Hey all! So, I recently came back from vacation. It felt so great to be off the grid for a week! I had a blast in Atlanta, Orlando and Charlotte. I ate a LOT and spent a lot of time hanging out. It was a pretty laid back week for me. But, I still wanted to have a nice, simple put together face for the week.
I especially wanted to have a simple makeup look for the time that we would spend hanging out at the beach and at the pool and theme parks. But who wants to go to play with a full face of makeup on? If your answer is nobody, then you are right! The last thing I want to do on vacation is fuss with makeup.
So, I came up with a very simple no makeup look that I could rock at the beach, at the theme parks, while out walking in nature and in the car. We in the industry like to call this type of look a "clean beauty" look. It is the mark of a true artist that can make someone look rested, fresh faced and as though they have minimal or no makeup on. This is the face that I love to do and I am happy to share some of my "no makeup" beach look tips with you.
First of all, please remember that you need to use lotion. Crusty, ashy faces aren't cute! If your lotion doesn't have sunscreeen in it, then please use a sunscreen product designated for the face over top of your face lotion. Give it a little time to settle in, then you can put your makeup on. I used Alba Botanical natural protection facial suncreen (with SPF) of 30 layered over my favorite face lotion products.
Complexion: To even out your complexion in your eye area, I suggest using a liquid concealer (about one shade lighter than your complexion) that you can use to brighten the area up under your eyes. You can really leave it at that just to wake up your eye area. I personally use L.A. Girl in Toffee. If you feel that you need more coverage, you can take your favorite liquid foundation and mix in a bit of lotion and gently rub it in to your face. And boom, you have a tinted moisturizer and a few saved bucks!
For the rest of your face, you want to use complexion products that are an exact match for your skin tone. It can be very difficult to get an exact match to your skin tone. So, I highly recommend buying several shades of complexion products so you can blend. Keep in mind that if you spend several days in the sun, you will get a tan and you will end up needing your products to be a little darker. So keep a darker shade so you can do a little mixing on the spot and adjust when you need to :)
Blush: I use a soft, warm pink/peachy color on my cheeks everyday. The blush in the picture is Repechage Passion. I do think this particular blush is discontinued. Most people will look nice in a warm toned pink or peach toned blush. And you can really find this color in brands from a range of price points. So go to the drugstore and the department stores and see if you can find one that you really like :) I also use a travel kabuki brush to apply blush products on the go. You can find really nice soft ones for as little as 6 bucks through ELF Cosmetics.
Eyebrow/Lip pencil: I used my beloved Maybelline eyebrow pencil in dark brown to lightly fill in my brows. I can also use this same pencil for a lip contour but I didn't on this photo.
Lip color: One of my clean beauty secrets that I like to use is that I like to get a lipstick that matches the actual color of the lip skin. So this way, the lip looks really polished but the color isn't overbearing. One color that is really close to my lip color and very inexpensive is Wet and Wild Sunset Peach. It's not an extremely pigmented color but it builds up nicely on my lips and it is sheer enough that I can reapply it with confidence without looking in the mirror.
Optional extra steps: I left my eyes pretty bare. If you want to, you can add some definition in the eye area, but I recommend using waterproof products if you will be out in the water or being active (and sweating) all day. Makeup Forever has great waterproof products.
If you want to, you can use a taupe, beige or gold colored shadow on your eyelid from the lashline to the crease to create a little definition. I recommend Makeup Forever Aqua Creme. You can also use a brown eye pencil to draw a very thin line right at the lash line to create a little more definition. I recommend Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes pencil. A little eyeshadow will also help your lashes stand out if you want a little more drama. I really like Maybelline Falsies waterproof makeup.
I hope you will try my "no makeup" beach look out sometime soon. The point is not to have a face that looks made up but a face that looks fresh. Please let me know how it works for you :)