Let’s be honest: I’ve never shied away from a good time. I love dressing up, glamming out, and living out my wildest fantasies. I love lavish parties, dancing all night, and a little debauchery. But here’s the plot twist...
...I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup.
The truth is, I didn’t start to wear makeup until I was 28 – using only blush at first then eyeshadow. By 30, I added a single step to my routine by adding powder.
Despite what others might think of my Naughty Girl lifestyle, excessive makeup has never been part of it.
I choose not to wear makeup unless I’m doing an interview or going out for the evening, and even then, I keep it very simple. Why? For many reasons.
First of all, I love my skin. I have amazing skin that glows, due in large part to my skincare routine. I love to keep my skin clear and distraction-free, not only because I have a natural glow from within, but also because it helps highlight my eyes.
Mind you, my natural glow comes from having very oily skin – which is another reason I avoid much makeup. By having oily skin, my makeup deteriorates rapidly throughout the night – especially when dancing.
Lastly, and probably most important of all, I choose to not wear a lot of makeup because I want my beauty to come from who I am – not who my makeup makes me. Too often, we cover up our natural beauty with excessive makeup. I believe that each of us is beautiful and that if we just take care of our skin, we won’t need makeup to cover ourselves up.
All that being said, I do have a very simple and effective skincare and makeup routine that will help you look smooth, elegant, and gorgeous – all without covering up the stunningly gorgeous Naughty Girl you already are. Let’s go.
It all starts here. I take great pride in my skin, and it is the main reason why I don’t need to wear much makeup. For instance, I always wear an SPF on my face, neck, and chest. I also stopped laying out in the sun over 15 years ago and had laser treatments to remove past damage.
I receive monthly facials, lasers, and needling to keep my skin refreshed, bright, and beautiful. Lastly, I only use the best products on my skin, Obagi. Now that we have the skin ready, let’s talk makeup.
Minimalist Makeup Routine
When it comes to makeup, I truly like to keep it simple, clean, and effective. The brand that I turn to again and again is Jane Iredale. They feature high quality, beautifully formulated beauty products that nourish my skin and give me incredible results. After I wash my face, exfoliate, and moisturize, it is time to get to work!
I start with the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer and Brightener. (Say that three times fast.) This helps control the oil from ruining my makeup and limits the shine.
Again, I have very oily skin, which is the kiss of death for makeup. I then go in with Jane Iredale’s Absence Oil Control Primer to keep my makeup in place, no matter how much I dance.
This is the third and final way I control my shine and oil. I apply the Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder all over my face, neck and chest.
With my base set, it is time to even out my complexion with the Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation. This not only has SPF in it, but it offers light coverage that allows my natural skin to still be the star of the show. So light and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing nothing.
I apply to my face, neck and chest because I match my makeup to my skin color. Nothing looks worse when you don’t blend your makeup to your neck and chest. Since I don’t layout my face, neck or chest, I need to blend to rest my body so it all looks even.
First of all, if you are using powder foundation, you should absolutely stick with a powder blush. Mixing cream products with powder products can lead to a muddy, gross mess – and no one wants that.
The trick to perfect blush so it doesn’t look like it’s sitting on your skin, is to lay a thin layer on your skin and then go over it again with your foundation powder. It creates the perfect ‘glow-from-within’ vibe. My favorite blush is Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Blush in the color Whisper.
This might get me kicked out of the beauty guru space, which is fine, but I don’t do my brows or follow brow trends. Instead I focus on my eyes and prefer a smokey eye for an evening look.
I don’t venture far when it comes to colors, but if I ever feel like I want to add some flair to my eye look, I incorporate my blush into my crease. I love Jane Iredale’s beautiful, natural eye shadow shades.
For eyeliner, I simply take an eyeliner brush and use my eye shadow to line my eyes.
For concealer, I simply apply a small amount of powder that is a couple of shades lighter than my foundation powder. Thankfully, Jane Iredale also has an incredible brush just for this purpose – offering a flawless application that isn’t cakey and doesn’t crease.
Finishing the Look
Now that we’ve created the look, it is time to lock it in. Simply add a light dusting of the Matte powder and spritz with the Jane Iredale Pommisst Hydration spray to keep your look in place.
Then add a touch of lip gloss, and you’re ready to go! The Jane Iredale Pure Gloss Lip Gloss is amazing. It offers the right amount of pigment without being too heavy or sticky.
There it is! My Minimalist Naughty Girl Makeup Routine.
The best part of this makeup, aside from how easy it is to apply, is that it takes absolutely no effort to take it off at the end of a long night of dancing.
Better than that? If you get back from the club way too late and fall asleep in your makeup, it doesn’t matter. Each Jane Iredale product is not only clean and natural, but it is actually good for your skin.
Plus, it will look great on your face the next day if you happen to wake up in someone else’s house.
Be Natural & Naughty!