Nude, Natural—Boring?

So, after putting my “Makeup Moment” post up about loving all things nude, I had a bit of a crisis because… well, I felt boring. As many variations of “natural” makeup there are out there, they all kind of photograph the same. I know that various combinations of different tones of brown on different days makes for different looks… but do other people know that? Can they see it? Most of the time, they can’t.

In essence, I was stressing about looking the same. All. The. Time. That led to my trying out loads of more daring looks in the past three weeks or so… most of which I detested. Some were alright, but more along the lines of meh than anything close to good. They certainly didn’t make me feel good, or happy, or like I was having fun with makeup. So I gave myself a pat on the back for trying some new things out, but decided that I was happier doing whatever made me feel comfortable.

That decision doesn’t mean I won’t try new things in the future. It just means that you guys will have to deal with these nude FOTDs a while longer. Haha. I do promise to explain as best I can how each look is different though, so if you’re the type who just skims over text and lingers on photos instead, you might want to pay attention to the explanation behind the looks a bit more. Not that they’ll be long-ass—will do my best to keep it short! P1180170When confronted with the possibility of being photographed, most people stick to what they know works for them. I am like most people, so here is the bronzey-nude look I wore to an event today. What sets it apart is the sheer amount of bronzing products I used. The event called for summer attire, so I went for it with the makeup as well. These are the products I used that are normally part of my routine, but after the second photo you’ll find what I used to get my skin to look like it’s been in the sun a bit:

“The Usuals”

  • VMV Hypoallergenics Face Cover SPF 45
  • MUD Blue Corrector #2
  • K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer (Type 1) (review)
  • Myra VitaGlow BB Cream* (on the cheeks and down the bridge of my nose)
  • Ellana Minerals Finishing Powder in Espresso Con Panna**
  • Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown (review)
  • VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash mascara

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“The Special Recruits”

  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny as contour shade and also used in the crease of the eyes
  • theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer as blush (review)
  • Bobbi Brown High Light Powder in Bronze Glow as “bronzing highlight” and also pressed onto the centre of the eyelids after all the matte shadows had been laid down
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (review)
    • Salted Caramel as base shade
    • Semi Sweet in the crease
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Malt Shimmer 

The “secret” to looking bronzed up without overdoing it is creating a balance of warm and not-so-warm browns and ensuring that there are varying textures on your face. The last thing you want to do is slap a single shimmery bronzer all over the cheekbones, temples, eyes, and lips. You will turn out like an Oompa Loompa (they’re cute in their own right but it’s not a look any human wants to have on).

For this look I used a base with quite a bit of yellow in it to brighten up my skin and a warmer (but not too warm) to matte bronzer to contour.  I then added dimension to the face with a shimmery bronze highlighter with yellow tones plus a peachy shimmer on the apples of the cheek to put some life into it all. On the eyes, I mostly used matte textures, but pressed a bit of the same yellow-bronze highlight I used on my cheekbones onto the centre of the eyelid. That really just shows when I blink so it adds movement to the look. Since there wasn’t too much shine all over, I could still afford to use a glossy warm brown on the lips, which keeps it summery.

Again, I’m not too sure if this all shows up in my photos, but hopefully you get what I was going for and how it differs from all of the other looks I’ve been doing recently. I know I promised to keep it short (my posts always have terrible photo-text ratios) so… until the next look, guys! TTFN!

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4 responses to Nude, Natural—Boring?

  1. I feel the same way about nudes! Definitely my comfort zone and my go-to when I need a quick makeup look.
    Never a bad thing to stick to what you know, but it’s fun trying new things too… or so they say. haha
    Great post! xx

  2. Sometimes we have to stick with what makes us feel the most like ourselves, even if we look boring or the same every day. Makeup should be about making you feel confident and not someone you’re not. Love these variations of natural makeup!

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