I often read blog posts or watch Youtube videos about simple makeup looks that end up involving way more products that I would expect. I’ve only recently really gotten into makeup to the point where I do have a “full face” of products at hand to use when I feel like I want to be a bit more experimental with my makeup, but I also have products that are my classic, go-to ones for the absolute minimum amount of effort I am willing to put in while still looking somewhat put together. So, for today’s post I wanted to discuss what simple makeup actually looks like to someone who isn’t a huge beauty lover, but still enjoys it from time to time.
I will often always begin with doing my skin care in order to create a clean and fresh base for my face. I don’t always care about covering up the imperfections of my skin; often I find that they add something unique and I don’t want to completely get rid of it with layers of foundation. So, I’ll cleanse my face, tone it, add some serum, and then use an SPF moisturizer and eye cream. This process always leaves me with glow-y skin that doesn’t need to be completely changed during the makeup process.
I’ll then use a silicone primer on all the areas that I think have large, visible pores, just to help fill them in before adding any sort of foundation or powder that can seep into them throughout the day. I’ve recently rediscovered my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural and fallen back in love with it as a very light base that gets rid of unwanted shine, but adds a bit of oomph to the complexion. I’ll typically skip concealer because I find that it gets a bit too cake-y throughout the day and go straight into blush followed by a cream highlighter that’s a bit more subtle than a powder one. And then to finish it all off, I apply a few coats of my favourite drugstore mascara at the moment (not wanting to use up my Better Than Sex for an everyday face) and lightly fill in my brows with a pencil, followed by eyebrow gel to thicken them up every so slightly.
I think hitting all the framing aspects, such as brows, lashes and cheeks, is the key to still looking fresh and put-together without having to go overboard. Now, I know I’m lucky to have a fairly even skin tone and rarely any acne (except during my hormonal cycle), so makeup this light on the base isn’t possible for everyone, and that’s totally okay. It’s all about what makes you feel the most confident without feeling like you have to cover absolutely everything up—that’s what makeup, in general, means to me.