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Naturally Dazzling Makeup

By Kristy Good, December 30, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kristy Good
From tinsel and glitter to sequins and shimmer, the holidays are a flashy time of year.  For many of us that includes adding some pizzazz to our usual makeup routine. The good news is you can have fun, look glamorous and use natural makeup.  Read on and I’ll show you how I achieve a simple but classic party-perfect look using natural skin care and cosmetics from our Whole Body department. Skin I start by swiping a toner soaked cotton pad across my face.  Using a toner is optional, but I find it gently exfoliates skin and helps close pores.  For combination to oily skin, I like Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner.  If your skin is dry you can skip the toner.  Next, apply a light moisturizer like Earth Science Almond-Aloe Moisturizer.  The fragrance-free version is non-greasy and a great option for almost any skin type.  Finally, apply Mineral Fusion face primer all over your face including on your eyelids and under your brows. After prepping your skin, start your makeup application with your eyes.  Doing this before the rest of your makeup allows you to clean up any loose eyeshadow or smudges without messing up your foundation and concealer. I swear by a good set of makeup brushes for the best coverage, but you can follow these techniques with any applicator you have at home. Eyes: Step 1 For this holiday look use a shimmery white or champagne color on the inner part of your eyelid.  I’m using Zuzu eyeshadow in Platinum. Pat the eyeshadow all over your eyelid up to the crease.  Patting on the shadow rather than sweeping it on gives a denser amount of pigment. Eyes: Step 2 Using a medium dome brush with fairly stiff bristles, sweep a deep burgundy or purple shadow like Aubergene by Gabriel Cosmetics into the crease and along the outside edge of your upper lash line.  My trick is to look straight ahead rather than closing my eye, which keeps the brush in the area directly under the brow bone.  Make a shape that resembles a sideways “V” on the outside of your lid. Eyes: Step 3 Next, if you have one, use a slightly larger domed brush with softer bristles.  Apply a color that is just a bit lighter than the shade you just used.  I’m using the purple from the Mineral Fusion eyeshadow trio called Symmetry. Sweep the color above and slightly on top of the last shadow, to soften the edges and blend.  You can also apply a little on the lid, directly below the crease to blend the color downward and add more definition. Eyes: Step 4 Next, line the outer two-thirds of your upper lash line with a black eyeliner.  Gabriel Cosmetics has an easy-to-blend liner in Coal that’s great for this.  Don’t worry too much about getting a perfect line because in the next step you’ll smudge it out.  Using a stiffer-bristled dome brush, add a little of the Mineral Fusion purple shadow along your lash line, to soften and smudge the eyeliner and blend it into the crease shadow you’ve already put down. Eyes: Step 5 Now you’re ready for eyelashes!  They truly are the icing on the cake when it comes to beautiful eye makeup.  Curl them with an eyelash curler to open up your eyes and brighten your whole face.  Follow this with two coats of a dark mascara. I like the one from Gabriel Cosmetics. Eyebrows If you have sparse or over-plucked eyebrows, fill them in to give you a polished appearance.  You can use an eyeshadow in a shade slightly lighter than the natural shade of your brows.  Be careful not to go very dark since this may cause your brows to look too harsh. Cheeks Now that the eyes are finished, it’s time to apply foundation and concealer, if you need it.  I use a pressed mineral foundation with the Bamboo Bronzer Brush from EcoTools.  Both Gabriel Cosmetics and Mineral Fusion have great powder foundations, but if your skin is on the dry side you can use a liquid foundation like Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Makeup for a dewy glow.  Follow the foundation with a bronzer or a peachy pink blush to add warmth to your face.  Because the rest of the look is dramatic you don’t want to overdo it with blush. Apply just enough to define the part of your cheeks that sticks out the furthest.  You can also very lightly sweep the extra powder on the brush along your hairline to give the front of your face a soft glow. Lips The final step is to add a bright, festive lip color. For this look I chose Gabriel Cosmetics lipstick in Pomegranate. When you’re done you can spritz on Mineral Fusion Hydration Mist, especially if you used a powder foundation.  The mist helps blend the powder and seal in your makeup.

That’s all there is to it!  It’s a festive holiday look that shines with natural cosmetics.

Do you have a holiday makeup tip? I’d love to hear it!
Category: Whole Body




Nicole says ...
I love the Whole Body department for vitamins, but I often find products with irritating ingredients in your skin care collections. The toner you mentioned, for example, lists alcohol as the second ingredient, as well as two citrus oils, all of which are known skin irritants. I would love to see the kind of dedication that Whole Foods puts into providing quality food to the consumer extended to skin care, as well!
01/06/2012 7:44:31 PM CST
Kristy Good says ...
Hi Nicole, thanks for your feedback. You are correct, alcohol is an ingredient in the toner mentioned, and in many other toners. There are alternatives but they may not work as well for exfoliation. Though I have not personally tried these, we carry an alcohol-free version called Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner. I have also read about using grape seed oil as a gentle toner.
01/09/2012 12:17:58 PM CST
Ana Julia Avilés says ...
I have celiac syndrome, I live in El Salvador, but can order and give an adress in the United States, I am mostly interested in lipsticks and gloss. And recipes, eventhough we don´t have much here , the ingredients to do some things, but I will try, Thanks have a great week!!
11/06/2012 7:25:34 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ANA - Thanks for your comment. At this time, we do not offer the shipping of our products internationally. If you know of a specific brand, you might want to try and find their website online to see if they ship outside the US.
11/07/2012 2:27:01 PM CST
connie says ...
can you please tell Me the name of the 3 shadows in one they see at Whole Foods..There is a green,cream color and a beige shadeall in one compact. Who makes this shadw Origins? Thanks for your help
01/09/2013 4:00:02 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CONNIE - I was somewhat confused by your question but I'm guessing you are wondering about a particular product we carry. I would suggest reaching out directly to your local store to find an answer as our products vary between locations. They'll be happy to help!
01/11/2013 4:00:57 PM CST
Devorah Adler says ...
Your site came up in my search engine as having gluten-free lipstick. True? That's great to know, since I'm gluten sensitive, although not celiac. But if you have gluten-free, vegan lipsticks, would you know whether they contain ANY grain derivatives? I'm interested because of food sensitivities, but also regarding Passover restrictions. Thanks! DLA
03/25/2014 4:37:21 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DEVORAH - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store to see exactly what they have in stock!
03/27/2014 10:57:43 AM CDT
Alison KIngsley says ...
Awesome make up
07/25/2014 11:26:17 AM CDT
lois says ...
Do you sell Gabriel lipstick?
05/03/2015 2:35:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LOIS - Our product options differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see if they have this in stock.
05/04/2015 12:56:58 PM CDT