a mildly minimalist approach to makeup
My makeup collection is one of those areas in my life where I struggle to keep it “minimalist”. I am a beauty consultant after all – so naturally I have a large makeup collection. Ironically, most days I wear minimal makeup, and when packing for a trip I can make a small collection of products work for multiple looks. “Multitasking” with makeup is a skill I learned to keep my makeup bag as small and light as possible. Here’s what I’ve been using lately:
In my makeup bag:
- Full Coverage Matte Foundation
- Undereye Corrector
- 2-3 Lipsticks – Nude/Pink, Deep Neutral, and Bold
- Neutral Cream Eye Shadow (Beach Blonde, Apricot Twist, or Iced Cocoa depending on your skin tone)
- Contour Color (Latte or Cocoa, depending on your skin tone)
- Gel-Eyeliner (black or deep brown)
- Eyeliner Brush
- Eye Crease Brush OR Eye Smudger Brush
- Cheek Brush (optional)
- Foundation Brush OR Foundation Sponge (optional)
- Lash Intensity Mascara
- Waterproof Mascara (optional)
- Tinted Brow Gel OR Brow Pencil
The Base – (My everyday look)
Apply Undereye Corrector under your eyes. This product also works nicely for dark spots, acne scars, and other skin discolorations on the face. Most people don’t need two types of concealers!
Here’s where some of the real multitasking starts: use one of your lipsticks as a cream cheek color (you can use any of them, depending on your skin tone). It’s an amazing trick! If you use a matte or semi-matte lipstick, it will last all day on your cheeks. Better than any powder blush. The colors are vibrant and bring a lot of life to the face. My favorite colors to use on my cheeks are Mauve Moment or Rich Truffle.
To apply the lipstick to your cheeks, rub your finger on the tip of the lipstick for a few second to warm the product. Tap your finger gently on top of your cheek bones and on the apples of your cheeks. Work quickly before this sets! Blend with your fingertips to create the perfect natural glow.
Next, apply a shimmery cream eye color that matches your skin tone. I used Beach Blonde. Apricot Twist or Iced Cocoa will work for deeper skin tones. Use your ring finger to tap and gently blend the eye color on to your eye lid, don’t go above the crease line. Tap a little extra into the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them.
Still using your ring finger, blend more of the shimmery cream color onto the top of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your cupid’s bow as a highlighter.
Using the eyeliner brush and your gel eyeliner, create a subtle winged eyeliner by applying the liner to the outer corner of your eye with a quick upward flick at the end. (This takes practice, but it creates a gorgeous effect!)
Don’t forget about your brows! Especially with a more natural makeup look, your brows play an important role in framing your face. Find a brow pencil or tinted brow gel that works well for your skin tone and hair color and groom them into shape.
Same Items – Glam it Up
Special event? Swanky date night? No need to find more products to hang out in your makeup bag. The easiest way to add a little extra glam to this base look is to create a smoky eye and/or change up your lipstick.
You can easily create a smoky eye by adding more of the same eyeliner and very quickly before it dries smudge it around your eyelid with the crease brush or smudger brush, or even your finger. This stuff dries fast so I recommend applying a little at a time and smudging it around before adding more as needed. Focus primarily on the outer corners of your eye and near the eyelashes. You can add a little more highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes when you’re finished to keep them bright.
And don’t forget lipstick! A nude or a bold color will both look great with a smoky eye.