Tuesday, May 31, 2016


I've always been a fan and practicing advocate of minimal, natural-looking, enhancing makeup looks. Living in the humid heat of Northeastern Brazil has kicked my love of these looks up to a whole other level. This is not a complaint, buuuut the heat makes me feel extremely unmotivated to spend much time on my makeup (and hair, as you can probably tell in the coming photos). In fact, most often recently I haven't bothered to wear any at all for fear that it will melt off of my face the second I walk out the door. The struggle of being a makeup junkie in a foreign climate is real, guys.

However, whenever I've mustered up enough energy to put any makeup on, I found myself cutting edges by mixing and combining products to use for multiple beautifying purposes. By doing this, I've managed to cut down my makeup application time to about 5 minutes, sometimes less. Who doesn't love a good time-saving hack?

As aforementioned, this makeup routine is fast and can be easily done by makeup gurus and newbies alike. It's super glowy, brightening and low-maintenance. I've called it "Lighten Up, Brighten Up" to capture the product cutting, brightening goals of the routine/look.

Also, to my delight, I've noticed similar looks (often labelled "non-touring") becoming popular in the mainstream beauty world. Yay to being accidently trendy!

Anyway, enough of my blabbing, onto the tutorial...

Okay, just another little disclaimer before we get into the tutorial: the majority of my makeup routine is dedicated to skin-perfecting. My philosophy is that if you have a nice base, you hardly need any other makeup to look polished. This is also why I am a hardcore skincare junkie and suuuper diligent about following a skincare routine (more about that in an upcoming post!). Just think: the smoother the canvas, the better your "paint" aka makeup will look. 


Learn how to get the look by watching the video above or reading along below (or both!). 

 Mix a pea-sized drop of Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Facial Oil  + L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation + L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator on the back of your hand (your body heat will help make the mixing process more seamless). For the most natural look, apply the concoction onto various areas of the face, starting from the outer edge of your face working into the centre, firstly by dabbing on different points of the face and blending with the BeautyBlender (if you don't have a Beauty Blender, fingertips will work just fine)

I like mixing these three products because I'm able to check off skincare (serum), priming (the L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator works as a primer), and evening out my skin tone (foundation) all in one simple step. Bonus: it makes me look as though I've had 12 hours of sleep annnd like I maintain a diet primarily of green juice and avocado, even though that's definitely not the case.

STEP 2. WHAT RACCOON EYES?  Hide those pesky undereye circles with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer & blend with the BeautyBlender.

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STEP 3. DEFINE DEM BROWS. Never underestimate the power of eyebrows — they can completely change your face (a simple Google of celebrities photoshopped without eyebrows will further prove this). To me, any makeup look I try looks "off" if I haven't filled in my brows. I never skip this step.  

Anyway, eyebrow rant aside: next up, define your eyebrows whichever way you like. I believe that the dosage of eyebrow filling is very personal and not something can be prescribed to every set of eyebrows. Some people feel their best with super bold arches and others are cool with slapping on some tinted eyebrow gel and calling it a day —I say, do whatever you feel best in. I'm using the Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown with a light hand to fill in my brows and add natural-looking definition.

STEP 4. HIGHLIGHT, HIGHLIGHT, HIGHLIGHT. I like to begin the highlighting process with a matte pencil highlighter Benefit Eye Bright is my all-time favourite. Apply your matte highlighter of choice to the inner corner of your eyes, browbone, bridge of the nose, cupid's bow and centre of your chin and blend with a BeautyBlender or fingers. Next up, add a more intense shimmering highlight (Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Pearl is my go-to) on the tops of your cheekbones. 

TIP: I often find that applying a shimmering highlight on points all over the face can make me look oily (especially in conjunction with an illuminating foundation). For this reason, I like to reserve shimmering highlighters for the tops of my cheekbones and the centre of my lips, simply because that is where I like my highlight to "pop." Using a matte highlighter still allows me to get the brightening, heightening effect all over my face without worrying that I'll come off as shiny.

STEP 5. ONE PRODUCT, 3 USES. You'd be mistaken to think cream blush can only be used for creating a pretty flush on cheeks. Au contraire, mon ami... Your cream blush can also be used as an eyeshadow and lip colour. 

First off, prep lips with your favourite lip balm (Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is my go-to). Next, using your fingertips, dab your fingers in the cream blush and apply to lips with a dabbing/blending motion.  Do the same on your cheeks, but consider blending with the BeautyBlender for a more seamless, lit-from-within look. Last off, use a tiny bit of cream blush as eyeshadow, applying to eyelids and blending with fingers (or a brush, whatever works best for you).
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STEP 6. LASH LIFT. Using your eyelash curler of choice (I like the shu uemura Eyelash Curler & Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler), curl your lashes. Finish off with your favourite lengthening mascara. I'm using L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara in Blackest Black.

(OPTIONAL) STEP 7. SIGNATURE SOFT EYESHADOW FLICK. This step is totally optional; I simply feel unfinished without a soft flick of brown eyeshadow on the outer corners of my eyes. It's my easier, faster & more low-maintenance way of achieving the cat eye look. Here I'm using "Smokeshow" from the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette and the Sonia Kashuk #6 Liner Brush (from Deluxe Travel Brush Set).

STEP 8. SET IT. Seal in the look with a few pats of powder (bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation in Fair is my fave) and a spritz of Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix (I also love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray).

-Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Facial Oil 
-L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory
-L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice
-Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
-Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
-Benefit Eye Bright
-Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Pearl
-Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
-NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink
-Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette
-L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara in Blackest Black
-bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation in Fair 
-Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix 
-Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler
-Original BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge
-Sonia Kashuk #6 Liner Brush (from Deluxe Travel Brush Set)

Would you wear this look? What are your thoughts on the "non-touring" trend? Were any of these tips useful to you? I'd love to know— share your opinion in the comment section below.

Happy non-touring!
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  1. A gorgeous look especially for the warmer weather - thank you for sharing! :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

  2. Your natural glowing make-up looks amazing and mixing facial oil in the foundation is genius!


    1. Thank you! The foundation-facial oil mix is a must-try for sure! xx

  3. Such a pretty natural look!


    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

  4. love it! it is such a natural look! x

    jess x | https://wellwellgirls.blogspot.tw/


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