Updated: Feb 29
The infamous “Instascroll”. Indigo Blue Stylers, I know y’all know what I’m talking about. That mindless thing we do that involves us thumbing down our Instagram feed aimlessly searching for something, ANYTHING, to launch us back into the creative space that inspires us to hop into the game instead of standing on the sidelines watching others fulfill their dreams...Well y’all, I was scrolling away last Wednesday trying to find inspiration for a new makeup look, when I was smacked dead in the face by a dress featured in Badgley Mischka’s Spring 2020 collection. See said work of art below:
The Power Duo wisely utilized many elements that inspire fantasies of the freshness of spring and renewal, especially with the beautiful color story chosen to represent their collection, but what inspired the makeup look I chose for this editorial was the flattering, airy silhouette of the pieces. These elements are attractive qualities, that add to the feminine mystique, which tends to get lost in translation more often than not, nowadays.
When creating a makeup look, I’m eager to bring forth the natural elements that make each individual beautiful. Soft, feminine glam looks seek to enhance the wearers beauty rather than distract from the true shapes of the face and natural texture of the skin. “Soft Glam”, as the makeup industry has coined this look, is universally flattering and a go-to that has yet to fail.
If you’d like to custom-build a soft glam look that you can add or subtract to and effortlessly transition from day to night, you can start by duping actress-turned-princess, Megan Markle’s signature look (see below). Ms. Markle’s makeup is usually very simple, but elegant. It’s timeless and can be dressed up or down to accentuate any outfit, at anytime, which can be a godsend for you Stylers that are currently putting a majority of your efforts into learning how to style your clothing and accessories.
To make this look your own, begin by using a spoolie brush to gently comb the brows into place, following the natural shape of your own brow. Use a brow pencil of your choice to fill in sparse area of the brows. Be sure not to overfill, Stylers. A great product to use for this is ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Wiz pencil. Complete the brow grooming process by combing a thin coat of brow gel into the brows to lock them into place all day. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Clear Brow Gel does the trick for this one.
Create a flawless, natural base by applying primer, like BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, to your face and neck to keep your foundation set in place for the duration of wear. Bounce and stipple a foundation closest to your natural skin complexion, known for a glowy, natural medium-coverage finish into the skin of the face, neck, and ears using a Beauty Blender or any round latex sponge applicator you’d like. Less is more here: start by applying a thin layer of foundation all over the skin and add additional foundation to places on the face that could use more coverage. NARS Radient Longwear Foundation is flashback-free and has a fresh, dewy finish that allows the beauty of your own skin to shine thru. Stylers, BLEND BLEND BLEND. I’m talking bouncing, pressing, and stippling for at least 4 to 5 minutes straight. The better you blend your base, the more flawless and natural your completed makeup look will be. Sore arms, be damned.
Brighten the under-eye area by packing a GENEROUS amount of translucent powder into that area of the face with a large, fluffy blending brush up the sides of the bridge of the nose. This will help to diminish the creasing under the eye that can occur when wear makeup for more than a few hours. Use a powder similar to Laura Mercier’s Translucent loose setting powder. For our darker-skinned Stylers, Ms. Mercier recently dropped a more melanin-friendly version of this product in shade, “translucent medium deep”. Let this “bake” for a few minutes, then blend and dust off the access powder with a clean medium-sized powder brush.
While you’re waiting for the setting powder to work it’s magic, You can begin to bring sultry, warmth to the eyes. Prepare the base of the eyelids by applying a concealer a few shades lighter than your foundation to the lid with your finger and seamlessly blend this into the crease of your lid with a clean dense, fluffy blending brush. For flawless, easy eye shadow application, I’m currently using P Louise Base. Create a smooth transition in the space between your eyelid and brow bone, by sweeping an eye shadow color that mimics to the color of your skin tone back and forth into crease to define this area and make blending the color your about to apply to your lids easier to smoke out. Create a smoldering, smoky effect that everyone will adore, by packing a dark brown matte eye shadow color to the lids a little past the corner of your eye with a clean, dense, smaller-sized blending brush. Using the same brush you used to create lid transition, blend out the edges of the brown, packed color until it melts seamlessly into your transitional crease color. I love using neutral eye shadow palettes to access colors that universally flatter everyone. Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette would work fabulously here and would take some guesswork out of choosing appropriate shades to slay this look. Use a smudger brush to pack and blend the same color used to warm up the lid onto the lower lash line. Line the waterline with a dark brown gel liner and coat the upper and lower lashes in Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara to create lash drama. To notch up the glam factor, carefully press a gold/bronze colored pressed glitter into the center of the lid with your fingertip.
Bring dimension back to the face by using a matte bronzer a few shades darker than your foundation, like Rihanna’s Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer, to sculpt the cheekbones, temples, hairline and jawbone. Use a fluffy, angled powder brush to LIGHTLY sweep the bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks and on other places on the face and neck that create natural shadow. Stylers, proceed with a light hand. It’s so much easier to add a little more product, if necessary, than it is to remove it. Smile and apply a pinky-peach blush to the apples of your cheeks for natural, happy-girl glow. TOO FACED Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush is a gorgeous option.
Create a lustrous, natural lip by lining and filling the lips with an earthy, pink lip pencil that is close to the natural color of your own lips. Smooth a pinky/nude gloss like, Nyx's Butter Gloss in the shade, "Creme Brulee", all over the lips. If you're a little darker skinned and you want to go neutral/nude the shade "Cinnamon Roll" is a fantastic choice.
Lock your makeup look in place by spraying setting spray, like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray all over the face and neck, and let it set a few moments to dry. For an additional dewy glow, with a clean, small fluffy blending brush and a very light hand, apply highlighter to the high points of the face where the light would naturally fall. This can include the high point of the brows, the high point of the cheekbones, the bridge and bulb of the nose, the cupid’s bow, and/or the top of the forehead. Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter will leave you breathless along with countless other highlighter products.
You're all set, Stylers! You're well on your way to slaying Soft Glam in real life, not just in your head while your reading this. Continue to look all around you for fashion and makeup inspiration. You can find inspiration for makeup looks wherever you go and more step-by-step details on how to create "Soft Glam" makeup looks and more all over the internet (especially in your social media feeds when you're "Instascrolling"). Stay tuned for next week's post where we'll delve deeper into some of the core details of another glamorous makeup look!
-Angelika S. Realer