No Makeup-Makeup for Dark Skin

I LOVE no makeup makeup. Maybe because I lack the talent and sheer will to artfully apply lashes, eyeliner, and carefully sculpted brows. It’s funny that when I set out to achieve a natural look, I realized that a lot of work and thought actually goes into it.  It gave me an appreciation for the art of makeup so much so that I invested in a few quality products that will help me get my best look. This is going to be pretty brief since I do not consider myself an expert in this field. I just know what I like and what tends to work for me :)

  1. On clean skin, I apply the oil absorbent Bare Minerals Prime Time primer all over my face to even out my skin and allow the products to go one smooth.

  2. Next is the foundation. I am using the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in the shade "New orleans". I apply one pump to my hand, tap my brush into it and dab it across my face. Then I work it into my skin using  a circular motion. What I like most about this foundation is that is very light weight. It’s also very build-able to give me more or less coverage depending on how much I apply.

  3. My concealer comes next. Again I am using Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade "Amande" to highlight under my eyes, the bridge of my nose, in between my brows, under my chin and nose, and underneath my jaw. I blend for my life using this forever 21 knock off version of a beauty blender.

  4. To set my concealer I breakout the Laura Mercier Transluscent Setting Powder. I know this one is a little pricey but Sephora has a travel size of this brand that's $15.00 cheaper! I do not put on makeup everyday so it’s just enough product for me.

  5. While my powder is setting I focus on my eyes. Not much to say here other than that I sculpt my brows using the Milani Eyebrow Pencil, then I fill in the gaps using their tint pen. I am not a fan of a harsh brow so these two products help me find that balance. I smudge this dark brown pencil from Urban Decay around my eyes before adding two coats of mascara. The first coat I apply all over my lashes then on the second coat I only put it on the outer top and bottom lashes to make my eyes appear wider.

  6. Now it’s time for a little contour and highlighting. This  Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit is perfect for my skin tone!! For me it doubles for contouring and eyeshadow, which gives me extra bang for my buck. The deep shade goes underneath each cheek bone. This tangerine pink I apply on the apples of cheeks and my upper eyelid in a haphazard fashion using this blending brush I found at the bottom of my makeup bag. The light color I use to brush away the remaining setting powder.

  7. One of my favorite steps is the highlight. The dewy finish I get after putting on this natural bronzer from Too Faced is to die for! I also apply it underneath my brow, the corners of my eye, my cheeks and chin to give me that glow from within look. Technically, bronzers are for deepening lighter skin tones, but on darker skin a bronzer can work as an amazing highlight!!

  8. On to the lip. Sometimes I will just put on a gloss and call it a day, other times I’ll add one of my favorite lips. (hyperlink). Which you can see in this video. Today since I want my lips to look very natural I am using the Burt’s Beeswax lip crayon.

And there you have it, my no makeup-makeup look from start to finish. If you want to get the same products I used you can shop the look above or watch my video! Do you prefer a natural or more made up look? Let me know in the comments below!