September 19, 2014

Fresh Faced Back to School Look

Hey hey heeeeey, ladies! I'm back! So sorry for the lapse in posts. Wrapping up Summer has been more hectic than I had anticipated AND we just got back from Hawaii (North Shore of Kauai...Princeville in case anyone was wondering) and it was uh-mazing. Seriously. I can't get back there soon enough.

The title of this post is probably annoying to some as 1) you've already been "back to school" for a couple weeks or 2) like me, you haven't been IN school for longer than you care to admit. But here's the rub: anyone can wear this look. Young, old, in between...we don't discriminate around these parts! I think every woman should have a pretty, fresh-faced "look" in their makeup application arsenal so I'm going to show you an easy-peasy way to achieve it without breaking the bank. I created a widget (below) with all of the products and brushes I used with the exception of eye shadow which I will leave info for separately since they are from Younique. Aside from the eyeshadows, everything can be found at your local drugstore or Ulta. I used a high end blush (YSL Creme de Blush in color "02 Powdery Rose" which is my all time favorite) but I included an affordable alternate (Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in "Fresh Pink") if you'd rather save some scrill. The powder highlighter from NARS in 'Hungry Heart' is another favorite, but any powder highlighter will do (or you can skip it all together, but it really adds such a healthy, pretty flush so I suggest getting your mits on one in the near future if you want that "glow"). Okay, now that that's all out of the way, here's what was used...

I will leave the specific steps and placement details down below but as far as product info and specific colors used, here you go. On my eyelids, I first applied Younique Glorious Face & Eye Primer. Holy moly. That stuff glides on like butter and a teeny tiny bit goes a long way. This primer is really nice because you can use it on your face as well as your eyelids, so for those who hate toting around extra products, this one is a multi-tasker for sure. The Younique Moodstruck Minerals Pigments I used on my eyelids are: Sexy, Giddy, Provoked and Infatuated. Just like the primer, these pigments go a LONG way. You only need a tiny bit. Here's how I got from point A to point B. Again, all products used are up above in the widget.

1 | Apply moisturizer to clean face and neck. NEVER forget your neck, ladies. If your mama didn't teach you that one, then you heard it from me. So so important.
2 | I didn't apply a primer before foundation because the CoverGirl 3-in-1 foundation used says it has a primer in it and if you're on a budget or a time crunch (moms, students, every woman in the world, etc.) then it's one less step to worry about. I love foundations that come in a pump format. So easy and so sanitary! This is a full coverage foundation and I was so impressed with the coverage and pigment. I only needed one pump for my whole face. Squirt a pump into your palm and then use your index finger to dot it all over your face concentrating on areas that need more coverage (forehead, nose, inner cheeks).
3 | Use a flat top brush to "swirl" the foundation into your skin. Don't press too hard, but make sure you really work it into your complexion so that it isn't sitting on top of your skin looking mask-like.
4 | Apply a brightening concealer (I love that Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer because it has a sponge top and is SO easy to apply!) under eyes, down the sides of nose and then back up to the outer corner of your eyes creating an inverted (upside down) triangle. Fill it in with concealer lightly. Use your fingers to lightly "press" it into your skin as opposed to rubbing it. I usually use "fair" or "light" but if you can find the shade "radiant" it has a slight pinkish undertone and is gorgeous used as a highlighting concealer. If you're unsure about which shade to choose, there is one called "neutralizer" which is universal and will cancel out redness, undereye circles, dark spots, etc.)
5 | If contouring has you scratching your head in confusion, it doesn't have to be so tricky. Sometimes I use a powder with a slim brush, other times I use a stick formula to "draw" on my contour. In this case, I used L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in a shade that is about 3 to 4 shades darker than my natural skintone. I used N 6-7-8. Draw a slim line right under your cheek bones, around the curve of your upper forhead, down the sides of your nose, right underneath your jawbone and right above your inner brows (see photo above in collage). Don't overthink this. You're basically adding color to the widest or largest parts of your face to bring life back to your complexion. That's all! Once you've drawn all your pretty lines on, use a blending brush to buff it out and blend it in working in the direction of the shape of the lines you just drew on. I love using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to blend out my contouring lines. That brush is a badass. If you don't use it for contouring or blending, you can use it to apply liquid foundation instead. It's awesome. Very soft, very densely packed fibers.
6 | Apply blush of choice. Again, I used YSL but you can use your favorite. Apply right above cheek bones and bring ever so slightly into the apples of your cheeks without coming too far in.
7 |  Using a big fluffy brush, swirl it into a setting powder and blot it onto your forehead, nose, inner cheek area and chin. Don't sweep it on, but rather press it in so you don't move your previously applied work all around.
8 | Apply highlighter of choice above cheekbones (right above where you applied your blush) using a fan brush turning on its side (horizontally) so you're tracing a very slim line of highlighter on. You can dust some down the bridge of your nose and above your brows as well.
9 | Get your brows in order. I use a powder and clear gel along with an angled brush to fill mine in. See here for how I typically fill mine in. That video is getting pretty old so I'll do an updated tutorial soon since there are a few changes I've made to my routine.
10 | I applied Younique Moodstruck Mineral Pigments to my eyes in the following order: all over my lid I applied "Sexy". I applied "Provoked" in my crease. I applied "Giddy" as my transition color (just above crease almost up to brow bone) and blended the dickens out of it. I applied "Infatuated" on the outer corners and blend blend blended. Then I took an angled brush and took "Provoked" along my lower lash line and smudged it out. If you have blue eyes, you NEED the color "Provoked" as it is the best shade of copper which every blue-eyed beauty knows will make them POP like nothing you've ever seen. After I was finished, I applied a thin line of black liquid liner, curled my lashes and applied black mascara to both top and bottom lashes. These are loose pigments (as opposed to pressed cake shadows) so start small. They are highly pigmented and a little bit goes a long way. They have the prettiest shimmery glow without being full-on glittery and if used with the primer mentioned up above, they will last alllllll day.
11 | Lastly, I applied a peachy-nude lipstick all over my lips. I used NYX Butter Lipstick in "Bit of Honey". Creamy, dreamy, fool-proof.

I know that seems like a lot of steps but it really isn't...I'm just extremely long winded. It took me less than 10 minutes to go from looking like the Hot Mess Express to simple and understated but very put-together and chic. If I wanted to take this look from day-to-night, I'd take the Younique pigment in "Giddy" and really intensify my crease as well as the outer corners with "Infatuated" and then I'd apply my 3-D Fiber Lashes. If you guys missed my before and after with those puppies, here it is. They're incredible. You can get them through Alane Clark by CLICKING HERE. All of her contact info is on her site should you have any questions or you can contact her here and she'll get right back to you.

Hope you enjoy! I'd say we've made a BIG improvement here...


  1. Looks great! I can't wait to read your reviews on the dupe products form your previous post.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet words! Hoping to get my dupe reviews up soon! I've noticed there are no (or not many at least) American bloggers who have reviewed this line so it would be so cool to be one of the first! Stay tuned!



Let's Talk About Lipstick © 2013.

Design by The Blog Boat