Or should that be "Nudies"? We're talking about going Au Natural - with your face. Creating that groomed, casual and fresh - “just rolled out of bed”- look takes a bit of effort and a few essentials.
Much has been written about the understated elegance that European women radiate, regardless of their age. It starts with the inner basics: a good skincare regimen, plenty of water, exercise, a healthy diet and enough sleep. Now let's talk about the outside: your personal landscape, your visage.
Your visage, your unique combination of features, are yours to celebrate. Who would Barbra Streisand be, without her nose? How about Brigitte Bardot’s signature gap in her front teeth? Rashida Jones’ freckles?
All we're trying to say is, vive la différence! Stop thinking of your face as a blank canvas for painting on top of. Think of your face as your truth, to be revealed. Dare to bare - your heart, your soul, your face.
Inspire yourself. Get in the nude-mood: book a mani/pedi and choose a natural color that matches your skin. Take your cue from the European aesthetic and try wearing some neutral colored clothing. Go through your boxes and drawers and toss out cosmetics that you are obsessively hoarding with the hope that "Mango Madness" will make a comeback.
Keep reading, because Barbara Glenn is going to guide you in achieving that natural glow.
Let your natural beauty do the talking with neutral shades, a dewy complexion and a subtle shimmer by applying your face makeup effortlessly for a perfect finish.
Step 1: Clean skin is the first step to a natural glow. Use a cleanser, exfoliator and toner to set up your fresh face.
Step 2: Use a tinted moisturizer that also contains an SPF20 to even out your skin tone. Because it's sheer you can go slightly deeper to warm up your complexion.
Step 3: Apply your concealer with a concealer brush all over the eye from lid to brow, under eye, sides of nose, sides of mouth, and under the lower lip. Blend well with a makeup sponge. Use a shade lighter than your complexion tone.
Step 4: For eyeshadow, use neutral tones. I use a 3 tone method by applying a light beige under the brow, a medium beige on the lid and a dark brown on the brow bone (above the crease). Or, apply bronzer all over the lid instead of shadow, for a quick and natural look.
Step 5 (optional): Tightline eyelid with a brown pencil and top off your look with 2 coats of mascara.
Step 6: Use blush and bronzer to create a sunkissed look. Using your bronzer first as contour, apply it on the cheek ,chin and forehead for balance. Next, apply your blush over the bronzer in the exact same places for a sunkissed look. Mute it down with a Big Daddy brush.
Step 7: I use a liquid matte rose tone for a perfect natural lip. At night, you can swap it for a bolder shade in pink or coral. Use a clear or tinted gloss for a more playful and fuller lip look.
Step 8: Spray your face with a setting spray, creating a dewy glow.