simple and easy makeup routine

How To ‘Cheer Me Up’ Makeup In 9 Easy Steps!

An easy make up routine to lift your spirits up!

There are days when we can’t help but feel under the weather, days when we just need a little more help than usual to feel like ourselves again. What would you say if I told you that perhaps your makeup bag holds the key to a brighter day?

Makeup has always been a source of inspiration and self-expression for me, but mostly a fun tool I go to when I need to cheer myself up. Doing my makeup is a time when I can be creative and relax – a therapeutic ritual dedicated to myself for a more self-confident, happy me!

Today I will share with you my mood-boosting makeup routine. A simple and quick step by step that will lift your spirits, revitalize your complexion and get you looking and feeling beautiful inside out!  I invite you to give it a try and discover the transformative power of makeup!

STEP 1: Prep And Prime

A primer is a great addition to any makeup routine. It doesn’t only help your makeup stay put for longer but also evens out any texture issues or discoloration on the skin creating an even canvas to apply your foundation flawlessly.

Maybelline New York master prime primer base

STEP 2: Foundation And Highlighter

For my base, I like to make a little concoction between a liquid highlighter and a liquid foundation to make the coverage of the foundation more sheer, and as a result, a more luminous natural-looking base.  A great tip is to apply the formulation with your clean fingers as it melts the product into the skin seamlessly. Don’t forget to always take your foundation down to your neck and up to your ears and hairline for an even look.

Mac Cosmetics face and body foundation

Mac strobe cream – goldlite

STEP 3: Contour And Bronzer

Contouring is a corrective makeup technique mostly used on stage and film sets popularized by celebrity makeup artists for stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. Contouring helps you define facial features and correct any imperfections by playing with the natural shadows of the face. When used correctly, it can deliver amazing results. I use this technique in a very subtle way to bring dimension back into my face after the application of my base products. You can use cream, liquid or powder formulations. Whichever type of contouring product you choose, it should be applied on the points of your face’s structure that normally create some depth – such as underneath the cheekbones, jawline and the sides of the nose. Blending is key here to obtain a natural sculpted visage.

Next we move onto bronzer – to set the contour application and bring the skin back to life. Here, we recommend you choose a neutral shade that looks natural and complements your skin tone. Apply bronzer on the perimeters of the face emulating a number three shape and across the forehead and bridge of the nose for a sun-kissed glow effect.

Clinique chubby stick sculpting contour

Tarte Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer

STEP 4: Concealer

Concealer is one of those products that makes a great difference on how your makeup looks. When well-blended and strategically applied it instantly makes you look more awake and fresh. We recommend you choose a hydrating formula for the delicate eye area and pick a shade one tone lighter than your skin for a lifting and brightening effect.  To set your concealer in place use a finely mild translucent powder.  However, before setting your undereye area make sure there are no visible creases or fine lines because of excess leftover product that may have settled – simply dab with your finger until the product spreads and the creases or fine lines are gone.

Too Faced born this way super coverage multi-use sculpting concealer

Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder

STEP 5: Make Me Brows

Your eyebrows are the frame of your face. When well-groomed and sculpted they lift your expression and define the look of your makeup.  Remember that brows are supposed to be sisters and not twins, so don’t overthink it!  With natural hair like strokes follow the natural line of your eyebrows. Start by filling in the middle or you could start with areas with gaps where you need the most concentration of product and slowly move towards the front of your brow, towards your nose.

NYX Professional Makeup precision brow pencil

STEP 6: Eye Definer & Mascara

With the same bronzer and a fluffy blending brush, apply some of the product into the crease of your eyelids to define your eyes.  Finish up the eyes by curling and coating lashes top and bottom with mascara. Here, you want to start at the root of the lashes wiggling all the way through the tips for extra volume and length.

L’Oreal Paris paradise mascara waterproof with castor oil

STEP 7: Blush Those Cheeks

Apply your blush to the apples of the cheeks upwards towards the temples and whatever is left on your brush, apply it down the bridge of your nose for an overall healthy blush.

E.L.F. beautifully bare blush

STEP 8: More Highlighter

For a touch of luminosity apply highlighter on the highest points of your face – cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of your nose for a natural glow.  As a final touch, spray your visage with a skin refresher water mist for long-lasting beauty and radiance.

Mac Cosmetics mineralize skinfinish – soft & gentle

Mac Cosmetics PREP + PRIME FIX+

STEP 9: Lipstick

To finalize a “cheer me up” makeup look, add a pop of colour with a rich and moisturizing tinted lip stain. Lip stains offer a touch of colour that looks more natural.

Yves Saint Laurent vernis à lèvres pop water – rouge splash


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The Rise of Clean Beauty: Understanding Natural Skincare Products

A movement worth understanding.

The beauty industry is always coming up with new formulations, ingredients, and techniques to keep us looking youthful, glowing, and flawless. These days it’s common to see beauty brands market themselves as ‘clean’. Led by conscious consumerism, this once niche movement has become mainstream. But what exactly is clean beauty?

What Is Clean Beauty?

Clean beauty refers to beauty products that are made from natural and non-toxic ingredients. These ingredients are sourced from plants, minerals, and other naturally occurring substances, and are typically free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and other potentially harmful additives and harsh chemicals. Clean beauty products are typically also cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable.

Why the Shift to Clean Beauty?

For many women, the shift to clean beauty is driven by a desire for transparency and authenticity with regard to ingredients sourcing, quality, manufacturing practices, and environmental impact. With so many chemicals and synthetic ingredients being used in traditional beauty products, it’s hard to know exactly what we’re putting on our skin. Additionally, many people have become more aware of the impact that the beauty industry can have on the environment, and are seeking products that are eco-friendly and sustainable.

According to a study by Grand View Research, the global organic personal care market is expected to reach $25.1 billion by 2025, with consumers increasingly seeking out natural and organic products for their skincare needs. The trend is particularly popular in Australia, the UK, UAE, and the broader Middle East region, where consumers are rapidly embracing clean beauty as a better alternative to traditional beauty products.

Clean Beauty Principles

This trend is not just a passing fad, as more women are educating themselves and seeking a more sustainable way to achieve beautiful, radiant skin. Here are some principles that the clean beauty industry is following to address consumer needs.

Reduced Chemical Exposure

One of the most significant benefits of natural and organic skincare is that it reduces exposure to harmful chemicals. Researchers have found dangerous levels of mercury in traditional skin lightening and anti-aging creams. Formaldehyde is a strong-smelling chemical that is used to lengthen the shelf-life of some traditional cosmetics and has been found linked to nose and throat cancers. Compounds that have “paraben” in their name are used in face washes and other skincare products. Parabens have been linked to increased incidence of breast cancer.

Increased Antioxidants and Nutrients

Natural and organic skincare products are often enriched with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which provide essential elements to safeguard against environmental stressors. Ingredients such as green tea, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid are known for their ability to regenerate and protect the skin.

Preventing Premature Aging

Exposure to UV radiation, pollution, and blue light from electronic devices can lead to premature aging of the skin. However, natural and organic skincare products can help prevent this damage as they often have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that protect the skin from these harmful effects.

Environmental Sustainability

Natural and organic skincare products are often sourced from ethically derived and eco-friendly ingredients. They are made without the use of harmful pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other environmental pollutants. Choosing natural and organic products enables us to support sustainable farming practices that have a positive impact on the environment.

Key Natural and Organic Skincare Ingredients

If you’re new to the world of clean beauty, the sheer variety of natural and organic ingredients on offer can be overwhelming. Here are a few commonly used ingredients to get you started:

Aloe Vera: With its cooling and soothing properties, aloe vera is a popular ingredient in skincare products designed to reduce inflammation and redness.

Coconut Oil: Rich in fatty acids, coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and hydrates the skin. It’s also packed with antioxidants, making it an excellent anti-aging ingredient.

Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in skincare products that target acne-prone skin.

Rosehip Oil: Abundant in vitamins A and C, rosehip oil is a potent anti-aging ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tips to Switch to Natural and Organic Skincare

If you’re ready to make the switch to clean beauty, here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Do your research: Look for brands that are transparent about their ingredients and production processes, and that prioritize sustainability and cruelty-free practices.

2. Start small: Incorporate natural and organic products into your skincare routine one at a time, so that you can test out what works best for your skin over 1-2 weeks.

3. Read the labels: Natural and organic skin care products can still contain synthetic fragrances or other additives, so make sure to read the labels carefully before purchasing.

4. Be patient: Transitioning to natural and organic skincare may take some time for your skin to adjust, so be patient.

The clean beauty movement is here to stay. With increasing concerns about the environment, our health, and the ethics of the beauty industry, it’s no wonder that more and more women are turning to natural and organic skincare products. By understanding the benefits of clean beauty, and incorporating natural and non-toxic ingredients into your daily routines, you can feel confident that you’re doing your part to take care of yourself and the planet. It’s a win-win.


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