Step 1: Prepare Face and Lips
Prepare your skin with moisturizer and apply a hydrating balm to your lips. Tend not to use makeup primers because the extra layer of product on my already oily skin actually makes my makeup break down faster.
Step 2: Apply Foundation
Using a dome-shaped brush, buff a lightweight foundation into the skin, taking care to blend past the jawline and onto the neck.
Step 3: Add Highlighter
Apply a cream highlighter to your cheekbones and Cupid’s bow above the lip. Set this with powder so the effect is more luminous than shiny.
Step 4: All About the Eyes
Dust a pale, neutral shadow all over your lids and onto the brow bone, then add a medium taupe in the crease and along the lower lash line. Add a darker brown on the outer corners, and blend everything together with a brush so there are no harsh lines. Fill in your brows with pencil and apply mascara to curled lashes.
Step 5: Blot Lips
Using fingers, I press a dark, purplish lip color into my lips, then blot the lipstick to create a sheer wash of color.
Add blush as the final step, because it’s easy to overdo it when you aren’t wearing any lip color. Make sure the lips and cheeks harmonize.