• The "No Makeup, Makeup": Guide to achieving skin that looks bare.

    The "No Makeup, Makeup": Guide to achieving skin that looks bare.

    Have you been trying to achieve that "Summer Glow" for years and still havent quite grasped it? How about changing up your skincare routine... better yet, your whole makeup routine? How you treat your skin is just as effective as what you put on it. "No Makeup, Makeup", is in and very well should be. Isn't the purpose of makeup to enhance yourself? Makeup shouldnt be used for the everyday person, to create a whole new layer of "skin". Why would you want something on that actually looks like makeup, rather than giving the appearance that its just your natural skin? The trick to the "No Makeup, Makeup", is to keep a light hand when applying products, and get your skin on a routine that reflects your ideal look. 

    I've created a collage of products I personally use and have found that not only did it give me the glowy look I was going for, but it also began to transform my bare skin over time. Ill name each product below with a brief description of its benefits to you. 

    I hope you're cleansing your face every single night. Sleeping in makeup, or leaving dirt and oils on your skin from the day, can not only dehydrate your skin but will start to age it over time. Makeup and dirt clog your pores, preventing it from breathing. Your skin needs plenty of oxygen if you want it to glow! I know it feels good...really good...to wash your face with a foaming cleanser. The issue with this squeaky clean option, is that most foaming cleansers are stripping of all the natural oils that you need to keep everything balanced. Your skin will either dry out, leaving it looking dull, or it will go into overtime producing as much oil as it can to make up for the loss of moisture. This leads me to my first product: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. I already know what 99% of you are thinking, especially if you have oily skin. Trust me and just do some reasearch on the benefits of using this in place of your regular face wash. Even oily skins can use this. They offer different ones for different skin types. "The beauty of cleansing oil is that it is the most effective to remove all impurities, and it creates the best skin condition." - Shu Uemura

    La Mer can be pricey but well worth it if its within your budget. Im a little dryer so I like to use Creme De La Mer Ultrarich Cream, paired with La Mer Eye Concentrate. The face cream is a basically magic. It really does transform your skin in a short amount of time. Its super rich, but turns a little more emollient and clear once its warmed in your hands before applying. Ask for a sample of a few types before committing to purchase. The Eye Concentrate is just that, a concentrated formula of minerls to condition, smooth and hydrate the eye area. 

    My new found love, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. "A perfect blend of skincare and makeup that hydrates skin and soften fine lines with a sheer hint of colour for a healthy, dewy glow." This product is said to enhance the skin without hiding it, and that it does! I fell hard and fast for this gem. 

    Following my new found love, is my old flame. Ive forever been loyal to this product since the day it hit counters. MAC Prep + Prime Loose Powder. Its completely invisable and sets your makeup without altering the color of the foundation. I use this directly on top of my tinted moisturizer, only in areas where i tend to be extra oily. I avoid areas where I would want a glow, such as cheek bones, center of my forehead and chin. It minimizes the look of pores, fine lines and imperfections. I like to cal it my eraser. It makes everything look smooth. The best part is any skintone can use this powder!

    Of course it wouldnt be as effective wthouth a nice bronzer to bring back some color into your skin, and  highlighter to give it life. NARS Casino Bronzer is a top pick in my opinion. It doesnt leave you looking orangy and doesnt have that glittery effect. It leaves a subtle glow. Place your bronzer on areas of your face where the sunlight usually hits most: Forehead, cheeks, nose and whatever is left over on the brush can hit the chin and neck areas. Top it off with your highlighter MAC Extra Dimension Highlighter Powder. Ths is the best highlighter Ive ever come across in my 10 years of experience. It looks like your skin is barely wet, rather than frosty. 

    My last product is optional. If you tend to be a little more dry or dehydrated, MAC Fix+ Spray is a great way to just wake your skin back up after a few hours of going about your day. Mist it on for an instant glow and drink of water for your skin. 

    Enjoy! And feel free to Email me for customized recommendations!