My "No Makeup" Makeup Look Featuring the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo

Have you ever seen those bullshit Instagrams of people doing the #nomakeup look? Yes, I say bullshit because I suspect 98% of those people to have either photoshopped the hell out of their photos or they are wearing makeup that is designed to fool you into thinking they just woke up like that. Well bullshit. Bullshit I say! Unless you really are that #blessed, odds are you need a little help like the rest of us to have flawless skin and gorgeous features. Don't fret though in case you think you'll need to do a 20 step routine to achieve that. Assuming that you have a good skincare regime already, then all you need are a few key products to highlight all of your natural features!

Here's a look that fits the bill for a "no makeup" face that I did this past weekend when going out for lunch with a friend:

Just J: My "No Makeup" Makeup Look Featuring the Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Duo

To create this look, I used

  • Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo cream eye shadow in Barely Beige
  • Urban Decay Naked 1 Basics shadow palette
  • Lise Watier Feline Eyeliner HD in brown
  • MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette
  • Lancome Definicils Waterproof mascara in black
First, I applied a moisturizing primer to give me a smooth base and subtle radiance. If you don't have a similar product, you could use a an all over highlight powder, like the Hourglass Ambient powders after you apply your foundation. Next, I applied foundation wherever I had redness or discoloration such as around my nose, chin and cheek areas. Even after just using a sample of the Dior Nude Air, I think I'm in love. It has this really unique dry oil texture that sits so light on your skin. It's truly one of the closest I've ever come to having a "skin-like" foundation! 

After that, I used a cream beige shadow that is just a shade or two darker than my eyelid color to prime and shade my eyes subtly. You want to give your eyes some definition and depth, but without being obvious. This is my first Color Tattoo shade and I can see why everyone raves about them. Barely Beige is a gorgeous tawny brown that has a slight satin sheen to it. I then used the white highlight shade from the Urban Decay Naked 1 Basics palette on my brow bone, inner corner and center of my lid to add some extra highlight that helps awaken the eyes. Then I lined my lash line with a subtle brown liner; as always, this Lise Watier liquid eyeliner is my favourite way to do a "naked" liner look.

My "No Makeup" Makeup Look Featuring the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo
So glad I got my brows threaded just before this!

Since this look is all about subtle highlighting and face framing, filling in your brows is essential. With such a minimal eye, I like to fill my brows in a little darker than normal. 

Next, give some color to your face with blush and/or bronzer. Normally I opt for blush, but this day I thought I'd try out my new contour kit, the Pro Sculpting Duo from Make Up For Ever. This sleek palette contains a bronzy contour shade and a pearlescent highlight that can be used on your face and which also doubles as an eye shadow! I'll have a full review on this product later, but here I'm using the contour in the hollow of my cheeks and along my hairline and jawline. Then I used the highlight across the top of my cheekbones, down my nose, the center of my forehead and the arch of my brows.

My "No Makeup" Makeup Look Featuring the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo

Last, but not least, is the lips. To moisturize, I slathered on some lip balm and then topped this with a rose toned lip gloss for shine and MLBB color.

My "No Makeup" Makeup Look Featuring the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo

And that's it - 10 products and just 7 steps! What do you think: would you try out this look?

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