Ever scrolled through the flawless makeup looks on your Instagram feed at a total loss as to how to recreate them? Good news is that 2019 is proving to be the year of stripping it back and highlighting your natural features, which makes the trends a lot easier to try yourself.
We've set out a few steps to help you perfect this season's top four Instagram trends.
1. Doe Eyes
Want to make your eyes pop like an Anime character? Good news is the popular 'Doe Eyed' look is quite simple to achieve.
After applying a primer to your entire lid, apply a light white or peach-hued eye shadow.
Apply a shadow one to two shades darker than your base to the crease of your lid.
Line the outer three quarters of your upper lash line with black eyeliner (excluding the part closest to your nose).
Use a white or peach-hued liner on your lower lash line.
The mascara you use to top off the look is key — you need it to plump and curl the lashes. Try something like
L'Oreal Paris Bambi Eye False Lash Mascara.
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2. No Makeup Makeup
Less is definitely more right now, using makeup to bring out your natural features, not override them. The key is absolutely to keep it simple and there are a few ways to achieve that, but the main points to heed are:
Use a natural base like
L'Oreal Paris C'est Magic BB or CC Cream, instead of a heavy foundation. Skip eyeshadow, but you can use a concealer about three shades darker than your skin tone on your lids to make your eyes pop.
Use a mascara to thicken the lashes so they still look lush with no eye liner.
Keep the lips natural with lipgloss or a nude lipstick.
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3. Blush Draping
Contouring as you know it is dead, it's all about using blush to create more natural contours instead. Pick one in the soft pink, coral or peach colour palette — like
L'Oreal Paris Melon Dollar Baby Blush. The beauty of this look is you can still make it as subtle or dramatic as you want.
Place blush on crest of cheek and blend outwards. Blending is key to achieve the natural-looking flush.
For greater definition combine different colours.
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4. Faux Freckles
That's right, freckles are so 'in' at the moment that people are drawing them on. If you have them naturally, lucky you, if you don't grab your eye pencils and join in.
Apply base makeup as usual.
Using your fluffy makeup brush, apply a thin layer of translucent face powder as a base.
Lightly dot a pencil eyeliner, like
L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Xpert, across your nose and cheeks - basically the places freckles would naturally form if you spent too much time in the sun. Apply another thin layer of translucent face powder to set.
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