You might think that the heavier makeup, bold eyeshadows and out-there looks are harder to achieve, but makeup artists all say that a minimal look is much more difficult to do well. That's because there's nothing to hide behind; everything must look flawless and natural, only better. Here are the key steps to achieving a great neutral look.
Since the look is so minimal, your skin becomes the focus. Cleanse and exfoliate gently so you have a fresh, blank slate to start with. Apply your favourite quick-absorbing moisturizer, and then use a primer, which will help minimize pores and fine lines and make your skin appear smoother. It'll also help your makeup last longer. Then move on to your foundation to even out your skin tone. Use a medium brush to buff the makeup onto your skin to get a phenomenal finish. Next, dab on and blend out concealer to any areas that need a bit more coverage. It's better to apply concealer after foundation, because if you carefully apply and blend your concealer and then brush foundation overtop, you'll have undone all of that careful concealer work. Lastly, dust on a bit of translucent powder with a fluffy brush to set your makeup and help control shine.
Blush has the power to instantly wake up your face. This is why you should apply it after your foundation and concealer, as you may find you won't need much colour to your eyes or lips. With your fingers, dab on and blend a cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. A cream blush will look slightly dewy, as though you've just finished a light workout. Go with a soft rose shade.
Since the look is restrained, your brows will become more obvious. Pluck any strays, then fill in your brows using a black or dark brown eyeshadow to give them more prominence. A quick sweep of mascara will help open up your eyes.
A soft, barely there colour on your lips completes the look. Try a tinted lip balm product, such as CoverGirl Gloss Balm, Revlon Lip Butters or L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm.
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