Glowing & Glamorous Makeup Tutorial

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Who says natural makeup can’t be glamorous?


…. Oh. Okay.

Well, Abe’s opinions aside, I’m here to prove  the myth’s wrong! The truth is, I’ve even heard green makeup artist’s sheepishly confess – during public tutorials!- that “natural makeup just doesn’t work as well as conventional makeup…”

I refuse to accept that.

This look got a lot of love on instagram (you guys are seriously too nice!) so I thought I’d share it here.  I used many of my favorite brands.  Some are new discoveries, some have been in my makeup bag for years.  However, some of these tricks are new.  So as you read along, share with me if you find something you do that’s easier!  After years working as a model (having other people decide what goes on my face) I am really just getting into having control over what I am choosing to put on my skin and having fun doing my own makeup.  I am always down to learn more!


To get the best skin for this look, you’ll have to prep your skin properly. Here are my favorite ways to get a beautiful, smooth base for your makeup totally naturally!

SOFT SKIN | To prepare for an amazing result, I strap on my Good Skin Bracelet.  This bracelet is made with gemstones that attract good, healthy skin.  I apply May’s incredible charcoal based Problem Solver face mask and let myself indulge for 10-15 minutes.  Lindstrom’s problem solver does just that, going to work refreshing, clearing skin and setting the stage for a great canvas to work with!

A bit of warm water and a wash cloth later, I then drench my clean, clear skin in Lina Hanson’s Global Face Serum.  I also inhale this from my palms after application for a little aromatherapy.  After Lina’s serum sets, I apply Mun’s brightening serum to my face and décolletage for an extra glow before starting my foundation.  It also helps to set my makeup after it’s applied.



MOISTURIZE | I begin with applying Waxelene all over my lips to condition and moisturize them.  Waxelene is a great alternative to Vaseline if you are searching for a petroleum-free option.  I mean, who wants to put crude oil on their skin?  Ew.

SCENT & COLOR | I also use Osmia Organics honey myrrh lip repair for a slight, organic scent.  It’s perfect for creating a slick, plump, lush look.  To top it off, I apply Nudus Australia’s lipstick in Halo.  This awesome organic formula is totally safe and goes on a very beautiful, light pink.  Can be worn sheer for a natural look or more pigmented for a sexy, demure pout.




CONTOUR | I love the above contour map because it works no matter what your skin tone or face structure.  If you have darker skin, you can just go a few shades darker with every color, but the idea of contrast remains the same.  You can use a contour gel like Genfiore’s botanical gel to achieve soft, refreshing skin to begin with.

BRIGHTEN | After the Mun No. 1 Aknari Brightening Serum absorbs, I apply Josh Rosebrook’s nutrient day cream under my eyes and on my nose for some natural zinc brightener.  It works wonders as a skin saver if I am going to be out and about that day.  This formula is my absolute favorite natural SPF cream – it’s slick but not too thick, and has beautiful coverage.  It leaves a sexy shimmer, too!

SHIMMER | Speaking of shimmer, I indulge my face and décolletage in the Tara Radiant Glow Oil to create a hint of color, nourish my skin and add an organic glow from the natural mica.  Using the above contour map for a flawless face, next I apply my base coverage.  I use Delizioso Skincare’s foundation in Periwinkle all over my face and eyelids, which I apply with clean fingertips.  This is slightly lighter than my skin tone so it gives me a bright base that I can contour over.

CONCEAL | Next I apply INIKA’s concealor around my eyes and under neath my eyelids down to my cheekbones for a deep brightening effect.  I also add a dab to my chin, the bridge of my nose and the middle of my forehead to create depth.  To set this base, I apply LaMav’s organic mineral foundation to create an even tone and cover any blemishes.  I dab and apply it with a big, round brush to my cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.  I adore this Duo Fiber brush from Modern Minerals and this vegan brush from Kelley Quan for the job!

FOUNDATION | Just like a sturdy house, a great look needs a great foundation.  Gressa’s foundation is a beautiful, lightweight serum, but the finish creates a magic powder effect.  It gives a gorgeous glow to the skin and is perfect for setting your base makeup as a top coat.  The ingredients are totally pure and help to nourish the skin, so you’re not clogging your pores by using any of these products!  The W3ll People Biobrightening stick is a great way to highlight around the tops of your cheekbones to keep your face light and youthful, so this is my next step.  Right above my cheekbones, I add the Tara Adorned Blushing Mousse for a little bit of color.  It can be applied sheer for a touch of demure petal color or built up for a raspberry cheek.

BRONZE | For a bronzed contour, I apply the California Bronzing Mousse from the side of my lips up my cheekbones, under where I have created the brightening and apple affect to my cheeks.  I also add a streak to both sides of my nose.  I blend all of this in with a beauty blender as well as a blending brush, like this vegan brush from Kelley Quan.

READY, SET GLOW | To set this makeup, I apply Alima Pure’s Olive Matte foundation and add a dab of the Tara Glow Creme Luminizer to the tops of my cheekbones, under my eyebrows, to my eyelids, chin, the middle of my bottom lip and the bridge of my nose for that final gorgeous glow!


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EYE FOUNDATION | Eyes are one of my favorite parts of my makeup to do!  I begin with my cream foundations first, using the RMS Buriti Bronzer & the Tara Bronzing Mousse on the middle and outside creases of my eyelids.  This helps to set a base color that also keeps much longer.  I then go over this with each of my eyeshadow powders as layers – from bright on the inside to dark on the outside.

LIGHT TO DARK | I start with Modern Minerals bright white and yellow glimmer Sunrise and Leo in the crease of my eyes closest to my nose for a clear, youthful effect.  Then I apply MM’s Tiramisu eyeshadow to the middle and Forever Summer ( a bronzer that I dually use as a shadow) to my outside crease to create a darker brown color.  It’s applied delicately with this amazing eyeshadow brush from MM.  This blends the colors naturally and seamlessly.

LASHES | Then, it’s time to make a statement!  Your lashes are your best way to do this.  A great lash can bring attention to and really brighten and play up your beautiful eyes.  It’s so, so important to find a good organic or natural mascara because well, it’s going on (and sometimes into!) your eye.  Same with eyeliner!  I adore the Lily Lolo Mascara for big, bold top lashes.  I only need one or two coats for a thick, healthy, no-clump look.  I then use my INIKA mascara for a great coat on my bottom eyelashes.  Last, I line my bottom lashes with W3ll People Hypnotist eyeliner.  This professional, velvet eye pencil leaves a flawless, precise line that lasts!

BROWS | Certainly not least of all, I tackle the brows – combining colors Liz and Penelope from EcoBrow.  I apply and comb through this my favorite little eyebrow tool from Alima Pure.



CONDITION & CREATE | Last, I wanted to create a seamless beach look without my hair looking greasy or getting hard.  First, I applied Yarok’s Feed Your Ends conditioner.  My hair adores this stuff!  It leaves hair totally luscious instead of greasy, is a great detangled and nourishes the scalp and hair.  Once this has dried I apply Josh Rosebrook’s hairspray when my hair is still a bit wet but curling.  I scrunch it from the bottom and fluff the top as necessary.  Last, I add the incredible Beach Spray by Dreama.  It smells like coconut, creates a non-sticky, natural beach look and lasts all day!

Voila! I hope you’ve enjoyed this glam and glowing look!  You can achieve this in a short 15 minutes.

What is your favorite way to achieve a glamorous look?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!