Currently loving: the natural look

It has been a while since I have been brave enough to face the world without at least a thin veil of foundation to hide my skin, but recently I have really embraced the natural look.

No, I don’t mean ‘natural-looking’ foundation, I mean no foundation. Just a bit of concealer where needed and a dusting of my MAC MSF natural powder. I am really liking this for a number of reasons:

1. It is fast. No faffing around with sponges and blending in the morning. Sometimes life is too short.

2. It doesn’t slip of the face and need re-doing by lunchtime. All I need to do is re-dust with the MSF. Simples.

3. It can actually look better than a full face of slap. I have been having issues with foundation making my skin texture look dodgy (still on the hunt for my perfect one) but using just what I need has pretty much solved this.

I am most certainly not saying that I am done with foundation, I love it for it’s skin-perfecting abilities. But sometimes it is nice to go foundation free.

Bit of a round up of the products that have been helping me avoid the slap, but not feel like a gargoyle…

Garnier tinted eye roll on*

Love this. Not only does it do a great job of covering the dark circles but it feels lovely and cool to apply. Would happily buy it again. I bought the original caffeine version when it came out and thought it was a bit pointless -although refreshing – but this one is lovely and the tint really makes a difference.
Bourjois healthy mix concealer*

This was one of the products I picked up at the Bourjois blogger event and mentioned in my recent Bourjois favorites post. I really like it – the texture is thick, but creamy so easy to blend and I find it lasts really well. I know from speaking to other beauty bloggers that the opinions on this are mixed, but personally I really like it and initially preferred it to the foundation (although now I like them both).
MAC MSF natural powder

My ideal powder. Keeps me matte, but without looking chalky. My only complaint/request with this one is that I wish MAC would bring out a mirrored compact version so it was easier to touch up over the day. I currently use the light shade but thinking of getting it in medium for summer.

Other products used (I’m becoming obsessed with Bourjois I think…):

Eyes:
Bourjois Volume Ultra Care Mascara for sensitive eyes*
MAC Phloof! e/s (all over)

Face:
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in 16 Rose Coup De Foudre*
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

Lips:
Korres Lip Butter in Guava

Here is a mug shot (FOTD) with the natural look:

**The Small Print**

All products except those marked with a * were bought by myself.

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5 Comments

  1. March 16, 2010 / 11:03 am

    cute! you look very healthy looking, perky skin and flushed cheeks =D

    you should get a sample of the lush colour supps, im really liking it. its so easy to apply, u can mix it with your moisturiser or use it as a foundation and it just looks like your skin but butter.

    more FOTDs please!

    xxx

  2. March 16, 2010 / 11:43 am

    I love it, the hint of colour on your cheeks looks fab. I need to start embracing the natual-look but I don’t think I’m quite brave enough – maybe in the summer when I get a bit of colour (other than red!).
    Lucy (http://sleepingwithseclusion.blogspot.com)

  3. DINKY
    March 16, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    I wish I could pull off the natural look, but I think I’d be forever concealing thanks to lots of small, red, old acne scars – bleuch!

    You look gorgeous though, nice skin looks so much better without foundation.

  4. March 16, 2010 / 9:36 pm

    You look really summery there! I totally agree with DINKY – if you’ve got good skin then it always looks better without foundation.

    Sadly I don’t have good skin, so I can’t get away without foundation – wish I could!

    missyellieuk.blogspot.com

  5. scarlettholly
    March 17, 2010 / 2:34 am

    This is funny – I’ve been doing pretty much the same thing recently, although I have been using tinted moisterizer that I mixed up myself. I just wear foundation now when I’m going out at night. I guess it doesn’t help that right now I hate all my foundations but refuse to buy new ones!

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