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No Makeup, Makeup For The Modest Woman

My first makeup post! Yay! So as a Muslimah who chooses to wear hijab, I understand the struggle between being modest, but still wanting to wear makeup. For many woman makeup can almost feel like a "need" more than a "want". We either have dark circles that need a bit of concealer, love to wear mascara or simply have that urge to vamp our lips up with MAC's "Ruby Woo".

Getting back to my education in Cosmetology, made me want to explore my options with makeup. I wanted to find a way that I could be creative, and at times, cover those slight imperfections we all seem to find in ourselves. I found that the "No Makeup, Makeup" was the best way to do this. Sure, there is no statement, or pop of color, but applying makeup in a way, to make it appear as though your skin in naturally flawless...its the "I'm so flawless, I don't have to wear makeup" look, that can really allow a modest woman to feel confidant and natural, when leaving her home.

Many things are possible when trying to achieve this look. One can opt to use a lightweight foundation, but what I found to be most "natural" for me was using a BB Cream and Mineral Powder. I have recently fell in love with Aveeno's BB Cream, which unfortunately only comes in one color "Fair/Light". This is perfect for my skin tone, but may not suit others. My skin also runs "dry/normal" which is perfect for a BB cream, or tinted Moisturizer. If your skin runs a bit more oily, I would definitely suggest a Mineral Powder like "Bare Minerals" or a matte foundation of your choosing. Although be careful with matte foundations when achieving this natural look. My personal opinion is that our natural skin has a bit of a "glow" or "dewy" finish to it, so a matte base, may not give you the fully "natural" look we are trying to achieve. After my liquid base, I simply used my Bare Minerals powder in "Golden Fair" to set my look and give a tad bit more coverage. I'm not trying to cover blemishes, so a light coverage is all I;m looking for.

Along with my base, I used Bare Minerals "Warmth". It is their version of a bronzer, and works great when added lightly, or heavier for darker skin. I added "warmth" under my cheek bones and around my face where the sun would naturally hit me. These areas being, my nose, chin, temples and my eyes (lightly going into the crease and corners to add depth) To add a natural blushed look, I than added Pixi blusher in the color "Perfect Peach". My skin tone is fair, so a light peachy color gives my cheeks just the right amount of color to brighten them up, without looking like I am actually wearing blush. This could be very different, depending on your skin tone. For a darker skin tone, just a bronzer, or even a darker pink, applied lightly, may be necessary. Again, we are trying to just brighten up our features, not enhance them. 

When you are trying to brighten up the face a bit, a highlighter is always a great option, in almost every look. I decided to use my Hard Candy blusher in "Honeymoon". This blusher is such a light pink with a pearly finish, that its best used for highlighting. I add this to the top of my cheekbones. Also, a "highlighter" or "brightener" doesn't always have to mean a powder or liquid, but can also come in a pencil form, for the eyes. After brightening up my cheeks, I also wanted to brighten up my eyes. For some of us, our eyes run red, or drag because of stress, lack of sleep, or lets admit...sometimes we just have those ugly days. (giggles)
Because of this, I decided to use my Pixi pencil in "Oyster Glow". Although I felt this pencil was a bit pricey at $18.00, it has become apart of my, almost, everyday makeup routine. If you can get past the price tag, it can definitely be worth it. Adding this to my waterline will just add a little glow and mask any redness I may be having. 

When it comes to the eyes, who can forget mascara. Mascara is a staple for even the real "no makeup" wearing kinda girl. I think that mascara can brighten up the entire face, with just it alone. Adding that definition to your eyelashes brighten ups the eyes, and as the eyes are windows to our soul...who can say more. For the modest woman, fake lashes could be a no, no, and even extreme lengthening mascaras, could become a bit much at times. So for this look I wanted to keep it as natural as possible with a brown mascara. Of course if your hair runs darker anyways, a black mascara is perfect. I also chose to curl my lashes. This is optional, but since I was avoiding a darker mascara, and a volumizing one, I wanted to at least give my strait lashes a curl. The last step in this natural look, is lips. Now please, stay away from the "Ruby Woo" for this look. Although the natural face with bright lips is in right now, that is not what were going for here. Think "hippie", not "boho chic". Adding a lip balm is perfect, but if you insist on some kind of color, try a tinted lip balm like I did. I used Burts Bees "Blush Orchid". It is a pale pink with a hint of sparkle to feel girly. You can also try a color closer to your lip color or one shade darker. Avoid skin toned colors though, they can tend to wash you out since your face is very simple.

This look can be so flattering when done right. Its perfect for the summer, or on a lazy day. It is great for interviews, or first impressions. The "No Makeup, Make Up" is also great for those modest woman who just want to brighten up their look and cover minor imperfections. Don't be scared to put down that heavy foundation to attempt a more natural look. And modest ladies, here's you answer to a more confidant you with the simple and light coverage you've been seeking. 

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