How is your summer going so far? Can you believe it is already halfway through July? I know- I can’t either… It’s so insane how quickly time flies by. And when you have a jam packed schedule, it can be difficult to find a time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine like you used to. Because of this reason- I decided I would share my makeup look for glowy skin, featuring a nude lip. This look is great because the lack of bright colors makes it a bit more subtle- however, it still looks like you put effort into your appearance, and gives you that sun kissed look. Also, before we begin this tutorial- let me get a few disclaimers out there. First of all, I am not (by any means) a makeup expert- so please forgive me if I do something wrong. Also, I know the lighting isn’t the best in this post-I guess that just goes to show that six at night isn’t the best time to take pictures… You live and you learn, right?
Step 1- Wash your face
I’m sure that for many people this is already a quite obvious step; however- it really is important to wash your face in order to get off any residue, especially with possible traces of second day makeup. And if you are at all like me, when you “wash” your makeup off at the end of the day, you only get about two thirds off since taking those extra couple of minutes is too much of a hassle… especially when sleep is awaiting you… 😉
Step 2- Exfoliate
Now this is a step I sometimes skip over, but when I have the time, I try to do it as much as possible. Exfoliating is great because it helps get off any dry/dead skin cells, so you are working with a smoother surface. Exfoliating doesn’t have to be super expensive either. When I exfoliate I tend to keep it pretty simple, and mix coconut oil with brown sugar until it forms a scrublike consistency. I then scrub both my face and my lips with this mixture, and simply wash it off with water. The brown sugar will help to scrape off the dead skin, and the coconut oil will help to moisturize- so when you wash off the scrub your face will feel smooth and clean- plus this smell is amazing!
Step 3- Concealer
So the next step is also pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll explain anyways. I simply blend concealer into any of my blemishes or on top of any redness until everything looks even. This step should be pretty easy- the only thing you have to worry about is making sure the concealer you’re using matches your skin tone- so depending on how easily you tan, you many need to switch colors during the summertime. The product I use for this is the Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer– and I have been using this product for years as has both of my sisters as well as my mom…
Step 4- BB Cream
So you guys may remember that BB cream was all of the rage a year or so ago, and I have to tell you- I prefer it over foundation. Of course if you want an even smoother finish, you could go for something a bit heavier, but for summertime, I feel like BB cream is just enough coverage- plus the the added SPF makes it even more practical. While applying the BB Cream, I make sure to cover my lips as well since it’s actually quite difficult to get a nude lip relying on only lipstick.
Step 5- Powder it out
So the next step for me is to set everything with a powder. Right now I am using Powder Palette®Mineral Glow Pearls from Physicians Formula, but you can use whatever powder you prefer. I use this one because it has a little bit of shine to it, which I really like in the summertime.
Step 6- Blush
So after I finish setting my BB cream with powder, I move on to blush. For this step I simply brush from just below my cheekbone towards my temple and softly into my hairline and then repeat on the other side. The blush I am using in this post is also by Physicians Formula, and is their Powder Palette® Mineral Glow Pearls
Step 7- Bronzer/Highlighter
Next I move on to bronzer, and for this step I actually use a darker/more glowy BB cream instead of a traditional bronzer. What’s awesome about oil based products in comparison to powders is that they give off more of a glowy/dewy feel as do blushes in stick form. The BB cream I am using in place of bronzer in this post is the ArganWear™ Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil BB Cream SPF 30, and I use my finger to apply it along my cheekbones and again-up towards my hairline. At this point you can also add highlighter, but I omitted that step this time.
Step 8- Powder your Lips
So this may seem a bit strange at first; however- if a nude lip is what you are after, using a powder first is essential- especially if the quality of your lipstick isn’t the best. I actually realized this on my own after attempting to achieve a nude lip while only using a lipstick, and I must say- using a powder first does make a difference.
Step 9- Lipstick
So for this look I used a sheer shimmer lipstick from Urban Decay in the shade Walk of Shame. Since this is more of a glossy lipstick- you aren’t going to get a super matte finish; however- I feel like the nude shimmery look really works here. However- I would love to get a more solid nude lipstick as well, so let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions! I’ve heard good things about both Kylie Cosmetics, and ColuorPop– so if you have tried either of those brands, let me know!
Step 10- Eyeliner
So for my eyeliner I used a gel crayon from Marc Jacobs, and let me tell you- I rarely wear eyeliner (simply because I’m not the best at it) however; I recently picked this one up as free gift from Sephora, and I must say- I’m very impressed with it. It really does glide on, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who struggles with eyeliner.
Step 11- Mascara
If you guys have been following me for a while- you would know that mascara is hands down my favorite makeup item. I just feel like it really pull everything together in the best way possible. So the way I apply my mascara is that I start at the base of my lash line and wiggle the brush up until I reach the top of my eyelashes. Then I gently brush the tips of my eyelashes horizontally with the brush, and then I repeat with a different mascara. I feel like I am always trying new mascaras- so I don’t really have a preference- however, if I had to choose- I would go for a something by Covergirl or Physicians Formula.
So that’s it guys! Hopefully you enjoyed this post, and found it easy enough to follow. I know it was a bit on the longer side, but I wanted to make sure that it was easy to understand! Until next time!
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What makeup products have you been loving lately?
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