Fïnd Your Makeup Skincare SWEET SPOT Amp up your endorphin-supported gleam with some powerhouse skincare… and no hint of cosmetics. Truly, Iskra’s not wearing any here.
1. Each morning, top your freshly washed skin with a vitamin C serum. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum contains a potent dose of this brightener.
2. Work in a dollop of It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Rosy Tone Moisturizer. The pink-tinted moisturizer will hydrate and give you tons of radiance.
3. Press a blurring primer onto your T-zone only. “It has no coverage, but it prevents that key area from reflecting light, so you don’t see bumps or pores as much,” says Angela Davis Deacon, the makeup artist who created all of these minimal looks.
4. Two or three times a week, use a leave-on liquid exfoliator, like Ren Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. “It will keep your skin’s surface smooth, and it also helps calm redness,” says Deacon.
Even your complexion, then play up those lashes to really open your eyes and look instantly more awake, no matter how many 6 a.m. Spin classes, you took this week.
1. Use a concealer only where you need it, like over any breakouts, under your eyes, and around your nose, says Deacon.
2. With your fingers, buff a cream highlighter, such as L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops in Daybreak, in a C shape around your cheekbones and temples and tap a bit in the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop.
3. Remember that touch of blush makes a big difference. “Cream textures are more skinlike and match the way skin blushes naturally,” adds Deacon, who used Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk on Iskra.
4. Swipe on a light coat of mascara and brush it through with a clean spoolie (the part that’s on the other end of your brow pencil will work!) to eliminate any clumps. If you’re not as genetically #Blessed as Iskra, try a conditioning serum, like L’Oréal Paris Lash Serum Solution ($15, at drugstores), which can lead to the lush, denser fringe.
Stick with the same shade for your cheeks, eyes, and lips. Talk about easy.
HOW TO makeup SWEET SPOT skincare
1. Using your fingers, work a skin tint over your face. Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Foundation will add a bit of coverage while still looking like skin.
2. Dust a rosy blush over cheeks, blending up and out (think the Nike Swoosh shape), then across your lids. Try Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rose Liberte.
3. Keep it natural by skipping liner, advises Deacon. Instead, to add definition, wiggle your mascara wand into the roots of your lashes before pulling it through.
4. Finish the all-pink look with a matching lip stain, like YSL Vernis à Lèvres Water Stain in Rosewood Flow. “Start at the center of your lips and blend it out for a diffused effect,” says Deacon.
Even a zero-makeup person wants to feel pulled together for an important event. Here’s how to crank it up a notch without looking like a totally different person.
HOW TO makeup SWEET SPOT skincare
1. Add some foundation to the center of your face (where you typically need the most coverage), then blend it out to cheeks and forehead.
2. Mix the bronzer and the highlighter shade in Chanel Duo Bronze et Lumière and brush it around the edges of your face and cheeks, where the sun would naturally hit you.
3. Trace brown liner across your top lash line, then blend it up until you can’t see any harsh lines. Repeat on the outer edge of your lower lash line. Then top your lids with the golden highlighter you used on your cheeks, and finish with mascara.
4. Sticking with the color family, swipe on a peachy, golden lip, like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Plump & Shine in Coconut Plump.
“I’VE MADE IT A priority TO WORK ON FEELING BEAUTIFUL with or without MAKEUP”
From Self-Conscious to Crazy Confident
How Iskra Lawrence learned to absolutely love her au naturel skin
“When I was a teenager, I had acne and would wear heavy concealer-like foundation every day, even in the pool. While I’ve gone lighter with my makeup since then, in the past year I’ve made it a priority to work on feeling beautiful with or without makeup.”
PICK YOUR PRODUCT
“I always go makeup-free when I’m at home, but if I’m running out, I put on mascara. L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara [$9.50, at drugstores] is my favorite for a natural, soft look.”
STRIP IT DOWN
“I went fully makeup-free in public for the first time this year at an Aerie panel. My main worry was if I was going to look tired, but no one noticed or commented on it. It’s just not as big a deal as you make it in your head.”
TAKE BABY STEPS
“You get used to what you see in the mirror when you wear makeup, so if you want to go without anything, break it down. Start by not wearing foundation but still doing concealer, then try no eye shadow or mascara.”
ALL ABOUT BROWS
“When I have no other makeup on, I still always brush my eyebrows. I feel like it makes them look neat. And because my brows turn so light in the summer and disappear, I dye them a little darker.”
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