Hello, I’m Abbie Moya and I am a “green” makeup artist and I have been doing makeup for 10 years. I do mostly weddings, but I also do photo shoots, short films, etc. My motto is “Being Green is Beautiful.”
Summer is a wonderful time to be outside at the park, the beach or the pool. You want to look nice, so you put on your makeup the same way you have been throughout the year. After about an hour or so, you notice that your makeup is no longer on your face because you have sweated it off. During the summer months, you should change your makeup routine. My theory is less is more. You want to just enhance your beautiful features without piling on layers of makeup. Makeup that looks fresh and young. Something that says SUMMER!
Many women are skeptical of organic makeup because they don’t believe that it will perform like the other brands. After lots of research, I have found some great organic/natural makeup lines that perform just as well or better as those sold in department stores.
I am going to show you a simple look that even the makeup beginner can do! I have enlisted my beautiful friend, Jenn to model for me. Here is her before and after pictures (I took the after outside in the sun to show how the makeup looks in the natural light). I will take you step-by-step and describe each product that I used.
1.) ALWAYS use a sunscreen! It doesn’t matter which one. I like to use Nature’s Gate. Works great for everyone in your family.
2.) Once your sunscreen sets in for a bit, I applied a primer. The one I used on Jenn is Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair. Not only is it a primer, but also a brightener as well. Apply that all over the face. You can use a foundation brush or your fingers. If you were to use a brush, I recommend the foundation brush from Ecotools or Bdellium Tools. Both are great and plus they are eco friendly!
3.) Let the primer set in the skin for a few minutes before applying the foundation. If you do not wait, then your foundation will start to bead up depending on the primer that you use. Just a good rule of thumb to wait a few minutes not matter what. You could brush your teeth while waiting!
4.) You are now ready to apply the foundation.
One of my favorites that I use on most of the brides is from W3ll People. It is called Narcissist Foundation and Concealer. They have six colors ranging from light to dark and it’s a cream foundation. I used number five on Jenn. I like to use my fingers for the face and a concealer brush for under the eyes. The reason for using the brush under the eyes is because when you use your fingers, we have a tendency to pull the skin. This will create more wrinkles. The benefit to using your fingers with most organic foundation is that your natural oils help to smooth it onto the skin and create that flawless finish. Again these are just recommendations. You use whatever you are comfortable using. Make sure you bring the foundation all the way down onto your neck and blend, blend, blend!
5.) For the summer, I like to add a light bronzer on top of the foundation.If you are really oily, you can lightly brush a translucent powder over your entire face prior to the bronzer. I love the one from RMS Beauty called “un” powder. The bronzer I used on Jenn is from a mineral makeup line called Alima Pure, in Trinidad. Make sure you brush the bronzer all the way down the neck and even a little onto your décolletage.
6.) Now you are ready to apply your blush. I like powder and cream, but for a fast simple look I use a cream blush like the one from Vapour Organic Beauty. The color I used on Jenn was the Aura Mutli Use in Crush. I use this with my fingers as well. For placement, I always have you smile and put some on the apples of your cheeks and blend it back into your hair line. Just keep applying until you have the desired amount.
7.) From the cheeks, I moved to the eyes. I wanted to keep it very simple, so I used my same bronzer for my crease shadow. For the all over color, I love to use the Luminous Shimmer Powder in Lumina from Alima Pure. Looks great on a lot of skin tones. I then took an angle brush and dipped it into my dark chocolate brown pressed eyeshadow from Couleur Caramel and used that to lightly line the top of the eyes. I finished it off with the Couleur Caramel Cils Longs in Black mascara.
8.) Before applying your lips, if you notice that you feel that you are too dewy, then take that “un” powder and do a light dusting all over the face.
9.) To finish off the look, take the same cream blush and apply that to your lips then add a pinkish clear lip gloss called Fiji from Primitive Cosmetics.
10.) For added comfort, before going out spray some Jane Iredale D20 Hydration spray. Not only does your skin feel hydrated but it helps to set your makeup.
You now have your simple summer look! I hope that I have opened your eyes to some great tips on makeup and remember, “Being Green is Beautiful!”