To help create a smooth look upon which you can apply the rest of your makeup, you’ll want to use a skin-friendly foundation (i.e. one that won’t clog pores and make you break out). “This helps even out your skin tone and it helps to protect your skin from environmental pollution and toxins,” explains Dowburd. She recommends applying a powder foundation, like bareMinerals ORIGINAL Loose Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, with a powder brush. The plus side to using a powder foundation is that it doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts. This one by bareMinerals, in particular, is made from mineral, non-chemical ingredients that contain SPF to help protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays.
If you are going for a glowing, radiant look, make sure not to forget a highlighter. “Highlighting helps the makeup look more dimensional and also adds a fresh feel when the light hits those highlighted points,” says Jessika Bekteshi, a makeup artist based in New York. She’s a big fan of RMS Beauty’s Master Radiance Base, because of its ability to luminize the skin and unveil a natural glow. “Use your finger and gently dab the highlighter to your cheekbones, inner corner of the eyes and your cupid’s bow, making sure to blend for a seamless, natural look,” she says.
6. Give Brows a Grooming
For a timeless minimal makeup look, you’ll definitely not want to forget your brows. “The brows frame the face and are equally as important as the rest of your makeup,” says Bekteshi. You can fill them in easily and provide shaping and smoothing with a product like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Precision Brow Pencil. “In addition to the wide range of colors, this pencil is super slim, which allows for a more precise and controlled application,” says Dowburd. “Plus it glides on and stays on beautifully.”
7. Accentuate Your Features
To give your skin that sunkissed glow and accentuate your natural features, add a pop of pigment to your cheekbones. A subtle dab of Kjaer Weis Cream Blush to the apples of your cheeks delivers a rosy flush. It comes in five different hues and is infused with skin-loving ingredients like jojoba oil for moisture, gardenia extract, which provides antioxidant benefits, and rsa rubiginosa seed oil to help fight signs of premature aging.
8. Add a Finishing Touch
Lastly, apply a thin coat of waterproof mascara to enhance your eyes. “There’s nothing more gorgeous than a woman wearing a soft application of mascara, that shows off her beautiful flirty lashes,” says Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, a makeup artist and co-founder of Entitled Beauty in Hawaii. For an optimal effect, use a mascara that offers both volumizing and lengthening benefits like Wander Beauty’s Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara. It’s infused with castor seed oil, which coats the lashes with moisture, peach leaf extract to prevent breakage and trehalose to strengthen strands.