I wanted to write a post regarding natural makeup and what it takes to create a full face natural look. There seems to be a misconception that creating a look that appears to be natural requires less products. The truth is, it actually still requires just as many products as a look that appears more dramatic. When you use more products, the good news is that you do end up using much less of each product so a little goes a long way.
For someone who wants to keep their products to an absolute minimum, it can definitely be done but the face typically will not look as complete, potentially will not last as long throughout the day, and might not look as flawless by the end. As a professional makeup artist, my visual standard of perfection is much higher than the average person so that is why I will continue to use this many products because I understand how they work and the exact purpose they serve. I do not like to cut corners when it comes to any makeup application so however many products it takes to get to the end result, I will still use them.
I made a video to show every single product I was wearing today. I do not wear the same exact products every day as I do enjoy switching up the eye shadow, lip color, and blush. This is just a general idea of what an every day look for me entails. I will list the products below that are mentioned in my video:
- MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot “Soft Ochre” (eye shadow primer)
- MAC “Vanilla” eye shadow (lid color)
- Kiko Milano #09 eye shadow (highlight)
- Addiction “Flash Back” eye shadow (crease color)
- MAC “Bronze” (outer crease color)
- Maybelline Line Stiletto “Blackest Black” liquid eye liner (top liner)
- MAC “Teddy” eye kohl pencil liner (bottom liner)
- Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
- Red Cherry “Wispy” false lashes
- Benefit Porefessional face primer
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer “Custard – Medium 1”
- NARS Sheer Glow “Deauville – Light 4” liquid foundation
- Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free “Translucent” pressed face powder
- Becca “Moonstone” pressed highlighting powder
- NARS “Benares – Dark 1” powder foundation (cheek contour)
- Chanel “280 Golden Sun” powder blush
- Anastasia “Ebony” brow powder duo
- Lancome “Sable” eye brow pencil
- NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil “Bahama”
- Lipland “Fifty-Fifty” liquid lipstick
As you can see, the final look is very natural looking. However, I ended up using a total of 20 products to create it, hard to believe (I know)!
NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner – “Via Veneto”
As a makeup artist, one of the most commonly asked questions I receive is, “What do you think is the most long-wearing black eyeliner?” Many clients tell me that their eyeliner smudges and there is nothing out there that really lasts all day.
I’ll be honest, I think that most eyeliners, despite being classified as waterproof, are going to move a little bit within a few hours. They might smudge slightly but they definitely should not run or just magically disappear by the end of the day.
It is definitely not uncommon for an eyeliner to smudge a little and I think it is just a normal thing that happens. However, when someone tells me that absolutely nothing has worked for them and their eyeliner consistently runs no matter what they use, I recommend what I think to be the best smudge-proof black eyeliner pencil, the NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto. (FYI, these pencils do come in various shades).
For starters, this eyeliner pencil glides on rather smoothly and it truly is a jet black type of black. Some black eyeliners are not very black but this one definitely is which makes it exceptionally good when creating a more dramatic look. An added perk is that this pencil is designed with a twist up applicator (meaning it does not need a sharpener in between uses) but does also come with a built in sharpener on the opposite end to provide a sharper tip if desired.
When using this pencil, I do want to mention that it is important to always put the cap back on after each application. I have noticed that the pencil can get dry (and not apply as smoothly along with breaking off more easily) if the cap is not placed on after each use.
This is definitely a makeup kit essential! I do not use this pencil on everyone as I do not think everyone is in need of a super smudge-proof eyeliner; however, for anyone who emphasizes that this is a makeup concern or is looking for a smokey eye effect, the NARS “Via Veneto” black eyeliner pencil is the best!
As a makeup artist, I myself am always curious as to what foundation other makeup artists like to stock in their professional makeup kits. With so many options today, I would say most makeup artists like to carry a few different options and that there is not necessarily one universal foundation brand that makeup artists respond as “the one and only foundation.”
Personally, I think less tends to always be more and I do not like to carry too many foundations in my kit. Lately, most of my clients opt for the airbrush makeup application in which I strictly use Dinair, so carrying a ton of foundations is not a necessity in my makeup kit.
When I do a traditional makeup application (applied with a standard foundation brush and liquid/cream foundation), I tend to stick to Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation 5-in-1 Pro Palette. This foundation truly is great! Best of all, I actually have been using this around the time I first began my career in makeup artistry. I discovered the brand the first time I attended The Makeup Show in NYC and have been pretty hooked since.
I like this foundation for many reasons. For starters, it comes in a palette which in and of itself is much more convenient than carrying multiple bottles of foundations which can be bulky and heavy to carry around. Secondly, being it is a cream consistency, it is very blendable and I can easily manipulate the coverage ranging from sheer coverage to more full coverage along with mixing the colors more easily to get the most accurate color match. There are also many palette combos to choose from. I own the 400, 500A, and 500B series which tends to cover most skintones.
Also, I use these palettes as my concealer palettes for undereye circles and other skin imperfections. I am a huge believer than a good foundation can also serve the purpose of a concealer.
I highly recommend the Cinema Secrets foundation palettes to any professional makeup artist for the convenience and the quality. I also want to mention that I do as a second option carry the NARS Sheer Glow foundation in my kit. I own almost every shade as I like the color spectrum offered (especially for darker complexions) and the coverage is very smooth.
Brittany’s bridal makeup reminds me of Hollywood glamour. She does not typically wear too much makeup but knew she wanted a red lip. To balance the bold lip color, I kept the eyes soft with my choice of eyeshadow colors. Even though the eyes are not too dramatic, they still stand out with black defined winged liner on the top and defined lashes. She carries off the look beautifully as seen in the photos!
Complexion: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palette (used as concealer), Dinair Glamour Airbrush Foundation in Alabaster and Light Golden Beige (mixed), Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (to set the entire foundation), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Dark (for cheek contour), NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (cheek highlight), MAC blush in Sincere
Eyes: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, MAC eyeshadows: Naked Lunch (lid), Retrospeck (brow highlight and little bit in inner corner of the eye), All That Glitters (crease), Folie (outer crease), MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack (top liner winged), NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia (bottom liner), Revlon false lashes in “Defining”, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black (top and bottom lashes), MAC eyeshadow in Omega and Cork (brows)
Lips: MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour in Perpetuate Flame [discontinued], MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry (this did not quite match the lip color so I had to mix it a little bit with another MAC cremestick lip liner in Raw Refined [discontinued]), and a little clear top coat gloss over it
For Jennifer’s bridal makeup, I created a look that was natural and elegant but managed to be more than her everyday look. She wanted makeup that would stand out in the photos but also made her feel like herself. I find that most of my brides want a look like this and you can see how beautiful the makeup turned out along with the final look at the end, absolutely stunning! I am glad I was able to stay til the very end to see how it all came together.
Complexion: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palette (used as concealer), Dinair Glamour Airbrush Foundation in Light Golden Beige, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Dark (to set the entire foundation), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep (for cheek contour), NARS Cream Eye Shadow in Cosmic Girl [discontinued] lightly on top of cheek bones (cheek highlight) and NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (cheek highlight), MAC blush in Melba and also a little Fleur Power over it (blush)
Eyes: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, MAC eyeshadows: Jest and Naked Lunch (lid), Nylon (brow highlight and little bit in inner corner of the eye), Sable (crease), Embark (outer crease), MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack (thin top liner without wing but upwards on the corners), Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner pencil in black (bottom liner), Salon Perfect false lashes #110, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black (top and bottom lashes), MAC eyeshadow in Cork just lightly (brows)
Lips: MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour in For Keeps and the clear top coat gloss over it
The final look with makeup, hair, and the beautiful dress. Bridal perfection!
For Marci’s bridal makeup, we decided the day of to go even more dramatic with the eyes and add some purple hues. We also opted for dramatic lashes that were long and full. The final look was not only beautiful but ultra glamourous!
Complexion: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palette (used as concealer), Dinair Glamour Airbrush Foundation in Light Golden Beige and Honey Beige mixed, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep (to set the entire foundation), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark (for cheek contour), NARS The Multiple in Copacabana and NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (cheek highlight), MAC blush in Mocha (blush)
Eyes: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, MAC eyeshadows: Jest (lid), Seedy Pearl (brow highlight and little bit in inner corner of the eye), Trax (crease), Shadowly Lady (outer crease), MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack (top liner with slight wing), Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner pencil in black (bottom liner, applied a couple times for extra emphasis and drama), Callas false lashes #415 (I discovered these in a recent trip to California, these lashes are AMAZING), Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara in Ultra Black (top and bottom lashes), MAC eyeshadow in Brun (brows)
Lips: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color in Pink Blossom, Victoria’s Secret lip gloss in Watermelon Splash, MAC Lip Pencil in Soar
Often times as a makeup artist, I am asked what are some of my favorite products that I use on a daily basis along with in my professional kit. This can lead to an overwhelming amount of answers as there are so many wonderful products to choose from but there is one single product that comes to mind and it is NARS “Albatross.”
Thankfully, I discovered this highlighter many years ago when I first began doing makeup and to this day, it is still my absolute favorite highlighter. In my personal collection, I have a few highlighters that I work with but most days I end up wearing NARS “Albatross.” It is subtle but still manages to pick up beautifully on the skin and especially in photography.
If you keep up with my blog, you will see it is evident I also use this almost every time I do a makeup application on my clients. Even though it looks deceivingly very white, it actually shows up a sheer light gold. Best of all, it works on essentially all skin tones!
The look I created above was actually for a bridesmaid in a September wedding and as a young student at FIT, she expressed she wanted a look that was on trend and suitable for a fall wedding.
Best of all, the makeup captures many Fall 2016 makeup trends in a wearable way, so here is a master list of the makeup trends as seen above:
- Winged Eyeliner – This trend is definitely here to stay and can be seen as very clean and defined (like the look above) or more thick and dramatic.
- Dramatic Eyelashes – That is where a good pair of false eyelashes comes in! Mascara is great but to take any look up a notch, false eyelashes are a necessity!
- Ultra Dewey Skin – Although a matte complexion has been more popular lately, dewey skin has been more commonly seen on the runways these days. It is more youthful and fresh looking.
- Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Mix – Matte eyeshadow palettes are popping up everywhere but there is nothing like a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows blended to prevent the eyes looking too flat from the matte texture. Notice in the look above, the look is mainly matte contrasted with a strong brow highlight shimmer and a touch of shimmer in the inner corners.
- Vampy Lips – Plum and purple lip colors seem to always be more prized in the fall months and this season is no different. Although the plum lips above is very wearable, don’t be afraid to go darker this season!
- Subtle blush – This season, I have seen both extremes. Either a strong pop of color on the cheeks OR a subtle almost no blush kind of blush look. For the makeup shown above, we decided to go for a subtle blush since the eyes and lips carried the most drama.
- Natural Brows with Fullness – Brows are not overly defined and definitely not thin. Today’s brows have some fullness and look untouched (even if they are filled in ever so slightly, who would know otherwise)?
- Clear Lipgloss – Despite the overabundance of matte lip products in the beauty aisles these days, there is definitely still an appreciation for a simple clear lipgloss to complete any look.
In case you were wondering what products were used to create this Fall 2016 look, let me share the complete list of products I used to design the look featured in this post:
Complexion: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palette (used as concealer and foundation, I mixed a couple shades from the palette), MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Plus (to set the entire foundation), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep (for cheek contour, blended very softly), NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (cheek highlight), MAC Powder Blush in Sincere (just a touch blended in the center of cheeks)
Eyes: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, MAC eyeshadows: Jest (lid), Nylon and Vex (I mixed both for the brow highlight), Haux (crease), Blackberry (outer crease), Crystal Avalanche (slightly in the inner corners), MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack (top liner, thin and extended out on the sides winged), [FYI, no bottom eyeliner], Kiss false lashes #11, Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara in Ultra Black (on top lashes coated over the false eyelashes and lightly on the bottom lashes)
Lips: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color in #380 Blackberry Glaze (I think this might be discontinued but can be found here) with a clear coat of lipgloss from the other end of the lip stain
Most of my brides typically ask for a natural look that is soft and just enough for the photography. These are usually brides who don’t wear makeup or little to none so I want to ensure the look is effortless and that they feel like their most natural selves on their wedding day.
The best way to go about this is with airbrush makeup. Airbrush makeup is exceptionally lightweight and perfects the skin with little coverage. I use Dinair and find the application is natural and smooth while also being very long wearing.
Complexion: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palette (specifically shade #502-30, used as concealer), Dinair Glamour Airbrush Foundation in Light Golden Beige, MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Dark (to set the entire foundation), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep (for cheek contour), NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (cheek highlight), NARS blush in Orgasm (just a little bit, she wanted the blush to be soft and provide a light glow)
Eyes: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, MAC eyeshadows: Naked Lunch (lid), Retrospeck and Phloof (brow highlight), All That Glitters (crease), Embark (outer crease, just softly blended), Crystal Avalanche (in the inner corners and also as part of the bottom liner just a quarter starting from the inside corner of the eye), MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack (top liner, thin and slight wing upwards), Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner pencil in black (bottom liner but only the outer 3/4), Kiss false lashes #11 (I did trim the ends just a little bit so it did not flare too much), Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara in Ultra Black (I put a thin coat on the bottom lashes along with the top to blend in the natural lashes with false lashes)
Lips: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color in #630 Nude Glaze (I think this might be a discontinued shade now), MAC Plushglass in Fulfilled