My First Makeup Tutorial: Simple, Natural, Elegant.

  
Well Hello everybody, happy Sunday. I’m excited to announce I’ve done my first makeup tutorial for a simple, elegant, every day look you can rock day or night. I decided to post this for three reasons: 1 is that I missed you all & wanted to say “hi” 🙂 2 is that today I went golfing at Elliott’s country club with his mother and afterwards we were going to eat at a fancy schmancy resturaunt and I needed dressed up yet simple makeup, and 3 is that I realized that I post a lot about beauty but never actually have done a tutorial. I think it’s important for those who are beginners to the beauty and makeup world to have someone to turn to who can make things a little easier and break them down so that hopefully you can explore your own makeup ideas. Sometimes I see these youtube sites with perfect makeup but to get it you need 800 products, 10 hours, and… well a make up artist to apply it for you (haha).

  
(Snapping a friend while caughtin the rain )

Anyways, this was shot with my phone, so the quality isn’t amazing. Also, I apparently live in a dungeon so the lighting isn’t perfect. All things I’ll attempt to work on for my next tutorial. I chose to do a mix of videos and pictures so that if I say “blend with a blending brush in the crease” you actually can see what I mean.

I really hope you like all of my hard work! Let me know what I can improve on or any comments/suggestions. <3 you all, Have a great weekend.

My Everyday Look:


I always start with my Clinique toner #3. While working as a makeup artist there I really learned about the benefits of using a toner and I could never go back. It will gently exfoliate and get rid of any dead skin so that your makeup goes on smoothly and looks bright, not muddy (which can happen when foundation meets dead skin cells, gross). I also always use a moisturizer to avoid any flakes. Today I chose my natural glow, ghost girl needs a little color.

EYES:


Next I went straight to eyes. I usually will do my eye makeup before the rest of my face to avoid getting any flakes, sparkles, dark smudges, on set makeup. Taking it all off and re-applying can be an awful pain.


I started with Clinique eye primer, so that the makeup has something to stick to and appears more pigmented.
I also used Clinique shadow quad in “Jennas Essentials”, while working at the counter, I would always use this quad for a natural look on someone who is going to an event but didn’t quite want a deep, dramatic eye.


First i applied the lightest grey shimmery shadow to the entire lid and crease. I applied this by using a fluffy brush and a “patting” motion, that way I could really control the shadow and pigment.


Next using a slanted eye shadow brush, I used the deeper brown shade to create depth in my crease and lash line by lining the lashes outward and into the crease.

Using a blending brush, I then blended the darker brown shadow into the crease and on the outer “V” of my eye, going back and forth in a windshield wiper movement. This is key to making sure that your shades blend seamlessly into one and don’t look bulky or too dark.


Next I took my flat precision brush and the darkest (black) shade to line my lash line. Since the black color is so dark there’s little room for mistakes, that is why I made small back and forth movements until I got all the way to the outer corner (it helps control the brush and color) This gives the look a “smokey” look without being too dramatic. It’s also an important step for me because I planned to do liquid liner & making this outline will help me see exactly where to apply the liner in the future.

Next I lined the inner rims of my eyes with a dark brown. I do this to a. get rid of any natural redness and b. because it’s said to make you look more attractive & younger.


Using liquid liner, I lined over my original black line to pull everything together.


Next came the false lashes (you can skip this step if you’d like). I love a few well-placed falsies. I used Revlon lashes and I chose small groups as I can never quite make the full strips look right. They’re naturally a little tacky but for extra long wear I bought the lash glue & gently applied a bit to the end & then applied with tweezers. I added two “small” groups and one “medium”. The first small went closest to my inner corner of my eye, the second directly in the center of my lid and the medium went all the way at the outer corner. This makes everything look natural while also filling in any gaps.

It’s important to curl your lashes whether or not you are wearing falsies for a “wide-eyed” look. I curl in two places, at the base of your lash line and then afterward at the very tips for the maximum curl.

Next I used a lash primer which will just condition your lashes, help keep them healthy, appear longer, and wayyy less likely to flake or dry.

I used a lengthening mascara and to really make lashes appear fuller wiggled back and forth from the lash line and upwards. This fans out the lashes and makes them look lush.

I used a volumizing mascara just at the tips for extra lift and fullness (curling mascaras work great for this also).

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FOR THE FACE. I did a simple contour and brightening mascara for a nice glow.


I took my absolute favorite Clinique Even Better foundation and used it as an all over base. You’ll want to apply your base color in whatever foundation you’d regularly wear all over for even coverage. I love the even better foundation because it gives a very nice “glow” and has moderate to full coverage. I used a Stippling brush to really distribute the color and make sure it blends in without any smudges or telltale lines.




Next I applied a bright concealer as a highlight (I used white, generally you’ll want one to two shades lighter than your base shade) to all areas you want to highlight. Generally you’ll want the area just under the eye to mid nose (upside triangle), the bridge of your nose, a small oval on the chin, just above and under your cheek bone, and your forehead.


  
Time for the contour. Using a bronzer or deep matte eyeshadow make a deep swipe under your cheekbones (make a kissy face and fill in the hollow area of your cheeks), forehead, and if you want along the sides of the nose & under the tip.

  
Using a blending sponge (mine has seen better days lol) blend, blend, blend, untill all shades appear natural and don’t stand out. You don’t want to see any harsh lines here.

 

 
FINISHING TOUCHES. Every look can be completed and finished with a nicely filled brow & lips.

BROW:

*For my brows, I find that any matte duo with multiple dark and light shades will work, here i used eyeshadow.. whatever works!*

   

 
Using the darkest shade, line directly under the arch of your brow, you use the darker shade for this because that is naturally how the light would fall.
 
Next using the second shade (lighter) line the upper outline of your brows (think of this like lining your lips). Focus mainly on the outer edge of brows as this is where they naturally taper so they’ll probably need to be defined.

Fill in any noticible gaps in the center of brows with deepest shade. Make sure you also define where your brows begin by making a vertical line directly above the area that lines up with your nostril (use the darker shade for this).

  
LIPS: 

 

 

 
It’s as simple as lining the outer line of your lips with a color exactly the same shade as your own lip color. Next fill in with a light berry shade. I love the clinique chubby stick in super strawberry for light to medium skin like mine, for deeper skin tones a violet tinted color is perfect (the violet just looks like a stunning berry shade not actual purple).

  
& That’s it, A little lengthy but worth it.