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11 Mar 2015

"Natural"


I'm in one of my natural make up phases and I think I am okay with it.


It all started when I changed where I apply my makeup. Before I used to sit at my makeup table upstairs and apply everything in soft light. The effect was akin to a vaseline lens and it's only when I used to check my makeup in the car that I occasionally realised:

a) Just how much I had slapped on and
b) How it wasn't always that flattering.

So I moved. One morning I plopped myself downstairs, at the dining table, with daylight cruelly revealing every pore and fine line. It sounds awful but it's been a bit of a revelation because since then a few updates have been made and I think I probably look the better for it.



a) I don't apply fake tan on my face anymore - I used to put a little bit on my neck and face every few days to give me a "lift" but it was drying my skin out and making me look O.L.D.

b) I have lightened the foundation - I am using By Terry Sheer Expert at the moment in the shade Vanilla Beige. Naturally I am probably between an NC15-NC20 and this is a great match. But...I don't love this product and I wouldn't necessarily buy it again. I will, however, tell you this - it's second skin material. It won't make you glow, shimmer or shine but once you apply it you will look like the improved, even toned version of yourself.

c) I have adopted a light bronzer - I bought this Chantecaille Bronzer in Capri a while ago but never fell in love with it. I felt that it was a weird halfway house between rose and bronze. Now though I think it's the perfect daytime fair skin bronzer. It gives a healthy finish to the skin and looks natural - not muddy or dirty. If you are NC20 or below I would recommend this.

d) I apply half lashes - I don't wear these every single say (#goals) but I am rapidly heading in that direction. The lashes I love are the 143 from Eylure. They are so fluttery and when cut in half make the ideal half lash. They really elongate and uplift the eye.

Now onto listing the routine in full…I know I said this was natural but my natural is a multi-step process.

Foundation: By Terry Sheer Expert. I slap it on all over and blend with my Louise Young Foundation Brush. Lovely smell but it does transfer and doesn't last a full day.

Bronzer: Chantecaille in Capri - horrendously expensive but lovely light bronzer. I like to think it makes me look like some rich Hamptons-dwelling bird.

Blush: Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in Defining Pinks - this is a BEAUTIFUL (caps required) highlighter/blush product that we need to discuss in more detail.

Brows: Anastasia Brow Whiz in Caramel (which I can predict is going to last me about 2 weeks because I am going through it at the speed of light) and Anastasia brow gel.

Eyes: No eye base - because I am so rebellious and cool and straight onto MAC Amorous Alloy (LE and no longer available but MAC Antiqued will get you in the right direction) all over the lid and blended underneath. A bit of Benefit liquid liner and then the half lashes go on. After swearing a few times, possibly glueing the corner of my eye shut I then apply Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara and then run a black Bobbi Brown shadow over my upper lash line to diffuse everything and add definition.

Lips: Too Faced La Creme in Nude Beach - a my-lips-but-better nude/toffee shade that feels like a balm. It's one of my favourites and I will be forever grateful to ohaipatricia for recommending it to me :)

I have been told by two separate people this week that I look "younger". I am not sure whether they are:

a) Lying and laughing behind my back or
b) Noticing the fact that the amount of makeup has been reduced.

Either way, it's always nice to tone it down and to look a little more like yourself. The lack of tan has taken a little getting used to but once all the slap is on I can't say I miss it.

So this is my current routine rut and I am determined to stick with it. When the By Terry runs out I am thinking about migrating back to MUFE HD - unless you can recommend a totally flawless/undetectable base that is….:)

Do you have a "natural" look? :)




43 comments

  1. You look lovely! I'm on the complete opposite spectrum right now, as I'm trying to use up all of my makeup hoard :-P

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    1. I totally understand :) Makeup is good either way :)

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  2. I've been loving the Hourglass Hyaluronic Skin Tint lately! It's more coverage than a tint but not slippy, and sinks into my skin really nicely - ends up looking like a better version of my face (ha!) - And whatever it's doing I need less undereye concealer which is miracle status in my books! I've also been going for a light eye with some Marc Jacobs lunatic eyeliner and calling it a day.

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  3. Have you tried Dior Star foundation? It's the best coverage / glow / healthy look and totally blurs all the nasty parts of your skin without looking like it's caked on. Try it! x

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    1. I have! And it's BEAUTIFUL! Unfortunately the shade I have is going to look very orange on me now. I should look into it again!

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  4. You are so right about the spot where one applies makeup! it can totally make or break a look! I get lazy and use everything up in a dimly lit bedroom and the days I am outside or in the balcony or something are the days when I see all the flaws and also do a better job of looking like "myself"! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

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    1. I hate it and love it at the same time because I see all my "flaws" :) I used to apply my makeup in the dark in the UK because I had to get up so early…I wonder what I looked like then haha

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  5. My recommendation for a flawless undetectable foundation is the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. It's oil free and one pump does the entire face. When I wear it it's like my face has been gently airbrushed but it doesn't look like I'm wearing anything, it's amazing :)

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    1. Ah I tried that one and I couldn't get on with it for some reason. What do you use to apply it?

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    2. I warm it on my fingertips then apply it around the centre of my face then buff it out with my MAC 168. The dude in NARS told me keeping it warm was key to applying it well. It's a bit of a palaver for me but the end result is worth it :)
      Pity it doesn't work for you, I think it's going to be my foundation for the foreseeable :)

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  6. My natural look involves:
    - Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable primer, it's tinted and on very good days it's enough of a base
    - Nars TM where I need more coverage
    - concealer, usually Maybelline Age Rewind because I can't go without concealer
    - powder
    - cream blush
    - a combo of 4 products to create the brows I don't have
    - eyeshadow primer, a light cream eyeshadow in a natural color (Shiseido for example) , possibly a bit of darkening the crease to give depth to my hooded lids
    - mascara
    - let's face it, I have to wear lipstick :)
    And that's it. But I guess it works because this face + jeans and I get called "young lady" in stores. Which is not too bad at 37.

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  7. What is that eyeshadow pallette loving the colours and packaging :)

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    1. It's the Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood palette. It was released a while ago and was LE - like all good things! Grrr!

      Bobbi Brown always releases these kind of neutral palettes though - there is nothing groundbreaking in it really so keep an eye out because every collection has a good ' un that you will find yourself reaching for every day :)

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  8. I'm guilty of using the worst lighting as I get up so early for school so there is no daylight, but I really like the idea of going for the more natural look! :)

    Love Lily x

    www.lilyroselo.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I would have to agree with those who said you look younger. By not fake tanning, your face looks illuminated and fresh! I like to try and achieve a natural look, but use a lot of products in the process :)

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  10. Oh I totally get what you mean,I also used to freak out once in the car because I applied my make up with the wrong light :)
    Thanks for sharing your advices and these great products,totally going to try some of them soon.

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  11. I love youuuuuuuuuuuuu. Thanks for the mention. Your makeup posts will always be my fave!!!

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  12. I'm really into the natural makeup phase right now too, it's great for spring and makes getting ready in the morning easy. Great post!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  13. I always like your looks and never thought that you look old or older. You look polished and beautiful!

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  14. I've been thinking about half lashes a lot lately! This has convinced me...

    Also I saw your tweet about Armani Luminous Silk the other day and I also can't stop thinking about how much I loved it and dug it out. Best foundation ever in my opinion. Apparently its what Kim K wears too!

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  16. I am so guilty of this, as I usually sit in front of my mirror in the corner of my bedroom before heading to the bathroom to check myself and I suddenly get the 'wow I am orange' feeling, before grabbing the foundation brush to buff it all in! I've been using the Bourjois mascara recently and really like it, it removes super easy too which is always a plus!

    Luce x

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  17. I'm such a fan of more natural makeup. I think my fave part of your look is the shadow color beneath your eye- so pretty!

    She Likes to Shop

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  18. You look bloody gorgeous woman! I swing between natural days and days where I want all of my slap on every inch of my face, but I guess the fun is in mixing it up. I really love Lancome's Teint Miracle. It's lightweight and dewy, which I love in an every day foundation. Definite, 'second-skin' material! x

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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  19. Oh gosh I had this epiphany just last weekend about make up. I was going to visit family and having carefully applying my make up I thought I looked fab. At family's place I visited the bathroom and in the harsh light of day as opposed to the muted light of my bedroom I was horrified to see how my make up seemed to accentuate all the lines round my eyes! Awful. I'm in my 30's but all the make up really isn't helping matters. I find most foundations are either to heavy/cakey or to light sheer as not to give an even complexion.

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  20. Gorgeous look! I've been wearing a natural look a lot more recently for uni, although I'm desperate to have an occasion where I can experiment a bit more! x
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I'm super happy with Dior Nude Air at the moment... definitely a "second skin" product that doesn't need powdering and lasts all day. A thinner, longer lasting version of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I didn't like Sheer Expert either, but I do love a bit of Cover Expert for special occasions. I need to pick up that Too Faced Lipstick!! You look gorgeous :)

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  22. My natural makeup look is just a bit of Mac studio fix concealer in nc20, any mascara really, a fuschia pink lipstick dabbed on my lips and cheeks. Tadaaa! :) #outthedoor

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo jessy

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  23. You look lovely Laura. I really need to figure out false lashes. I've actually never worn any and I feel like I'm missing out! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  24. Funny I'm slapping on way too much makeup these days lol ... It's all this contour craz that has me doing it lol . You look beautiful

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  25. I am a huge fan of the "Natural Make-up" look, especially for the spring and summer....... and you look absolutely amazing! Now you have inspired me to go play with my make-up and see what I can come up with...lol

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  26. Your eye brows are to die for! :)


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  27. I have been horrified a few times I've gone to the bathroom at work to find my face looking like a cakey mess after I've been strutting around thinking it looks good. I know the lighting in bathrooms is not the best but it's made me use the less is more approach. I've also really upped my moisturising routine at night as I was finding my skin way looking really dry and dull with some of my foundations.

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  28. I love your natural make-up look, i think lighter make up is so great for spring and summer as it helps my skin breathe!

    Check out my MAC Cinderella giveaway!
    http://www.abigailalicex.com

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  29. You look lovely! I find there's a shift in my look as soon as it starts getting light before I get up. In winter, I sometimes catch a glimpse of myself around midday and think 'Crikey, that definitely wasn't what I was aiming for at 6:30 this morning!'

    Louise | Text, Pies and Videotape

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  30. I think I go through phases with my makeup. My "natural look" consists concealer, powder, mascara, blush and eyebrow gel. I find it quick and easy in the mornings. I definitely find myself wearing more makeup in the winter months though! x

    It's That Time For ... A Red Apple Lipstick Review! 

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  31. Like, like, like your blog! Every post is so interesting!
    You did a great job!

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  32. my makeup table is right next to my bedroom window but i still overdo things here and there especially when I had to do my makeup before everyone else is awake because i have to just open the blinds ever so slightly to let natural light come in and then work with that hahahahaha i get into my car and see my blush is OTT hahaha
    anyway i have to say "natural" makeup has been my phase for like forever now.. maybe i am really just old now? you know how loud music is to old people? that kind but in makeup. love your post as always xx

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  33. After reading your post I decided to change locations this morning to put on my make up, moved from my dimly lit mirror in my bedroom to the window and it made such a difference! I'm converted! I will never be able to apply lashes at 7 AM though haha!

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    1. haha I do try! But what a difference it makes right?! What must I have looked like before!?

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  34. Hey Laura! I love that mirror in the pic. Where is it from?

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