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BTS - Get the "No Makeup Look"

I get a lot of requests from people to go through and explain how I achieve certain looks, today we are going to explore one of my first ever photoshoots and go through each step of how this look was accomplished.

Model: Devon Simone Photographer: Upma Dhanda

Model: Devon Simone Photographer: Upma Dhanda

Prepping the skin is one of the most important steps for achieving a flawless canvas.
Skin prep steps for this look are:
- Dermalogica pre-cleanse
- Dermalogica Calming Cleanser
- Dermalogica Toner
- Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate.

Foundation is normally my first step after prepping the skin, lots of people like to go straight into eyes but I prefer to work on the complexion first.
For this flawless skin I used:
- Cover FX mattifying primer
- Temptu SB airbrush foundation (through Iwata eclipse airbrush)
- Kryolan Dermacolour concealer stippled on with a duo fiber brush and blended with a sponge.
- To set the foundation I used RCMA no colour powder on a velour powder puff, using a press and roll motion. I then used a clean fluffy brush to ensure there was no leftover powder.

My next step is contour, blush and highlight
- For contouring, I used a shade that came in my kit from school (C|MU school of makeup art & design), and I am almost positive that they use Jordane cosmetics to create the school palettes. The colour is a light taupe, which I find gives a better, more subtle contouring in comparison to some of the more bronze or golden shades that are on the market.
- For blush I used a fluffy brush to apply a light pink shade from La Femme.
- Soft highlighting was achieved by using Soft & Gentle by MAC with a very soft hand.
- After applying all three products to the cheeks, I took a clean 139 brush by MAC (which is a tapered face brush) and blended all three products together.

For eyes, its important not to overthink it.
- I started by using an eyeshadow primer (shadow insurance by Too Faced)
- Then, using a 217 brush from MAC i took a light beige shade from INGLOT and applied it to the lid and on the brow bone.
- Using the same brush I took a taupe shade from INGLOT (very close to the same shade I used to contour the cheeks) and gently applied it to the outer crease.
- Taking a small angled brush, I applied a buried liner with a black eyeshadow (Abyss from Yaby) very close to the lash line.
- Using a disposable mascara wand (from the blur room, the wands they sell are fantastic!) I used the Jordane tube mascara and asked the client to look down at her knees for a perfect application. I highly recommend this mascara as it comes out of a squeeze tube & completely eliminates any opportunity for double dipping.
- For false lashes I applied Demi Wispies from Ardell to the outer corner of the eye.

For the perfect neutral lip;
- I started by lining the lips with my favourite nude liner - Cameo by Face Atelier.
- I then scooped out some lip colour from my palette and mixed the colours together on my steel plate. (MAC Twig & Styled in sepia)
- Using a lip brush I applied the mixture to the lips and blended the colour into the lip liner.

Brows were my last step, for natural looks I prefer to keep them simple
- I applied a brow pencil from my school kit (I believe made by Jordane) In the colour " Dark taupe" to the tail of the brow and in any sparse areas.
- Taking a clean angled brush, I then carved the shape into the brow by pushing the colour into place.
- Using a clean mascara spoolie, I brushed the hairs of the brow and cleaned up any extra product.

And that's it! Seems pretty straight forward but sometimes these looks can be quite the challenge!!

Comment below with your favourite "no makeup" makeup look!

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