Photographed by: Union Photograpers

Good morning!  I hope you had a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend.  It’s been a while since I posted a makeup tutorial on my blog.  You may have noticed that we’ve been incorporating makeup tutorials in my weekly Makeover Column in The Province and The Vancouver Sun Newspapers and I hope you find them helpful.

Everyday beauty is all about simplicity and minimalism and doesn’t have to cost a fortune!  Soooo, I wanted to show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an even and natural look using drug store products. To get started, I applied a Maybelline Facestudio Master Primer on clean and moisturized skin.

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Use a slightly damp foundation brush, like this synthetic domed NadittudeTM brush, to apply Cover Girl Vitalist Elixir Foundation.  Stipple the product onto the face for a natural finish and to even out the complexion.

Note:

This product offers an SPF 20 and leaves the skin looking beautifully radiant.

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Use a small to medium sized skunk brush  to apply a Maybelline Facestudio Master Stroning Liquid Illuminating Highlighter in Light Iridescent  onto the high peeks of the face (cheek bone, bridge of nose, brow bone).  This technique is called “Strobbing” creates an illuminated and glowy finish.

Tip:

Mix a drop of this liquid illuninating highlighter into your foundation or tinted moisturizer for an all-over glow.

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Contour the face using a matte bronzing powder with our cheek enhancer brush. The trick is to apply the contour below the cheek bone, on the forehead and jawline. This created depth, contrast and definition to the face. I’m using the Joe Fresh Bronzing Powder

Did you know…?

Our NadittudeTM cheek enhancer brush was featured in the BC Living’s Simply Beautiful Editor Box.  It’s shaped with an angle to hug the cheek bones for a perfect sculpted effect. And it doubles as the blush brush.  Click on the SHOP tab to view our assortment of professional makeup brushes and other NadittudeTM products..

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To prime the eyes and to ensure longevity of your eye makeup, try using the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.  This smoothes out the skin and eliminates any discoloration.  You can use the applicator directly on the eyelid, but I prefer to dab it on with my finger, so not to over apply the product.

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Define the eyes by lightly contouring them with a neutral taupey-brown colored eyeshadow (second color on the top row) from the Maybelline Nudes Eye Shadow Palette 

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To brighten up under the eyes and to conceal imperfections around the face, try using CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer. It’s creamy, smooth and natural looking.  We’ve been playing with this product on our clients at the studio and we’re in love with the lightweight finish this product offers!

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Filling in the eyebrows is a very important step in creating this look, as the brows frame and draw attention to the eyes. Using the NYC Micro Brow Pencil, lightly feather on and fill-in the brows. I suggest using a color that is the same or one shade lighter than your natural color for a more blended effect.

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Curl your lashes and coat them with mascara.  I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara.  I’ve used this since high school and it’s still a favorite!

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Apply NYX High Definition Blush in “Soft Spoken” onto the apples of the cheeks for a hint of color. The general rule of thumb is to apply blush approximately two finger away from the nostril, then sweep the brush up toward the temple area.

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Opt for a neutral, long wearing lip color for a more casual understated look. I’m wearing NYX Lip Lingerie in “Silk Indulgence”

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Here’s the finished look.  You can spend more on your makeup but when you know which drug store products to try, and how to use them, you can look great no matter the price!  At the end of the day, I always like to stick to my motto of, “less is always more”.

I’ll be creating a lot more beauty content during Fall and Winter seasons and would love to know what you’d like to see.