It’s ironic that nailing the “natural” look often takes a crazy amount of time and products. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. Bobbi Brown makeup artist Cassandra Garcia says that one of Bobbi’s biggest mottos is that every woman wants to look like themselves—just more beautiful and confident. That seemed to the goal on an episode of Good Morning America last week when Bobbi gave three breast cancer survivors some well-deserved makeovers to bring out their natural beauty.
Check out these seven beauty tweaks to play up—not cover up—your already awesome features:
You want something that gives enough coverage without totally covering you up. Bobbi always says that she doesn’t want to see foundation and concealer, she wants to see skin, says Garcia. Look for oil-free products if you have especially oily skin, and opt for moisturizing foundations or tinted creams if you’re on the drier side, says Garcia. And steer clear of the matte finishes. “If you go too matte, it starts to look like makeup and not skin,” says Garcia.
Not sure if you should go pink, red, or peach? “When picking a cheek color, you always want to use the color of your lips or your natural blush color,” says Garcia. So if you can’t think of how rosy your cheeks typically get, just hold options up to your lips to find the right hue.
Avoid a code orange over-bronzing by using the color of your chest as a guide. The key is thinking about your skin’s undertones and how you tan, says Garcia. Since your chest is typically a more even tone than your face, you can use this as a starting point. Once you find your shade, don’t forget to sweep a little on your neck and upper lip—two of the most commonly overlooked spots, says Garcia.
Highlighter is one of those tricky products that’s easy to get wrong. If you go too light, you’ll risk a whitish or silvery effect. “Pick one in your skin tone so it just looks like you’re glowing,” says Garcia. Apply it right at the highest point of your cheeks for a little shimmer when the light hits you.
One thing Bobbi mentioned on GMA was the importance of defining your brows. Her secret weapon: eye shadow. Use a shade slightly darker than your hair color and fill eyebrows in with shadow and a brow brush, rather than a pencil, says Garcia. This will give off a softer, more natural look. But don’t be afraid to consult a makeup artist for the right product, since finding your perfect shade can be difficult, says Garcia.
“Bobbi always says a woman should have her no-mirror-lip-color,” says Garcia. “That means that you carry it around in your purse, you don’t need a mirror to put it on, and you know it’ll look great.” To find this magical shade, look at your natural lip color and go one shade brighter or a shade darker, depending on what you prefer. Garcia also suggests opting for a creamy formula, which tends to be more forgiving and natural looking.
You don’t need to go full-on smoky to make your eyes pop. After choosing your favorite eye shadow, line your eyes using a shade darker than your eye color (brown eyes will want to go with black or dark brown, while blue or green eyes can be a little more creative). “It should be thinner at the inner corner and a little thicker at the end, that way it gives the eye a lift,” says Garcia. Then top with a few coats of mascara, making sure to go all the way to the lash line, which helps define and lift the lashes, says Garcia.
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