Simple Back-To-School Makeup Look (Minus the Contouring!)

When it comes to makeup application, I prefer simplicity over looking too made up. You won’t find me contouring my face (except perhaps in rare circumstances, for the sake of experimenting) and you certainly won’t find me applying any concealer under my eyes (even when I probably need some!). Of course if you prefer to use those products and contour your face, I have nothing against it. In fact, some of my favourite celebs and fashion bloggers do apply contouring techniques and I think it works great. But if you’re looking for a more subtle approach to the everyday makeup look then I suggest you read on…

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The Simple Everyday look – ideal for anyone going to school or work

I admire the way celebs like Jessica Alba manage to look flawless with little to no makeup. I think we should all learn to embrace our natural facial features as opposed to going against them by trying to enlarge them with makeup or worse, cosmetic surgeries. Don’t get me wrong, there was a time when I wouldn’t have even considered the negative ramifications of getting my nose done. But I’ve learned to accept my flaws and embrace my individuality. Now, if you feel more confident with contouring and concealing, please feel free to do what works best for you but if you can learn to love yourself the way you are, flaws and all, it’ll bring about a huge change to your confidence. You’ll start to feel more comfortable in your own skin and won’t feel the need to cover up all the time. I’m on your side – I want you to know that you’re beautiful even with little to no makeup at all. Try it out, even for just a day. See how you feel. If you’re really brave, go completely bare-faced.

Now on to the tutorial.

For a quick and simple look, follow these steps:

Before you even get started with the makeup application, make sure your hair is neat and has some form of structure to it. You can get away with wearing little makeup if your hair looks good. On the other hand, if you’re having a bad hair day, no amount of beauty products will make up for it. Luckily, there are quick fixes if your locks refuse to cooperate, such as braids and buns, that will keep your hair in place. So the number one rule/first step – get your hair sorted. Now that you’ve prepped your hair, you’ll need a clean canvas on which to paint. Wash your face thoroughly, dab it dry then apply moisturiser (preferably one with SPF). You can skip this part provided that your foundation already contains sun protection. Alongside making sure your face is clean, you should also ensure that your makeup brushes have been washed. Lastly, a little eyebrow prep for ladies who prefer filling them in. You can go ahead and follow your usual routine. I tend to leave them bare so I’ll skip this part.

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Once you’ve gathered all your makeup and brushes, you can get started. For this look you’ll need a liquid or powder foundation, an eyeshadow of your choice (stick to neutral colours – pinks, peaches, browns or creams) and a gloss, liner or lipstick. Eyeliner, mascara and blush are optional. You can even skip the lip part if you want an even more subtle approach. As for makeup, you don’t need any fancy products, drugstore ones will work just as well. I’m using Chanel for foundation but don’t feel that you need to. It’s all about how you apply your makeup, not where you bought them.

IMG_1201 (2)I’m sure you’ve heard of this before but the key to a flawless face is starting off with a strong base. Now by strong, I don’t mean thick. Well, not exactly. You’ll want to pick a foundation that’s in-between. Too thin won’t give you the desired finish and too thick will have you looking like a clown. Either dab a few drops on your cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids and forehead then blend it together using your fingers, or use a foundation brush. Make sure to blend it all out really well – you don’t want your face to appear grey when you pose for a picture. If you’re happy with how your face looks at this point, move on to step two. If you still need a bit more coverage, dab a bit of extra foundation and smooth it out.

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I have naturally long eyelashes and dark eyes that look like they’ve already been lined so I usually skip this part on a casual-makeup day, but if you are looking for some more definition, add a touch of mascara or liner close to the upper rim. When I’m not wearing mascara/eyeliner, I will usually apply some form of eyeshadow on my eyelids. For the sake of this tutorial, let’s go with a neutral colour like cream which is perfect for daytime and suits all skin tones. Remember, we’re going for simplicity so not too much shadow ladies. Just dab some onto your makeup brush and swipe it across your eyelids. You can add more later.

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You’re almost done. It’s time for lips. I find that a lip gloss or lipstick can make a huge difference to your overall appearance. Go for a simple nude or mauve shade or fill your entire lips with a nude or pink lipliner. If you don’t acquire your desired lip colour by using just the liner, top it off with a lipstick.

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This extra step can be skipped, especially if you’re off to work. But if you feel that your look is missing something, apply a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks to look more put together. It also adds a pinch of youthfulness (see what I did there?).

Let’s compare the final looks:

  1. In the top left image, I am only wearing the basics – foundation, lipliner and eyeshadow.
  2. In the top right image, I am also wearing foundation, lipliner, eyeshadow but now with some blush.
  3. The bottom left picture is the same as the above ones except for the addition of mascara and pinkish-nude lipstick over the liner.
  4. Finally, in the last image, I am sporting a red lipgloss instead of lipstick.

I’m sure you’ll agree (let me know if you don’t!) that there’s not a huge difference when you compare the finishing results, although I do think a little bit of blush goes a long way. The number one rule to remember is that without foundation, you can only do so much. Also keep in mind that what works best on me may not necessarily look great on you. For example, nude lipstick looks great on my mother but makes me look completely washed out. On the other hand, bright colours help to accentuate my features while neutral colours suit my mother’s face better. Therefore, it is important to practice sporting different colours before you step out into the real world, that way you’ll be more prepared and you’ll choose colours that will make you stand out, for the right reasons.

Well, there you have it – a very simple routine perfect for school or work, without the need for contouring.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you try it out. Can you see that you don’t need to contour your face for it to look polished? Let me know if you would like more posts like these and if there’s anything in particular (including makeup looks from any of my previous fashion posts) you’d be interested to try to recreate. I’m no expert but I do love experimenting and having fun with makeup, and I’m sure I’ll be able to put something together for you!

XO. Nina

P.S. You’re beautiful.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Love your post, your makeup look is beautiful! ❤


    1. ninaverocia says:

      Thank you! That means a lot to me.


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