There's nothing wrong with being a little extra. In fact, it's great. However, there are some occasions where you need to take it down a couple of notches. So how does one go about it? Here are some tips on how to look like you didn't try (even if you really, really did), so you can walk up to your friends and say "casual, am I right?" with a straight face.
Make skin look like skin.
By all means, do conceal all evidence of that late night, and cover up that pimple. However, a few imperfections here and there help give the impression that you're hardly wearing any foundation at all. Choose a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream and apply with a damp blending sponge for a light, barely-there-but-still-there coverage.
Go easy on the brows.
Full brows can make you look instantly done up. Skip the powders and pencils, and go for a brow gel instead. Brush your brows upwards with the gel then smooth over the ends with your fingers for the perfect balance of messy and fixed.
Use neutral colors for the eyes.
If you must wear eye shadow, go for neutral shades. Using a bronzer is one way to go about it, as good bronzers mimic shades that are supposed to look natural on your face. Just load the eye shadow brush with a darker colored bronzer for the crease, then use your finger to tap in some lighter colored bronzer on to the center of your eyelids.
Mascara does the trick.
If there's one thing that makes a difference without looking OTT, it's mascara. Curl your lashes and apply a couple of coats of mascara to look wide awake. Leave the falsies at home.
Choose bronzer over blush.
Bronzers look more natural than blush. Take a bronzer and sweep it over the apples of your cheeks, up to the area below your temples, then go back and forth from cheek to cheek, going over the middle of your nose bridge. You'll look like you just came from a nice beach holiday.
Contour with a light hand.
If you must contour, don't choose an extra dark shade. Go for only a shade or two darker than your skin tone, and aim to create a little definition.
Finish with a not-so-nude lippie.
Top your entire look off with a nude lippie. The trick to rocking a nude without looking sick or too pale is to choose a nude with a little bit of warm pinkish tones to it. Lips normally have a bit of color to them, and don't tend to match or get close to your skin tone.
Need something to get you started on your low-key look? The BYS Bronzing Palette contains eight different shades of bronzer in one palette, catering to a wide range of skin tones for that natural, sun-kissed glow.
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