Minimal Makeup Look

And you'll need exactly ten products. :)

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 It was halfway through flipping through Porter magazine the other day that I noticed a common thread in all the editorial makeup, even in the fashion ads- the makeup was neutral and minimal. Features were subtly enhanced in a low key, chic way.

Minimal makeup is back for Spring 2016. Think a fresh, skin-like palette, neutral eyes with slight definition, natural looking brows, soft barely there blush and sun-kissed bronzing, and the my-lips-but-better look or soft colored lip colors. 

Using  few old and new products in my stash, I've created a pretty easy minimal makeup look perfect for everyday wear, school, work, or casually hanging out.


I used a small amount Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 in Light Vanilla blended in with my fingers as my base, focusing on the center of my face and blending out. This is my favorite drugstore foundation right now. I love the medium, buildable coverage that isn't drying and I find on me the finish is the right amount of dewy. I then concealed with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 110 under my eyes, patting it in with my ring finger. I was skeptical about this concealer at first, but I actually quite like it. It doesn't totally tackle my dark, deep-set eye circles but it does enough of a job that I don't hate it. I set this all with Bourjois Healthy Balance Pressed Powder 51, a great find for locking everything in without being too matte. 


I scribbled, with a light hand,  Milani Shadow Eyez Cafe Au Lait eyeshadow crayon from lid to crease and then lightly buffed it out with my finger to create a very soft matte brown look. I then tightlined with Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer in Rich Brown, skipping black for now. It would have been stark. I used Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara, a great drugstore find for subtle volume and all around nice, everyday mascara.

For the brows, L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Dark Brunette. Total Anastasia Brow Whiz dupe right here for less than $10! 


I used Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in  Pinched,a nice soft orange-peach that blends really well on the apples of my cheek. I really love these cream blushes and need to hunt down the two new ones. To give some glow I went with a liquid highlighter, Rimmel Good to Glow in Notting Hill. These are quite nice budget versions of higher end liquid highlighters, and Notting Hill reminds me a little of Becca Liquid Shimmering Perfector in Pearl.


ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Aquarius and Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick 60 Innocence combined make such a nice cool, nude-pink neutral.

Here's the finished look, where the morning lighting and my iPhone camera picked up the highlighter way more intensely than it looked in person. 

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If it hasn't been super obvious, I use my iPhone as my camera right now. I don't actually own a camera, though my partner does and tends to leave them at work. So I might play around with the point and click Sony and find somewhere in my apartment that's good for photos until I can actually get a camera after taxpocalypse. This is the part of year I'm crying inside as a freelancer. 

Are you digging the minimal makeup trend or is there a makeup trend you'd love to see return? Leave a comment below and let's talk makeup!