Monday, March 7, 2011

Neutral Makeup Tutorial

     I have been asked a few times to do makeup tutorials and I wasn't sure if I wanted to at first because it involves really close up pictures, which my camera isn't the greatest at taking.  But I decided I would try anyway.  I meant to post this sooner but I was really busy with papers and school lately (what else is new.)  I wasn't sure what colors I should do because while I might wear bright blue eyeshadow, not everyone does, lol!  I figured a neutral one would be most useful to everyone and I think I'll do a more colorful one later if anyone wants me to.

First, I put on foundation.  I've been using Revlon Photo Ready Foundation (shade 001 Ivory) lately and I love it because it gives full coverage and is pretty matte.  I usually use my fingers and then a small fluffy brush to blend it in, but you can use whatever you prefer.  (I'd also usually put on concealer but I ran out so I just used some extra foundation under my eyes)  Then I put a peachy blush, NYX Terra Cotta, on the apples of my cheeks and up to my temples using a big fluffy brush (Sonia Kashuk.)

Next, I put a translucent powder (Maybelline Translucent Oil Free loose powder in light 1) over my whole face using a kabuki brush.
 Here's what my face looks like after those steps. (Ignore my hair in all of these pictures, I hadn't fixed it yet)

Here's a picture of the brushes I'll be using for my eyeshadow, my primer, and my eyelash curler:
Before applying any eyeshadow I always apply an eyeshadow primer because it make the colors look better and it prevents creasing.  I like to use Urban Decay's Primer Potion. 

On to the eyes: First, I applied a little bit of white in the inner corners of my eyes.  I used a NYX jumbo pencil in Milk.
Then, I applied a black eyeliner (Urban Decay in Zero) to my waterline by pulling down a tiny bit on my eye.
On the lids of my eyes, I applied a light peachy color (Too Faced, Peach Fuzz) using a flat stiff shader brush to pat on the color (don't sweep the lid color, pat!).  Then I applied a light brown/beige color (Too Faced, Teddy Bear) to the crease of my eyes using a soft fluffy brush (now you can sweep back and forth to blend the color).

 Next, I used a shimmery gold color (Too Faced, Honey Pot) to line under my eyes using a pointed stiff brush.
Lastly, I applied a light shimmery color (NYX, highlight) under my eyebrows as a highlight color.
Here's some pictures of the eye makeup:



I also applied 2 coats of mascara (1 coat of  Josie Maran mascara in Pitch Black and one coat of Benefits's Bad Gal Lash in rich black) 

On my lips I used a NYX lipstick in Tea Rose, a deep pinky color, and a nude colored Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk.   

  Tada!:


               

This isn't an extremely difficult or colorful look but it's good for work or school, or when you can't wear too much dark/colorful makeup, or if you just don't like wearing a lot of bright colorful makeup.  I'd usually wear this type of makeup when I have to visit Elementary Schools for college or if it goes with whatever I'm wearing or I don't feel like wearing colors.


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                                                                                                                   Xoxo Gabriella