Ever wonder why celebrities always look great even without makeup? Well, many of them ARE wearing makeup…you just don’t know it! Achieving that naturally radiant look doesn’t have to come from the help of a professional. You can have fresh, flawless skin by keeping it simple and not caking on the cosmetics. Here are our must-have makeup picks to get that natural beauty look.
Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation, $42
When trying to achieve the au naturale look your complexion becomes center stage. Keep your eyes and lips neutral so you can show off your glowing skin. This foundation contains SPF 15, gives you brighter and smoother skin with a finish that will take you from work to happy hour. It offers full-coverage to hide any imperfections without feeling heavy and comes in 10 different shades to match any skin tone.
Physicians Formula pH Powdered Bronzer, $14.95
The pH complex in this bronzer perfectly matches your skin tone for a personalized hue all your own. Here’s how it works: The bronzer actually senses the pH level of your skin and adjusts to your own level in just 60 seconds, giving you the sun-kissed glow you are looking for. This specialized bronzer even solves the age-old problem of your makeup looking perfect in the light of your bathroom but maybe not so perfect once you step outside. The built in light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment and change with the lighting….so cool!
Stila Convertible Color, $25
A rosy cheek is the perfect compliment for a natural makeup look. This blush has a creamy texture with a translucent color that adds just a hint of flush to your cheeks. Dap the creamy formula on the apples of your cheeks with your finger tips and you’ll have instantly brightened up your face.
Diorshow Brow Styler & Pencil, $29
Our eyebrows undoubtedly frame our face, and having the right hue and shape helps to give our face definition. This 2-in-1 pencil offers simple and fast brow grooming. I learned about this fab product from celeb makeup artist Ricky Wilson who did my make-up for the red carpet at the Tonys! The retractable pencil helps to fill in and define the brow coming in a universal shade that works on all skin and hair tones. Open the other side of the pencil to reveal a handy brush to tame any unruly hairs.
NYX Boudoir Mascara-Le Frou Frou, $5.99
When going for a natural look, a little bit of mascara to play up your eyes does the trick. This smudge-free option is perfect for adding some volume and length to your lashes. The black formula comes with a super dense brush that catches every last lash. We love that it’s flake-free and doesn’t clump. And, you can’t beat the price!
Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener, $22
Bring a little light to your eyes with this double-ended highlighting pencil. When going for the natural look you don’t have to rely on eye shadows to bring definition to your eyes, simply highlighting them in the right spots will make them pop. Use the Highlight side of the pencil on the inner corn of the eyes and sweep cross the brow bone. Use the Inner Rim to line the lower rim of your eyes to give tired lids a pick-me-up.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Gloss, $25
This non-stick, sheer gloss in a tube, ‘Sexy Nude,’ is one of our favorites! It’s classic yet flirty with just a hint of color and shine….you can wear it alone or over other shades to tone them down. We love that it contains an SPF and glides smoothly over the lips giving you a perfect pout that won’t dry out.
Admit it…have you ever purchased a product based on its packaging? No need to raise your hand on this one. Brands KNOW how quick we are to judge a book by its cover, which is why they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on designing beautiful packaging just to get us to spend our pretty pennies. Guess what though? It usually works! I’ve always been a sucker for gorgeous packaging when it comes to cosmetics. Check out some of my favorites of this season.
Because of my allergies, I’m not a girl who can wear a ton of fragrances, but the first time I saw the Jimmy Choo Fragrance Collection for Women ($70, on macys.com), I just had to have it. The bottle looks like a piece of art, right? Considering this is Jimmy’s first parfum, it’s safe to say he knocked it out of the park. This fragrance combines citrusy-notes with sweet notes, and the end result is a luxurious fragrance for beauties who love to smell heavenly. Oh, and yes…the bottle is an absolute masterpiece.
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Applying makeup doesn’t have to be a long and expensive process. Check out my top picks for beauty products/makeup that will have you done up in just five minutes, all for under $25 each! Makeup enthusiasts and phobes alike are sure to be down with these product suggestions that will have you looking fierce, fast.
Summer beauty starts with getting skin pampered and hydrated, and the best thing to get your face looking its best is a…facial. Garden Botanika’s Corrective Clearing Face Mask ($18) gives your face a smooth look right from the first application. We all know that first impressions are everything, so make sure a good facial is part of your beauty routine.
This season, bronzers are all the rage, and every woman wants that special glow. Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eye Shadow ($11.95) is a complete compact for every aspect of your look. Whether you want to rock a bronzed look on the eyes or cheeks, this palette has you set for a glamorous glow on the go!
To achieve a flawless look, your pout has to be perfect, and a fun shade always attracts a ton of attention. A great pop of color that’s suitable for most skin tones is Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Ultra Lipstick ($22.50) in Watermelon. The color is vibrant and fresh, and will keep your lips nourished while you’re looking glam.
Want to make a simple look pop on a whole new level? I am crazed over Jemma Kidd’s JK In Vogue Perfect Blush Collection ($18 at Target) because it’s a great blend of corals, peaches, fuchsia and a splash of shimmer. Each blush palette holds its own with the color schemes they feature, but our favorite is 5th Avenue because it really makes your cheeks come alive!
We all need to keep our skin moisturized with SPF, but sometimes that awful white residue is less than appealing. Now, the best way to get SPF is with a touch of color like e.l.f.’s Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($3), which comes in a variety of skin shades and is very lightweight. It’s such a necessity for a quick color boost and it helps keep your skin protected.
Want to achieve a simple look on a less glamorous day? Grab a moisturizer that’s also a simple lip balm with a touch of color. Avon’s Slick Tint for Lips ($.99) is great for not being too much, but still showing off your pucker. The lip balm comes in a sheer pink, a deep reddish wine and a rosy pink, all at an amazing price!
Chastity Palmer-Davis is the beauty/fashion writer behind GlitterBuzzStyle.com. GlitterBuzzStyle provides women with personal styling tips, the latest fashion trends, beauty reviews and sale alerts. Chastity’s love for fashion and the entertainment industry has given her the opportunity to contribute to Honey Magazine, work for television show Full Frontal Fashion and cover backstage press for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
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