Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Neutral, Not Natural!

Ever see those girls on the beach who are gorgeous, bronzed, and glowing but seem to be wearing little to no makeup? I’m sure you know and envy these “natural” beauties as much as I do. How DO they do it! Are they born with this natural beauty? Yeah right… The trick to getting this “I woke up this gorgeous” look is in the neutrals, not the natural. Here’s how you get it:
Step 1: If you’re fair skinned, use a self tanner the night before you are going for this look. I prefer Clarins Self Tanning Instant gel for the body and their Liquid Bronze Self Tanning lotion for the face.
Step 2: Use foundation only if you need it. Try something with light coverage like Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. If you’re into mineral makeup (I think it looks gorgeous, but it breaks my skin out) swirl on a light layer. Use foundation sparingly…you want your skin to shine through. If your skin is next to flawless, try just using a tinted moisturizer like Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer.
Step 3: Conceal any imperfections: blemishes, undereye circles, etc. with a cream concealer. Set your foundation and concealer with a touch of translucent loose powder, using a fluffy powder brush.
Step 3: Use a brow powder to fill any sparse spots in your brows.
Step 4: Apply a bronze or copper shimmer eye shadow all over your lid. Any of the four colors that make up the bottom right corner of the Eyes of Seduction shadow palette will make your eye color pop! Now, apply the same shade along your lower lash line.
Step 5: Finish off your eye shadow with a tiny bit of a golden shimmer shadow in the inner corner of your eye and right below your eye brow.
Step 5: Curl your lashes, then add black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Step 6: Now, take a bronzer and sweep it in the shape of an “E” on both sides of your face: across your forehead, along your temple, under the cheekbone, and under the chin.
Step 7: Using an apricot shade of blush, pop the color directly to the apple of your cheeks.
Step 8: This step will give you the glow…Take a neutral highlighter and using a blush brush or a fan brush, sweep it over the top of your cheekbones and up around the outer corner of your eyes.
Step 8: Find a neutral pinky-beige lip color you love (make sure it’s blue based!) and cover your lips.
Step 9: Finally dab your favorite gloss in the center of your bottom lip. This will guarantee a sexy pouty lip!
Follow these steps and you’ll be an au natural beauty in no time!!

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