A Natural Makeup Look


Today I want to post a natural makeup look. Instagram and Pinterest have created a demand for more dramatic makeup looks that are strong and more noticeable in photographs and sometimes I think we forget that less can be more when it comes to makeup. I want to shift away from the dramatic Instagram trend because when applied properly natural makeup can be just as powerful as dramatic makeup but it doesn’t overpower a persons beauty as much.


Natural Makeup look

Product breakdown

  1. For a natural, sheer and dewy base I mixed Mac Strobe Cream into Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.
    Mixing an illuminator into a foundation creates more light reflective and natural skin. If you are on the oily side don’t mix the illuminator into your t-zone foundation and be sure to powder well.
    I buffed the foundation in with a beauty blender to ensure it doesn’t sit on top of the skin as I want it to look like the skin is perfect instead of looking like makeup.
  2. On the cheeks I used Stila Gerbera cream blush (from Mecca Cosmetica) with Tom Ford Frantic Pink blush on top (from David Jones). You don’t need to team a cream blush and a powder blush like I do but it is recommended for optimum longevity.
  3. On the cheek bones I used Nars Copacabana and South Beach Multiple Highlight Creams (from Mecca Cosmetica) mixed together for the perfect shade. Just pat it on with your fingers or a foundation brush. This is the key to a luminous, glowing makeup. Typically a lighter skin tone wears Copacabana and a tanned skin tone wears South Beach but the artist in me likes to mix my own colour to match the natural skin tone perfectly.
  4. I used Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Glow (from Net-A-Porter) to subtly contour and highlight. Subtle is the key word here, lets leave the OTT contouring back in 2015. Just use a soft, fluffy blush brush to add the bronze around the edges of the face and the highlight to the high points such as cheek bones, brow bone, cupids bow.
  5. For the eyes I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance as my base to ensure the shadow stays in place all day.
  6. I applied a soft  wash of colour only on the lid. I mixed Mac shadows Wood winked and All That Glitters.
  7. An optional step is to add a light, warm matte brown in the crease such as Texture by Mac. This is only necessary for more definition in photographs. I use Mac brush 217 and apply it to the socket.
  8. To subtly line the eyes I used Mac Dip Down (brown waterproof gel liner). I placed it under the top lashes which a technique called “tight lining” so that it is really natural as opposed to a liquid liner effect. It is important to make sure you use a waterproof liner here so it stays on.
  9. Under the eyes I smudged Mac Texture eyeshadow into the lash line. In the photo I added a little espresso shadow by Mac as Sabrina was going out for drinks so she wanted a tiny bit more definition but for a soft day look or for fairer skin tones this shadow isn’t necessary.
  10. I applied Lance Hypnose Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. I combed through the lashes to ensure the mascara didn’t clump.
  11. Brows I very lightly filled in with powder. Remember to keep brows soft, don’t draw them in too dark as it can look very harsh in real life. The fashion for brows is still a full brow but this year they should be more natural than artificially drawn and shaped.
  12. To finish off the makeup I mixed Mac Giddy lipstick with Mac Shanghai Spice and placed a Burberry soft pink lipgloss just in the centre of the lips. If you don’t have an event on I often choose a rose tinted lip balm instead of a lipstick. I love the Mecca Lip de luscious.


I am available for one on one makeup lessons at my home studio in Potts Point, Sydney if you would like me to teach you a look tailored to you.

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