Now that you’re all familiar with how the FREE beauty classes offered at Sephora work (If you missed my previous post on this, catch up here), I can fill you in on the specific tips I picked up. As previously mentioned, the topic of the class I attended was the No-Makeup Look.
I’m not usually one for the no-makeup look. If I’m not wearing makeup, I’m not leaving the house (unless I’m headed to the gym), and if I am wearing makeup, I usually choose to glam it up a bit. The date of this class just happened to work for my friend and I, so we went. But I have to say, there was nothing disappointing about this class. In fact, the No-Makeup look is achieved with quite a bit of makeup. I wouldn’t even really call it the No-Makeup look, but more of a natural makeup look. A look that is quick and easy to do, but you can still look fabulous when you leave the house.
Once we signed in and got our Color IQ, we were taken around the store by a Sephora beauty consultant, who chose our “materials” for us. The beauty consultant hand chose products that matched our Color IQ, that we would need to achieve this look (See my personal product list below). This included a BB/CC cream, concealer, eyeshadow palette and brow pencil. We were also given a beauty blender and professional makeup brushes to use. The remaining products and tools that we would need were already laid out on the table.
The class was led by one of the beauty consultants who showed us step-by-step how to compete the look using a model. And, nerds rejoice, a visual handout was also provided, which listed tips and the detailed steps to follow to achieve this look. I swear, I wasn’t the only one taking vigorous notes.
What’s the Secret to a Flawless No-Makeup Look?
Before you can even begin this look, you have to lay the groundwork. It ALL starts with a good skincare routine! You can use drugstore makeup and make it look fantastic IF your skincare routine is on point. This includes using a daily eye cream, moisturizer, AND don’t forget about a lip treatment! To begin, we started with a fresh face and applied moisturizer, eye cream, and a lip treatment from the gaggle of products available to use at the table.
Now Onto the Fun Part…
Once the base was taken care of, it was time to apply the BB/CC cream. We did this by dabbing some all over our face with ours fingers, then using a beauty blender to even out the cream.
**Not familiar with BB/CC creams? These creams are a jack-of-all-trades! They offer different benefits depending on the brand that you choose and whether it is a BB or CC, but in general, they are a moisturizer, SPF, and foundation hybrid. This makes it the perfect product for the no-makeup, or natural makeup look. It’s also a great choice for the girl on the go.
Next came the concealer, which we applied with a #45 brush, then blended with a beauty blender. Why shouldn’t you just use your fingers to apply concealer? Think of it this way, a brush is like a ton of tiny fingers massaging the product onto your face. Which would you rather have?
Next, we applied the setting powder with a #19 brush. The Pros recommend not putting setting powder over your entire face. Why? Because doing so takes away that fresh, dewy glow that you want with your makeup. Instead, they recommend that you apply setting powder mainly to your t-zone.
Next, we applied the cheek stain. Again, there were tons of brands at our disposal to try out and we used a beauty blender to smooth them out. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been a little intimidated by liquid/pencil cheek stains, for fear of messing up my makeup. But, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. And if you mess up, no big deal just throw some foundation over it. you’ve got everything you need in your makeup arsenal to fix it.
We Finished Off the Look With our Eyes
First, we applied an eye primer. For the shadow, we used 2 neutral shades; a lighter and darker brown. We worked from the outside in, beginning with the darker shade. After that, we applied a neutral shade of eye liner (brown or grey).Then it was time to fill in our eyebrows. There were a lot of questions at this step, so the instructors spent time answering questions and explaining specifically what this should look like on our own faces. Lastly, we topped it off with mascara.
Additional Tips From the Sephora Pros
Throughout the class, our “teachers” shared some of their favorite tips and tricks with us. Here are a few of my favorites:
- All beauty blenders are NOT created equal. Use the Beauty Blender brand. The Sephora brand is also just as good.
- Never use a dry beauty blender! Put it in a bowl of water and allow it to absorb water, then squeeze excess before using it. I know, this is a basic beauty blender lesson, but there were some students in the class that didn’t know this.
- When applying eye cream, apply with your middle finger. Why? Because there is 1 less tendon in your middle finger than the rest of your fingers resulting in less pressure being put on that delicate part of your face.
- A few of the beauty consultants highly recommended IT Cosmetics, specifically their CC cream. I have since tried it, and I agree, it is pretty great!
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What Products Did I Use to Achieve the No-Makeup Look? I’m so glad you asked:
Cheek Stain: Bobbi Brown Art Stick- Dusty Rose (Can double as a lipstick)
I loved so many of the products that I tried. I either purchased them or added them to my ever growing beauty product wish list. I was so hopped up on products, shopping for products and getting my samples after that I forget to get a great, No-Makeup Look selfie to share with you. My friend and I did get a quick shot but mall lighting really isn’t the best.
What’s the Secret to a Flawless No-Makeup Look? Find out what the Pros @ #Sephora say. Click To Tweet
So, There You Have it, the No-Makeup Look from the Pros at Sephora.
Attending a beauty class at Sephora is a great way to try out new products and learn new techniques. I’ll be attending another class very soon and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. Make sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single tip!
NOW- Go find a class at Sephora near you, because it’s one thing for me to tell you about it, but it’s a whole other thing to utilize this info and do it yourself!