In a recent study (explained here), it was shown that those who have neutral 'business' like make-up are shown to be the most trustworthy. This got me thinking, being the lazy person I am...how can I achieve this look quickly and effectively?
Here are my 7 steps to nude make-up:
Step 1 - Perfect Base
To look flawless, you have to be flawless. I like to keep my skin in tip-top shape so it looks healthy at all times. I cleanse, tone and moisturise morning AND night, and NEVER sleep with make-up on! My favourites are Environ AVST Cleansing Lotion, Environ Moisturising Toner and Environ AVST/C-Quence moisturiser. I also like to apply Environ C-Quence Eye Gel twice a day to combat the early signs of aging and dull down the under eye bags!
Several times a week, I also like to Dermatech Glycolic Cream as it does all my exfoliation for me, creating a smooth, even base. When I do get the odd blemish, I treat it with Environ Hydrating Exfoliant Mask to prevent a full-blown breakout!
Step 2 - Don't Hide!
A light foundation is key to evening out skin tone. Everyone has a bit of redness here and there, but it is important not to hide it! You don't want to be wearing a mask! My favourite at the moment is Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream as it provides natural, flawless coverage with full SPF 25!
Under any kind of make-up, I ALWAYS use Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer, I really notice a difference when I don't use this - the lasting power and overall texture isn't the same! If I want a little less coverage, I will mix some primer and BB Cream together, giving it a more sheer appearance.
Step 3 - Conceal and Camoflage
There are 2 types - the concealers, and the correctors.
Concealers mask blemishes, pigmentation and red veins and are the same colour as your foundation/natural skin tone. These are often thick and creamy in order to stay in place throughout the day. I love Jane Iredale's Disappear Concealer as it also contains Green Tea to zap the blemish I am trying to hide!
Peach Correctors are usually used under the eyes to mask dark circles, as well as a lighter shade to give you that Kim Kardashian highlight. I love two from Jane Iredale. Active Light Concealer (much like the infamous YSL Touche Eclat) for the days when I have had my full 8 hours sleep. But more often than not, I use Jane Iredale Circle Delete. It contains one peach and one skin tone - perfect to combat the suitcases I am carrying around!
Step 4 - Look Alive!
Blush is one of the most important steps on any day of the week. It helps give a natural flush of colour across the cheeks to help you look more awake and vibrant - and also more friendly!
Coral and rose colours are perfect for all skin types. For those with darker skin, try a terra-cotta shade!
Step 5 - Tame those Brows!
Eyebrows frame your face. If you are blessed with full brows, get them tinted every few weeks to keep an even colour and shape. If you aren't so lucky, Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit is fantastic. It is so natural that no one will ever know you drew your brows on this morning!
Revitabrow is also a great treatment for those who struggle with sparse brows.
Step 6 - Pucker Up
The perfect Nude is hard to come by. There is a lot of trial and error involved when finding your perfect shade! If you want a bit of added colour, choose a sheer gloss the same tone as your blush to help it look more natural.
Step 7 - Lash Addiction
We all endeavor to have sky high lashes, but we aren't always so lucky. I like to use Revitalash Serum to help keep my lashes super long and healthy. I love the formulation of Jane Iredale's Longest Lash Mascara since it doesn't contain any nasties. When I want a little extra volume, I apply Jane Iredale Lash Conditioner first for some added oomph!