Natural Beauty

Most of the fashion magazines are hyping over the natural make up look because it's been so popular on the runways recently. Although most of the mags suggest using make up such as Chanel and Dior, I thought I'd make a post using slightly more affordable make-up. The method is still pretty much the same so it doesn't really matter what brands you use, but if you can afford the good stuff then definitely go for it!
Firstly, prep your skin. A good face of make-up always starts with good skin, and especially as this look is so bare, glowing skin is even more integral to this look. Cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin first, and maybe do a face mask if you have time. This will make your skin a better base for the make up. I tend to use Simple cleanser and toner because I have sensitive skin, but it does the job. Lush's Mask of Magnaminty is a great face mask to use before applying make up, leave it on for about 20 minutes and once it's washed off, your skin already looks brighter, clearer and feels softer.
Once your skin is clear and prepared, use a light foundation (powder or tinted moisturiser would work best) and gradually build it up. I can recommend Natio loose foundation for a powder as it's mineral based and gives great coverage without using too much (if anyone can recommend a good tinted moisturiser please do because I need one). If your skin is looking particularly good, you might not even need much foundation or any at all. Try not to overdo the foundation and make sure that it's blended in properly. Minimalism is the key to this natural look. 
Next you need to add concealer to any areas that you need extra coverage. Apply the concealer under the eyes to the dark shadows and to any blemishes or spots that you're sensitive about, again making sure the concealer is a good match to your skin and foundation and is blended in properly. I use No7 concealer because it's easy to apply and a fairly decent concealer for not too much money.
So now your skin is prepared, it's time to add some definition to the look. If you want to define your cheekbones, sweep a small amount of bronzer underneath your cheekbones to create a slight shadow effect. Be careful not to overdo the bronzer because the look still needs to look natural. I personally don't use bronzer purely because I'm not the best at using it properly, but when it's done right it adds good definition to the look.
Next step is to focus on the eyes. I curl my eyelashes before I put on the eyeshadow but to be honest I don't think it really matters. Use an eyeshadow close to your natural skin colour first as a base for the rest of the eyeshadow. I tend to apply one shade of a light beige colour all over the lid and then a taupe colour in the inner corner of the eyelid, but you need to choose colours that suit your skin tone. Then apply a paler (white if you have it) eyeshadow on the brow bone and blend in thoroughly, this makes the eyes look brighter and bigger. If you have small eyes and want to make them look bigger, I'd recommend using a nude pencil eyeliner on the lower lid, it just opens up the eyes some more. It's best to stick to matte or semi-matte eyeshadow for this look because too much sparkle can make it look too dramatic.
The finishing touches for this look is a sweep of mascara (my ultimate fave at the moment is Benefit's They're Real mascara) and a tinted lip balm or gloss.
This look is really popular at the moment and really quite simple, if more time consuming than it looks. However, once you master it, it will soon become one of your signature looks and could easily be adapted. If anyone has any tips on how to do this natural look any better then please leave a comment :)

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