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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How To Do Natural Looking Makeup For Guys & Defining Tips and Tricks

How To Do Natural Looking Makeup For Guys & Defining Tips and Tricks -

 To achieve a natural looking face for men here's some tips on how to do it:
1) Make sure you use sunscreen. This should be applied after moisturizer and before makeup. I recommend using Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 or EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Specrtrum SPF 40.

2. You can double up on sunscreen AND foundation by using a tinted moisturizer. This will save you time and will give you a very natural looking coverage. I love using Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20 or try this one from Elta MD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40. If you are going to be outside a lot, I recommend using at least an SPF of 30. However, for running errands or minor sun exposure, a tinted moisturizer with lower spf will work just great. Make sure to apply using downward strokes as to not get caught in any stubble if shaved. If you have a beard, see tip 6.
3. Conceal any discoloration. If you have redness on your skin, try using a primer after your sunscreen. A great one that helps with redness or dark spots is Pur Cosmetics Correcting Primer Dark Spot Corrector. I also recommend using a concealer for under your eyes. For purple undertones it is best to use a yellow correcting concealer like the Elf Cosmetics Correcting Concealer in Yellow. For more blue undertones, it is best to use a more salmon or pink toned concealer. My favorite one that I use is Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer. Use the warmth of your finger to lightly dab and blend the concealer under your eye and over the areas that are discolored.

4. If you want more full coverage, use a matte or semi-matte foundation. I recommend using Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer or EX1 Foundation. Both give skin-like appearances with full coverage. Again, remember to use downward strokes so the product does not get caught in stubble on a shaved face.
5. Use a damp sponge to blend the products into your skin if you have a little extra time. Especially with full coverage foundation. The damp sponge will blend in the foundation flawlessly as it will soak up any excess product and give that natural appearance to the skin. I love using Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge or the Beauty Blender.
6. If you have a beard, the best foundations to use would be loose mineral powered foundations. They can get a bit messy, but they look very natural and provide quick application. You would apply this over your moisturizer, sunscreen, or primer. You would apply this with a brush in circular movements all over your face and you can also get some around your beard lines and work it in. A few great options would be BareMinerals Foundation, Physician's Formula Organic Wear Natural Loose Powder, or Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation. A great brush to use for spreading mineral foundation would be something like the BareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush
1. You can define your beard with products like the Brow & Beard Correctors. This is a thin pencil that can be used to draw realistic looking hair strokes in any sparse areas... or help provide nice definition to your brows and beards. You can also use a tinted pomade to groom your beards while adding a tint of color for definition. Imperial Blacktop Pomade is a great one to consider. It works on all hair textures and brown, black, or grey beards. There are various waxes that are tinted as well... and even beard dyes that can help you with a defined jaw line look. 
2. Use an eyeshadow closest to your eyelash color to help define your eyes. I would suggest using an eyeshadow or powder formulation. Use a small angled brush and an eyeshadow and lightly line the upper lash line, making sure to get close to the root of your lashes. If you do want to line the bottom lash line, use very little shadow and smudge it out with a brush to make it look as natural as possible.

I hope this helps you and inspires you to try some natural looking makeup! Please share this post with any interested friends, family members, or makeup artists who would benefit from these tips!
So this is my friend Jerred and we've known each other for many years now. He is one of my most favorite people in the world and I'm so glad he let me borrow his face for this tutorial and blog post. 
Jerred and I. This is our normal.

Look at that face! What a cutie.

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