Step 1: A Flawless Base
For a clean, yet not cakey face, I like to use Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation. I apply a very small amount down the center of my face, then use a buffing brush to blend it outwards; to give my face an airbrushed effect. However, if you are happier with your skin and don't feel the need to wear foundation, I like to use a mixture of two concealers: Collection Lasting Perfection and Rimmel Wake Me Up. I apply a generous amount of the mixture underneath my eyes to cover my dark circles, and on any breakouts or blemishes I may have. To set this, I use a light dusting of a translucent powder- my preferred choice is the Rimmel Stay Matte.
Step 2: Brow Perfect
Personally, I think eye brows are one of the most important facial features, as I always find myself looking at them on others first! I like to use a slightly darker brown shadow which I apply with a very compact, thin eye shadow/liner brush. I gently pat the shadow onto the hairs, filling in only the areas which are looking a little bare to make my brows look as natural as possible. Sometimes if my brows are looking very out of shape, I take a brow pencil to trace along the edges to neaten and enhance their natural shape.
Step 3: Natural Lids
To me, it comes down to eye make up on determining whether or not you look like your wearing lots of makeup or hardly any at all. First up, I will always blend a nude shadow over my lids, just to erase any visible vains of redness. Then, I recommend not heading straight for black eyeliner, as this is very noticeable and maybe not the most appropriate for school. Instead, I like to use a brown eyeliner from Jack Wills. This is easy to apply, and I just draw a thin line across my top lash, then blend it in to soften any harsh edges with an eyeliner brush from Eco Tools.
Step 4: Wide-Awake Colour
If you want to cheat a natural, gorgeous flush, use a blush brush to apply any rosy pink or peachy coloured blush. I am using the Bourjois blush in the shade 54 Frosted Rose. To create the most wide-awake look, apply this starting at the far corner of your cheeks and move the brush in oval motions towards the center of your face. I am currently loving the blush brush from Spectrum Collections, you can buy it here.
Step 5: The Perfect Nude Lip
Lips, again, play an important role in making or breaking a natural makeup look. If you decide to wear a brightly coloured lip, this is fine, however it will not go down unnoticeable. For school, I start of by moisturising my lips with my EOS lip balm, as this will keep my lipstick on for longer. Then, I take my MAC lipstick in the shade Creme Cup, and apply a very light coat to my lips, starting at the center and moving outwards. After this, I take my ring finger and gently blend out the colour, creating a smooth finish. You could, if you want, go in with a clear lip gloss to finish the look; in this case I am wearing a clear gloss by Clinique.