Tutorial: How to achieve the ‘No-Makeup’ Makeup Look in just 4 steps!

Calvin Klein once said: ‘The best thing is to look natural – but it takes makeup to look natural’. And that is so true. I love wearing makeup and creating different looks, but sometimes I just want to look natural, I just want to forget the dark, smoky eyes or bold lips for the day.

So I came up with a great makeup routine, basically my everyday routine for campus, that enhances my natural beauty and which is super easy to achieve. Follow the steps below..

 

Step 1: BB Cream

I like to use a BB cream rather than a foundation, mostly because foundations are much heavier and more likely to cake up rather than BB creams. Using a BB cream is going to provide light/medium coverage making it a great base for a ’natural’ makeup look.

I particularly like Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream, as it has a SPF of 35 and works very, very well with acne prone skin. But if you are working on budget, Garnier’s  Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream is a great alternative, it has an SPF of 15 and is  also appropriate for acne prone skin.

 

BB cream feeverrr

BB cream feeverrr

 

Step 2: Blush

Blush is great at brightening up the face and giving you that ‘just pinched’ look, but don’t go too crazy on the blush. Try to get the least amount of product on to your cheeks by dusting your brush off before apply, or swiping it at the back off your hand.

I have an olive skin tone, therefore I tend to gravitate towards blushes in pink hues – but if you are fair/dark skinned peachy hues will look great on you! My favourite blushes are Smashbox Blush Rush in Peony (I love Smashbox, meep!) and Essence’s Silky Touch Blush in Adorable.

 

Blush Rush

Blush Rush

 

Step 3: Lip balm

I like using a balm rather than a gloss or a stickie, as balms provide lips with a light pigment but a subtle gloss, which is more natural. Most people would use a sheer lipgloss/colourless balm, but I’ve found that because of my skin tone, I have to have some colour as neutral lips tend to really wash me out and make me look dull and boring.

I absolutely adore Labello’s Fruity Shine! I probably go through at least 9 of these beauts each year. They are a staple in my campus bag and if you see me in lecs, I’m almost always reapplying. I just can’t get enough. It’s so great because it has an SPF of 15 and it smoothes and conditions the lips whilst providing a slight shimmery pink tint to the lips.

 

My li[s surely do love Labello!

My li[s surely do love Labello!

 

Step 4: Mascara

I love, love, looove mascara! Mascara is like coffee- for my eyes- it provides an instant pick-me-up, it widens and awakens the eyes and just makes me want to give butterfly kisses to everyone!

I love use Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara, as it doesn’t clump or dry out your lashes. Like half way through the day, if I had to touch my lashes it will be super soft , as if I had no mascara on, and nor would it flake. It also conditions the lashes whilst you wear it, so when you wash it out you would notice that your lashes feel so much softer and silkier. A+.

 

Here's to longer, fuller and healthier lashes!

Here’s to longer, fuller and healthier lashes!

 

Optional Step: Eyeliner

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I don’t ever leave the house without eyeliner, and it’s true! I know it’s not very natural to have a swipe of dark eyeliner on your lower lash line but if I don’t, I just look sleepy and sick, not cool!

On most days, I use Catrice Cosmetic’ Smokey Eye Pencil in 01-Black Earl but sometimes I use Essence’s Stays No Matter What waterproof eye pencil in 02-Stunning Brown, to tone it down a little. I’ve found that both Essence and Catrice Cosmetics eyeliners have great staying power and last throughout the day, unlike Smashbox eyeliners which rub off and disappear after a few hours. Definitely getting more for less, with Catrice and Essence.

 

My first love!

My first love!

 

So that’s it! My ‘natural’ makeup look! Hope you enjoyed the post.

 

Raeesa

Sandalwood Powder and Rosewater: The natural way to achieve gorgeous skin

My skin feels amazing after using a paste of sandalwood powder and rosewater. It’s basically a mask that helps to even out skin tone, reduce dark marks, acne and acne scars and give you gorgeous glowing skin over time.
It works so well because rosewater cools,calms and tones the skin whilst the sandalwood powder, due to its anti-inflammatory properties and powerful antioxidants, reduces pimples and lightens any dark spots.
It’s super simple to make this paste, all you need is, well, sandalwood powder and rosewater. Mix 3 parts sandalwood powder to 1-2 parts rosewater – the consistency must be thick enough to stay on the skin but liquid enough to be spreadable. It should look something like this:
Yeah, so it does look  a bit ikky..but it makes your skin feel ahmaaazing

Yeah, so it does look a bit ikky..but it makes your skin feel ahmaaazing

This paste should be applied once a day and should be kept on the skin for about 30-60 min. You may experience some tingling, that’s normal, but if it becomes unbearable you can remove the paste from the tingling areas.
You can find Sandalwood powder in any Indian spice shop – I got a 50g packet for just R9.99 from Gorima’s. I know super duper cheap, right?
However, pure and organic rosewater may not be so easy to find. Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay, and even the Indian spice shops sell rosewater, but this isn’t the pure one. It’s usually just rose-scented water – which will do absolutely nothing for your skin or alternatively might make your skin worse! But I did find this 100ml bottle of Good Life Organic’s Rosewater for R82.00 from Faithful to Nature, it’s works well with my skin, smells amazing and it is packaged in a super cool spray bottle!
You can also use this paste:
  • to lighten skin;
  • to achieve softer skin;
  • as an anti-aging treatment and
  • to calm down breakouts.
Turmeric powder may also be added to the paste, however you might end up with a yellow tinge on your face and fingers – not cool. Some people also use milk instead of rosewater – I tried this out but unfortunately, the milk did not agree with my skin. 😦
All in all, If you are looking for a way, to get gorgeous-glowing-even toned-acne free skin, I suggest you give this paste a go, you will be surprised with the results!
Oh yes, please note that it takes time to work – like after a month/ a month and a half of daily use you should be able to see a difference in your skin,. Just be patient, dear.
Rae