Brittany Ann Beauty

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No Makeup look in 6 easy steps

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The “no makeup” makeup look is one of my personal favorite looks mainly because it is simple and effortless when you don’t feel like spending too much time on a full face. (Literally when I first met my fiancée this was my go to look for all sleepovers for like the first two years…. He was in for a big surprise when we moved in together and I gave up and refused to wear makeup to bed everynight….muahhahaha GOTCHA!) Once you get the hang of it and have your go-to products, all you need is 10 minutes and you’re out to door, which is perfect for those effortless beach days! The no makeup look is all about perfecting your skin and enhancing your features. The trick is to keep your skin glowing, brighten your eyes, and add color and definition to all the right places.

 

Step one – Prep the face

The first thing you need to do when trying to achieve a “no makeup” look is to prep your face. The base for your makeup is just as important as the makeup you apply. Moisturizer is the key to fresh-looking glowing skin.

 

Step two – Color correct/conceal

Neutralize any darkness under your eyes. Apply concealer one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. It is important not to use too much product under the eyes to prevent creasing. If you have any pimples or red spots neutralize using a green corrector.

 

Step 3 – Apply foundation

When I’m applying a foundation for a no makeup look I personally like to make my own tinted moisturizer by mixing my foundation with moisturizer to make it look dewy and fresh faced. If my skin needs a little extra product to be evened out I use a beauty blender with the slightest amount of product to blend into that area. Using a beauty blender helps to sheer out foundation and pick up any excess product, keeping your skin looking like skin.

 

Step 4 – Accent points  

Define your brows by using either a pencil or shadow to fill in sparse areas in the brow. Follow the brows natural shape using light hair-like strokes.

 

Eyes-

Start with a primer and set with a color similar to your skin tone. Contour your eyes by using a light eye shadow color up to the crease and use a medium color to define the crease. Use a darker color and an angle or smudge brush to define your lash line.  Add a layer of mascara.

 

Cheeks-

Create depth by shading under your cheekbone. Add subtle highlight to cheekbone, under brow, above lip, and on the corner of your eye.  Create a rosy flush by adding the slightest amount of blush to your cheeks.

Step 5 – Lips

Add gloss. If you want to add some lipstick stick to a shade closest to your natural lip color.

 

Step 6 – Set your makeup

I absolutely love makeup forever mist and fix to set the face. Mist and fix sets your face and also has a way of bringing your face back to life. I mist my whole face and then use a beauty blender to tap all over my face especially highlighted areas to make them look more natural if I’m using powders.

 

 

Gift ideas for the beauty lover on your list

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With only 15 days left until Christmas buying gifts for your friends and family could be getting a little stressful! Let me help you take the stress out of buying for the beauty lover on your list. Below are five gifting ideas that are sure to please. 

 

PETER THOMAS ROTH - MASK-A-HOLIC - $75 

In my opinion skincare is the most important step in your beauty routine. Peter Thomas Roth is one of my favorite brands for face wash and masks. This sampler kit including my favorite pumpkin enzyme mask is a great value. 

  • Cucumber Gel Mask (1.7 oz.)
  • 24k Gold Mask (1.7 oz.)
  • Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask (1.7 oz.)
  • Irish Moor Mud Mask (1.7 oz.)
  • Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (1.7 oz.)

It could be found at multiple retailers including Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom. 

 

ORIGINS BESTSELLERS - $45

Origins is another one of my favorite skin care products. This bestsellers gift set comes with everything you need from face wash to moisturizers to keep your face clean and bright. 

  • 1 oz/ 30 mL Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash 
  •  0.5 oz/ 15 mL Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores 
  •  0.9 oz/ 25 mL By All Greens™ Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask 
  •  1 oz./ 30 mL High Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream 
  •  1 oz/ 30 mL GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Moisturizer 
  •  0.5 oz/ 15 mL GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream 

KAT VON D - EVERLASTING MINI LIQUID LIPSTICK - $49

These mini liquid lipsticks are perfect for every beauty lover! Personally I love gift sets like these because you can sample many different colors without committing to the full size product. 

MAC - LOOK IN A BOX

These Look in a Box holiday sets by MAC are such a great value.

The Diva collection includes:

  • 2 Eyeshadows in Pearled Earth and Carbon
  • Blush in Mocha
  • Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous
  • Lipglass in Dancing Soul
  • Technakohl Liner in Graphblack
  • 116SE Blush Brush

VIKTOR&ROLF FLOWERBOMB - $55 - $215 

Voted best of beauty by Allure in 2015 Flowerbomb is a very interesting smell with a mix of tea, bergamot, jasmine, orchid, rose, freesia, and patchouli. This fragrance gives you a light clean light smell that lingers all day without being overpowering and in your face.