Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly makeup series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural looks for everyday life. I love teaching women about makeup, so if you are in Ottawa and would like to become a pro at your own makeup, check out my Educating page.
I love, crave, need yoga in my life. I truly believe everyone should find a yoga practice that suits their personality and do it! There are so many benefits to yoga, books have been written about it, so I won’t even attempt to list them all or pretend to know them all. I just know that for me, it’s what grounds me, what gives me mental balance, what stops my mind from running overtime when I need to sleep, what keeps me sane in the busy hustle of the day, what gives me confidence in my body and lets me enjoy my body. Yoga inspires so much in my life that it’s no wonder it was an inspiration for a makeup look as well. 🙂
Now I’m not suggesting to wear makeup to a yoga class – that’s not what this look is about. You can if you want to, it depends on your comfort level of having “naked” face in public. This look is about using and enhancing that glow you get post yoga (or any good workout really) or about faking that glow in case you didn’t have time to do your yoga but would like to look like you did. The focus of this look is beautiful healthy fresh looking skin that is radiant and glowy. It’s the kind of skin that I personally would love to have all the time! I’m putting glow everywhere – the eyes, the skin, the lips. I’m using the strobing technique, but a bit toned down, so it looks like it’s your skin that’s naturally glowy, not that you packed on a few layers of shimmery highlighter on your face. In case you don’t know what strobing is – it’s basically intense highlighting of certain parts of the face.
This is probably going to be the most natural look of my Beauty Series, but also one that is a go-to for so many women: mascara, liner, lipgloss done. Here I offer a version of a classic very natural makeup look with a slight enhancement of strobing.
You start preparing for this makeup look by eating healthy, drinking lots of water and freshly pressed juices, not smoking, working out, going to bed early and getting your 8 hour beauty sleep; and taking care of your skin everyday with a skincare regime that’s appropriate to your skin type and age… you know where I’m going with this. Because no matter how good your foundation is you can’t fake healthy looking skin. You can fake the glow and I will share a few tricks with you here, BUT if you want truly flawless, you gotta work for it girl. Yes, there are foundations with great coverage and wonderful ingredients that can give you all kinds of effects and cover up all kinds of complexion problems, but it will never look as good as naturally healthy skin.
There are some lucky people though that have flawless skin without putting any effort into taking care of it. I don’t even want to talk about them! They don’t know how good they have it. Only people like myself, who have battled with problematic skin, can appreciate healthy, smooth and blemish-free skin. Moving on…
After letting the moisturizer absorb I applied an illuminating primer that makes the skin look very hydrated and glowy, but not shiny. After it set for about a minute I applied this new generation foundation that has extremely thin texture and again, a radiant finish. Both products feel like you are not wearing anything on the skin and evens out the tone of the skin slightly. This combination doesn’t provide much coverage, its main purpose is to impart a beautiful glow on the skin. The kind that would make Jlo envious. 😉
A cream blush in neutral peach was blended very softly on the apples of the cheeks.
TECHNIQUE TIP – STROBING
As I have mentioned above, I did a subtle version of strobing in order to really intensify the radiant look of the skin. Another effect of strobing is such that the parts of the face where you put highlighter will come visually forward. It’s all about using reflection on high planes and points of the face that catch the light to create spotlit areas and bring focus and shape to the face. Places that are good to highlight are: your brow bone, inner corners of the eyes, bridge of your nose, top of your cheekbones and along your Cupid’s bow.
Since I wanted to achieve a Yoga Glow, not the Night Out Glow, I used a cream product that is very light in colour with a pearly finish so that once its settled into the skin it looked like the model’s skin is naturally this radiant. I picked it up with a small size dual flat topped fiber brush because I wanted to apply the product on the smaller area and have a good control over where I’m applying this highlighter. Then I buffed the cream in circular motion along the cheek bones, under the brows and on the bridge of the nose. Once most of the product was on the skin I went over the edges of the cream with buffing motion for a seamless transition of the product.
Check my Instagram @KlavaZ.Makeup for a video of this technique tip.
The eyes got a dusting of an ivory eyeshadow with a shiny finish and a very light-handed application of a slate grey eyeshadow as an eyeliner with an angle brush flesh against the lash line.
I finished the look with an application of a neutral beige lipgloss.
As I promised, glow everywhere – skin, eyes and lips!
Since the focus of the look is creating a beautiful glow on the skin, I will share some of my favourite products to achieve that.
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – Nude Radiance #01. This is the main ingredient of the Yoga Glow! I have been using this product for almost a year now and I reach for it all the time whether on my photoshoots or everyday clients. This is a brightening primer with reflection pearls in it that gives a shimmer-free luminosity to the skin with a perfect amount of glow that is not oily or wet looking. It feels incredibly light and hydrating on the skin since it’s 55% water infused. There are many uses of this beautiful luminizer. You can use it as is on nude skin to liven it up a bit, or as a base for your foundation. I like to mix it with foundation to thin it out and add radiance to it or to pat it on its own on top of the foundation as a highlighter on cheekbones.
Burberry Eye Colour Glow in Gold Pearl 001. I love this range of eyeshadows from Burberry because it creates a wash of luminous highlighting colour. It has light-refelcting particles that gives this glistening rather then shimmery effect when applied dry. You can apply it wet and the shine becomes almost metallic high shimmer. Blends on the skin smooth and easy, like every Burberry product. Sometimes when I want a more high-impact highlight I use it as my strobing product all over the face, not just on the eyes.
Pur Minerals Air CC Cushion Foundation. The cushion design of foundation is becoming very popular and many makeup brands are jumping on this trend that originated in Korea. The liquid foundation is suspended inside a sponge and to get the product you press lightly on the sponge either with the provided applicator, a brush or your fingers. I like the fact that you will never pick up too much foundation with this design. I haven’t had a chance to play with it a lot, but I already love the truly weightless feel of this mousse-like product. There is a reason it’s called “Air”! It’s very sheer and slightly build-able, but not much. The end result is like a thin perfecting slightly dewy veil. Perfect day time foundation.
MAC Luna Cream Colour Base. I have featured this product in a different colour already in the post on Wakeup Makeup. This shows how much I love this versatile cream! I have it in a few colours and use it to create beautiful highlights anywhere on the skin. This one is an icy white colour with soft shimmer that looks like pearly moonlight reflecting of your skin when buffed in well.
MAC 188 Small Duo Fiber Face Brush. What I love about duo face brushes is that you can use them with any formulas – liquid, cream, powder. I find it works best when used in buffing motion (wax on, wax off 🙂 I wrote a bit more about the benefits of dual fiber brush in my first post of the Everyday Effortless by Klava Z Beauty Series here.
NIGHT TIME VERSION OF THE LOOK
This is a perfect look to transition into wearing a bright lip and the easiest way to amp up the makeup. Just paint your lips with a bright colour lipstick with a glossy finish. Remember – we are sticking with glow everywhere. 🙂 I chose a cool tone dark magenta that pairs so beautifully with the model’s green eyes and makes them pop. The deeper and more matte versions of this colour have been super trendy this winter. This colour surprisingly works on many skin tones and makes teeth look whiter (bonus!).
I love this effortless look of fresh face with minimal makeup and a pop of colour on the lips and resort to it very often when I don’t feel like putting a lot of time into my makeup and want an instant impact.
I would love to see you try out this look! Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of the Yoga Glow look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.
Come back next week to check out the next look in my Beauty Series! And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration.
Have an effortless beauty day!
Photos Throne Photography
Model Anastasia C Models International Management
Styling Toast Special Events