While I have always been a lover of beauty products, when it comes to applying makeup, I am far from professional. I went through my Orange County “makeup girl” phase at a very young age, wearing entirely too much of it. I’m talking blue shadow up to my eyebrows and enough glitter to blind a man. I’ve tried many different looks (keyword being tried), like smoky shadow, cat-eye liner, bold lip color, you name it.
But long gone are my clown face days and now I manage to a stick to pretty
lazy reasonable beauty routine. I’ll either go mostly makeup-free or wear some tinted moisturizer, mascara, blush, and the occasional lip color, you know, on special occasions.
But let’s face it (no pun intended), if applied properly, the smallest amount of makeup can make a world of difference. Even if the purpose is to look like you are wearing none at all, creating contour and adding a little glow is the way to go, my friends. Clearly we all want to look ravishingly beautiful from the moment we wake up in the morning, but let’s be real, sometimes au natural just doesn’t cut it…
So, when my new French friend and amazing makeup artist, Alisha, offered to teach me some tips / tricks, and share a few of her favorite products, I simply couldn’t refuse! Whether it’s contouring (a technique I have tried time and time again, with unsuccessful results), proper eyeshadow application, or achieving that “bitten lip” look, this talented lady knows what’s up. So be sure to follow her very addictive Instagram @alishamakeuparis for helpful tips and tutorials galore.
Now, here you have it — my first beauty guide! I wanted to go for a look that was natural and glowy…whimsical, if you will. And I really love the way it turned out. Thanks to Alisha, here is a step by step lesson and a little menu of must-haves to help get the look:
GIMME MORE CONTOUR:
- Moisturize skin with a skin refresher or finishing mist, followed by a smoothing primer to prep your face and help makeup last longer. (MAC Prep + Prime Mist :: Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer :: Elf Foundation Brush)
- Use a brightening concealer under eyes and to cover up dark spots, before applying a light cover of foundation with a brush or your hands. Follow up by tapping with a sponge to create a smooth, clear result. (Benefit Erase Paste N°1 Fair, Sephora Perfecting Conceler Brush #20, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation N125, MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 , Sephora Pro Foundation Brush #47, beautyblender Original Sponge)
- Contour the face with a cream or stick foundation, using a brush to play with shade areas and add structure (focus on the hollow of your cheeks, the center of your forehead and chin, and lightly on both sides of your nose’s bridge). Take another brush and move in a small, circular motion, blending the the bronzed areas. (Tom Ford Foundation Stick in Toffee, ELF Foundation Brush, Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush)
- Apply a rose colored blush to the apple of your cheeks, smiling while you do it so you can see where they really stand out! (Bare Minerals Rose Radiance Powder)
- Using a large brush apply a transparent finishing powder all over the face, followed by an illuminator and / or highlighting powder to accentuate the cheek bones, on the upper side of your cheeks and at your temples. (MAC Prep + Prime Mist, NARS Copacabana Illuminator, Too Faced Candlelit Glow Highlighting Powder)
TURN AROUND, BRIGHT EYES:
- Start out with an eye primer, to extend the life of your shadowed lids. (YSL Eye Primer)
- Cover your closed eyelids with a beige matte shade and then use a dark brown matte color at the end corners of your eyes to accentuate. Finish it off with an iridescent taupe color all over the lid. (MAC Handwritten Eye Shadow, Sephora Crease Shadow Brush #73, MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow, Sephora Powder Shadow Brush #60)
- Apply a brown or deep purple to your lower lids using light strokes and minimal powder and then a touch of gold or silver ad the corner of your eye and just below the brow. (Urban Decay Naked2 – Tease and Half Baked or Verve shades)
- Shape and define your brows, using a thin brush and dark powder, or a brow shaping kit. A little bit of brow gel will seal the deal. (Benefit Brow Zings Brow Kit, Youngblood Eyebrow Brush)
- Last but not least, apply a couple layers of mascara to your upper and lower lashes. Don’t forget about the inner and outer corners of your eyes. (Bourjois Volume Ultra Black Mascara)
JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BITE:
- First and foremost, moisturize your lips to make sure you’re starting with a smooth surface. (Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment)
- Apply red lipstick, using your finger, to the center of of your lips only and blend a bit. (YSL Pur Couture)
- Optional: Find a hottie to kiss (by now it shouldn’t be too hard), to keep that bitten look lasting all night long!
Thanks again to Alisha, for working her magic and sharing her wonderful tricks of the trade! I know I felt like a total babe when I hit the town after this, and can guarantee that you will too if you follow these simple-yet-effective steps. Go on, give it a whirl!