Yesterday I got my butt whooped at work, so I called my always-up-for-fun friend, Scott, for some much-needed cocktails. We were sitting at the bar when I noticed the bartender was really pretty. Her smoky eye makeup was flawless and her on-trend red lips looked like this.
Since Scott is perpetually single, I elbowed him and nodded toward the bartender, saying, "She's pretty cute, what about her?"
"Nah," he replied. "She has way too much makeup on. That's the kind of woman who takes it all off and you're horrified."
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I was stunned -- and immediately self-conscious. I definitely did a little day-to-night touch-up (using these tips) for our happy hour and was wondering if he thought I was wearing too much makeup, too.
Being the beauty-obsessed woman I am, I didn't even ask. I love a winged tip (this eyeliner tutorial helped me master it). I'll admit I did do some Internet trolling for celebs who look effortlessly beautiful. You know, so I can steal their best natural, no-makeup makeup looks. See how you can copy their just-right makeup and hair, too:
Applying blush is an art. Too much and you look like a 5-year-old who found her mother's makeup stash; too little and you look sallow and "tired." Celebrity makeup artist Stephanie Flor tells us how to perk up those cheeks for a healthy glow like the one seen on Michelle Williams:
Step 1: Apply a tinted moisturizer like Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15, $24.50, as it's great for coverage, but light enough to let your natural skin show through.
Step 2: Apply a bit of concealer under your eyes and on your lids to get an even tone.
Step 3: Pat a peachy-pink cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks (try Josie Maran Cream Blush, $22).
Step 4: Apply a light pink lip balm like CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Marble, $5.99.
Charlize Theron's eyes are defined just enough to let them pop without looking heavy. To get this perfect, no-makeup-makeup look, try Flor's how-tos:
Step 1: Apply a tinted moisturizer to your entire face, and cover any flaws with concealer.
Step 2: Sweep your cheekbones with a bronzer two shades darker than your skin tone, using an upward motion from the apples of your cheeks to your temples to add a subtle contour.
Step 3: Use a cream eyeshadow in a shimmery bronzy hue like Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Savage or Paper Tiger, $23. Simply pat the cream shadow all over your upper lids with your finger.
Step 4: Using an angled brush, line the same color under your lower lashlines from the outside corner to the middle.
Step 5: Apply a highlighter on your inner corners to the middle of your lower lashline.
Step 6: Apply a black pencil liner to your upper inner rim to frame the eyes.
Step 7: Curl lashes and apply three coats of black mascara to your upper lashes, making sure to apply the mascara starting from the roots. You can also apply individual falsies if you wish.
Step 8: Apply mascara to your lower lashes once or twice.
There's nothing more natural than unwashed hair, agreed? On your second-day hair, try Felicity Jones' messy lived-in braid that's stunning without looking immaculate. Celebrity hairstylist Patrick Melville shares how to get the look below:
Step 1: Take a one-inch curling iron and wrap one-inch sections of hair around it from roots to ends to a create curly texture.
Step 2: Tease the crown.
Step 3: Make a deep part across your left brow's arch.
Step 4: Slightly gel down the left side of your part.
Step 5: Maintaining the pouf at your crown, pull all your hair to the right side of the part and braid into a fishtail.
Step 6: Secure the braid with an elastic, then wrap a section of hair around the elastic, bobby pinning it in.
Step 7: Pull out a few pieces of hair from around your face, and pull apart sections of the finished braid to loosen it.
Step 8: Lightly mist hair with a flexible hold hairspray like Dove Flexible Hold Aerosol Hairspray with Natural Movement, $4.59.
Loose waves like Jennifer Aniston's look like natural texture, rather than styled curls. While her bed-head waves take more work than just rolling out of bed, you can copy the look easily with Melville's tips:
Step 1: Apply a texturizing spray to wet hair. Try Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray, $20.
Step 2: Blow dry hair away from your face using a round brush.
Step 3: With a 3/4-inch curling iron, wrap one-inch sections of hair from mid-shafts to ends only (leave the roots straight). Curl random sections of hair in different directions to create a more haphazard, rough texture.
Step 4: Gently run your hands through the waves to break up the curl, then finish with a spritz of hairspray.
Katie Holmes' top bun looks like she whipped it up in two minutes. You can too with Melville's tips:
Step 1: Spray hair with a texturizing spray.
Step 2: Tease hair lightly from root to ends to create texture. If you have really fine, straight hair, you can also curl your hair to give more body.
Step 3: Flip your hair upside down, gather all your hair and tie it into a high ponytail.
Step 4: Taking one-inch sections of your hair, wrap them around the elastic and secure them haphazardly with bobby pins. Allow loose ends to fall naturally.
Step 5: Spray with a finishing hairspray like Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray, $17.96.
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