The theme for September 1 is: Makeup
I am often asked to share makeup tips and tutorials, but since makeup isn’t really my focus here (and I find tutorials far too time consuming), I thought it would be fun to crowd-source some makeup inspiration as the Monthly theme for September.
For this event, you are free include daily makeup looks, special event makeup, drag queen style, Halloween effects, reviews, tutorials, favorite products, inspiration from around the Web (just be sure to credit your sources!!!) or whatever you can think of. Share whatever you love most about makeup!
You don’t have to be a makeup blogger or makeup artist to participate. Even beginners are encouraged to share their favorite styles, tips, and even advice on what you’ve learned from trial and error!
For Sophistique Noir's theme for the month September, I'd like to show my readers what it takes to make my complexion look flawless (besides kind light and a good photographer ;) ).
My favourite ingredients for a natural look are these:
Dior Skin Nude Make up: Well, yes it is expensive (thanks for asking). But it matches my skin tone perfectly, I can layer it if I have blemishes and I never look cakey with it. So it is -for me- worth the 36 Euros I spend once a year. I tried so many drugstore brands, but most are not light enough for me and tend to become even darker over time. With this make up (shade Alabaster, there is still a lighter one available!) I have to reapply powder after 4 hours. No darkening, no moving make up, it even stands up to rain!
Cartrice "All matte" powder: This one is a cheap (~3 Euro) drugstore brand. Works fine, no cakeing and for 3 Euros it does exactly what I bought it for.
MAC "Springsheen" rouge: I like that this is universally flattering (colder and warmer skin types) and includes the highlighter as it has a slight gold shimmer. It is not even that expensive: 18 Euros but I used this for more than a year now. When I wear this rouge, no one ever asks me whether I'm sick...
Kron Eyebrow powder: I do have strange eyebrows. Mine are very light and start wide, so I constantly look surprised. Also, I have several white hairs in my eyebrows although I have none on my head. So I redraw my eyebrows with brown powder (set of three for 4 Euros), as I think it looks more natural than a pen. I use a ashen shade because my skin tone and hair colour are cool. This product has been discontinued, so when I empty it, I will have to find a suitable alternative...
Essence "waterproof Eyeliner": I use some golden brown kajal to line my upper lash line. Gold plays off my blue eyes and brown looks natural enough that my pictures don't scream Make up! I soften the line a bit to make it even more natural. This is another cheapo drugstore item for about 2 Euros.
Cartrice "Lashes to Kill" mascara: I have pretty nice long lashes, so I use mascara mainly to thicken and colour them. I'm also pretty careless with mascara: If someone recommends me one, I'll try it. I rarely have panda eyes or stuff that comes into my eyes! This sort is cheap (4 Euros), really black and works well for me!
I know this sounds like a lot of products, but it takes me at most ten minutes to get ready. I can do it in 3 if I'm in a hurry! ^^