True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

The natural make-up kit

The natural make-up kit

I was filmed the other day as supporting actress to my baby (random because he’s not with an agency, but fun all the same). I was told I would have my make-up done and that it would be natural. It was so natural it looked like I wasn’t wearing anything. It was then I discovered that there is a difference between “natural” and “subtle”. I was inspired to try the no-makeup make-up properly this time, both by my experience and the Bobbi Brown masterclass that I attended.

The make-up artist:

  • Stippled foundation only where needed to even out my skin tone and blended it out;
  • Applied two different shades of matte eyeshadow – one neutral and the other to define the crease to mimic the natural colouring of my eye area;
  • Applied a tiny amount of blusher;
  • Used a natural pink lip colour and a touch of clear gloss;
  • Defined my brows using brow gel only;
  • Applied a couple of coats of mascara, and
  • Finished with a dusting of powder to eliminate shine.

No contouring and no eyeliner. No eyeliner! I don’t have any photos of myself because I didn’t want to look like the over-excited mum. My baby was the star after all.

I tried to copy this by using:

  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Golden 6 only where needed to even out my skin tone and buffed into my skin using my Real Techniques buffing brush
  • Benefit Boi-ing industrial strength concealer in shade 4 applied with my EcoTools airbrush concealer brush;
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in 65 Pink Gold applied to my eyelid only using my No7 eyeshadow brush
  • Kiki Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner in black along the top lash line instead of mascara (see my No Mascara Hayfever Make-Up post)
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Heather all over my lips instead of lipstick, as this is the natural colour of the darkest part of my lips;
  • A touch of Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss;
  • L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Dark Brunette;
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar applied to the apples of my cheeks and blended out using my Real Techniques blush brush; and
  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Honey using my Real Techniques duo-fiber face brush.

It actually felt good to achieve proper no make-up make-up. Surprisingly, I felt quite confident even though I was wearing the bare minimum and for once, I didn’t get distracted and end up wearing blue eyeliner!

 True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

True Natural No-Makeup Make-up

Bobbi Brown make-up and nail polish

#whatbobbitaughtme Bobbi Brown Masterclass

Bobbi Brown make-up and nail polish

Bobbi Brown make-up and nail polish

Earlier in the summer I attended the Bobbi Brown masterclass “the secret to perfect skin”, in the John Lewis Roof Garden after seeing it in Stylist Magazine. Sorry the post is so late!  Buying a ticket was a complete no-brainer – I love Bobbi Brown’s make-up philosophy, the brand really does cater for all skin tones and I think the products are great.

I watched two demonstrations – one showcasing a city chic look and another showing a beach look. Both looks were then taken from day to night. Most importantly, both looks were quite natural, making the models (I say models, but they were women just like us) look like amazing versions of themselves with glowing skin and rosy cheeks and lips, rather than looking like they were wearing make-up. This is the Bobbi Brown way and I love it, especially for daytime.

 

Zara and Hannah at work

Zara and Hannah at work

The make-up artists were Pro Artist Hannah Martin and Featured Artist Zara Findlay. Hannah and Zara explained about skincare and explained how to apply the products. I knew the basics from studying the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual but there is always something new to learn.

#whatbobbitaughtme

#whatbobbitaughtme

I learned how to tight line which was demonstrated by Zara. I always wondered how to do it and now I know. When hayfever season is over I will definitely be trying it! I discovered the Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, which can be used on top of other Bobbi Brown mascaras to make them water resistant. I also fell in love with the Pot Rouge for Cheeks & Lips. Oh and then there’s the Well I love nearly everything Bobbi Brown so that was no surprise!

After the class there was the opportunity to have mini makeovers. I didn’t have time to get my eyes done but the main reason I was there was to get my summer foundation. During the demonstration, both Zara and Hannah used the Bobbi Brown foundation stick. It looked so easy to use I just had to have one (or some). The ticket price for the event was £25 redeemable on the night, and I’m allowed to buy summer foundation during my epic make-up spending ban, so that was perfectly justifiable.

Waiting to get my foundation matched...

Waiting to get my foundation matched…

It turned out that I actually needed two foundation sticks. My forehead is noticeably darker than the rest of my face so the foundation needed for the majority of my face looks completely wrong on my forehead. Well, maybe I don’t need foundation for my forehead on a daily basis because my forehead skintone is very even. My cheeks, however, are another story. The quickest way for me to use the foundations is to swipe the foundation stick in golden (6) on my cheeks, nose and chin and blend out. This gives me a sufficiently even base for the rest of my make-up and is perfect for work and other everyday situations. But, I am going to be a bridesmaid soon and I need to look photo-ready so this is why the darker shade in warm almond (6.5) is needed for my forehead so I can get all-over coverage.

The foundation sticks give a great skin-looking finish so I don’t need powder on a daily basis. However, for photos I don’t want to risk looking oily, so I also tried Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Honey. This looks scarily pale in the compact but as it is so sheer, it acts like translucent powder.

I bought one stick on the night and the rest online. This brought my summer foundation total spend to £85. Ouch (in a good way)!

I then got my lips and cheeks done because I didn’t want to look strange. My lips were prepared with Lip Balm SPF 15 and my lip colour was Tea Rose lipstick – my perfect pink. For my cheeks, Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral was used followed by the Shimmer Brick in Nectar. I already have the shimmer brick and although it is pricey, it is well worth it. I might even go so far as to say it is my favourite Bobbi Brown product, if not my favourite cheek product, full stop. My epic spending ban mean I was not allowed to buy any of this.

My dream dressing table!

My dream dressing table!

My Bobbi Brown natural face and lips

My Bobbi Brown natural face and lips

Bobbi Brown natural face prescription and pass

Bobbi Brown natural face prescription and pass

 

I had so much fun and I learned a lot, especially that I don’t need a ton of make-up to look good. I’ve stuck all of the make-up I tried in a Pinterest board here. I can’t wait until this spending ban is over!

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil

I love the water cup - beauty starts from the inside after all!

I love the water cup – beauty starts from the inside after all!

The goodie bag!

The goodie bag!

No Mascara Hayfever Make-up

No Mascara Hayfever Make-up

No Mascara Hayfever Make-up

No Mascara Hayfever Make-up

Like millions of other people, I have hayfever which is an allergy to pollen. Some people might suffer from some or all of the symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose  and itchy, watery eyes. It tends to be seasonal, hitting hardest in spring or summer, depending on whether the sufferer has an allergy to tree pollen (spring) or grass pollen (summer).

My eyes are quite badly affected when the pollen count is high so technically I shouldn’t really wear any eye make-up because it will just make the irritation worse. Let’s face it, you only get one set of eyes. The thing is, I feel like I need a little something, just to give me that confidence boost and emphasise my favourite features.

The safest and easiest thing to do is wear a bright lip colour in red, orange or fuchsia, to draw attention away from my eyes completely. That way my eyes will not be further irritated and my whole face will get a lift from the flattering hot lip colour.  Besides, bold lips go perfectly with big, dark sunglasses, which are a summer fashion and  sun safety essential anyway!

The thing is, sometimes my eyes really do need a bit of defining .  I have a couple of hayfever eye make-up rules.

  1. No eyeliner on the waterline.  This is a sensitive part of the eye for anyone, allergy sufferer or not . Generally speaking I don’t use eyeliner on my waterline just because I think it increases the risk of infection. I tend to do it only for special events such as weddings, parties, and other times when professional or close-up photos will be taken because it really does make a difference in the photos. Also, when my eyes water or use eye drops it will wash away the eyeliner making it pointless.
  2. No mascara.  I definitely don’t use mascara on the bottom lashes as it will just run when  my eyes water or use eye drops.  I don’t wear mascara on the upper lashes either as the pollen sticks to the mascara which just leads to a mega-itching attack!

So, I guess you’re now wondering what I am left with, considering I skip what most people consider to be the most important eye defining steps. I cheat and create illusions! I can also hide behind thick rimmed glasses or sunglasses. Even if you don’t need glasses you can still wear the frames with non-prescription lenses for a change.

My steps for hayfever  eyes include:

  1. Prime then conceal any dark circles. I recently discovered that under-eye concealer primer exists. I prime the under eye area then conceal with a cream concealer. I might then set it with powder. I use primer in the summer in an attempt to make my concealer last longer in the make-up melting heat. I also need the extra layer because if I use eye drops or my eyes water, I don’t want the product to wash away too easily exposing the dark circles..
  2. Black liquid or gel eyeliner on the top lash line only.  If you have brown eyelashes, dark brown eyeliner would work for a daytime look. The eyeliner needs to go right into the lashes to give the appearance of fuller lashes, which would otherwise have been achieved with a volumising mascara.
  3. Curl the eyelashes with an eyelash curler. I have a little confession – I don’t actually do this as I am scared of eyelash curlers since I painfully curled my eyelids as a child! But, if I did ever get over that, I would curl my eyelashes to open up my eyes, which also replaces the need for mascara.
  4. Black waterproof pencil eyeliner on the top lash line only.  If I don’t have time to create a precise line with liquid or gel, I line my eyes with a waterproof black eyeliner pencil again, as close to the lash line as possible to create the illusion of thicker eyelashes. I then use a small, soft blending brush to soften the line and push the colour between the lashes if needed. It’s a quick and easy way to cheat a defined eye as if you draw the line a but so by, it all disappears when you blend. Sometimes I blend the line out further and into the crease a little to make a smoky eye. So it’s also a cheat for a simple smoky eye too! I use waterproof eyeliner in the summer so it doesn’t melt into an undesired mess.
  5. Make sure all tools, makeup and pencils are kept extra clean.  You don’t want an infection on top of the hayfever! Sharpen pencils with every use and and use a spray brush cleanser in between brush shampoos.

I don’t tend to spend ages contouring or colouring my eyelids with eyeshadow. If the hayfever defeats me, I’ll rub my eyes and smudge it everywhere wasting my time and making me look very silly indeed.

Remember, the best thing to do is to avoid wearing eye make-up but if you really can’t, try these tips. Do you have any of your own for me?

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Black Diamond

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Black Diamond

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Black Diamond

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Black Diamond

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Black Diamond

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Black Diamond

 

After buying Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper, I decided I needed a foil finish with a bit more drama so I bought it in Black Diamond. You’ve already seen me wear this in my Casino Glam post but I just have to give it its own post!

I have explained how I apply it here.

Black Diamond is a dark grey, super-super shiny foil eyeshadow which has crazy staying power. It looks like I have really applied molten metal to my eyelids, and just like molten metal, there’s no rubbing this off! I think I would like a bolder finish though so I think I’ll try a different primer, or a white base for next time.

I just wish I bought more colours Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow range in the before my epic makeup spending ban. I think Emerald Goddess would look phenomenal with brown eyes!

Casino Glam Open eyes

Casino Glam Open eyes

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper

I posted about these in my makeup nod to the metallics trend for 2015 but I decided each shade should get a post of its own.

Inside the box is a pot of eyeshadow, a liquid primer and a mixing tray. The instructions are quite clear but here’s how I used it: I turned the bottle of primer upside down into the tray so that only one drop of liquid comes out. I then scooped a tiny, tiny bit of eyeshadow up on to my angled brush and mix this into the primer. The eyeshadow is now ready to apply.

I then painted the eyeshadow onto my eyelids one at a time so I can keep one eye closed so the eyeshadow can dry. Once the eyeshadow is dry it does not budge at all – there’s no blending here so it’s best to build the colour slowly and steadily. It gives a crinkly foil effect which really reflects the light.

Magnificent Copper comes out looking perfectly copper – a rich, earthy, rose-gold colour. There is a rose gold shade but I can’t try it due to my epic makeup spending ban. I’d love to see how it compares. It has a dazzling shine, unlike anything I’ve seen before. I feel like I need sunglasses to look at it directly! It’s not glittery, it’s not shimmery, it’s shine at its boldest.

It’s all you need for a daytime colour pop on the eyes without it being “too much”. If you think you need something more subtle, try it on the inner corners of your eyes for a special highlight.

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper is definitely one of my favourite pieces in my (rather extensive) makeup collection.