Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Antipodean Beauties: No Makeup Makeup

Left: Actually no makeup. Right: "no makeup" makeup. 
 Honest to goodness... subtlety isn't my forte. Given a choice between a "barely there" makeup look and one with bright splashes of colour, I will choose colour every time. This is a challenge though, and I do love a challenge! This week the theme is "no makeup makeup" - this is a really popular look, and hilariously it takes a lot of makeup to achieve!

The whole "Me? wearing makeup? Oh no, I am just naturally this flawless" look is one that is highly prized, and there's racks of products that claim to give you a "natural" look. Only not, because if you really wanted a "natural" look you wouldn't wear makeup at all, right?

I had fun doing something different to what I usually do and put put together this "no makeup makeup" look.

I relied heavily on my collection of Eles Cosmetics for this - they have some gorgeous subtle shadows, blushes and some fantastic foundations that all lend themselves to a subdued look. They have a lovely range of bright things too but for this I kept it all very neutral.

Here's the products I used (blurbs taken fresh and shiny from the Eles website):


This revolutionary, skin-smoothing blush floats over skin to impart a soft, sheer finish while deflecting light away from flaws. Its hypoallergenic silky, satin-like formula is loaded with Vitamins A, E and C to condition and protect the skin. Free of chemical ‘nasties’ it allows skin to “breathe” freely while natural minerals shield against age aggressors.


Gentle, safe and fused with skin-caring vitamins, this shadow sweeps over eyelids without creasing or fading. The hypoallergenic formula is loaded with Vitamins A, E and C to condition and protect the eyelids, while natural minerals shield against aging aggressors.


Clinically formulated to provide smooth easy lining with creamy rich colour this dual-ended eye liner pencil glides over eyes without dragging or slipping, delivering a soft powdery finish that will last all day. The unique formula contains Titanium Dioxide, a natural mineral for protection and staying power as well as Candelilla Wax, which provides soft and supple application.


An intense lip plumper and lip gloss that imparts a beautiful sparkle and shine to create sensuous and seriously sexy lips without stinging or tingling. Unique Lip Plumping Peptide Complex instantly reshapes the mouth for dramatic volume while infused diamond particles create a translucent 3D effect. Paraben Free and Fragrance Free.

Two-in-one Brow Sculpt is every beauty professionals complete system to create perfectly shaped arched brows. Long wearing brow powder helps to fill in, shape, correct and emphasize the natural arch of the brow. A color-coordinated tinted wax tames and sets the brows. Brows are defined and in place all day. The result is a perfectly sculpted brow.

Now don't get me wrong, I think it's still pretty obvious that I have makeup on here - unless you were particularly clueless. It's definitely a more subtle and naturalistic look than what I usually wear though - what do you think? 

Be sure to check out the other participants in the Linky below - and if you're an Aussie or Kiwi who loves makeup, you should join in too!



  1. I think it's gorgeous - not your normal style but looks great, your eyes really pop :)

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