No Makeup Makeup, Part 2
By Moani Lee
It’s winter here in New York and having lived in tropical countries most of my life, it takes a bit of effort to understand what my skin needs in this weather. For those of you out there who like a no hassle approach to makeup, here are my top 5 winter beauty tips which translates beautifully for those who love the No Makeup Makeup look.
1. Exfoliate: 1-2 times a week
Try Suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (available at Whole Body or www.sukiskincare.com) Suki products are 100% natural with zero synthetic products. It’s great for soothing winter irritation and fantastic for those of us who have very sensitive skin. In a pinch, try mixing “Sugar in the Raw” sugar into your favorite cleanser and gently exfoliate away your dead winter skin. This is great if you’re on a budget or traveling and the only thing around your hotel is a Starbucks. Regularly exfoliated skin looks fresh, radiant, and naturally glowing.
Try Weleda Skin Food which is perfect for extremely dry skin and ideal for the winter months. (available at Whole Body or www.naturisimo.us which features Free Shipping on all orders) Weleda products are all natural and feature many soothing ingredients like Chamomilla and other natural essential oils. Skin Food is great for the face and body and is a celebrity favorite. You will find this product in many a makeup artist kit backstage at fashion week.
Use a concealer packed with moisture so that it maintains the glowy quality of your skin during the winter months (after having exfoliated and moisturized) but is also blendable. Try M.A.C Cosmetic’s Select Moisturecover available in stores or online atwww.maccosmetics.com (you can also search the site for store locations near you). Find a color that suits your current winter skin and feel free to ask one of M.A.C’s expert artists in store to help you find a right match. As a rule of thumb, if the concealer disappears into your skin, you’ve found the perfect color match. Use the concealer only where needed, gently blending it under your eyes and in the center zones of your face that need a bit of color correction. Start with very little and feel free to use your (clean) fingers to blend as you may find it gives you more control. Add more if you feel like you need it.
Using Color. Add a cheek tint to the apples of your cheek (the fleshy part of your cheek that pops when you smile) such as the universally flattering The Multiple – Orgasm by Nars (a favorite often used by Rihanna’s makeup artist). It adds a beautifully natural flush to your cheeks and is easily blendable with your fingers or a makeup sponge. If you are of a richer, deeper skin tone try brighter tones like Riviera or deeper colors like Malibu or Maui also from Nars. And try a tinted lip conditioner for your lips that is both nourishing and adds a hint of color. Try M.A.C Cosmetic’s Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 in a wide range of colors. (in store or www.maccosmetics.com) Find one that makes you feel good (color wise) when you put it on.
Curl your lashes (try Shu Uemura’s lash curler available at www.shuuemura-usa.com) and you can opt to add mascara or go au naturale. If you do opt for mascara, try Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara available at most drug stores near you.
Once you get into your beauty rhythm, this routine should take you no more than 10-15 minutes. The result: 10-15 minutes of time devoted to just yourself and a gorgeous effortless looking beauty
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About the Author: Moani Lee, beauty expert and make-up artist to the celebrated in fashion, music, and film, brings an international awareness with her approach to beauty and makeup. Moani was born in Surabaya, Indonesia to a Hawaiian mother and a Korean father and appreciates all types of beauty in the world. Trained at the exclusive Christian Chauveau in Paris, she has been in and around the fashion/beauty industry for over 10 years. Her philosophy has always been to encourage the inner beauty and enhance the outer beauty. She currently resides in New York and is a regular contributor to the fashion and beauty blog Creative Reform Project. Happiness Series is thrilled to have Moani blogging about “Beauty Inside and Out.”