Makeup! “natural look”

Ready for a full face, “natural look”, makeup tutorial ?!

I know it sounds contradictory, full face makeup looking natural. It just so happens that’s exactly my favorite look. I don’t wear this makeup everyday and it certainly would not be the right look for a night out, or a special event. This combo is ideal for any time you want to Wow, without overdoing it. Think church, work, get-togethers or any day you want a little extra something!

I think Everyone loves a before and after photo:


I don’t wear expensive makeup. The few expensive brands I have tried don’t seem any better then what I can get at the drug store or wal-mart. Nothing in this tutorial exceeded $10 at time of purchase. If you are looking for a few products to add to your routine these are some great options. If you are starting from scratch and choose to buy everything all at once then $10 an item will add up pretty quick!

I’m going to start by mentioning my skin care routine. If you haven’t already taken a look at that then I recommend you do so. If you’ve already seen it or have a skin care routine you feel confident with then lets jump in!

If you decide to wear makeup or not the best way to start your day is with a good wash, moisturizer and sun protection. There’s no point in putting on makeup if you aren’t taking care of the skin underneath it. Assuming you have already taken those steps lets start with Foundation!

I have dry skin so I use Maybelline Dewy+Smooth for Normal to Dry skin. With dry skin I prefer this somewhat moisturizing foundation. If you have oily skin I would recommend using Maybelline FIT me! Matte+poreless foundation in the appropriate shade for your skin tone. I have fair skin myself so I use the Classic Ivory! You can use whatever method you prefer for applying your foundation. A lot of women swear by specific brushes, sponges and other applicators. I personally prefer to use my hands. I like being able to feel exactly how much I have on my skin.

Foundation is on:
Foundation means even skin maybe too even
Dewy+Smooth for Normal to Dry skin!

I don’t particularly like the way my skin looks with just foundation. It definitely hides uneven skin tones but it also dulls me out. Skin isn’t meant to be one color all over and you can really see that in the above picture. After my foundation is on I apply a little blush. I usually put my blush where my cheeks naturally have a little pink. For this “natural look” I am using fit me pink blush. It does not come with an applicator. I use my elf blush brush for this part.

Channeling Queen Elizabeth the 1st
Foundation and Blush
Maybelline FIT me! Blush

I would never normally take a picture of myself at this point in the makeup process. As you can see the contrast with the blush and the overly even skin tone is NOT a good look on me. I’m getting a lot of Queen Elizabeth the 1st vibes here. Lets fix that with some contour. Unfortunately the contour and highlight I currently own is not the right shade for my skin. I bought the Medium when I meant to buy the light! It does still work, I just stay away from the darkest shade for contouring my face and only use it around my eyes. (we’ll talk more about that in a little bit). I apply the contour to the places my face would naturally have shadows, or where I want to “shrink” the surface. For every face this is going to be a little different. On my face that means along the sides of my nose, along my cheeks and my forehead along the hair line. For instructive purposes here is a pre-blended contour application:

Harsh! Pre-blended contour lines:
Pre-blended Contour and Highlight
well loved e.l.f contour and highlight kit,
as you can see I use much less contour then highlight!

When I am doing a natural makeup look instead of putting on eye-shadow I just take a little highlight and put it under my brows, on the base of my lids and in the inner corners of my eye. In the crease I apply a mix of the darkest and medium dark contour. Along the base of my eyelashes I use a liner brush to apply the darkest contour. I also like to apply highlight anywhere that my face would naturally reflect light if it were wet. This may be different for you depending on the shape of your face. I like to put the highlight above my blush, in the middle of my forehead, down the center of my nose, just above my lips and on my chin. After I get everything blended I use the finishing powder. Again I am dealing with dry skin so I use the FIT me! Dewy+Smooth powder. If you have oily skin I would recommend trying the FIT me! Matte+Poreless Powder. With the contour, highlight and finishing powder my face has a lot more dimension!

Nice blending!
blended contour
Maybelline FIT me! Set+smooth for Normal to Dry skin

With the base layer done lets move on to eyebrows. I am not an expert on eyebrows and I do not follow the eyebrow trends closely. Most days I don’t bother with them but on a full face makeup day they are a necessity. I use the e.l.f eyebrow wax and fill kit. It’s comes with a little brush that works fine for application purposes. I use the wax to outline and fill then do a nice brush over with the fill powder.

Ack! Eyebrows!
Pre-brushed Eyebrows have me looking a little masculine >.<
e.l.f eyebrow kit

After I do my eyebrows I always find them a little to dark for my taste. Other women look fabulous with intense brows but I’m just not feeling it. After the initial application I like to take my eyebrow brush and brush out a little of the excess color. If you don’t have an eyebrow brush I recommend purchasing one. At the bottom of this page I will include a link to the brush set I own and love.

Once my eyebrows are a more reasonable shade I move onto Mascara. I’m going to do a little something different today. I have two different types of mascara. I happen to like both of them but they give a completely different end result. The first picture shows one eye with Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara in comparison to no mascara on the other eye. The second picture shows the difference between the Essence mascara versus e.l.f. volume plumping mascara. I wish my camera was a little better quality so you could see the difference a little better. The Falsie mascara is much bolder while the e.l.f mascara provides a more natural look.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara on the left side in comparison to no mascara on the right side

Here we have the Essence False Lash style mascara on the left and the more natural e.l.f. volume plumping mascara on the right

I don’t know about you ladies but I hate having wet mascara. If you wear sun glasses or regular glasses you may or may not have an issue with your eyelashes brushing against the lenses. I do, and wet mascara on glasses is not fun. So I like to blow dry my mascara. Yeah it’s a little odd, but I live in an RV so clearly I’m okay with being a little different. The plus side here is that not only does it dry my eyelashes but I hold the hair dryer at an angle that allows it to give my eyelashes a little lift! This may not work for you depending on the direction your eyelashes naturally face. My eyelashes have a slight upword curve so it works Great! If you do give it a try with straight lashes let me know how it goes!!

Alright the basics are done! Fabulous! I’m not sure if you noticed but my lips changed color a few times during this process. While I am applying my makeup I like to wear a good Chapstick to soften my DRY lips while I am working on everything else. Sometimes I use lip gloss for the same purpose. My absolute favorite lip product however is what I wear when all is said and done. NYX butter gloss. I have dry lips…sometimes they are so dry it makes it difficult to smile. When I use the NYX lip butter I don’t have issues with my smile being painful and I’m free to smile as much as I want. The color I am currently addicted to is TIRAMISU. It is super affordable on Amazon and has fantastic reviews. Out of all the makeup I use this is the one I am recommending the most!

Wearing the NYX butter gloss as part of my full face “natural look” in natural lighting.
All time Favorite!
NYX Butter Gloss! My Favorite lip gloss, I love the way this looks and feels!

Here I am oustide with a half up/down do, dressed as opposed to being in my P.Js and in direct sunlight. I feel like having a picture outide gives you a slightly better idea of how this makeup performs.

As always I hope you enjoyed this blog style makeup tutorial. Please let me know if you would be interested in video tutorials in the future or if you want me to test out a specific product that fits with my values!

Below you can click the pictures to get these products on Amazon, be sure to find the colors that are right for your skin tone. These are affiliate links, if you use them to make a purchase I get a small commission. It wont raise the cost of purchase for you!

e.l.f. volume plumping mascara:
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
NYX Butter Gloss
Maybelline Dewy+Smooth for Normal to Dry skin
e.l.f Eyebrow Kit
e.l.f makeup brushes
Maybelline FIT me! Dewy+Smooth powder
e.l.f light/medium contour kit
Maybelline FIT me! blush (pink)
Maybelline FIT me! Liquid Concealer
Maybelline FIT me! Matte+poreless powder (Oily Skin)
Maybelline FIT me! Matte+poreless foundation (Oily Skin)

Much Love,