Natural Make-up for Springtime by Emily Rose
This look is a really fresh and pretty look. Think spring flowers and the soft glow of the springtime after a pale and pasty winter.
Less is more and colour should be subtle hints rather than full on bold. Give your skin a gorgeous healthy lift and apply tinted moisturizer with a fibre optic brush, using circular motions to whip it on lightly, preventing it from sitting in fine lines. Skin should look natural and soft and tinted moisturisers will give a lovely light coverage, and a soft, radiant glow. If you don't have a brush, the warmth of your fingers will suffice.
When applying your tint make sure you blend down the ‘v’ of your neck, because that is where the sun doesn’t hit, so it is always slightly lighter underneath your neck, this also applies if you are using a foundation.
When you are testing your foundation colour, test against your chest and not your neck, as the neck is lighter, while your chest is more of a truer colour to the shade of your face.
Next, use a concealer. You want your skin to look bright, and light –think of the spring and mimic the look of all the flowers blooming. Use your finger to pat the concealer under your eye. Never pull the skin here, as it is very fine and so you need to be careful with it. Then use the concealer anywhere else needed– around your nose, or on any blemishes.
Now it is time to add a glow to the skin, but without appearing to have a tan. At this stage, I use a Gel Bronzer, and apply it using my foundation brush again. So using a brush pop it onto the tops of your cheekbones, then on to your temples and then over the bridge of the nose slightly, and over the chin and under the neck. The idea is to have no lines but just create a natural glow. Blend any hard edges away using a clean brush on your face and neck, and then use your fingers to work that in.
Next, it is time to add a little highlighting. Just dot that along your cheekbone to give it a slight sheen.
Now, I’m using a coral colour lipstick, Mac’s Costa-Chic on lips and cheeks, adding another lovely healthy glow. Using another brush, a small fibre optic one, pop the colour onto your cheekbone using circular motions and take it over the apples of your cheeks. Use your fingers and really work it in, so there are no lines. You want the kind of natural glow you have after going for a run, a fresh English rose look.
Then pop the same coral colour onto your lips, patting the product in so it looks like a stain.
For your eyes, I've chosen lovely green and turquoises shades. Using a fluffy brush, take the middle shade, which is a light green. Dust it over your lower lid. Don’t take it up to the crease line, because it needs to look like a hint of colour rather than too bright. You can pat more of the shadow on using your finger to intensify the colour.
Take a smaller brush, and choose a shimmery lighter shade of green. Pop it into the inner corner by your eye. Lastly take a darker green shade, and add that to the outer corner of the eyelid, this will add shading and definition. Use the fluffy brush to blend it in. Stay away from the socket line, as you want to keep it fresh and avoid being overpowering with colour.
To add more definition to your eyebrows, use a brow gel. Sweep the eyebrows up to set them and give them more definition.
When you are curling your eyelashes, keep pumping them. This gives them a nice curve, without bending them. If you pump the curler ten times per lash, it will really open up your eyes even before adding the mascara.
It is time to add mascara at this stage. Sweep from the roots of the lashes, zigzag as you go. Pull them straight upwards. Mascara can make your lashes look flirty if you pull them to the side, but by pulling them up you will give them a nice natural, fresh and wide awake appearance. Define them by pulling them straight upwards. Look down into a mirror; this will avoid getting smudges on your face. Add a tiny bit to the bottom lashes.
Finish the look with a translucent powder – use a large brush to sweep over any areas you do not wish to be shiny – so mainly the t-zone, which is across your forehead and down your nose.
Then out you go to enjoy the springtime with this lovely spring look