How To: do a Natural Makeup

Lately I’ve been doing work for photo library and the looks have all been very natural, easy going makeup looks and a “natural” look is something I get requests for time and time again. Now, not all natural makeup looks were created equal. I honestly believe that there is a “natrual makeup” spectrum, with looks ranging from barley-there to a full on, glammed up natural. Natural looking makeup is in the eye of the beholder and there are many factors when deciding on your type of natural. I’ve found that those in the Indian and Malay communities like a natural face that is definitely more glam while others prefer a more subtle approach. That being said, there is no right or wrong in what you consider to be a natural makeup. It’s pure taste and choice and that’s what is so much fun about makeup! We’re creating our own versions of art and art is subjective so go on and have some fun with creating your natural face 🙂

Last week I posted some photos from a model test I did a little while back and I’ll be breaking down the look into an easy to do version (as I tend to use crazy amounts of products for even the simplest of looking faces). Give it a read and then break out your makeup kit and start playing 🙂

The Look

Lisa 2013-07-05 033 (Large)

Photo Credit: Marnus Meyer
Model: Lisa

How To:

  1. Cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin appropriately using products suited for your skin type.
  2. Prep the skin by massaging your moisturiser in to your face to achieve maximum hydration.
  3. Apply a meduim coverage foundation/BB/CC Cream of your choice using a foundation brush and a blending sponge (I used a Beauty Blender dupe that I found at my local Clicks store).
  4. Cover any skin imperfections (like spots/acne) with a full coverage concealer. Apply with your finger and blend concealer into the skin using your finger by patting concealer into the skin.
  5. Cover any discolouration beneath the eye using a corrective concealer (a concealer that is more salmon or peach in colour). Use your ring finger to apply and blend.
  6. Dust a light veil of translucent powder over the face and eyes to set your foundation and concealer (and to mattify the eye lids for the eye shadow to come). When applying powder over concealed areas, pat the powder on as opposed to a “wipe/swirl” motion as this can remove the work you’ve put in to concealing. Not a good idea.
  7. Using an eye shadow that is 1 shade lighter than your natural skin tone, apply it to the eye lids using a dome shaped brush. Blend the crease area to soften using a fluffy shadow brush like MAC‘s #217
  8. Using a neutral, yellow based medium brown shadow (I used MAC’s Cork) apply it in the crease with a fluffy blending brush as mentioned above. If this colour is too light for your skin, use an appropriate colour for your skin tone.
  9. Using the same brown shadow, lightly frame in the bottom lashes using a cotton bud. This gives a slightly mysteriously, smoky look to the eyes.
  10. With a chocolate brown eye pencil, gently “line” the eyes by working the pencil in to the roots of the top lashes.
  11. Tightline the eye with the same chocolate brown pencil. Gently lift the lashes up to expose the bit of skin beneath the lid (it looks like a little ledge) and draw your liner on that area. It’s going to feel very ticklish, especially if you’re not used to it so be aware! Tighlining makes the eyes look mysterious and the lashes look more lush.
  12. Apply a cream coloured pencil to the waterline.
  13. Apply 2 coats of black mascara. It can be any formulation that you like, whether it’s for lengthening, volumizing or separation purposes.
  14. Dust some bronzer in the hairline and beneath the cheekbones using a blush brush.
  15. Apply a neutral pink-brown lipstick on your lips using your finger.
  16. Apply a touch of gloss to the centre of the lips (OPT)


I do hope this helps in deciding which sort of natural face is best for you. This look can be “dressed up” or “dressed down” depending on the occasion or your mood 🙂 Test it out and have fun and let me know how it goes!

Suaad xoxo