Referring to myself as a beauty junkie is about as much of an understatement as describing boiling water as warm.
Whenever I find new products or have been using a product for a while that has stood the test of time (which is hard in my makeup case, it’s a very tough crowd; only the best make it out alive), I immediately want to share it with you guys because why not?
When I find products that not only live up to the hype, but make me feel happier, more radiant, confident and beautiful, I can’t NOT share.
Post Male Syndrome is all about inclusivity; ALL facets of looking and feeling your best – which includes wellness, fitness and beauty – inner & outer.
Today, I’m focusing on the outer.
As much as I love makeup – lashes, red lips, dramatic winged liner, a nude lip and smokey eyes, a BOLD brow… ALL of it – Lately, I’ve been going for a no makeup look. The photo below was taken about a year ago when I was headed to a fancy dinner and first tried the “no makeup look” out (& now I suddenly want to get more blonde highlights and cut 3 inches off my hair. Going to book an appointment tomorrow).
I’m loving the healthy, dewy, minimal makeup trend right now. It gives a chance for your outfit, hair, nail color, shoes, etc., to really shine and have more of a center stage. I also think it’s really refreshing. I went out to dinner with a girlfriend last night and did the exact “no makeup look” routine that I’m about to share with you. Next week, I’m invited to a wedding and going to do it again, except I think I’ll add a bold, burgundy lip (loving the shade: high drama).
A really cool thing has happened since I’ve slashed my makeup routine in way less than half: Besides having more free time from not endlessly watching YouTube makeup tutorials, I actually get complimented now on ME (my skin, hair, nails, etc), instead of how beautiful my makeup looks and how flawlessly it’s done.
So, I obviously want to share my “no makeup look” routine and what products, when used together, have worked wonders for my complexion (and time management. HA).
Let’s get right to it: My “no makeup look” routine + products (& how to use them)…
No Makeup Look step 1: SKIN PREP
I’ve been lucky enough to have met some of the most talented makeup artists in the world and they ALL agree on one thing: the secret to flawless, dewy, light-from-within, NATURAL looking makeup is a solid base.
Here are my current skin prep steps (in order):
- Dandruff Shampoo. That’s right. I wash my face with dandruff shampoo about 3 times per week. I don’t however, use regular dandruff shampoo (that’s loaded with chemicals). I use THIS brand. Why? It DOESN’T contain the stuff that most FACE washes contain: parabens, SLS, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalatetes. AND, the active ingredients are: colloidal sulfur & salicylic acid (which are two of the main ingredients in any acne mask/treatment that actually works). It also has other natural ingredients like rosemary and jojoba, which leave the skin calmer, not acneically inclined and feeling so fresh. Just because something says it can only be used for one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t try it elsewhere (just make sure to consult your dermatologist/doctor first). On off days, I cleanse with my fave, January Labs cleansing gel. Her ingredients are just as pure and extremely gentle.
- Tonic Mist or Witch Hazel (love it in the rose scent).
- A rich face lotion (I love this one and talk about it here. Seriously, life changing) and (yes, ON TOP of the lotion), a few drops of this oil, which is a balancing oil (for a no makeup look, I prefer to put the oil on my face first, instead of mixing it in my foundation). Why so much moisture? because it calms down the makeup foundation, erases dry patches & allows the skin to have that “no makeup look,” dewy base to work off of.
No Makeup Look step 2: SKIN
- If I’m going to be out in the sun for a prolonged period, I’ll use this cc creme. 95% of the time, I use this foundation. Yes, it’s a full coverage foundation, but with the moisturized base we created and using this brush to apply it, it looks so dewy and natural. The brush blends the foundation, causing it to just MELT into the moisturized base. It evens out the skin tone beautifully and gets better and better throughout the day.
- Next, I’ll apply a dab of this concealer under my eyes (I like this one too), with a WET beauty blender.
- I don’t use a setting powder, but if I need to set the makeup on my chin or around my nose (wherever it may get oily, NOT all over the face), I use this powder with this big, fluffy brush (If I’m going to be in the sun, I’ll use this).
- The TINIEST bit of this perfect, ballerina pink blush in the shade: Camellia (a little goes A LONG way & lasts all day). I like adding a little pink to the cheeks. It looks natural and healthy.
- Lastly for the skin, I very lightly contour with this palette. It is by far the best, most fool-proof and natural contour palette I’ve ever used. The reviews speak for themselves and the creator, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, works on all the celebs. I use it with this brush. The reason it’s worth the money for me: The palette accounts for the majority of the “no makeup look.” I use it to contour my face, eyes, lips (will explain below), and to accentuate the brow arch (watch a demo video at the bottom of the page here).
No Makeup Look step 3: EYES & BROWS
- I use the same Charlotte Tilbury palette to lightly shadow around the outer corners of my eyes and to highlight my brow bone.
- For natural looking brows, I use The Browgal’s Convertible Brow in the lightest shade, as a dry powder (JUST to fill in spots, not to create a dramatic brow).
- Very lightly line my eyes with this liner and smudge it a bit (I use the dark matte brown. Black is too harsh for a no makeup look).
- Curl lashes with the best curler in the game (I’ve had mine for 9 years). I can’t stress how important this is. Curling your lashes opens up the eye. I blow dry my curler for about 2-3 seconds before I curl my lashes. The warm curler curls the lashes WAY better and the curl stays throughout the day so you don’t have to curl again and damage the lashes (just be VERY careful when doing this. You want it barely warm, NOT hot. If you’re not sure, don’t do it!).
- Finish it up with one coat of this mascara (it doesn’t flake or smudge AT ALL – even on the bottom lashes).
No Makeup Look step 4: LIPS
- I start off with some of this balm (more about it here), immediately after I gently exfoliate my lips with a warm, wet washcloth (or the edge of a bigger towel).
- I lightly line my lips with “Lip Cheat – Resize & Reshape Lip Liner,” and then pat it out, slightly blending with my fingertip.
- Using the same Charlotte Tilbury palette, I contour my lips by highlighting my cupid’s bow and slightly shading under my bottom lip. For eye and lip contouring, I use this brush + this brush swipe to clean in between applications (so the double dipping doesn’t mess up the makeup in the pan).
And that’s it LOL. In total, it takes me about 9 minutes to do this no makeup look 🙂
Once you have your no makeup look set, you can throw on some yoga pants for a casual look or some black jeans with a staggered hem, a blazer, heels and out-of-bed hair for an effortless chic vibe. Or, you can go with knee high boots and a cute long sleeve minidress if you want to sex it up.
What are some of your favorite “no makeup look” products? I’d love to know.
I am dedicating this post to the one who taught me all about makeup – the one who bought me my first clear mascara when I was a kid (when no one else would), and the one who always made me feel as though I was more than enough. She taught me the importance of inner beauty, the meaning of love; that the giver truly is the receiver and that makeup is something meant to be fun, never a necessity.
My angel, my Grandma. Here she was 2 years ago, at 92 years old.
Grandma, I wish I could pick you up out of my dreams and hug you again, just one more time. For now, I’ll keep listening to all of your voicemails that I have saved. I miss you every moment.