Enhance, Not Cover: My Essentials

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A not so popular idea among the beauty community, Glossier inspired me to write a post featuring products that I use to accentuate my natural beauty, and not cover it. I love me some NikkieTutorials glam from time to time, but letting your raw good looks shine through can be fun as well.

Makeup begins with skincare, so do not even think about not moisturising your pretty face with a good hydrating cream. Simple has lots of really good and cheap skincare products, but what I am using here is the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. Don’t be put off by the “rich”; I am the oiliest gal and trust me, it sinks into the skin like a dream (but you can also choose the light one, if that’s your thing). I recently started using eye cream as part of my daily makeup routine, and I must admit it makes my concealer go on way smoother: Nivea Q10 Eye Cream works perfectly for those fine lines and dark circles. And of course, don’t neglect the lips; I religiously apply my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm before anything else, just to prep them for the lipstick that will follow.

Skipping foundation and going all out with the dewy look, Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer is all you need for coverage: both for under eyes and any other places you want concealed. But why not try and see for yourself how little coverage you actually need for a change?

To accentuate those rosy cheeks, I have a soft spot for the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 30 Gorgeous Berries: it’s pink and totally natural (if not overdone). With a swipe you’ll see the life in your cheeks go back to normal. For more glow, highlight is the perfect beauty enhancer. My choice is a liquid one, since it will be subtle enough – Benefit’s High Beam (nope, not overrated).

For the final touch, I looked for something that resembled the natural pinky-ness in my lips, so Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive 205 it is! Although matte, the lip balm underneath will help this be a tad glossy. And patted down into the lips with your fingers to tone down the colour, you’ll be surprised by how tame it really looks.

So next time you don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup, why not go natural?


Diana ♥







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