Ive always had problem skin with a lotttt of spots (not ance I must add, although one time I went to the doctors for a stomach related issue, months back, and he prescribed me medication then went on to say “and do you want me to give you something for that acne too” I was like look, baby girl, I do NOT have acne- to be fair, I think he was trying to be nice and help me out but he actually just made me feel really insecure about it.) ANYWAYS, I have decided to let my hunnys in on my go to look when I wanna be fake af and look like I’m naturally prettier than the dog resembling human that I truly am… if you wanna know how to truly #playaboy2017 then just keep reading, enjoy!
Okay, so the first thing I do is tone my face. I use quite a few different toners and I’ve found that all of the ones that claim to be more ‘gentle’ and ‘good for your skin’ are actually not all they claim to be; don’t get me wrong, I love khiel’s toners, the lancome toners and most of the high end toners, but in reality, they’re only a fraction better than drugstore toners but priced unnecessarily higher, subsequently unconsciously making people believe that the expensive ones are really good for your skin and work alot better than the cheap ones are really bad for your skin- which isn’t the case. I am still a firm believer that one of the best toners is cold water, this is so simple yet so effective. It is natural and inexpensive at the same time.
I have chosen this toner as it is cheap and does the job; it claims to remove any left over impurities and tone the skin. I’m not sure about it removing impurities because my skin still looks just as clean; I still have just as many spots as I usually do but when I use this toner my skin appears more fresh and the spots seem to go away slightly as my skin tightens.
I just get a cotton pad (you can get these from anywhere, primark, boots, Superdrug, etc..) and pour some of the toner on, then I wipe/ dab the product onto my face. Sometimes, I like to pour my toners like these into empty spray bottles (you can buy these cheaply from boots), I find these really useful for when I’m in a rush on the way to college so I can just spritz it on my face and save time, this also wakes me up a lot!!
Next, I love to moisturise. For me, moisturising is very important because when my skin is dehydrated, it produces more oil in an attempt to hydrate itself but infact this oil gives me more spots- its a complicated kinda thing, I know.
I also like moisturising because it creates an extra layer between my skin and my makeup, making it harder for my makeup to clog my pores ( which is another reason why I have so many spots.) I find that toning helps to close my pores and doing this along with moisturising does help with my spots and I defiantly notice the difference when I don’t do these steps.
I love this serum, although it is expensive, because it is so lightweight and different to a moisturiser in the fact that it looks more like water than cream- which is a strange concept, I know, thats what I thought! I like to use this in the morning ( although it says you’re supposed to use it at night) as the gel is so refreshing to use and the pink colouring is a cool aspect too. The serum is incredibly hydrating and my skin still feels the same at the end of the day which is definatly a good thing if you ask me!
The next thing I like to do is to use an under eye cream or serum like this to tighten my undereyes and lighten the black circles underneath them. I know I’m only 17 so most people would think that I don’t need to use this but I feel it makes me look a lot more awake and brighter and I really like this step as it means I don’t use as much concealer which is heavier on my eyes.
when I use this, I apply the product initially to by eye using the stick tool inside then I spread it over the area I want to cover using my ring finger as this is the most delicate finger and won’t damage the eye as much.
I know this one is on the more expensive side but I think that it is totally worth it!! Alternatively you can use your toner under your eyes for the same effect; I tend to do this when I’m in a rush or when I’m starting to run out of my eye product and it works fab!
I’m not going to lie, I only ever do this step when I remember to or if I use this instead of moisturiser (which works great by the way!) but I love this product as it doesn’t clog my pores and it gives my skin the most amazing, natural looking glow which is perfect for this look; sometimes when I do an incredibly natural look with very minimal base makeup, I like to use this on its own with no foundation or powder over the top as it makes my skin look so healthy its amazing.
I truly recommend buying this product as it can be used in so many different ways to make your skin look beautiful, even if you only put it on the highest points of your face to give a naturally highlighted look or apply it before applying powder highlight as it gives it a great base for the powder to stick onto and really accentuates the highlight.
Before I start on my base, I like to quickly put on some lypsyl (I didn’t even know you spelt it like that before I wrote this post loll) to soak into my lips before I apply some lipgloss at the end; I find that this gives me some quick hydration and smooths out the texture of my lips slightly, making the lipgloss look more flawless as a result!
Any lypsyls will work well for this step, I like to use vaseline or Burt’s Bees Lip Balm as they make my lips feel the most hydrated, you can buy Vaseline from most supermarkets, pharmacies or beauty shops.
I find that for me, who is an oily person, this step of powdering before using a BB Cream is essential in preventing myself from becoming too greasy by the end of the day.
I use this product with a normal powder brush and sweep it over my face, I find that doing this also creates a smooth base for the following products aswell as helping to lock the base makeup together so that it lasts longer when the BB Cream melts into the powder. I like to put the powder underneath the BB cream as I find when I do it the other way round, my face looks powdery and cakey- but that is just my opinion!
I like this powder as it is less prone to giving me spots unlike heavier products like Mac powder foundation, a cheaper alternative for this is the Rimmel Stay Matte powder which is really good for making my makeup last longer, or if you want to splurge, the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder is incredible at giving a doll like finish to the skin.
Step Seven- BB Cream !!- This is strangely the most important step, however it can be missed out!!
I love using BB Cream as it evens out my skin tone, without looking like I have alot of makeup on. Using BB Cream is perfect for times when you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup, for example when you’re going to the beach or to the supermarket. BB Cream is great for all skin types, if you have clear skin, it makes it look better and if you have spots or bad acne, you can put this on with concealer in the necessary places and still look natural and glowing, without feeling the need to wear a heavy full coverage foundation- which I find can sometimes make my skin feel weighed down and clogged.
I have chosen to use two BB Creams for this look because I find they do two different things and mixing them gives me the best of both worlds! The Loreal product is more on the matte side and is less coverage than the Body Shop product which is very glowy and provides a little bit more coverage. I find that these two products combined gives me my desired amount of coverage and isn’t too glowy as this can soon appear to be greasy; these products give me a long lasting finish, especially with the powder underneath and they are both relatively cheap which is also a bonus!!
When I am applying the BB Cream, I never use a Beauty Blender/ sponge as most BB Creams come out as a white liquid and then when you brush the product into your skin, the capsules in the white liquid burst, turning the liquid into a skin colour and when you use a Beauty Blender/ sponge, the capsules don’t tend to burst as well. I usually I apply it with a stippling brush as this gives me a more airbrushed effect and apply the product in circular motions; however that gives me less coverage than when I apply it with a foundation flat top kabuki brush in dabbing motions- I find that this pushes the product in and locks it down, making it stay on my face longer throughout the day.
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Next, I like to conceal, I put concealer under my eyes and on any spots or redness which I feel need covering up; most people like to do this with a beauty blender as it sheers out the product and gives it more of a natural finish, however I like to use a tapered setting brush by Real Techniques as I find that this blends out the product really nicely whilst still giving the coverage which I desire.
I like this concealer for this type of natural look because it is quite sheer in itself and so it doesn’t look like I have a lot of makeup on, whilst still giving me a decent amount of coverage. After this, I will use the same face powder that I used underneath the BB Cream to set my under eyes which prevents the concealer from creasing and looking cakey, it also makes the makeup blend together and last longer. Finally, I like this concealer because it is very glowy and natural- looking and even when I set it with powder, it still looks dewy and not chalky on the face.
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The next step is concealer- I have a really weird shade of brown hair so it is hard for me to find a brow pencil which matches me and even when I do, I don’t suit the typical drawn on eyebrows. I love to just brush my eyebrows with one end of this product, I comb them through into the natural shape and then the sparse areas if there is a gap missing then I will lightly fill it in with little strokes so they look like eyebrow hairs- I find that this suits me the most as it looks very natural when it is not over done and it is perfect for this look!
Next, I apply this blusher with a stippling brush (a makeup brush with bristles of different lengths); I like to use this brush as it applies the product more lightly and subsequently gives a softer and more natural finish. Some people like to apply this product by swiping it onto the cheeks, but I find it gives a nicer and more natural finish(. like were going for) when you swipe the stippling brush over the top of the product and then buff it in circular motions onto the apples of the cheeks.
I really like this blusher as it is a universal colour which complements all skin types- so it would be good in an MUA starter kit; It lasts a long time as you usually don’t need a lot of product, however on darker skin tones you may want to apply more of this product which is fine because it builds really well and blends out like a dream. Finally I like this product because it is so small, so you can put it in your handbag or take on Holliday with you and it won’t take up too much space! The only bad thing which I could say about this product is that there is not much in terms of shade range so if you don’t like the colour then you may be better looking at the Clinique chubby blush sticks which are also fab and do the same job!
This next step is possibly my favourite step- Highlighting!!
I could go on and on and on about why I love highlighting, it pulls the makeup look together, it makes the makeup look more natural, it complements everyone, its so easy and simple to do..to name but a few reasons.
I like to use this highlighter for a more natural look because it gives a sheen, rather than a sparkle or a powdery finish like other highlighters, which makes the skin look like its glowing from underneath and it doesn’t look like you’ve added makeup to create the highlight, it looks more like the light is just hitting you. I use the same stippling brush which I used for the blusher and I apply the product in the same way as I did the blusher, except I apply it to the tops of my cheek bones instead of the apples of my cheeks.
This is an optional step and some may find it challenging to do if you can’t get a brush near your eyes without blinking! I like to line the inside edge of my top eyelid with this jet back pomade from Anastasia Beverly Hills as it is the darkest eyeliner I have found and the fact that it is waterproof prevents it from running and makes it last all day. I find that this step makes the colour of my eyes really pop but it looks so natural as you can’t actually see the line drawn on so it doesn’t look fake either- which is perfect for this look.
I get a winger liner brush and dip it into the pomade and gently sweep it along the eyelid, you can set it with a black eyeshadow to ensure that it definatly stays on all day if you wish- however this step may be a little too much for the people who have sensitive eyes and find it hard to do this step ( this is usually the people who can’t put contact lenses in!)
p.s- if you are afraid of doing eyeliner because you can’t do it in a neat line- you’re not the only one! Because this is concealed under the eyelid, it allows for any mistakes!
This next step is one that pulls the whole look together for me because my lashes are quite long but unnoticeable when I dont have mascara on. When i’m doing a natural look like this, I like to wiggle the mascara wand from side to side through my lashes as i’m going up which helps me to coat all my lashes yet add length at the same time; once I have done that, I apply a second layer and push all my eyelashes so they are leaning slightly inwards and I find that this helps my lashes to look longer and subsequently my eyes to look bigger. The one thing I would recommend when doing a natural look is to not apply mascara on the bottom lashes as this makes my lashes look a little fake because the bottom lashes tend to clump up when they have mascara added to them; also, there is a high risk of getting mascara underneath the bottom lashes which therefore makes it more evident that you’re wearing makeup which isn’t what were going for!!
I loveeeee using this mascara because it gives your lashes the most amazing length transformation( but this does fade after a few hours if it is not topped up). I think this is fab considering it is only £2.50! I find that this mascara will be great for beginners because it is heavily water based so it is very easy to wipe away mistakes and it comes off like a dream, giving your lashes significantly less damage than other mascaras which are harder to get off, resulting in more pulling on them which isn’t good!
This step is optional, this is a bronze- tinted body highlight which I love to put on my colar bones and tips of my shoulders so that when I turn my body looks glowy and I think that this looks so pretty whilst also making the highlight which I put on my coar bones look more natural.
Usually at this point I would just apply a little extra powder to the T-zone to ensure it wont get too greasy throughout the day and also apply a little more lip balm… then taking lots of selfies lol!
I know that this seems like a lot of makeup for a no-makeup kind of look but believe me its all worth it and it doesn’t seem like a lot when you’re actually applying it!! So.. just to re-run:
- Eye Cream
- Glowy base
- BB Cream
- Body Glow
- Any last touch-ups!!
If you have made it to read this far down in my post then well done lol and thankyou!! This is my first post, I know it is a lengthy one but I have done it that way so that even beginners can understand what i’m going on about!!. I really genuinely do appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this, please comment your thoughts or contact me to let me know (in the ‘Contact Me’ section 😉 )& Please like it, even if you didn’t…actually..like it.
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