Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Natural Glow In Two Steps







Several of you have asked for another makeup tutorial, so I thought I'd share what I do to get a natural glow. The focus here will be on applying blush and highlighter. Too often, I see people who have overdosed on blush and don't know where to apply it. Blush is not supposed to look obvious. Another common thing I see is having an overall ultra-matte powder look. Strategically placed highlighter, along with the proper blush application, will keep you from looking older than you are. The steps I've listed below to achieve a natural flush are really simple! I enlisted my gorgeous friend Sheena to be my model. We're wearing two of my newest necklaces from Shals, my trusted and go-to boutique for affordable jewelry. Both of these styles are around $25 - amazing, right? The adorable studs Sheena is wearing are also Shals



BLUSH:

Tap your blush brush into a pigmented blush formula like Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush, which is one of my favorites. I'm using Peach Passion here, which flatters most light to tan skintones. I'm using a Chanel blush brush.


Smile and swirl blush onto the outer apple of the cheek, sweeping ever so slightly upward and outward, but not all the way to the ear. To me, blush applied underneath the cheekbones just looks weird. Stick to the apples for the most natural look.



HIGHLIGHTER:

Choose a powder or liquid highlighter with a pearly pink sheen. Cooler skintones should opt for cool shades of pink, while warmer skintones should choose a warmer pink with more gold in it. I'm using NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator here on Sheena. The amount on my index finger below is all you will need for both sides of your face. 

Starting at your temple, dot the formula downward, following the curve of your cheekbone, stopping right on the outer apple of your cheek. Lightly rub in with your finger. Avoid the skin next to the eye so that you don't inadvertently highlight crow's feet. 




See the natural glow? This is my little trick for not looking overly-powdered, which looks old.

To keep a natural overall look, I finished with Kismet Cosmetics lipstick in Hey Baby! This shade flatters everyone. It also blends really nicely with the other Kimset lip shades, all of which I own. Awesome lipstick that stays put. Message me with your order inquiries!







I often mix Hey Baby! with Vivianna, a gorgeous rich berry shade, which is beautiful for winter. I blended a little on Sheena to show you how good they look together. In these photos, I'm wearing Vivianna on it's own. 




Isn't she gorgeous? A big thank you to Birmingham based photographer Mary Catherine Fehr for taking these lovely photos! 

x, M 
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