater precision.

Makeup artist moment! Lipsticks are back in vogue. The lip color I used here looks like a pencil, lasts like a pencil, but goes on like a lipstick. The design gives a controlled application, and I love the way it cloaks the lip in a whisper of nothingness.


13). For a contoured cheek, take a matte peach powder blush(v) on a powder brush(w) and apply it to the apples. Then, using the same brush, contour the underside of the cheekbone and the temples with a soft, shimmery bronze tone(x). This will give contrast and dimension. To add a hint of color to the rest of the complexion, apply what’s left on the brush to the forehead, nose and chin.


(a). Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream).

(b). Foundation: Chanel Pro Lumière in Cendré 30.

(c). Foundation brush: Chanel Foundation Brush 6.

(d). Concealer: M·A·C Studio Finish in NW25. Buy it online at: and

(e). Highlighter pen: Chanel Éclat Lumière in Beige Rosé 30.

(f). Concealer brush: Shu Uemura Eye Brush Synthetic 10.

(g). Concealer: M·A·C Studio Finish in NC30. Buy it online at: and

(h). Loose powder: Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte in 7yr Light.

(i). Tapered blending brush: M·A·C Tapered Blending Brush 224. Buy it online at:, and

(j). Eyeshadow: Light beige/gold shade (top left) from the Dior 5 Couleur palette in Incognito 030. Buy it online from and

(k). Angled blending brush: M·A·C Medium Angled Shading Brush 275. Buy it online at:, and

(l). Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Studio Single Eyeshadow in Wild Wheat 81123.

(m). Eyelash curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

(n). Mini eyelash curler: Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler.

(o). Mascara: Lancôme L’Extrême in Black 01. Buy it online at: or

(p). Eyebrow gel: Shu Uemura Eyebrow Gel in Light Brown.

(q). Small angled brush: Shu Uemura Natural Brush 6ob.

(r). Powder brush: Shu Uemura Natural Brush 27.

(s). Brow gel: Clarins Double Fix Mascara.

(t). Lip color: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle de Jour. Buy it online at: and

(u). Lip brush: M·A·C Shader Brush 242. Buy it online from, and

(v). Blush: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in M Medium Peach 561.

(w). Powder brush: M·A·C Large Powder Brush 134. Buy it online at:, and

(x). Blush contour/bronzer: Dior Bronze Essential Bronzing Powder in Healthy Look 010.

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