Don’t get us wrong, we love having our faces beat down like a drag queen when the rent is due, but there’s just something so alluring about fresh-faced beauty. That “I’m glowing because there’s 24K gold in my veins” sort of beauty. It actually takes a lot more patience and routine to nail it though. Seriously, does Thandie Newton (pictured above at a cause held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the UK) have a dermatologist that resides in her bathroom? Sheesh!
The woman is like the poster child for fresh-faced beauty. Mastering this type of look takes many steps but of course isn’t impossible. Here are our tips on how to get a similar look…
Start with taking care of your skin. The MOST important part of your makeup look is your skin. Sure, blending 16 different eyeshadow colors in your crease is quite the skills, but mastering your skin is what’s top billing here. Make sure you check out our skincare posts for ideas on what to use in your 20s, 30s,and 40s. And when the going gets rough, the rough calls and makes an appointment to see her dermatologist.
Since it’s winter and the skin can look a little dull if you live in a colder and drier climate –the skin’s natural renewal process slows down in the colder months causing the skin to accumulate more dead skin cells on the surface that stifle your shine, literally. So give it a boost with a chemical exfoliant that will bring back the radiance. Try Perricone MD’s new Blue Plasma, a non-acidic peel that gives you all the benefits of a traditional peel (evening and brightening) without the irritation.
It’s also extremely important to have your brows groomed. I prefer threading because it’s clean and fast –Rajni at Aveda Natural Look Salon in Queens Center mall is amazing if you’re in the area. If you’re having a tough time find a great brow groomer, find a fly girl in your area with fierce arches and make her spill the beans on her stylist.
Lay the right foundation. Using a foundation that matches your skin tone and undertone will make a world of a difference in your look. Since many women of color tend to be lighter in the center of the face and darker around the perimeter, it’s great to have two different colors on hand for a natural look.
A liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation will help to even out the skin tone, giving you a medium finish without looking heavy. Use a tool like the beautyblender to apply your foundation to help it blend in seamlessly. Once you’ve applied your foundation, then apply concealer where you need it. We like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit to cover and for slightly brightening the under eye area –if you want a more noticeable brightness, go a shade lighter than your skin tone. For added perfection, we like to set with a powder like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.
Add some color. Go easy on the eyes, just liner and mascara will do you or if you feel super unclothed, a sheer wash of a shimmery shade close to your skin tone works great. Matching cheek and lip color looks super chic, so for a foolproof way to get the right color, use a multitasking creme pot like Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks. The darker your skin, the brighter your blush color. You can get your cheek hue to last longer by applying a powder blush in a similar shade on top of it.
Add some luminosity to the skin by applying a luminizer like NYX Cosmetics Tango with Bronzing Stix in Tango in Highlight to the tops of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the bow of the lip and along the temples, gently blending with your fingers.
StyleBlazers, are you planning to try a fresh-faced look?