What’s the secret to no-makeup makeup? I’ll tell ya, it is NOT not wearing makeup.
Oh, gosh. Was that a double negative? I should probably strike that from the record…
Here’s the deal: for me, the no-makeup makeup look usually (as in almost always) involves the wearing of makeup.
Yes, I realize how that sounds. I mean, if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing any makeup, why not just skip the makeup, right?
Well, because if I do that, I resemble these guys…
Researchers at the prestigious (fictitious) Too Faced Institute of Technology believe they’ve identified and isolated the secret to the no-makeup look, and they’ve added it to their new $39 The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Fresh & Flawless Face Palette.
Everything in this six-piece kit is designed to help you achieve a fresh, flawless look.
A bright under-eye area, bronzed and shimmery skin, flushed cheeks — that’s the idea.
Beginning from the left, that huge pan of peachy, golden tan goodness is called Bronzing Veil, and it’s something of a contouring powder, perfect for defining your cheeks.
As I think it’s a little light for me (I’m an NC42), I like to use it more as a highlighter.
Two blushes occupy center court. One, a cool-toned rosy pink called Creme Blush, and a matte, cool-toned pink powder blush with tiny flecks of golden glitter.
And on the right side of the palette, three creams — from the upper right, a light, peachy beige concealer (thought it looked kinda funky on me, too light and beige, so I didn’t use it for these pictures); a shimmery, cool-toned highlighter in the Luminize pan; and the Brighten pan in the lower right houses a cool-toned pinkish beige for highlighting beneath the arch of each brow and the under-eye area.
Too Faced also thoughtfully included a fold-out card with three different tutorials on it, and each one shows the proper products to use and placement.
- The Wake Up Makeup Look: simple and natural-looking
- Nude Radiance: color on the cheeks
- Red Carpet Contour: a full-on, dramatic look
I tried the Red Carpet Contour look for these pics…
So, what’s missing from this palette?
Well, options for a variety of skin tones, as there’s just this one version.
For instance, the Bronzing Veil, since it’s a little lighter than my natural skin tone, doesn’t contour as dramatically as it probably would on a lighter lass.
Oh, and some of these shades go a little ashy on me, which is kind of a bummer…
Cool-toned pale princesses and girls with medium skin tones would probably be able to get the most from these shades.
As for wear time, well, the powders last longer for me than the creams, which start to settle into my creases after 2-3 hours (good thing the tin is so sturdy and portable, which makes mid-day touch-ups a breeze). And the powders last a little longer, about 4-5 hours, before beginning to fade.
All in all, I like this palette and love the idea, but I think fairer skin tones will be able to take better advantage of it than I.
PRICE: $39 (an $80 value)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Too Faced counters and toofaced.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,