So this post is coming after watching too many unrealistic versions of “no makeup makeup” videos (I call this minimal makeup) and a few glasses of sangria. So if it doesn’t make sense, it’s the thought that counts, really. I recently watched Jaclyn Hill’s “No Makeup Makeup” video (which is fabulous, I’m not bashing it), but in it, she did it with foundation. Yes, the Perricone MD no foundation foundation is freaking amazing – you will get 0 argument from me there. But when I’m headed out the door or have to do makeup in the car (and I’m talking when someone else is driving), stuff like that is not realistic. My version contains 0 tools unless you use a eyelash curler & I think is way more flattering on those of us 30+ (ok, I’m only 29 BUT as a colleage likes to point out, I’m on my thirtieth year). So below is the products in my arsenal to create this simple, breezy look.
First is a delicious sangria. It makes going out in public with no or minimal makeup feasible. The bulk of the recipe is here, however I did use a different vodka and a local wine. I also added cinnamon sticks thanks to a lovely instagrammers advice and it really adds a nice touch! The vodka I used was a mango one, I couldn’t find the mango pineapple. You can find cheap paper straws on Etsy as well. I got these at Michael’s one time and they are cute!
But seriously, the RMS products are the heart of minimal makeup. Plus, they are easily transported for travel. My 3 go-tos are the “un” cover-up (00), Lip2Cheek in Smile & Living Luminizer. All are great. The “Un” Cover-Up can be used as a foundation if you choose, but I chose to just use it to conceal. It doesn’t budge and adds an effortless look to the skin. I also added the Josie Maran Lip & Cheek Argan oil in Timless Coral on my lips over Smile for some shine and hydration. That is actually the product I carried in my bag because it can spruce up your cheeks if you need and is a nice balm to re-apply. They don’t last forever, but they are nice and easy.
I showed the Trish McEvoy Luminizer as well if you want more “ooph” in your highlighter, but the same ease. This pen formula makes you look gorgeous, but it’s not super subtle so I tend to stick with the RMS for these types of days.
I just had to mention this even though it’s not a makeup product. This is the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon. I personally do not use this everyday, but it adds such a pretty glow to my skin it’s awesome for days like today. It’s perfect for skin that’s been hit hard by the sun or wind. It’s pricey, but I did get a trial version first. Though I don’t incorporate it everyday, it’s well worth it to me. With the price, I’d try to snag a sample because everyone’s skin is different. There are other alternatives like the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. That one isn’t quite as moisturizing, but still really great for your skin. You can often get samples of that or they often include it with gifts with purchase.
Last for eyes I kept it simple here too. I put Josie Maran Rio de Rose Gold all over the lids for a pretty pick-me-up. NARS Rue Bonaparte is a quick fix under the eyes on the waterline – particularly when I have allergies going on. I still tend to tightline, though that is optional. I use Bobbi Brown Scotch because it’s super easy to apply and lasts and lasts. It gives me pretty definition with minimal effort. I used the 100% Pure mascara in Blue Berry which smells like it’s name. It brightens eyes and isn’t too blue. I also suggest Glo Minerals taupe (or whatever color suits you) for the brows. I find more than anything, a little concealer, brows and mascara do the trick. I tend not to skip this step, but if you have gorgeous brows already (ahem Lipstick Boulevards) you can totally skip.
That’s it! It honestly took me a bit to figure this out because I watch tutorial after tutorial with too dense of concealer or foundation. It just doesn’t work for me. Hopefully this was helpful to you!