Here's how you can look fresh and pretty without looking overdone or with too much makeup, for those days when you just don't feel like it.
Step 1: Make sure your face is clean. Wipe off the excess sebum or impurities with a cosmetic cotton disc and tonic lotion. (My favorite is Garnier's Tonic Lotion with either grapes or astringent lotion). Apply a light hydrating cream if you feel that your face is too dry.
Step 2: Apply your foundation. As we want a natural and soft look and avoid a caked face, simply add a dot of foundation to both of your cheeks, forehead and chin. This should be enough to lightly cover your blemishes and also level your skin tone. Use a foundation brush for a natural airbrushed look.
Step 3: Conceal! Take your favorite concealer and conceal under your eyes using the lightest concealer, and then conceal around your nose and edges of your mouth with a concealer closest to your skin tone. Blend everything into your foundation. If you have any redness on your face, a green concealer should be applied prior to the skin tone one.
Step 4: Powder to set everything in place! Choose a soft loose powder and apply a small amount using a powder brush to set your foundation and concealer and to give everything a uniform look. My personal favorite powder is Rimmel London's Silky Loose Powder.
Step 5: Fill in your eyebrows but don't overdo them! Remember, we're aiming for a natural look. Just fill in the visible and disturbing gaps. As Marlena from makeupgeek.com said, find a brow pencil with a kaki undertone.
Step 6: Apply a primer on your eyelid before any eye-shadow. Find a matte eyeshadow which is closest to your skin tone and apply it all over your lid and on the lower lash line. Then, take a matte white eye-shadow and highlight your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes (here you can also use a shimmering white).
Step 7: Mascara your lashes. Here it depends on how you like them. I like my lashes well coated but if you feel that's too much, one coat should do the trick.
Step 8: Apply your favorite blush in a discreet layer just enough to give you that rosy flushed look. Finish everything off with either a simple coral lipstick or a clear lip gloss.
Here is my before and after using the technique described previously! (Yes, I look horror :)) Bad sleep...)
I hope this was useful and if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to ask or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org