“No Make Up” Natural Make Up

"No Make Up Make Up"

Recently I’ve gotten really into the dewy, “no make up” natural make up look. I think we normally gravitate towards dewy skin and peachy cheeks in summer, but there’s something really refreshing about it for winter in place of heavy mattes. Think glowing cheekbones, illuminated by late afternoon winter sun, rosy cheeks that could be flushed from a garden jaunt, and a slight bronzing around the hairline, reminiscent of a mid-winter getaway to a lush tropical locale.

To that end, some favourite products:

Bare Minerals Serum Bronzer:

Kind of a weird product in that it’s a deep golden coloured serum and at first I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, but it really does give glowing results. Shake well before use, then pat gently onto cheekbones and around the hairline for ‘just back from Europe’ look.

Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit from Within Illuminator:

I LOVE this stuff. I originally got it as a birthday gift from Mecca, and was eager to try it out. I’d never been someone who wears illuminator everyday, but this has changed the game. I use my fingers to apply it on the high points of my cheek bones, my brow bone, a light swipe down my nose and a tiny bit on my cupid’s bow. If you want to look more awake, you can also dab a little in the inner corners of your eyes (not in your actual eyeball but you know where I mean – that bit between your eye and your nose that isn’t quite your nose). It’s also a sister product to the Lit from Within Primer, which I also adore.

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolour Blush:

Pictured above in the “rosewater” shade, this is by far one of the prettiest blushes I’ve used. I used to be a strictly powder blush girl, but I changed my tune when I realised how g-damn pretty creme and liquid blushes could be. It gives the prettiest flushed, English rose sheen with a tiny hint of gold for some light illumination. No complaints here about that.

Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Soft Rose:

I feel like I’m on an endless hunt for the perfect rosy-pink, not too bright lipstick. This one is pretty close and is really pretty with minimal make up. Some tinted moisturiser that lets those cute freckles peek through, plus some brow mascara and actual mascara and a swipe of this lippy, and you’re on your way.

Bare Minerals Beauty Veil:

Ok, so you probably don’t think powder and dewy in the same sentence, and that fair enough. To be fair, I don’t use this product everyday – it’s a translucent powder for setting make up, and it’s a goodie. I typically use it when I’m off to a wedding or some kind of occasion when I want my make up to last a long time. I hate carrying around make up so never give my face many touch ups, and this stuff helps big time with making my face last all day without touch ups. The powder gives a softness to your make up that most powders I’ve tried don’t achieve, so I’m ok with recommending it.

Add lashings of mascara and a natural looking brow mascara, and you’re done. Freshly washed hair allowed to air dry is the icing on the cake.

The key to no make-up make-up is, of course, skin that’s in really good condition. For more in skincare, head here for some of my best summer finds, and here for some relaxing, “just at the day spa” vibes.

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