There is a GOOD reason why I called this look “Time Machine”. It may not physically turn back the time, but with practice and a good technique, it can subtract between five to ten years. I tried to not use too much makeup and focus on enhancing the skin’s natural beauty with a small twist. The secret is the freckles. They seem to add to the beauty of the skin. This look is great for everyday wear and a no-makeup makeup look.
Step 1: Prep the skin
Best way to make sure the skin looks its best is moisturizing. My routine before ANY makeup look is as simple as three steps. In between each step, I wait up to a minute to make sure that all of the product is absorbed into my skin before I proceed to the next one.
- Plumping serum to try to erase signs of aging.
- Moisturizer to keep the skin nice and hydrated throughout the day. Some days my skin could use a little extra help with moisture, in this case, I will use a rosehip oil to give my skin that extra boost.
- Primer. Depending on the condition of my skin or what look I am going for I use either a pore filling, mattifying primer or one that illuminates the skin and leaves a dewy glow.
Step 2: Cover imperfections
In this step, it is important to use minimal concealer and only on spots that are troublesome, such as pimples and under eyes. For people with a skin type that tends to lean towards larger problem areas, it could be best to use a tinted moisturizer or even a bb cream. It all depends on the level of comfort after all the goal of this specific look is to enhance natural beauty.
For such small amounts I prefer to use my fingers to blend out the products, but it is okay to use a brush or a sponge if someone is more comfortable with those.
Step 3: Brow time
The way I do my brows is in two little steps.
- First, I take an eyebrow pencil and outline the brow shape with light movements and imitate brow hairs where they are sparse. It helps with creating a precise brow.
- With brow powder I fill in the inside of the brow, making it darker.
Even though I try my best to “color within the lines” sometimes I do have a mishap and need to intervene with a clean spoolie or a concealer. Since for this look I try to shoot for the natural aspect, adding more concealer would defeat the purpose. To carve out the brow I used a clean flat brush so the outcome would not look harsh.
Step 4: Set the crease (optional)
Some people do find their eyelids to be an area of discoloration and used concealer on them in Step 2. Even though I can’t stress enough about the natural aspect it is okay to do that. If concealer was used on the eyelid then it needs to be set. I do recommend using an eyeshadow that is up to about a shade darker than natural skin for this step. Since the crease is the place where the product would collect, it is best if it’s set with a powder in a circling motion bringing the fluffy brush side to side.
Step 5: Lashes
For ANY look, I like to do my lashes a specific way.
- First coat for a base
- Fiber extensions that go directly on the lash
- Second coat to lock the fibers in place
- Third coat to secure everything in place
As my hand is not extremely precise, I still get some product on my skin. In this situation, I learned from Sylvia Gani on YouTube that I can fix it by gently rubbing a clean spoolie on the messed up spot. If the lashes came out too spidery and clumpy I like to use the same clean spoolie to separate them.
Step 6: Blush
When choosing a blush it is best to choose one that is closest to the color of a pinched cheek. For a more youthful look, a slightly more pink blush would work. It is important to keep the blush matte.
Step 7: Glow
A soft, glowy look highlighter can be applied with a fan brush. This type of brush is designed to apply a product with a just-a-touch finish. It is important to not go too crazy with the glow to keep the skin radiant but not beaming into outer space for this look.
Step 8: Creating freckles
Freckles are the key to this look. They just seem to take away multiple years off of a face. I have seen so many tutorials that included them and concluded that it is most natural when they are in different shades and sizes.
First I took a light nude lip liner and created the larger dots on cheeks, nose, and forehead by lightly pressing and twisting the product.
The second set of freckles were created by using a micro eyebrow pencil and using the same technique I placed the smallest dots in the same general area as the larger ones.
Step 9: Lips
A look cannot be fully completed without a clear or toned down lip gloss. My choice was a nice peachy color that had only a slight difference in color from my natural lip
Step 10: Lock it in place
No look is completed without a good setting spray. By good, I mean it needs to be amazing. Those freckles need to stay in place for the whole day.
With the look being completed the last thing to do is style hair and it is all done. This has to be one of my favorite full-face looks. It is fun, quick, and super adorable.