Ah, Summer is almost here! Which means beaches, iced coffee and glowing skin. In the summertime, I look for ways to enhance my glow, unlike in those winter months when I have to force it. This post is going to be a follow up to my first beauty post (here) where I told you all about the sorta new brand, IT Cosmetics. ..Since I had a great response and was inundated with questions regarding the "how-to" here is my "how-to" for a natural "no-makeup" makeup look, just in time for Summer!
*Disclaimer: I use my make-up, so don't judge the smudges. Also I did this without a mirror, so go easy on a girl.
Step 1: Cleanse.Tone.Moisturize
Always always ALWAYS cleanse your face, tone, and moisturize. I think I've mentioned this in prior posts but as a reminder, I use Origins Checks and Balances as a gentle, great for all skin types, cleanser. For my toner I switch back and forth between Mario Badescu Rose Water (mostly at might before bed) or Origins "United State" toner (typically in the morning). Lastly, I moisturize with IT Cosmetics "Confidence in a Cream". These steps are vital to clear, happy, healthy looking skin so don't skip this step! For a refresher on my morning skincare routine, go here.
Step 2: CC Cream
CC Cream, for those of you who do not know, is designed to even out skin tone with it's creamy texture but is lighter than a foundation. I am completely new to this and loving it. "Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream" by IT Cosmetics not only has SPF 50 in the formula, it also takes care of 7 other steps all in one, like your anti-aging hydrating cream, color corrector, pore minimizer, moisturizer and more. I love that this tube has a pump on top which means you can consistently use as much or as little as you need, every time you use it! You can apply this with your hands, a blender ball or a brush. My preferred method is with a brush as I feel like it gives me the best and most even coverage. Typically when I use my hands, it wastes a lot of the product because it's...well...on my hands. When applying, start from the center of your face and brush/blend outwards. I start around my nose and sweep the bush back until my face has an even full coverage.
*Disclaimer: I typically wear "light" in this CC+ Cream (because winter) but after a couple days in Bermuda (and a spray tan) this really isn't my perfect match and "medium" would have been a better tone so keep the seasons in mind when looking for your perfect color.
Step 3: Under Eye Concealer This is also a new piece in my makeup bag but a total game changer, especially if you have dark circles under your eyes. Whether it be from working the night shift, babies, or hereditary, this step will leave all that behind. IT Cosmetics makes several under eye products but right now I'm using "Bye Bye Under Eye" aka "Eye Lift in a Tube". I love this product because it's light weight, easy to apply and is dual sided with a concealer and brightener. Dab a couple dots of the concealing end where your dark circles meet your cheeks (not in the corner of your eyes). You can use your fingers or a brush to spread and blend your concealer in a triangle shape under the eye. You may have to dab again with your fingers at the end of this just to absorb any residual concealer so it doesn't "crack".
Step 4: Contour/Bronzer This is my favorite step because I think it really brings things to life, plus you get to make some fun silly faces in the process. In this case, I've just used IT Cosmetic "Ombre Radiance" (but sometimes use a giant crayon by Tart). I love this pallet for summer because it's a gradient of rich hues with a shimmer that gives you that glowing look. I start by making a fishy face and then sweep my brush just below my cheek bone from the most hollow point on my fish face back towards my ear at about a 45 degree angle (just follow the line of your cheek bone) Sucking in your cheeks is the best way to guide yourself on where to apply. After, I brush the temples of my forehead, jawline and neck. I've heard as a rule to make a "3" shape along the side of your face, so temples, cheek, and jaw. If you're looking for a way to make the appearance of your nose more narrow, you can apply bronzer along the left and right side of the bridge of your nose. As a guide, you can apply bronzer to anywhere that naturally shadows, as this is what your contouring is emphasizing. (don't forget your necks!)
Step 5: Contour/Highlight Contouring isn't all bronzer. The next step in this trendy process is to highlight key places that will brighten your face. This is where you can use that other end of your dual concealer! Dab your highlighter in the center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, the arrow of your lips, chin and tops of your cheek bones. If you want a nice dramatic "high cheekbone" look you can also dab a little just under where you applied your bronzer, making more of a contrast. Be sure to blend this in well so you don't look like a leopard! There are definitely more involved variations of this step, this is just what I chose to do for more of a natural glowing look. Use the highlighter in the Je Ne Sais Quoi pallet for a "glaze" that just gives all those places you highlighted before a little glow. Dip your brush in the pallet and sweep over all those key highlighted zones.
Step 6: Blush I love blush because I think it adds a little warmth to the face. The blush I'm using currently is from IT Cosmetics "Je Ne Sais Quoi" pallet which is a 4-in-1 bronzer, blush, highlighter and setting powder. For this step, you want to smile, and apply your blush at the apples of your cheeks, sweeping back.
Step 7: Brows The Subtle game-changer. Maybe you have Cara Delevingne brows. I do not. I don't have much available to "shape" which is both a blessing and curse in this "bushy brow" trend. Thankfully, brow pencils are here to help us sparse or thinly browed ladies out. I love the IT Cosmetics "Brow Power" brush because it's dual ended with a brush for smoothing out the hairs and a mechanical pencil on the other end that adjusts color based on pressure, so one color fits all!
Step 8: Setting Powder The setting powder pallet in your "Je Ne Sais Quoi" compact also acts as a pore eraser, leaving your face with a smooth and soft look, all while keeping all your other make-up in place throughout your day. Simply dip your brush in and sweep over your entire face!
Step 9: Mascara Saving the best for last. Honestly, who doesn't love mascara? It really is the cherry on top to your already perfect face. Start with an eye lash curler to open up the appearance of your eyes and then apply Superhero Mascara by IT Cosmetics for SUPER long and full looking lashes that have the drama of fake lashes but are real!
There you have it! Your natural, glowing look! Note, I did not do anything with my eyes or lips like shadow, liner or lipstick. Obviously feel free to add these things in. I chose not to because I knew I would be going to the beach this day and didn't feel like it was necessary!
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