Makeup Favourites for natural, radiant look

For those of you who see me often this post may come as a surprise to you as I rarely wear makeup. But just because I rarely wear it doesn’t mean I don’t know a lot about it. With the birth of the internet my research skills have taken over my life and now I know more than I would like too.

Note: I used to wear more makeup in the past when I didn’t leave in sauna or teach yoga almost everyday – it seems silly to be wearing makeup when you are in and out of the gym and melting in the Hong Kong sun. That being said – I am a snob when it come stop most things and makeup is definitely one of them. Everything I mention in this post is tried and true. This post isn’t sponsored because I’m not famous. Lol.

Oh I should also mention I( have been maintaining my Sephora VIB status for 3 years while living in Hong Kong – impressive!

FACE:

I think a good skincare routine is the basis for a good face so I highly recommend starting there. I don’t think most people need to use foundation but many do – I never have, the closest I come is this:

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Photo Cred: Pink Sith

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Photo Cred: Pink Sith

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – 44USD

Why I like it: I like it because it is lightweight – it leaves a dewy, radiant glow, blends easily and it acts as a moisturiser with natural ingredients that overtime help to improve your complexion.

Note: I use this for special occasions only when I want to really even out and brighten my skin tone. Especially great if there are cameras around. Paparazzi after me. If I am using this I won’t use a makeup primer. Note that I have not included a makeup primer in this post as I have yet to find one that I swear by.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer Photo Cred: Sephora.com

MAKE UP FOR EVER
Full Cover Concealer Photo Cred: Sephora.com

 

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer – 34USD

Why I like it: It doesn’t move. This concealer is meant not for your under eye (but that’s what I use it for – pushing boundaries, exploring new frontiers – I’m a pioneer!).

Note: I used to work crazy hours like 17 hours a day and you just do not want to look like a panda bear – no matter how cute they are. I also tried Amazing Cosmetics which they use on Gossip Girl but I didn’t like the consistency as much and the staying power wasn’t as strong.

CHEEKS:

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Bobbi Brown
Shimmer Brick Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – Color Bronze – 25USD

Why I like it: It gives you a perfect glow without being too brown (depending on your skin town, I am a dark olive with yellow undertones).

Note: I really like the natural but enhanced look – radiant and fresh, so I think this is perfect for that. And it’s not too glittery. I use this on my cheeks and my T zone.

Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Hourglass
Ambient® Lighting Powder Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Color Luminous Light – 47USD

Why I like it: This powder makes you look like you’re by candlelight and EVERYONE  looks good by candlelight. This powder softens the look of the skin – diffusing light to make you look brighter with more refined skin. I use it when I don’t want to use the shimmer brick (winter for example) and I always use it under my eye and above me eyebrow in a C shape to brighten up my eyes and use it as a setting powder of the concealer.

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Photo Cred: Sephora.com

tarte
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Photo Cred: Sephora.com

tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush – 28USD

Why I like it: It comes in 18 of the most naturally beautiful colors. The color seems to come from within your skin giving you that flushed natural glow. I absolutely love that. I don’t think it lasts 12 hours but I love the pigment and the way it goes on the skin. They can easily be layered and blended. Another great feature is the packaging – the compact is the same color as the blush inside – helpful when rummaging through your makeup bag.

Special Mention: Nars Blush – Color Orgasm – Cult classic, I am a big fan of this as well but only when I am not wearing the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick as Orgasm is quite shimmery on it’s own.

EYES:

I don’t wear eyeliner really so you won’t see that on here – I would recommend the Bobbi Brown eye liner gel – that’s what I would use if I had the time to carefully apply. I also use the Sephora eyebrow pencil – I don’t have much experience with eyebrow pencils and currently feel that an eyebrow pencil is an eyebrow pencil. I do like how it defines your face, that pencil.

And eyeshadow – I really like the Sephora brand eyeshadows – cheap and cheerful and they stay on. Urban Decay is nice but somehow I always gravitate towards Sephora rather than my Naked palettte. I really dislike Nars eyeshadow – don’t  bother  unless you want to see the creases of your eyelids. That being said, I rarely wear eyeshadow but when I do I prime it with Urban Decay Eye Primer.

Prescriptives Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat – 20USD

Why I like it: I’ve tried many basecoats to mascara including the infamous Dior but there’s nothing quite like this one – it coats each lash effortlessly – building and separating each one making it easy to glide mascara on and not have to wiggle the wand back and forth or try really hard. It’s just easy and it works.

Note: This brand used to be sold in high end department stores and was known for customising foundation and lipstick to your needs they’ve since shut down all their physical locations and only have an online store of which items can be shipped within the USA only. While this is a pain, I still think it’s worth it. They often do promotions as well! Free size bronzer with purchase etc.

Prescriptives Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara – 23USD

Why I like it: The natural companion to the lash builder this lash mascara goes on easily and delivers the volume. I do think however after many hours it can begin to flake – I am interested in trying the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. I’ve read lots of great reviews on both.

Note: I have tried Dior Dior Show – it doesn’t have the same fanning effect. I’ve tried lots of mascaras from Maybelline to Lancome to Clinque to Benefit and right now this still takes the cake. Also note, I always want the volumizing look – sometimes the false eyelashes look to but what I’ve learned is volume is good – a little beyond natural and then some, but the false lashes mascara often looks too thick, too clumpy and not nice. If you want the false lashes look – get false lashes or eyelash extensions. It will look much better!

LIPS:

I tend to gravitate toward MAC lipsticks and Nars lipsticks. And I like Chanel lipgloss (Side story: Once in a bar I pulled out my lipgloss and a boy asked me what flavour it was – FLAVOUR? We’re in a bar! Not a playground. I said, “It’s not a flavour – it’s Chanel” – feels like I was in a commercial right there, lol.

For everyday I LOVE Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow – 33USD

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Why I like it: Essentially it is a very expensive chapstick but BETTER. Lip glow takes the natural color of your lips and brightens it. Pale lips no more! You look healthy and cute!

Note: They often sell this on the plane with it’s counter part lipgloss. You can get a deal!

FINALLY

I set it all with Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray – 30USD

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Urban Decay
All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Why I like it: Honestly I think it’s placebo effect but at the same time I can’t be sure because I’ve been using it so long. This setting spray is lightweight – smells good and is suppose to let your makeup stay for up to 16h! Supposedly it cools down the temperature of your makeup so it doesn’t melt – maybe it does…

Note: I also tried their similar product but for oily skin – I really didn’t like this – it made my skin MORE oily.

There you have it! Go be beautiful!

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