March 13, 2014

NO Makeup Brush Challenge: How to Create an Everyday Look Using JustYour Fingers

Yesterday as I was cleaning all my makeup brushes, I thought to myself "I wonder if I could do an entire look using just my hands". The thought dawned on me for a couple reasons 1) I love a good challenge and 2) I needed to slap some makeup on but needed to wait for my brushes to dry. Ugh. First world problems, right?

So...I set out to create an everyday "day" look that was fresh, pretty and most of all S I M P L E. The funny thing? I never realized just how dependent I am on my makeup brushes. I kept reaching for them and then practically had to slap them out of my own hands and continue on. I knew applying things like foundation would be a breeze, but I had to get creative when it came to contouring and things like shine control (I couldn't set everything with a powder because...well...you just can't do that with yo fingehz!)

The other thing I wanted to do was create this look using ONLY drugstore products and just using around 10 steps. Sometimes when I'm doing a "quickie face" I reach for my higher-end products because it's so easy to get a pretty result when the products are finely milled, smooth, highly pigmented and long-lasting. SO, in addition to not using ANY brushes (other than the wand of my mascara) I used only drugstore products to see if I could get a result that rivaled my luxury lines. The outcome? I was pretty darn happy with it! The above pictures were taken with a LOT of natural light and the flash on my iPhone camera. No apps, no filters. Not bad, eh? Read on for the deets, yo!


What I used...

1 | Because I knew I wasn't going to be able to apply a pressed or loose powder (no brushes or sponges!) I wanted shine control. Typically I use Smashbox Photo Matte, but in the sake of sticking with drugstore brands, I used Rimmel Stay Matte Primer all over my face (after moisturizer) let "dry" for at least 2 minutes before applying foundation otherwise your primer will "pill" or ball up on your skin.
2 | Apply foundation to entire face using the pads of your fingers to blend and smooth outwards toward hairline and jawline. I used Revlon ColorStay Foundation (in color "Sand Beige") for oily/combination skin (shocker...it's a fave).
3 | Apply Maybelline Dream Lumi (I used "Ivory" but "Radiant" is also a fave) under eye area in an inverted triangle shape, down the bridge of my nose, around my lips, above my eyebrows and in between brows. Once these areas had product applied to them, I used my fingers to "press" it in as opposed to rubbing or sweeping it off my face. This ensures you don't rub all the product off and you keep that pretty "highlighted" effect.
4 | Here's where things got interesting fun. I wanted to contour a bit to slim my face and make sure it had some "life" but I knew I couldn't use a powder brush or blending brush, so I used my L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon in a shade MUCH darker than my own (I used Medium/Deep Neutral) to draw directly onto my face where I wanted some contour. In this case, any place I would use a brush to contour. Underneath my cheekbones, around the top of my forehead (close to the hairline) down the sides of my nose and very lightly along my jawline. Then I just used my fingers to lightly blend it all in! I was very surprised how easy this was!
5 | For blush I used a tiny drop of e.l.f. Studio HD Blush in color "Diva" which is a verrrrrry hot pink shade. I put the drop directly onto my middle finger and before I put it on my face, I rubbed it between both sets of fingers to make sure it applied a bit lighter. Then I just kind of dabbed and rubbed in circular motions until my cheeks looked "flushed". Easy peasy!
6 | For a pretty iridescent look, I used NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in "Sunbeam" to my cheekbones using the exact method I used above for my blush.
7 | For my eyes, I just used my middle finger to apply a coppery shade (top row, second from left) to my entire lid. For the crease, I used my other middle finger to apply a deep plummy shade (bottom row, second color from left) right into the crease and slightly up into the brow bone. This is a cheapy e.l.f. palette that I think is discontinued, but you can find a similar one here. Now, for the price, the pigment is surprisingly good. What you WILL find with cheap palettes like this is, the fallout is pretty severe, meaning it kicks up shadow dust all over and it can sometimes fall onto your cheeks, so just be aware of that when working with inexpensive shadows. Otherwise, these are very blendable for the price!
8 | Apply a semi-thick line of liquid liner, I used L'Oreal Lineur Intense in "Carbon Black" to upper lash line only. Let dry.
9 | Apply a hefty dose of black mascara. I used just "step 1" of CoverGirl LashBlast Bombshell mascara to top and bottom lashes (always apply to bottom lashes first and then do your top, this keeps top lashes from getting mascara all over your brow bone while you apply to your bottom lashes). "Step 2" of this mascara is a really pretty and GLOSSY kind of seal to the first step. The "step 1" has that fat, rubbery type brush that really gets your lashes plump and then "step 2" is a more traditional style brush that applies the glossy almost waterproof layer which is great when you really want your lashes to stay put (great for going out) but since I was just doing an "everyday" look, I didn't find it necessary.
10 | I used Maybelline Define-a-Brow pencil in "dark blonde" to fill in my brows and NYX Wonder Pencil in "light" to rim my waterline and trace underneath my brow line to really perfect the shape.
11 | So, it turns out CoverGirl "re-did" their old Lipslicks and they're now called Lipslicks Smoochies...I have not tried them since they got new packaging, but I would imagine they are the same thing. If so, I LOVE them (the old ones anyway). They are a perfect hybrid of lip balm and lipstick and they are so super smooth! I used the old color called "Princess" but I have almost every shade. Worth it. You don't have to be super precise like you would with a lipstick so these are really great when you're short on time!

Boom. Done. This entire look took me less than 10 minutes to complete! This would be a great "emergency" makeup kit to put together without brushes for the times you need a very quick, yet put-together look or for traveling. So simple!

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