Wednesday, 26 October 2016

10 simple steps on achieving the ‘no make-up’ look that have been storming down runways

Now is the season of staying natural. Natural looks used to be just for the ‘everyday go to school’ look and wasn’t suitable for runways. Usually we would see bold and extravaganza make-up looks on the runway like bold colored eyeliner topped with glitters or deep smokey eyeshadows. But recent years from 2014-2016 we’ve seen the ‘no make-up’ make-up look dominate the international fashion weeks like recently at New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 (NYFW) as seen on high fashion brands like Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Alexander Wang and even Yeezy (Kanye’s Fashion Line)  

Figure 1 Michael Kors 2014 NYFW look

Figure 2 Alexander Wang NYFW Spring 2017 look

Figure 3 Zac Posen NYFW Spring 2017 Look

Figure 4 Yeezy's NYFW Spring 2017 look

We’re entering into times where we appreciate and value the art of minimalism more than ever. Applying the rule of ‘less is more’ into our everyday lives, being more comfortable with ourselves, wearing lesser make-up and apparels that are comfortable yet still fashionable. Fashion industry is now working towards conscious design. Emphasizing maximum comfortableness yet still remains stylish.

     The ‘no make-up’ makeup look is to promote enhancement of our own natural beauty. We are all born beautiful in our ways. So with this ‘no make-up’ makeup look trend going on, it does not just only enable female to feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin but to also learn the art of makeup. Thus, encouraging more female to put on a decent amount of makeup instead of neglecting to put on any makeup at all or having the pressure to put on heavy makeup where there’s no need to.

     Moreover, the neutral make-up look is also perfect for model castings. Clients would always appreciate a model who comes into casting looking simple yet beautiful. Is a plus points if you have healthy looking skin especially for runway modelling. Your skin tend to glow a little more as you walk down the runway.

    To achieve the healthy and neutral look. Make-up can only do 60% of the work, the other 40% comes from taking good care of your own skin by having a facial regimen. Make it a habit to wash your face after showering and before heading to bed. It is recommended to do it twice a day or at least once before you head to bed.

So here are a few basic steps on how to achieve that.

  1. Cleansing
    Make sure your makeup is removed (if you have any on) and use your preferred cleanser. But if you don’t know any, you can try out the Neutrogena deep clean foaming cleanser to wash your face. It is a refreshing cleanser that cleanses deep down to pores providing long-lasting oil control and smooth, soft skin. It is applicable towards oily skin as well as it is oil free.
    Figure 5 Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser S$10.50 available at Watsons or Guardian
  2. Toning  and Moisturizing 

    You got to close your facial pores after cleansing them. It is also very important to moisturize your face before applying any sort of make-up as it helps by giving your face a more hydrated look instead of it being dry and oily. If you’re a Garnier fan, you’d know them for their Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Essence Lotion that can be bought from any drugstore near you.  The Garnier Sakura white pinkish radiance essence lotion helps the skin at reaching maximum absorbance of moisture and boosts skin rosiness and transparency, enriched with sakura extract.
    Figure 6 Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Essence Lotion. S$14.32 available at Guardian and Watson
  3. Apply foundation
    Foundation acts as a base colour before putting anything else. Be sure to pick a base colour that is similar to your skin tone and not something far off as it helps to even out our uneven facial skin tone and to even cover up our flaws as well. If you’re on a budget and hoping to get something really good at the same time. You can check out the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream. It doesn’t just uneven out your skin tone but it works as a sunscreen as well! It’s a 3-in-1 product, don’t we love products that are able to do many wonders at the same time? So we don’t have to buy so many products to just satisfy every single one of our needs and even burn a hole in our purses. Not to mention, Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream is only S$18.90.
    Figure 8 Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream for only S$18.90 available at Guardian
  4. Conceal don’t feel, don’t let them knowNext, conceal your facial imperfections. Let’s all have a moment of gratitude that someone amazing invented concealer so we can hide away our facial imperfections today. Our go to choice of concealer is the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. It is extremely user friendly as it comes in 6 different shades to fit our diversity of race and skin colour. Furthermore, this liquid concealer is an award-winning top seller! This waterproof concealer powered by Maracuja covers redness, dark spots and discolorations while flawlessly radiate and brighten up our skin complexion.

    *What is Maracuja?

    Maracuja means ‘passion fruit’ in the Portuguese language. The Maracuja is rich with antioxidants, minerals, vitamin C and A, and fiber. It helps our bodies to resist against flu-like infectious agents. Furthermore, it also helps improve and maintain healthy looking skin.

  5. Up the brow game
    Our eyebrows are one of the most important elements of our face. Try imagining a face without a pair of brows. There would be no frame to our face and our expressions wouldn’t be obvious for people to notice. It’s important to keep our eyebrows in shape as it gives out young and fresh look so here’s our go to eyebrow tool! We can up our brow game through many ways but we prefer a mix of traditional and modern tool for them, the Nudestix eyebrow stylus. It is a stunning waterproof 2-in-1 brow tool that comes with a precision pencil and clear strong-hold gel to hold our brows without them looking untidy. This power duo brow stylus will help you achieve your eyebrow goals in a matter of few seconds! Just style them by drawing and set them with the brow gel. Not to mention it comes in 4 different shades to suit different brow colours all around the globe and an eco-packaged, collectible tin, with convenient large mirror when we’re in a middle of nowhere with no mirrors for us.
    Figure 10 Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus in Brown. S$37 available at Sephora only
  6.  Make your eyelash hella’ fly

    Next, we got to puff up our eyelashes with an eyelash curler and some mascara as it helps to brighten our eyes and make us look more awake! We promise that this mascara won’t make your purses run dry. This mascara is able to fan out all of your lashes without missing a single strand. For the eyelash curler, you don’t have to splurge or something expensive. As long as it gets the job done, it’s good enough. But if you have the cash for it, you can try getting the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler for S$30 at Sephora or Shu Uemua’s store itself.
    Figure 11 Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. S$30 available at Sephora

    Figure 12 Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect. S$21.90 available at Watsons and Guardian

  7. Blush them apple cheeks

    We’re almost there! Is always pleasant to see a little pinkish on ladies’ cheeks no matter what. Real blush caused by blood gushing through our cheeks or cosmetic blush they all look good. You girls are going to be so excited for this product. It’s being rater top 10 best blushes you can get on the market by Many Youtubers have also raved about it because is so pigmented and afforable!  They’re available in a few array of shades to suit our taste and skin tone. Here’s the Wet n Willd blush, 
    Figure 13 Wet n Wild Blush. S$8.90 available at Sasa

  8. Colour your lips

    For the lips, you could put on many kinds of lip cosmetics on it and still remain natural looking. You can either just apply your favourite lip balm, tint or you can gloss it with something nude shade looking. So your clients won’t be distracted by the siren red lip. If you want to have a hint of colour, you can try out the Nyx Butter Gloss in Madeleine. It’s perfect for castings and everyday use. It comes in a nice cookie smell too, I urge you to at least try smelling it. You will not regret, trust me.
    Figure 14 Nyx Butter Gloss in Madeleine. S$11 available at Sephora.

  9. Set your makeup

    If you’re going for castings, you’re going to expect the long hours of que so you surely wouldn’t want your makeup to fade off. You can set them with a setting spray, is really a simple step. I highly recommend the Nyx Make-up Setting Spray with dewy finish. I’ve tried other ways like setting powders and spray but nothing satisfy my skin more than the Nyx make-up setting spray. I’ve been using for years now and it keeps my makeup on throughout the day as I walk under the sun, work, after work activities like going out for drinks. It’s perfect for any kinds of skin condition, my T-zone on the face gets a little oily hence I use the dewy finish so it wouldn’t make it look oiler and keeps my face fresh and healthy looking. 
    Figure 15 Nyx Make-up Setting Spray with Dewy Finish. S$14 available at Sephora

  10. Drink lots of water and eat clean

    According to University of of Wisconsin-Madison, it is important to drink sufficient amount of water daily to have a radiant, healthy, younger- looking skin. Moreover, the food you eat has a large effect on your skin as well. Based on Clean Eating Magazine, it is recommended have minimal consumption of sweet things as it helps on axing our acne issues. They even recommended the public to eat food that are enriched with Omega-3 (eg: Salmon) and gluten free like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats and fish as it helps on providing the nutrients your skin need to stay and look lively at all times. 

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