Sunday, March 18, 2012

Makeup Photo Shoot: Embrace Your Natural Beauty!

Model: Cecilia Lee
Makeup Artist: Joan Hwang

Products used in this Makeup Photo shoot include Bobbi Brown, Aveeno and Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Here are a few tips and tricks on embracing your natural beauty through makeup:

#1: Apply eye primer all over the lid:

The Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is honestly the best eye primer I have ever worked with! It holds in the color and makes the eye shadow last all day. For those with oily lids, to truly ensure that your eye shadow will stay looking fresh and vibrant, I like to apply a powder foundation (Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Press Powder) to the upper lid and lower lash line. That way, it seals in the color and does not make the shadow run throughout the day.

#2: To really highlight the brow bone:

I like to use Bobbi Brown's foundation stick in Warm Sand. This really brings all the colors together for a more finished look.

#3: For a natural eyeliner look:

Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into eyeliner sealer. This can be bought at Then dip the brush into brown/black eyeshadow. I like to apply this to the top and bottom of the eyes. This really makes the eyeliner last. Also for those who have trouble using liquid, pencil or gel liners, this is the way to go!

#4: Your eyebrows are the frame of your face!

Never never never use black to draw in your brows. This is very imperative. It will age you and it is not flattering at all! First use an eye brow brush comb to tame those hairs. For natural looking eye brows, apply brown shadow with an eye brow brush. If your brows are in dire need of attention and care, go to a brow specialist.

#5: To create a no makeup look:

It is very important to find the best skin care that is suitable for your complexion. For instance, I have normal to combination skin, which means that I tend to break out from time to time. On a daily basis, I have normal skin but it can get oily or dry depending on the weather. The solution to my combination skin is a fantastic moisturizer by Bobbi Brown. It is a mixture of B81 Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Hydrating Cream. This ensures that there will be no cracks or wrinkles. Bobbi Brown's skin care line is truly a godsend. It helps by hydrating and reviving my skin. Face primer is not necessary. It really provides an amazing base for flawless looking makeup.

The night before, it is a good idea to wear eye cream so that your eyes looked well rested, making your eye make up even more gorgeous!

After applying moisturizer and eye cream, here are a few things I like to use to cover those acne scars, sun spots and other blemishes that you've been trying to hide. I believe I found the perfect solution for those troubled spots!

Step One: I like to start with Aveeno's Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Fair to Light. This really evens out and brightens my skin tone, providing natural-looking coverage, while covering those imperfections. This tinted moisturizer also provides SPF 30, which is great to wear alone when you're doing any outdoor activities.

Step Two: With a foundation brush, I apply a small amount of Bobbi Brown's Liquid Foundation all over the face. I like to use Warm Sand. Make sure to keep blending. Blend blend blend! Also, when trying to find the right foundation, it is important to match the foundation to the color tone of your neck. You don't want to look like a floating head!

Step Three: If you tend to have oily skin, try applying Bobbi Brown's Sheer Finished Pressed Powder with Bobbi Brown's Face Blender brush. Pale Yellow works really well for me. I promise you, your foundation will not look caked on.

Step Four: For Bobbi's Warm, Pop, and Glow!

With a blush brush, I like to apply Bobbi Brown's Blush called Nectar #11. It is just the right shade of pink! A matte finish with long lasting wear. Smile and apply to the apple of your cheeks. For a shimmery glow, follow with a Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold. Apply with Bobbi Brown's Face Blender Brush.

#6: Choose your favorite regular and waterproof mascara:

To ensure that your lashes stay full and voluminous all day long, I first like to apply Rimmel London's Volume Accelerator and then I finish it off with Rimmel London's Waterproof Sexy Curves. That way you get fuller looking lashes combined with the power of the waterproof mascara. Rimmel London's Waterproof mascara is truly a wonderful product! It can stay on through rain or tears (I'm not kidding!).

#7: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish:

For troubled lips, especially during dreary winter days, I like to use a sugar lip polish by Fresh. It gently exfoliates and conditions your lips for a soft and smooth finish. Here is a description I found on Sephora's website that wonderfully defines this fabulous product:

What it is formulated to do (Sephora):

This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. It nourishes the lips with the oils of meadow foam seed, jojoba seed, and grape seed while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture.

#8: Award Winning Sheer Color Lip Gloss:

Bobbi Brown's Sheer Color Gloss in Bright Pink 20 is the best gloss I have ever used! Not only is the color sweet and pretty, its soothing botanicals conditions the lips for a healthy and soft look.

Here are just some of the tips and tricks that I have found after using many many products that did not work for me. After many years of going through the growing pains, I made it my mission to find the best natural and effortless products that would make me feel beautiful and confident. I can honestly say that all the products I've shared with you will truly bring out and embrace your true natural beauty. I hope you find these tips helpful. I am currently taking a makeup class by Mac so I am constantly learning innovative ways to achieve beautiful makeup. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Thank you so much for your time!

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  1. Very useful, love this post, thank youuu :)

    1. Keit, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I have just edited and reposted so please feel free to look for the updated information. Btw, I love this photo of you. A true classic beauty =)

  2. This make up looks so soft ! And I love the colours of eyeshadows ! Kiss x

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  4. i like what you have done with the eyes.Being asian myself, its so hard for your eyes to get noticed. this is perfect.

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