I don’t know about you, but it is EXTREMELY hot here in Tennessee! And as much as I love a flawless face, I haven’t been in the mood to wear foundation lately. I’ve seen plenty of “no foundation” makeup tutorials, but was hesitant to try it considering my hyperpigmentation gets in the way.
However, after some practice runs and epic fails, I think I finally got it right. I wanted to share my steps (and a small bit of advice) with you:
- Tip #1: Primer is still important.
Although I didn’t use a foundation, I still needed a primer to at least keep my oily skin in check. One of my personal favorites is the Black Radiance True Complexion Shine Control Primer–lightweight and super affordable.
- Tip #2: Spot conceal, but don’t worry about every single flaw.
I mixed two of my L.A. Girl Pro Concealers (shades “Fawn” & “Beautiful Bronze”) to create my shade & spot conceal my acne scars. I mainly focused on my darkest spots and blended everything out with mostly my fingers (to help melt out the product better vs. a brush).
- Tip #2: Keep it LIGHT (in application), but not too light (in shade).
I then took my “Toffee” shade and applied a light layer under my eyes to help conceal my slightly dark circles and look more “awake”. My normal application would’ve have been too much for this look and would’ve made me look washed out considering there’s no foundation on my face to balance it out. Then I used my SACHA Buttercup Setting Powder to set the concealer under my eyes. Also, “Toffee” is about 1 shade lighter than my skin–just enough to brighten without looking crazy.
- Tip #3: Let the brows have the spotlight.
I think a nicely defined brow can really pull the face together (barefaced or not) so I went ahead a filled them in as normal with my NYX Eyebrow Gel in “Espresso”. I cleaned up around the edges using “Toffee” once again.
- Tip #4: Be Bronzed & Glow
I still wanted a glowing sunkissed look so I went about the rest of my face using my usual Covergirl Queen Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” to warm up the outer parts of my face and slightly contour my nose. Then I took my OFRA eyeshadow in “Gold Rush” to highlight my nose, upper cheekbones, forehead, and above my lip. Finally, for my lips I used my NYX Slim Lip Pencil in “Chestnut”, MAC Lipstick in “Myth”, and NYX Butter Gloss in “Ginger Snap” to create one of my favorite nude lips.
Word of Advice: Relax and let some of the flaws peak through! Although I covered most of my darker spots, I didn’t bother to worry about every…last…spot. That’s what makes the look even more natural. Oh, I skipped the false lashes and used my L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara and ditched setting powder too. By the end of the day a few oils come through and makes me look more radiant–not greasy.