We’ve all been there: You’re getting ready for a special occasion, and you’re torn between recreating a makeup tutorial featuring a fierce cut-crease versus that barely-there, chic no-makeup makeup look. But what about a combination of both? Call it, “subtle, but fancy.” Sure, the thought of making your “fancy” cut-crease makeup look more subtle is über confusing and likewise, there’s no clear-cut way to glam up a five-minute tinted moisturizer routine. Don’t panic — we’re here to help.
So without a doubt, the world needs more “subtle but fancy” makeup looks that work for any and every dressed up occasion. To create the perfect look, we worked with makeup.com Contributing Makeup Artist Kasey Spickard to help bring the idea to life. According to Spickard, the key to make the look work is to keep it on trend, overall. “We’re creating a glowy, dewy complexion and pairing it with a monochromatic, warm toned eye, lip and cheek — being sure to keep it all subtle,” he says. “We also want to have that effortless, untamed brow look that makes you look chic.”
To stay on trend, Spickard used few products to get the look. “The girl who is on trend and in the know can elevate her look with a couple quick things,” he explains. The idea is that you can put together your subtle but fancy look post-gym, post-beach, post-nap — you name it — and be able to get the exact look you and everyone else will love. Ahead, discover how to get the look in five easy steps.
Step 1: Prep
Prep skin with a moisturizer to hydrate your skin and prep your base. Then, using a foundation brush, buff Teint Idole Long Wear Foundation into your skin. It’s a longwear formula with buildable coverage, and the finish is just dewy enough.
Step 2: Highlight & Contour
Tap concealer, using a makeup sponge, under your eyes, on the center of your forehead, the top of your lip and the center of your chin to bring light to the center of your face. To contour, use NYX Professional Makeup Contour Palette on your cheekbones, jawline, forehead into your hairline and nose. Finish by using a warm coral cream blush and blend into the apples of your cheeks. If you feel like your product isn’t blending well, Spickard recommends spritzing a misting spray onto your skin. Let it sit for 30 seconds, and then buff it out to reactivate your product.
Use a creamy brow pencil to fill the brows and brush through with a tinted brow gel. Run a clean spoolie through your brows after to give them that effortless finish. We love Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer.
About the Author:Marisa is an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com where she's responsible for creating content that inspires, informs and influences readers. She's obsessed with trying new beauty products, hoards a crazy amount of lipstick and her second love (besides makeup) is food. Her work has also appeared in Domino Magazine, StyleCaster, Guest of a Guest and Jeannine Morris Media.