THE “NO MAKEUP” MAKEUP LOOK: INVISIBLE BASIC BASE

Hi there!!

As promised, here you have my “No Makeup” Makeup Look tutorial!! I hope you like it!!

Today, I’ll be showing you how to create an all-rounder invisible base.
My main tip here is that technique is as important as the products you choose to use, so remember: practice makes perfect!!

Products:

It Cosmetics: Bye, Bye Redness
Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
Bourjois: Healthy Mix Foundation in 52
Revlon: Photoready Cream Blusher in Coral Reef
Maybelline: Age Rewind Concealer in Light
Clinique: Blended Powder in Invisible Blend
Hourglass: Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
Toner for dry skin (alcohol-free)

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I’ll see you in my next post!

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FLAWLESS SKIN: NOW AND THEN

In the last post, we got a sneak peek at the medieval beauty standards. Flawless immaculate (and super pale) skin was a must.

Clear, clean skin was considered a sign of a pure soul. It was a sign of youth, as well: the older the soul, the more corrupted, supposedly. In addition, using makeup to mask the flaws was said to be almost worst that the flaw itself, showing your impurity and sin soul…

What was left to do if you, being naturally tan or dry-skinned or acne-sufferer or having large pores (AKA human), still wanted to be “desirable”? The answer is easy: Skincare!!

Back then, women would make their own DIY concoctions at home, or, if they were wealthy enough, they would buy them in the market or at the convenience of their own castles, from the “Avon” or “Mary Kay” of the time.

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On the one hand, oils (big Muslim trend), bleaching agents, kitchen supplies, and poisoning substances such as mercury and lead were usual ingredients of such a skincare.

Staying indoors, avoiding the harmful effects of the sun on the skin, and drawing blood from time to time were also popular to get that “ethereal” look.

On the other hand, poor hygiene and epidemics were usual at the time, as well. Good looking skin was pretty rare, as you may imagine.

Now, back to the future!

Sunkissed skin still is quite popular in western countries, not that much in the far east. But what we all want to achieve is that glowing flawless skin look. Even Japan, as I´ve heard Lisa Eldridge explaining (we looove Lisa!), has embraced a more satin-to-glowing effect, as supposed to the traditional matte look Japanese used to love.

When dealing with cosmetics and looks… I’d rather invest 10 minutes in clever skincare routine every day than spending half an hour piling on makeup every morning. The main reason being is that NO makeup item is going to look good if the complexion is not at its best. No matter how much you spend on it, no matter how luxurious it is. Raw truth.

If your skin looks great, you’ll look great, that’s my motto!!

So! Let’s get down to business. Just three words: cleanse, protect and moisturize.

In upcoming posts, we’ll chat about skincare, prior to starting playing with different makeup techniques to enhance our hard work.

Till then…Take care!!! And remember: cleanse, protect and moisturize your skin, you only have one!!!

CROSS BORDER BEAUTY: SPANISH MEDIEVAL LOOK

I’m sure you’ve noticed: we live crazy makeup times. It’s difficult to tell what’s hot right now. Everything’s on trend.

Unlike the past centuries, where it was quite simple to state the beauty standard of the time, the XXI century seems to have taken all: nude and bold, matte and dewy, fresh and natural or completely over the top makeup …or, as Lisa Eldridge mentioned one time, no makeup at all. But we’re not the only ones who’re difficult to tag… Let me show you!

During the Middle Ages, in Europe, Teocentrism dictated the aesthetic taste. In fact, it dictated every single aspect of  life.

The ideal medieval woman, as described by the chronicles of the time, had to be pale, with small lips and nose, thin eyebrows and ears and big eyes and forehead. And I mean huuuge (shaved or plugged) forehead. On top of that, she should be natural. Beauty was a God´s gift, so altering your appearance was kind of sin-ish (except if you were sick, in which case, you were allowed to wear makeup to avoid another sin: your husband cheating on you….).

Spain was quite different to the rest of Europe, though. Part Christian, part Islamic and with a strong Jewish presence since the VIII century till the XV: it was the perfect place for a unique look. They lived crazy makeup and fashion times, as well.

Even though the are physical evidence of women using bleaching agents for both hair and skin following the European/Christian trend, this “ethereal” or “angelic” look mixed with the Muslim and Jewish aesthetic taste.

The philosopher Maimonides wrote about the use of henna and we know that kohl around the eyes was considered the epitome of sexy and sultry.

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In fact, during the XV century “morisco style” was real flirty and high fashion. Even Enrique IV, King of Castile and half-brother to Isabel the Catholic, rocked it, regardless religious or political implications.

Back then, just like nowadays, the mix between different beauty approaches happened purely because of the consideration of the “foreign” style as pretty, luxurious and innovative.