Look of the Day – The Yin and Yang

Bolder brows/eyes and softer lips. Two opposites yet complementary energies.

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Products used:

Face:

  • Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Shade 3.5)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Light Warm)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (2 Medium)

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Eyes:

  • Make Up for Ever Full Cover Concealer (Sand) – as eyeshadow primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (Tempera – base, Buon Fresco – crease & lower lashline, Antique Bronze – lid, Cyprus Umber – outer V & lower lashline, Vermeer – inner corner)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (Black)

Cheeks:

  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium)
  • Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan (Tantric)
  • Bobbi Brown Blush (Pastel Pink)

Highlight:

  • Jouer Powder Highlighter (Rose Quartz)

Lips:

  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil (Peekaboo Neutral)
  • bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor (Infamous)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus
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Judge Judy: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Move aside KKW/Kylie Cosmetics, and make way for Fenty Beauty, the talk of town! @badgalriri is coming through with her new cosmetics line, featuring a range of face products including foundation, powder and highlighters as well as face brushes and a lip gloss. Rihanna’s annoucement of Fenty Beauty has generated a buzz all over social media, and the reveal of the product lineup doesn’t appear to disappoint. Recognizing a void in options (specifically for face makeup) for women who are at the ends of the shade spectrum, brand founder Rihanna makes it Fenty Beauty’s mission to serve the needs of women of all shade range, no matter if you have extremely pale or very, very deep complexion.

Now all thanks to Sephora’s Rouge complimentary gift perk, I was fortunate enough to receive a deluxe sample of Fenty Beauty’s foundation. So I’ve decided to give it a go especially since most of my friends are talking about it as well and asking my two cents worth. And Fenty Beauty is now officially the first foundation to make its way into my Judge Judy product review series! (Amen to taking a break from lipstick reviews)

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/pro-filtr-soft-matte-longwear-foundation-P87985432?skuId=1925239&icid2=fenty_lp_rihannas_picks_carousel:p87985432)

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

  • 34.00 USD for 1.08 fl. oz
  • Medium to full coverage foundation that smooths skin and diffuses pores
  • Provides a soft matte, shine-free finish
  • Light as air texture that is undetectable on skin
  • Oil-free longwear formula that is resistant to sweat and humidity
  • Won’t clog pores, for all skin types
  • Comes in 40 shades

Since this is a foundation review, I think it’s just fair to do a before and after shot so you can better assess its coverage and finish. Therefore, I did my eyebrows and eye makeup first. As usual for all foundations, I will do a standard skin prep specifically applying facial oil followed by sunscreen/primer. I never wear foundation on bare skin, so for foundation tests it would be fair for me to prep my skin as per how I would normally do it before applying any foundation.

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Left: No foundation, skin prepped with Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster and bareMinerals Prime Time Primer SPF 30.

Right: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 210, topped with Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder, Marc Jacobs Tantric O!Mega Bronzer, Makeup Geek Blush in Cherish/Soulmate and Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz.

Review:

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

  • Medium to full coverage foundation that smooths skin and diffuses pores

If you’re looking for a solid medium to full coverage foundation, this product may well be in your lineup. One pump (from the smaller deluxe sized bottle) was all I used for my entire face to get a solid medium coverage, and you can see from the photos above that it covered up the blemishes on my chin and cheek well. This probably means the foundation can last you quite a while, in fact I am positive I can get about twenty uses from my deluxe bottle.

Does this foundation minimize the look of pores? I wouldn’t say that it does that exceptionally well because I feel that my pores look similar if I had worn my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. So I wouldn’t say that diffusing pores is a selling point for this foundation, but yes, it does impart a decent blurring effect on skin as with a few other foundations.

  • Provides a soft matte, shine-free finish

Now I’ve gotta be honest and say that I am not a fan of a true matte finish foundation. I’ve always preferred my foundations to render some dewiness as I find a matte finish to be chalky at times. This foundation however gives almost a velvet-matte type of finish so your complexion does not look flat and dull as with more true matte foundation. But if you want your skin to glow from your foundation, this shine-free finish is definitely not your cup of tea. If you have dry skin, make sure to moisturize your skin well prior to applying this foundation as it might accentuate dry patches.

  • Light as air texture that is undetectable on skin

While I would agree that the foundation feels lightweight on the skin, I wouldn’t go as far as to say to that it is imperceptible. Especially if you’re one to apply a few pumps of foundation and prefer a full coverage, this will definitely show up on skin.

  • Oil-free longwear formula that is resistant to sweat and humidity

Unfortunately, neither did I sweat nor was the weather humid for me to test this claim but for the six hours worth of wear I experienced, the foundation did not stay on that well. At the three-hour mark, I noticed the foundation starting to slightly break apart on my chin area. By the end of the six-hour wear the foundation started to look a little patchy. I guess it might be due to the fact that my skin was feeling a little dry, but then again I have no such problems with my Armani Luminous Silk. So, it’s a no for me on the longwear claim.

  • Won’t clog pores, for all skin types

Based on the ingredients list, I believe that this foundation does not contain any skin irritants or aggravating/inflammatory ingredients therefore it highly likely will not clog your pores and should be suitable for most skin types.

One very important thing to note about this foundation though is that it dries SUPER fast. You better work your face section by section and not apply dots of foundation on your entire face before blending for that was what I did and suffered adverse consequences. The foundation dried up too quickly such that the dots of foundation that I blended last left a circle mark on my face and I had to use my finger to aggressively remove. In addition, I highly believe that this foundation applies well with a brush and a buffing motion, not a damp sponge and a dabbing or stippling technique. The finish was very patchy using a sponge, but I managed to even it out eventually using my fingers and brush. I’d have to be honest and say that I have not experienced such a problem with other matte finish foundations (e.g. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear) so I was quite taken aback that this foundation wasn’t a breeze to work with.

So, would I go ahead and purchase the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation? I would have to say no for now because I don’t think the texture and finish of the foundation works well on my skin at the moment. And I prefer applying my foundations with my beauty blender, so if I’d have to switch to brushes only for this foundation, I may have to give it a pass. But for what it’s worth, the foundation does photograph beautifully and feels very comfortable on the skin, and its price point of 34.00 USD is not half bad. And the extensive shade range means you should be able to find your perfect match (thought I’d have to point out that the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation also has forty shades). I would suggest trying out a sample from Sephora if you are on the fence about this. As for me, I’d pass and just continue using my existing foundations.

VERDICT: Recommended with Care

 

 

Holy Grail: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book – The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II

The iconic Kevyn Aucoin is one of the most influential makeup artists who can in fact be regarded as the father of contouring. Having pioneered the art of contouring, his artistic skills and innovative spirit have not just graced the covers of magazines and runways but have also been brought closer to women everywhere. With his inspiring products in our hands, we too can achieve the beauty we envision.

While his cosmetics line was initially known for amazing individual products such as his sensual skin enhancer foundation/concealer and sculpting powders that come in individual compacts, it has now diversified to include lip toppers, highlighters and more.

Today, I’m giving my standing ovation to my most favorite product in Kevyn Aucoin’s entire line, one of the best face and eye palette I’ve ever gotten my hands on – the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book – The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I have talked about this gem a couple of times, highly recommending it as a VIB sale purchase (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/basics-baby-exclusive-how-to-shop-the-sephora-spring-sale-wisely-recommendations/) and also used the cream products for a natural, sunkissed look (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/basics-baby-natural-sunkissed-makeup/). Since I love this product so much and have gotten quite a lot of use out of it (and still not hitting pan at that), I figured it’s a must for it to be featured in my Holy Grail series. And for this post, I tried to use as much of the product as possible especially those I have not zoomed in on in my blog so that you can see why I hold this product in such high regard.

Before that, here are key things about this beloved palette.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book – The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II

  • 65.00 USD for
    – 0.17 oz The Celestial Powder in Sculpting
    – 0.17 oz The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
    – 0.16 oz The Sculpting Cream
    – 0.16 oz The Candlelight Cream
    – 4 x 0.04 oz Eyeshadows in Brighten (luminous pearl), Starlight (luminous light peach/pink), Cool Tan (light brown), Ruddy Earth (rust)
    – How-to guide
  • A face and eye palette in one that contours, sculpts and highlights using both cream and powder formulas
  • Includes the best-selling sculpting powder and its cream counterpart, as well as a highlighting powder and its cream counterpart, all come full-sized
  • Also includes four eyeshadows that double up as face contour and highlighter

If you are one who’s into the art of contouring, and I’m not even talking heavy or any complex contouring, just a touch to enhance your features, this all-in-one palette is a definite must have. First, you are getting four of the line’s full-sized highly rated sculpting and highlighting products (in both cream and powder formulas) for a quarter of the price of the individual items (the palette is valued at 226.00 USD). We’re talking buttery, pigmented and easily blendable contouring products here. And you really just need the tiniest bit of product as the powders are ultra pigmented, so the entire palette can last you a long time.

If that isn’t worth your money yet, Kevyn Aucoin added in four gorgeous everyday neutral eyeshadows that are a staple in our cosmetic kit. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows are beyond words. I am pleasantly surprised at how blinding the shade ‘Brighten’ appears on the inner corners of my eyes (see photo below). The four eyeshadow shades work well together to help you create a sculpted and defined look that can either go in the minimal, natural direction or a more glamorous and smoky route.

This palette is truly a commendable marriage between versatility and quality. You just can’t be disappointed with it at all.

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(I’m wearing the Sculpting Powder for face contour, the Candlelight Powder for face highlight, Eyeshadow in Brighten for my inner corners, Eyeshadow in Starlight on my lids, Eyeshadow in Cool Tan to smoke out my under-eye and Eyeshadow in Ruddy Earth on my outer V. To know how the Sculpting Cream and Candlelight Cream work on me, check out https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/basics-baby-natural-sunkissed-makeup/).

 

Judge Judy: NYX Matte Lipstick

NYX has been one of my favorite drugstore brands. Not only are their products affordable, the quality is often times impressive. NYX’s lip lingerie liquid lipsticks and soft matte lip creams are amongst my most used lip products, and I am of course thrilled to give their matte lipsticks a whirl.

Housed in a conventional bullet lipstick packaging, the NYX matte lipsticks come in a stunning array of 45 shades. As always before we dive into my review, here are key things you need to know about the NYX matte lipsticks.

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(Image source: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/matte-lipstick/NYX_005.html)

NYX Matte Lipstick

  • 5.99 USD for 0.16 oz
  • Highly pigmented lipstick with a velvety non-glossy, silky matte finish
  • Stays in place and never feels dry

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Left: Described as a mid-tone beige, this is how the shade Sable looks on me. Middle: Described as a dark pink-brown, this is how the shade Euro Trash looks on me. Right: Described as a bright blue-toned red, this is how the shade Perfect Red looks on me.

Review:

NYX Matte Lipstick

  • 5.99 USD for 0.16 oz
  • Highly pigmented lipstick with a velvety non-glossy, silky matte finish
  • Stays in place and never feels dry

Good matte lipsticks that come in the typical bullet packaging are a rare find especially in the drugstore. They’re more often than not semi-matte and has poor lasting power. Unfortunately, the NYX matte lipstick similarly falls in that category. The finish of the lipsticks is semi-matte at best, but specifically are more of a satin matte for the shades Sable and Euro Trash and an almost cream finish for the shade Perfect Red. There is an obvious cream sheen upon application and they do not dry down matte. A way to mattify these lipsticks is to press your lips into a tissue paper to minimize the sheen. This however compromises the pigmentation.

Despite the non-matte finish, the opacity of the NYX matte lipstick is quite commendable. You can definitely build up the color and coverage for intense pigmentation. It wasn’t a one-swipe action for me though as the lighter color especially tends to settle into cracks and crevices upon first application and needs a few more coats to reach full opacity. Another thing I noted was how uncomfortable it was for me to maneuver the lipstick. I am not sure if it is the design of the lipstick itself or the packaging that requires me to bend and turn my hands in weird angles to fill up my lips.

As for its longevity, I would say that the shade Perfect Red, though transfers easily, stays pigmented for quite a while. As with other red lipsticks, it does leave a pink stain. Sable and Euro Trash held up quite decently, though a heavy meal can definitely reduce its staying power.

Despite its shortcomings in its finish, the NYX matte lipstick is overall a very comfortable product to wear. It is rather lightweight and does not feel drying at all. For the price tag, this product is definitely a must-have if you are looking for affordable matte lipsticks but not too picky about an ultra-matte finish.

VERDICT: Recommended

Look of the Day – Warm Toned Daytime Look

Who doesn’t love warm toned shades??? Here’s one for the road.

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Products used:

Face:

  • NYX Pore Filler Primer
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (Warm Ivory)
  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand (Beige)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Espresso)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (05 Deep)

Eyes:

  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer (Sand) – as eyeshadow primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Singles (Caramel – transition, Morocco – crease, Fudge – outer corner, China Rose – lids)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (Black)

Cheeks:

  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer 
  • MAC Powder Blush (Melba)

Highlight:

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter (Exposed)

Lips:

  • Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil (Trendsetter)
  • Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme (Jetsetter)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus

Basics Baby: Setting Powder VS Finishing Powder

Imagine if the school principal blames the student for not being able to teach the teacher effectively. Yes, both student and teacher are in the same setting (the classroom) but the principal penalized the student for not executing the teacher’s job. Pretty unfair, isn’t it? I know it’s a little far-fetched but this very analogy appears to be a common occurrence when it comes to reviewing setting and finishing powders. (I’ve seen countless negative reviews of finishing powders that fault the product for not setting the makeup.) So let’s first address the big question. Are setting powders and finishing powders the same thing? Well, aside from the fact that the term powder exists in both their names, a setting powder and a finishing powder are designed to serve absolutely different purposes. However, many have provided problematic reviews of the products due to error in the measurement criteria which stemmed from a lack of awareness of their different functions.

 

What is a setting powder?

Setting powders, which come in both loose and pressed forms, are made to set your makeup specifically liquid and cream bases such as your foundation and concealer. Applying a setting powder over those helps to retain the products’ longevity on your skin. It keeps it in place and prevent the products from sliding or transferring after hours of wear and sebum production. Immediately upon application, setting powders reduce shine but provide neither coverage nor tint. It’s specifically designed to hold foundation and concealer in place and prevent them from rubbing off. Setting powders can also be used for touch ups as it contains some oil absorbing properties. It is usually preferred over a compact powder foundation as it is a sheerer and lighter form of powder, therefore perfect on top of liquid foundations.

There are various methods to applying setting powders. You can use a variety of setting brushes to lightly tap on areas that require setting, powder brushes to lightly dust the product over your whole face or go for a beauty blender to either push the powder into the skin or leave it on for a few minutes (i.e. baking) before dusting the excess off.

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(Image source: http://www.sephora.com/translucent-loose-setting-powder-P109908)

One of the most coveted and a cult favorite of not just makeup artists and celebrities but also most makeup lovers out there is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. A silky powder with sheer coverage, this holy grail setting powder is weightless and long-lasting, absorbing oil and reducing shine all day. What makes this powder a hot pick is its slightly denser than usual consistency that allows for smoother and even application and blending, and its translucent shades that truly works on all skin tones, from the fairest to the deepest.

Other trusted setting powders in the market includes the RCMA No Color Powder (loose), Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder (loose), COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder (loose), Dermablend Loose Setting Powder and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.

 

What is a finishing powder?

Finishing powders (which also come in both loose and pressed forms) as the name suggests, is created to provide your complexion with a specific finish. It can impart a soft-focused, blurring effect on the skin, best for minimizing the appearance of imperfections. It can also lend a brightening effect on the complexion with its light refracting properties or provide a luminous, pearlescent finish to skin texture.

A finishing powder is meant to be applied at the end of your makeup routine, on top of all your other makeup including bronzers, contours, blushes, and highlight. Techniques include dusting the face with a light layer of the finishing powder, or buffing the finishing powder into the skin so as to mesh the entire makeup look together, producing an airbrushed finish. Finishing powders are generally not as often used as setting powders as they are much less a necessity. Setting powders are crucial to hold your base makeup but finishing powders are more of a bonus to give you a more flawless and ethereal finish, thus usually reserved for special occasions or for when you have a lot of photo-taking going on.

Similar to a setting powder, it does not provide coverage. However, depending on the finish that it intends to give, finishing powders may come with a tint. Some finishing powders that are made to give you a bronzed, sun-kissed effect may contain a light golden tint while those meant to give an opalescent finish might contain a soft pink tint. Powders with a yellow tint help to further conceal redness while powders with a light peach tint can highlight a radiant complexion.

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A highly recommended finishing powder is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin-Perfecting Micro-Powder. A breathable micro-fine powder with soft-focus nano particles that blur away lines and imperfections, this finishing powder leaves your skin with a bright and illuminating finish. What’s best about this powder is how it resists any caking, dusting or sitting in lines, therefore it is one of the best powders for touch-ups.

Other popular and trusted finishing powders include the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (pressed) that comes in six different shades/finishes and the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder which comes in both loose and pressed versions.

 

Are setting powders and finishing powders interchangeable?

Though there are no rules to makeup, I’d have to say that certain makeup products are made to be used and applied in a specific way. You will not likely receive your desired results if you use setting and finishing powders interchangeably. Baking or setting your makeup with a finishing powder may not lead to prolonging its longevity on your skin. Similarly, a setting powder may not provide you with a finish you desire.

So is it fair to criticize a finishing powder for not being able to do the job of a setting powder? I would think not.

Basics Baby: How to Achieve a Natural Sunkissed Makeup

So the other day I was browsing through my Instagram account and came across this photo of a gorgeous model, made up by makeup artist, James Molloy, in a to-die-for natural, glowing makeup so perfect for summer. And I thought I could do a basic tutorial on how to achieve a radiant, sun-kissed makeup look. But first, let’s feast our eyes on this splendor…

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(Image source: https://www.instagram.com/jamesmolloymakeupartist/?hl=en)

A brief on the look before we get down to business. As you can see, the look is really focusing on natural glow and radiance, with colors that are skin-like and nothing extravagant going on anywhere. Of course the model is already perfect to begin with, so that minuscule amount of makeup on her only enhances her perfection. For normal ladies out there like myself, we can customize things like coverage and color placement or depth of color but not veer away from the whole natural, sun-kissed finish. So, allow me to just share what has worked for me in achieving such minimalist looks.

The Skin

One way to prolong the longevity of your minimal makeup is to apply an appropriate primer for your skin needs. In this warmer climate, my combination skin tends to lean more towards the oily side so I wanted to reduce the chances of my minimal makeup from sliding or fading due to the sebum and oil production. Hence, I chose to apply a mattifying, pore-minimizing primer (BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector).

For base, I wanted to do away with foundation as the look doesn’t appear to include that. Furthermore, putting on foundation in the hot, sunny weather may cause a bit of a situation. Therefore, I decided to concoct my own mix of products that will give me a glowy skin, yet not emphasizing my imperfections. I used a dime-sized amount of MAC Strobe Cream as the base in which the rest of the products will be blended with. The reason I chose this product is because it is a moisturizer with a luminescent finish. To give the cream a skin-colored tint, I added two drops of my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. Since this is a pure pigment product, it adds color to the cream without altering its finish (i.e. the luminescence will not be compromised). In addition, the drops also help to add a bit of coverage, and this is where you can customize it to suit your needs. If you need more coverage, you can go three or even up to four drops, or if you don’t need much coverage then one drop will provide you with a sheer one. I went for two as I feel my spots and blemishes could do with a medium coverage. But, because we’re mixing the drops with a moisturizer instead of a foundation, the finish on the skin will still look very natural. In fact, the product becomes traceless and disappears into my skin, yet still doing its job of perfecting the skin a little. The third and final product I added into the mixture are two drops of the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter. Being an illuminator with a translucent formula, what this product adds is more radiance and luminosity to the base.

So after mixing the three products on  the back of my hand, I applied it to my face using a damp beauty blender. And that’s really it for the base of the skin. No concealer, nothing.

The Contour/Highlight

Since this is a natural makeup look and the model does look like she has her features defined, I opted for cream contour and highlight. Using my trusted Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Vol. 2, I picked up the Sculpting Cream and contoured lightly around the parameters of my face as well as my nose. The good thing about using a cream contour when doing natural makeup looks is that they blend a lot more seamlessly into the skin and truly looks like natural shadows on your face rather than sharp contour lines. If you wish to, you could also go with a cream/liquid bronzer instead. I am happy with just the contour cream as once blended out the color looks like a bronzer on my face.

Using the same palette, I dipped into Candlelight Cream, the cream highlighter shade and placed it on the high points of my face where light would naturally hit. To make the highlighter look more like a glow from within, I used my damp beauty blender to mesh it into my skin.

Now that I have completed my creams and  liquid base, I went in with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light) for a more flawless finish. In fact, this finishing powder is an illuminator that contains light-refracting particles, and still able to blur imperfections at the same time. So this is really the perfect powder for the sun-kissed look we’re going for.

The Brows

This is the simplest thing I have done for my brows ever, using just one product – the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – to brush my brow hairs and thicken them. For a natural look, the brows have to look natural too, not overly defined and the brow hairs have to be the star of the show, not your brow pencil or pomade etc.

The Eyes

For the eyes I decided to go with rosy peach-toned colors instead of browns or taupes as the former appear more like my skin than the rest. For the base, I used the shade Strapless from my Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow palette all over my crease and lids. Then, I gave the eyes a pop of glow by dabbing the NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint in the color Sweet Cloud on the center of the lids. Being a cream product helps make the center of your lid shine a healthy glow.

To make my small eyes wider and more awake, I applied a generous amount of mascara (Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara) and combed through to minimize clumps. You can definitely customize how much mascara you need. The model doesn’t appear to have much on but she already has big, beautiful eyes so she doesn’t need much help in this area.

The Lips

For lips, I wanted something juicy yet not too far off from my original lip color. So first, I lined my lips with my Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in shade 213 Natural Beige. This shade matches my lip color perfectly so I love using it when doing nude lips. I then used the color Liar from Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss all over, and topped the center of the lips with Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss in the shade Pout, pretty apt name for what I intended it to do.

And that’s really it for the whole look, here’s the result:

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I know this is nothing compared to the model above but I feel super comfortable in this minimal makeup. It lasted from about 4pm to around 11pm when I removed it. The base concoction I did made my skin exude a healthy glow, the eyes are looking natural yet lit, and the lips look effortless. I’m definitely going to do more of this cream/liquid base looks in the future. Till the next one!