You might say this post is my attempt to ease further into makeup posts and tutorials. Having been everything from a makeup artist to model, to your typical lazy girl who does not like to spend a lot of time on her face but still likes to get serious results, I've acquired a lot of real-life, professional and amateur know-how over the years when it comes to beauty that I'd really like to share more of.  I've found the hardest thing to do here on this blog is to switch up formats. It takes a lot of thought and effort and a lot of trial and error. So please bear with me as I fine-tune this, and please consider this my first attempt! And P.S. for all the details on this look, read below - but also scroll to the last image to shop the look right off the image! 

The closer we get to spring, the more and more I'm drawn to minimal makeup looks that are easy to achieve but still give impact. For this look, I started with Bye Bye Pores Primer and Confidence in a Compact from IT Cosmetics. These are two of my most favorite skin products I've yet to try - they're both lightweight, feel totally luxurious, and more than anything, they improve and protect your skin rather than hide and clog it underneath a ton of heavy makeup. If you're not totally confident in your skin but don't want to wear a lot of heavy coverage, these two babies will take care of you like nothing else.

After getting the base down, I switched to 100 Percent Pure for the shadow, lips and cheeks. This is hands-down my top pick for everyday makeup, by they way. 100 Percent Pure is made from only the best ingredients - 100% natural and 100% cruelty free. Plus, their make-up is fruit-dyed - yep, you read that right! Fruit-dyed, and beautifully, highly pigmented. Whenever I wear makeup from 100 Percent Pure, my skin never breaks out and only seems to improve. Plus, the colors and coverage last longer than some of my more synthetic brands.

I opted to skip eyeliner and just add a little definition to the eyes with eyeshadow (which can actually make you look much younger and better rested than piling on the eyeliner) - using their Satin Eyeshadow in Tahiti as a base, and the second color in on the Pretty Naked Palette for the crease, and then blending it all together with a very light swipe of their Cherry blush (my fave trick for shadow blending - blend with your blush brush after applying blush!) and then finished off the whole look with a light swipe of Kevyn Aucoin's new Neo Limelight highlighter (super subtle and natural, btw), and GrandeLash Grande Mascara (which is just as good as their GrandeLash-MD lengthening formula which is fabulous and better than Latisse by a long shot, btw). 

For all the details on this makeup looks, just click on the hotspots in the photo below! 

And I'd love to hear more about what you're interested in seeing - blog posts like these, posts where you can shop products more easily, reviews, beauty video tutorials? Let me know!




Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli