Back when I was little I used to hate my freckles. They’d make me feel ashamed, ugly and different. I was constantly bullied for having freckles and ginger hair so there’s no wonder that I took such a disliking to them. Once I got older, I started to buy the heaviest coverage foundations I could find in a bid to hide what I thought of as my flaws away.
It took me until my 20’s to realise that the things that made me different were the things that I should be embracing instead of hiding. It’s too easy to want to fit in with the crowd you’re younger and want to be accepted by your peers. But when you do mature, you soon realise that trying to be the same as everybody else is pretty boring.
Just recently I’ve seen a real spike over social media of beautiful men and women embracing their freckles that have deepened in the gorgeous summer sun. It makes me so happy to see people so happy and confident within their own skin and accepting themselves for who they are. Everybody has beautiful features that should be celebrated instead of hidden which is what inspired my extremely natural makeup look today.
I must admit, my finger hovered over the ‘post’ button a little longer than I anticipated when posting this picture. It’s not often that I take selfies showcasing my natural skin and barely there makeup, but since finishing my course of Accutane and having clear skin for the first time in years, I finally felt confident enough to bare it. If you’d like to get the “barely there” makeup look that I’m wearing in the photograph, take a look at the list of products and how to below.
The night before I smoothed on a small amount ofVita Liberata’s Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion to give my skin a sunkissed glow. The following morning I prepped my skin with a good dose of Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream. It’s vital to moisturise your skin daily to keep it hydrated and looking plumped and fresh. For a barely there natural look, it’s an absolute necessity!
Next I applied a little natural bronzer with my Laritzy Cosmetics Shade Stix in the colour Aloha all over the high points of my face. I used Illamasqua’s Gel Sculpt in Silhouette to add a little contour to my cheekbones and a little definition to my eyes on the socket line. I also put a tiny bit under my bottom lip to help give it a little more shape and plumpness.
I then went in with my Laura Geller Easy Illuminating Stick in the shade Ballerina on the high points of my face and upper brow for a fresh sheen.
Next up I defined my brows usingBenefit’s Gimme Brow in shade 3 (I prefer shade 1 but only had shade 3 to hand). I then gave my lashes a quick curl and added a subtle sweep of Pur Cosmetics Fully Charged Magentic Mascara.
What are your favourite products to use for a quick barely there makeup look?
© Rachael Divers 2018.