- Diorsnow UV Protection BB Crème $55 also available from Nordstrom
- Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder $54 also available from Nordstrom and Sephora
- Diorskin Nude Air Powder $54 also available from Nordstrom and Sephora
- Dior Glow Maximizer $42 also available from Nordstrom and Sephora
- Buxom Blush $24
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade $18 also available from Nordstrom, Ulta and Sephora
- Roller Lash > Benefit Cosmetics $24 also available from Sephora, Ulta and Birchbox
I consider this look fresh and easy because I can achieve it in under 10 minutes with these products.
Because I love my readers and I believe all women to be beautiful sans make-up, I share with you the transformation:
I have freckles, pale skin, blond lashes and light eyebrows. I could use some help preventing sun damage, evening skin-tone and adding some drama to my lashes/brows. I don’t skimp on foundation products because my skin is easily irritated and I feel it’s the first thing people notice, so I want to have well cared for polished skin at all times. I don’t however pay top dollar for other products, so I’ll present alternatives where I see fit.
Diorsnow UV Protection BB Crème
I love, love, love this product because it has SPF 50, goes on evenly without being greasy, and really goes a long way toward color correction. I’ve tried many other BB creme products and I found that many of them went on greasy or so thin that there really wasn’t any color correcting benefit. BB creme takes the place of your morning moisturizer, sun screen and foundation, so I want to get all three out of it without compromise. I also noticed that most other BB cremes were between SPF10 and SPF 20.
After the application, my skin is slightly tacky feeling, which is perfect for powder application. If I were going to run errands and hit the gym, I would stop here or just after applying powder to set it (using #3 and omitting step #2). This product lasts through trips to the gym and pool. I can lye out in the Arizona sun and sweat my face off, without losing my morning make-up. Also noteworthy, I use this product daily and I generally get about 6 months out of one tube.
Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder
Using basic contouring principles, I apply, with a contour brush, under the cheekbones, around chin, along nose and around the top and sides of the forehead. A little goes a long way, but don’t be afraid to leave noticeable lines. They will blend in with the step #3 and if they are a bit thick after step #4, you can always remove some with a dry tissue. In a pinch, I have used this product for eyeshadow as well. I travel a lot and if I forget my make-up bag, I’ll run out and get a few products that I can spread a long way.
Diorskin Nude Air Powder
I apply a small amount with a powder brush while rubbing in circular motions to blend the contouring from step #2.
Dior Glow Maximizer
Using highlighting principles, I apply a small amount with my finger to the bridge of the nose, T-zone, under the shaded areas under the cheekbones and just under the eyes. For highlighting, I also really like Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator $28 and Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer $28.
Small amount applied with a blush brush to the apple of the cheeks. There is no need to add more blush because contouring and highlighting have already defined the cheeks. I have also used blushes from Dior and Covergirl as well. Blush is better in small amounts, so I say match your shade and don’t accept the upcharge for expensive brands on this particular product.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pommade
Another product that absolutely changed my life! I was wandering Nordstrom one day hoping nobody would notice that I over-plucked my brows again, when a chipper young lady approached me and asked if I would like to have a brow consult. I said, “Of course! I need help!” She took me back to the Anastasia Brow Studio on the main floor of Nordstrom Fashion Square and the tutorial began. She showed me the array of stencils and how to determine which one was right for me. After placing the stencil according to instructions, I can make a perfect brow with this pommade (or the powder $23 if I’m not going for waterproof). I’ve been at it for so long, that I no longer need the stencil, but I’ll be sure to make a blog post on how to use them. Stay tuned!
A well-defined brow changes the entire look.
Roller Lash Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics
Roller Lash came into my life via Burchbox and I really liked it. It lifts and separates lashes nicely. I also like Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara $7 for a cheaper option. I have a friend who has perfect lashes at all times and she uses Covergirl Lash Blast. I highly recommend both of them.
Mascara finalizes the look. It really does take me under 10 minutes (5 if I’m pushing it) to get this done from start to finish. Check back next week for a video tutorial on this look.