If you’re looking for a simple but classy makeup look, there are a few steps to follow that will help you achieve just that. Whether you want to adopt a basic and elegant look for a special occasion, such as an engagement, wedding, reunion or other occasion, there are certain guidelines that will help you achieve a sophisticated look for almost any event. Here are some basics to get you started.
Simple But Classy Makeup Look:
Before you get started on your simple but classy makeup routine, be sure and gather a set of quality makeup brushes to speed up the process. You’ll likely need foundation, blush, eyelid, powder and contouring brushes. You might also want to think about including a few beauty blenders, particularly for foundation, blush and contour application. You want a smooth application and the right brushes and blenders can provide that.
In order for makeup to blend as it should, cleanse your skin to create a slight exfoliating effect before any makeup is applied. Once cleansed, moisturize the face and apply a face and eyelid primer. Primer applications should smooth and preserve any makeup that is applied to those areas.
Evening out Skin Tone:
If the skin is blotchy or uneven, the application of a sheer tinted moisturizer will help to smooth and even out skin tone. Tinted moisturizers can also add warmth to the complexion. You don’t have to go for an exact skin match with a sheer tint as you can still bring an added intensity or glow to the skin. If your skin is extremely oily, you’ll probably want to skip the tinted moisturizer step to avoid oil buildup.
Concealing Under-Eye Circles and Blemishes:
Evening out skin tone also means including and using a good concealer that is rich in pigment and staying power. You want to cover dark under-eye circles and other blemishes. Using too much will accentuate problems, so simply use a short swiping motion under the eye. When dispensing the concealer, place it in a triangular shape under the eye. Blend the area with your finger or a beauty blender. For blemishes, dab the actual spot and blend. Continue to do the same action if added coverage is necessary. You want the concealer to be at least one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. Other spots to highlight include going up the bridge of the nose and on up to the forehead.
The right foundation is the piece de resistance of any makeup routine. You want to find a shade that is closest to your actual skin tone and decide whether a liquid or cream is suitable for your skin type. For a more flawless look, use a beauty blender to apply the foundation. It will definitely deliver a smoother and more complete coverage. Blend the foundation on the face and continue down onto the neck area. If necessary, use your concealer again to cover any blemishes or dark areas, or to add further accents.
Once the foundation phase is complete, use a contour brush to apply contour powder or cream under the apple areas of the cheeks. Also, apply that same contour to the forehead area and both sides of the jaw. In order to add more warmth, apply a bronzer to those same areas.
Blush Color and Highlighter:
For added color, choose a blush color for a simple but classy makeup look. You want to think about using cream blushes in warm peaches and pinks so that skin is given a natural and subtle look. Forego cool pinks as they add too much drama. Natural cheek colors can convey a blushing bride kind of appearance that can enhance just about any luvbridal wedding ensemble as well as any other special occasion or event.
Use a blender or brush to apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. For more cheek and face enhancement, add a non-sparkly highlighter to the tip of the nose and cheek areas and anywhere else where the sun would normally hit. Again, use a beauty blender to smooth out both the blush and highlighter to create a more subtle and simple effect.
Eye Shadow, Liner, Mascara, and Eye Pencils:
Soft browns are the best eyeshadow colors to use to enhance the eye area and its shape. Select a shade that is a bit darker than your skin. Brush and blend the shadow into the creases of the eye as well as on the lower lashes. Keep it soft with no hard lines. Add a neutral creamy color shadow at the inner corners of the eyes as well as at the center of the lids, and on the brow bones. At the outer corners of the eyes, use a darker shade to bring a further dimension to the eyes.
Liner – Apply a dark brown or black liner to the eyelids. Liquid and gel liners give a longer, starker and lasting effect while pencils usually bring a softer and smoother look.
Mascara – provides a finishing touch to the eye area. Apply several coats to the top lashes. For lighter lashes uses brown mascara and if you have darker lashes, use brown or black. Avoid mascara products that produce spidery lengths to lashes, as they can detract from a more natural look. Mascara can also be used on your bottom lashes by applying a bit of mascara from the wand and placing it right at the roots of the bottom lashes using a small eye brush to dot in the mascara.
Eyebrow pencil/gel – color choices should be one or two shades on the darker side for blonde or light brown hair, while one or two shades lighter for dark or black hair. You want your brows to be natural but you also want them to be defined. Use an eyebrow template if you are not sure of how to color in your brows or simply need a guideline for correct color placement. Think soft and subtle, yet defined.
You want to enhance your lips with a pretty lasting tint rather than an outlandish and garish color. Choose a shade that actually matches your true lip color and pat or press the color into the lips. Go to the center of the lips first and blend the color in an outward motion. Darker berry colors and reds are flattering in a matte tint as they do bring emphasis to the lips without exaggerating them.
Maybe you don’t require powder to finish your look but if your skin has a tendency to get oily and produces shiny spots, you might want to think about an oil absorbing powder. Powders that are pressed, silk, airbrushed, translucent and hydrating are great for completing any look, whether your skin is oily or otherwise. These powders are easy to use as you can just sweep a powder brush across them and buff the skin to create a perfect look, which includes powdering the under eye area as well. Pores and blemishes are also reduced with the use of this kind of powder, and touch-ups are easy as the buildup is almost nonexistent.
Setting or Fixing Spray:
Once your makeup is completely done, use a setting or fixing spray to hold your work of art in place. Whether you choose it in spray, powder or mist form, it is designed to maintain your makeup for a number of hours to all day. It helps you avoid those frequent powder room touch-ups that are annoying and a hassle. There are specific types to use for both oily and dry skin.
Creating a simple but classy makeup look can be fun and enhancing and if you have a few steps to follow, the process isn’t then difficult. Take a look at the steps here and give yourself a simple but classy makeup makeover. Just remember not to overdo it.