issa look_ a natural makeup routine


I've had such an interesting relationship with makeup. I've always loved it, but have always used it to feel better about the way I look. 

As of this year I've stared to feel about 98% fine about being without makeup. I would attribute that to having surrounded myself with people that make me feel good. Supportive friends, a dope boyfriend and healthy inner chatter (because I never forget to count myself as someone I surround myself with). 

So now that I've stripped away the need to wear makeup I'm left with a want to wear makeup. And so, I present you a natural-ish look by moi.



1. First I go in with my Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker by Ver. 22 Chosungah. Comb your brows up and then out toward yours temples. Go light. This product can get pretty crazy pretty quickly. 


2. The best thing about this product is it has both a spoolie and a sponge tip applicator, so go ahead and fill those gaps. (I'm in the shade black-brown which is arguably too warm for me, but I had scooped this product from a gratis box when I worked for Sephora in uni.) 

3. Most importantly finish off by hairspraying a spoolie and combing through for hold. 

Tip: To keep it light and wispy but still full, avoid using brow powders. 




1. I Wet a beauty blender and dab on Burberry's Cashmere Fluid Foundation. Don't just slap it on lol. Use it more like a concealer on areas you want to even out. 

2. Ok, now Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Concealer. Make upside down triangles and use a sponge to blend the product within the triangle outline. 

Tip: This can crease so set it with a powder. 






Sculpting + Dimension

1. Hello, Dior Glow Maximizer. It's useful as a base to glow up the entire face but in this case I use tiny patting motions on my cheekbones and down my nose bridge. This is definitely a product that hasn't gotten enough attention for some unknown reason.

2. With my Real Techniques Contour Brush, I generously blend MAC’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden on the outer rim of my forehead. Then, I turn my head to the side to see where a natural shadow is being cast. I apply bronzer there, just to highlight what I’ve already got.

3. Cue Nars’ Multiple in South beach. I dab this on the apples of my cheeks. This is the definition of a glowy summer flush.




Finishing Touches

1. RED LIPSTICK! How weird is this for a natural look? I’ll leave this on for 5 minutes and wipe it off for a natural stained look. 

2. Apply your favourite mascara lightly, so that it will blend in with the lashes you’re about to put on. I use Ardell’s 120 Demis in black. I also use House of Lashes glue. I’m still on the fence about it. Will have to get back to you on that one.


Final Thoughts

Add and remove steps as you see fit, so to enjoy your naturalness. 

Feeling happy regardless of how you look comes from self-love. I’ve learned—in the truest sense—that its not what you’re wearing or what you have. It’s feeling into those moments where you go damn, I’m grateful for this and I love you, and I love me, and I love this moment. Gratitude can take over your whole body at any given moment and when you feel it, allow yourself to enjoy it. And when that moment passes, know there will be so, so many more.


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