Friday, March 7, 2014

Naked . Flawless . Skin . How to achieve a Barely There Face Inspired by Beyonce's "Ghost" Video

One of my favorite looks from Beyonce's visual album is the barely there naked makeup look in the Ghost video.  This "natural" look entails more than what meets the eye , luckily for you I've provided a detailed step by step process with product suggestions on creating this look which I like to call : Naked. Flawless. Skin.

You need to have a good skincare regimen ... or begin one.  
A quick cost-friendly "pick me up" is Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask . Infused with natural charcoal, this thermal mask opens pores and draws out dirt. It finishes with a cooling sensation for tingly-smooth skin in just one minute.  You can also follow with the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser throughout the week .
For your nighttime routine "not so cost friendly but WORTH every penny" .  I like the use of Tarte Pure  Maracuja Oil along with the C- Brighter eye treatment.  You will see the difference in your skin as well as your eye area with continued use , and because the formulas are so potent a little goes a LONG way.  For your daytime routine, I suggest Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk or the 100% Pure Argan Oil or 100% Pure Argan Oil light ( if you want a lighter feel) . Your skin will be be beyond hydrated and you can begin your "Ghost" inspired look .

Weightless Liquid High Definition Foundation
We're just going for the Naked look, but we are not taking it literal...  So a liquid coverage is the BEST way to go.  Just blends into the skin and you wont have the Matte powder "made up" look.  You want a "smooth glow" .. I really like  Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Makeup , and Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation are my two suggestions.Both provide full coverage, really feel weightless , and your skin really will look great in photos as well as in person. Both provides great shades for Darker tones too -

Glossy Lids 
Beyonce has been know to sport this for years now, but this is a old trick done by all of the Pro's .  You can use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream alone on the lids or over a shadow ( other looks) and since the lids have powder as a base its very easy to remove.  A little goes a LONG way. For the Naked look , I would say add a little bit on just the middle of the lids and you can use a very sublte bronze / light brown shadow as a base .  Another trick is to use just a clear gloss (one that is not too thick or sticky) on the lids . A good recommendation is Josie Maran High Gloss Lip Quench. ** You can fill in your brows sparingly with a brown pencil , followed by a sweep of brow gel over the brows**

Dark Defined Lashes 
Since everything is toned down, your lashes really take the lead. You really don't need to apply false lashes, but you NEED a good mascara.  Mally Beauty Instant Impact Duo magnifies the lashes , without adding volume and "clump" giving the lashes a lightweight feeling -  exactly what you're going for. You will not be applying to the bottom lash line ( although I LOVE to do that - , just not for this look) .

Highlight the Eyes 
My favorite part of this look is the lower lash line.  I love how the eyes are illuminated , yet in a subtle way. You can achieve this with Mally Beauty Lightwand Eye Brightener.  You can also highlight the inner rims of the eyes with the sponge applicator side of the wand.  This works wonders !

Natural Flushed Cheeks 
A hint of color is all you need. You definitely need a cream blush/ cheek tint texture.  I really like Tarte Cheek Stain and Josie Maran Argan Color Stick as choices for the cheeks.

Barely There Lips
A nude glossy lip is key.  Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in "Deep Nude" , "Natural Nude" or "Light Nude" -  depending on your complexion / your preference.

There you have it,  a detailed step by step breakdown on how to achieve this flawless look,  enjoy!!

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