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Monday, 11 February 2013

Natural Makeup Tutorial: Minimal Makeup for Everyday Wear

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Hi everyone! Today's post is a really simple natural makeup look. Despite what people think, a flawless natural face is one of the hardest looks to achieve. It's something that I still struggle with myself sometimes. That being said, I am definitely improving with practice! So, I wanted to share some tips & tricks for natural looking makeup!


One of the most important things to realize is that less isn't always more when it comes to natural makeup. Yes, you will probably be wearing less makeup than if you were going out, but it still takes a lot of product to look naturally flawless. For me, it's about knowing what complements your natural features and coloring. When you choose shades that are close to your natural color and tone, you'll be amazed at how much product you can get away with while still looking very natural.  First, find out where you are on a chart like this one:

A lot of the time people are mistaken in thinking that pale = cool and tan/dark = warm. I was one of those people and it's one of the reasons that I was buying the wrong foundations for so many years. Personally, I am in the uppermost right hand corner of this chart. I'm very fair but with warm undertones. That means that to complement my skin tone I need to use products that also have warm undertones. Observe:


As someone who is fair with warm yellow undertones, Apricot is my perfect natural color. It sits on the right (i.e. warm) side of the color wheel and contains enough yellow/orange to complement my skin tone. Additionally, the subtle orange undertones of Apricot complement my copper hair while setting off the contrasting blue of my eyes. Finally, because my skin is so fair, I need lighter colors that won't  overpower my features with intense pigmentation. If your skin is darker, you can get away with bolder tones as they won't show up as strongly on your skin. Know your colorwheel, kids. It's your best friend!! Here's a lovely one to use for reference:

Hi! I'm a color wheel. I'm your best friend. I tell you exactly what to wear to make you look your best!
So, as you can see - once you know where you sit in terms of skintones, it's easy to find the shades that will most perfectly accentuate your coloring.

  • If you're warm toned, stick to colors on the right hand side of the wheel
  • If you're cool toned, stick to colors on the left hand side of the wheel
  • If you are fair skinned, select the colors closest to the middle
  • If you are dark skinned, select colors towards the outer edges of the wheel
  • To emphasize your eyes, find the color on the wheel that most closely matches them and then select a color directly across from it to wear on your lids. 

Ultimately, you can wear whatever colors you want because rules are meant to be broken ... but they do also act as a very helpful guideline for being your most beautiful, natural you!

Finally, here's a tutorial that has some helpful hints for how to apply makeup in the most natural, subtle way possible so even if you're wearing a lot of makeup, people will think you just woke up looking flawless!


Hopefully you found some information in this post that will help give you the confidence to go 'all natural'! Bare it all my beauties!


33 comments:

  1. Awesome photo's and a great job editing them as well! You look so flawless and natural!

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  2. Very pretty! Love natural looks like this!

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  3. you look lovely here, amazing neutral look :) really enhances your features! xxxx

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  4. Gorgeous. And I love the little diagrams on working out your skin tone and which colours will suit you, I've always struggled with that!

    Katie || Oh To Feel Pretty

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  5. Beautiful :-) This is so lovely and fresh :-)

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  6. You look so pretty! :) I always admire people who can do a natural look like this and in the same time make it so interesting. :)

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    :) Take care!

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  8. Nice post!
    Well I dont know if I'm warm or cool. I'm more pale than bronzed, I don't tan in the sun but I also don't become red, my freckles are yellow, I got the same amount of blue and green veins, my haircolour is a mixture of camel, brown and red, I cannot wear red, black, yellow and lilac. mint, camel, green and petrol are my best friends (in makeup and clothes).I feel uncomfortable with gold, I like more silver jewelry. P'raps you may help me :)

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    1. Well it's hard to say without seeing a picture. Sometimes the colors we like to wear aren't necessarily the ones that flatter us most, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't wear them. It seems like you might be either neutral toned or maybe have slight golden undertones if you look good in camels and petrol. What kinds of greens look best on you? Blue greens or yellow greens?

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    2. Sry for the late reply. I hope you read it.
      I wear nearly all tones of green. Have a look onto this picture:
      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RiUFoUp0tR0/T1pFeJrJreI/AAAAAAAAJpM/WAAfqtirh1E/s1600/pantone_colours09.jpg
      I can wear the whole last column and of column 2 and 3 the "minty" ones in the middle. Concearning the yellowish greens: http://scottwilliamsart.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/color_sat_and_value_chart_green.png Draw a diagonale from top-left to bottom-right. The left half of it.
      It's just a mixture of green. Aqua tones don't fit as well as yellowish green

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  9. I'm with you... very pale with golden undertones, making it difficult to find foundation sometimes [especially at the drugstore[. A lot of the time, they're either cool or neutral [at least neutral is a bit better, but come on...]

    Anyway, beautiful look! :D

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    1. If you have similar skin to mine, try Revlon Colorstay in Buff. That shade suits me perfectly!

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  10. great post! the color wheel also works for clothes :D

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  11. beautiful!
    x

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  12. Ugh, I need to be professionally "diagnosed" with my undertone! I am very pale, with both blue and green veins. My skin is neither green nor pink in the cold-- I have Raynaud's Phenomenon. My cheeks are pink but I have a raspberry birthmark on both sides. >_< I'm just a freak I think. :P

    You look lovely with red hair, Meredith! It really suits you. Your makeup is phenomenal, I always get excited when you come out with a new post! Super pretty!

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    1. You're certainly not a freak! It can be tricky to figure out ... took me 24 years and a lot of wasted money on wrong foundations. Try going to a MAC or Sephora and get a few opinions to see what they say. Thank you for your sweet comment Emily and good luck sorting out your skin's undertones. Let me know if you ever figure it out :)

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  13. Hey Mer

    What kind of camera you use to do this picture ? :)

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  14. Great post!!!

    It's good to remember that there are always exceptions to every rule. I have a very pale skintone (Colorstay in Buff is my best match too... the combo/oily version. The dry skin formulationn is a different color. Mac says I am NC15 but it's still too peach.) However I have to stay away from obvious warm colors.... olive, oranges, warm browns etc wash me right out. In the same vein, true blue toned pinks don't do much for me either. I could be called a neutral because I can sometimes play both sides of the color wheel, but I would describe myself as a very pale olive undertone. Hope this helps some who have had a hard time sorting out things like I have lol!

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    1. Also, you can use the color wheel to do really interesting things... My eyes are hazel, neither green nor brown. If I wear purple shadows, they look more greenish, and if I wear burgundy shadows, they look more golden. Use the opposite side of the color wheel to contrast what you want to accentuate! So much fun to play with.

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  15. nice post.
    :)

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  16. Very useful post and beautiful make up, even tho I love makeup I still have problem with undertones.

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  17. Beautiful tutorial! Thank for sharing!

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  18. Just discovered your blog. Great post on colours and a beautiful make up tutorial.
    Now following you!!

    xoxo
    annpaige

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  19. LOVE the new blog look!! It looks great!

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  20. Beautiful

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  21. thanks for share.

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  22. Oh lala....very pretty!This article is really useful, and I think many people agree with me. Why I can said that, because this article really different with others. Many people can write easily, but they can’t write as good as your article.


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    mines a new ish blog would you possibly mind checking it out :)

    thankyou so much xxx

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  24. Me encanta.

    Saludos desde España.

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  25. You look very pretty with that simple make up.. Simplicity is indeed a tru beauty!
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  26. I would love if you gave a tutorial on how you get great close up shots of you when your done with your makeup. I am not having that much luck! HELP

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  27. I cannot make out the names of the products you used. I really think the colors will work for me. Could you tell me what they were?
    Thank you,
    Carol

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