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Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

Brunching – Effortless Bronzed Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

Welcome to Everyday Effortless by Klava Z, which is a bi-weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.

This week I will show you how I created an effortless bronzed makeup look that is perfect for casual get together with friends or family, like brunch.

I love going out for brunch! Nothings says better that the weekend is here then leisurely stretching out your meal and socializing with friends or family from breakfast to lunch. I religiously set aside time for brunches and am always in search of the next best place for it! I don’t mind even cheating on my usually clean diet with delicious brunch classics like pancakes or eggs benny – I consider it a treat.


Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.


When I get ready for a brunch with my girlfriends, I want to look fresh, stylishly casual and not too done up. To achieve the happy glow (which doesn’t alway come naturally at the end of the work week) I really focused on the skin to make it look extra radiant and bronzed. Skin is your canvas, so think about it as a foundation of your look. Not only in a way that it should look flawless, but that it can reflect the feel of the makeup you are going for. For example, I wouldn’t think to do a matte finish on the skin for this casual look, but might consider it for a night time going out look.

I used pink tones on the eyes as those colours complement bronzed skin beautifully. I saw lots of pink and other sunset eyeshadow colours on the Spring/Summer 2016 runway shows and it’s promising to be another big trend along with a pop of blue on the eyes. Such a pretty trend and easy to wear! Keep reading on how to create this look and how to nail the perfect glowy bronzer application. If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a makeup lesson.


Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.


As I mentioned above, skin for this effortless bronzed makeup look is supposed to emanate healthy radiance and that’s why I only used a light application of a creamy and hydrating BB cream that has a dewy finish. No setting with powder required unless you have oily skin because it will take away that glowy finish that we are after. Oilier skin types use the powder mostly in the T-zone and definitely skip the cheekbones. Usually the glow will come through the powder in an hour or so and will look just right.

The next step will give you a three in one effect so that you can spend less time on makeup and more time enjoying your eggs benny. 😉 I’m all about finding ways to speed up and simplify my makeup routine.


How to apply bronzer for the Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.


It is important to choose the right product for this because if it’s right then instead of applying blush, then your bronzer and then a highlighter you can do it all at once. I used a Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc that has four sections of different colours in shimmery (as the name would suggest 🙂 ) peach bronze colours. With a big buffing brush I swirled over all four colours a few times to have a bit of every colour on the brush evenly. In circular buffing motions I applied this blush/bronzer combination along the cheekbones and on the apples of the cheeks, starting with the edges of the face and bringing colour to the middle and blending really well. Remember to always start with a place where you want the darkest colour because the brush will have the most amount of product on it at first. Then I kept going along the forehead hairline and touched the chin lightly with what was left on the brush. The main colour concentration should be on the cheeks. Voila, the face has a gorgeous peachy sun kissed dewy look to it.

I find that it’s always helpful to get a visual to makeup instructions, so a short video will be coming up on my Instagram showing this technique.


I applied a light eyeshadow as a base all over the lids to brighten the eyes and then blended a soft warm pink eyeshadow along and slightly on top of the eye crease. Women often stay away from pink eyeshadows thinking it might make eyes look tired, but it all depends on the application. In this effortless bronzed makeup look the pink is what makes this look so perfect for spring! Eyes were finished with a generous application of mascara.


A swipe of a glossy nude sheer lipstick was all that’s needed. It will come off when you will be devouring your delicious brunch food, so might as well use a colour that won’t change the look much once it’s gone. 😉


Here are the key products to achieving this look.

Products used by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist to create Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends that is focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream SPF 20. It’s a make-up and skincare hybrid that moisturizes, protects, perfects and enhances the skin to create the signature Burberry healthy-looking, even toned, dewy glow. It has sheer but buildable coverage and feels very creamy going on and then settles into a more lightweight texture on the skin. It’s pigmented enough to even out redness on the skin which not many BB creams can do due to being too sheer.

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Peach Mosaic. I love multi-use products like this! It has 4 different colours ranging from light peach to bronze and you can use it on the eyes, cheeks or body. This is a baked formula that glides easily upon application and has a strong pearly finish to it that might be too shimmery for some occasions but perfect for others. I can see it being a staple for me in the summer.

Estee Lauder Foundation Brush #3. This one is a large full powder foundation brush with a rounded top edge. It is quite dense which means it will provide fuller coverage and apply the product more intense. Can be used for powder and liquid. I also like to use it if I need to apply bronzer or foundation to décolletage area since it’s such a big brush.

Burberry Eye Colour Silk in Rose Pink #201. An ultra-blendable, silky smooth powder eye shadow that offers high colour intensity. The super-soft, weightless formula gives strong colour pay-off and a smooth finish. The colour is a very warm toned matte pink that looks beautiful on those with warm skin undertones.

Burberry Eye Colour Silk in Porcelain #100. Same as above in terms of texture and feel. This one is a pale shimmering ivory champagne, which is a great base colour to use for many looks and also work really well as an under-brow highlighter because the amount of shimmer in it is just right.

Burberry Kisses Sheer Nude Beige #201. This is a new formula of lipstick that Burberry launched just over a month ago and I love how it feels on the lips! The lightweight gel texture melts onto the lips, delivering a shiny tint in just one swipe. It locks in moisture and conditions lips with a signature blend of rosehip, tea and lavender. The sheer shine finish packs a lot of pigment which has a translucent quality to it. So even they are sheer in texture, the colour pay off is actually stronger then you would expect. Once the glossy finish wears of, the colour stays on almost like a stain, so it has great longevity to it which is hard to find in moisturizing lipsticks. This colour is a true beige that is not too brown or peach.




Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink and brown eyeshadows and nude lips.

To give this casual look a bit more drama I added warm brown eyeshadow in the outer corner and the middle of the crease and also used it to lightly define the bottom lash line. I also packed on a pretty pink glitter on the eyelids, but unfortunately, it’s hard to capture glitter on camera in natural light, so you can’t really see it in photos. 🙁 I kept the lips nude but layered the lipstick a few times for the colour to come through a bit more.

Here it is, my Brunching – Effortless Bronzed Makeup Look that you can see me wearing often, even when I’m not out for brunch. If I don’t have time to put together a properly finished look, just applying mascara, concealer and this type of glowy peachy bronzer is all I need to look my best natural polished self. 😉


Collage Effortless Bronzed makeup look for a casual weekend brunch with girlfriends created by Klava Z Ottawa makeup artist focused on bronzed glow, soft pink eyeshadows and nude lips.


I hope you will give this look a try and if you do, I would love to see it! Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of this look on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.

Come back soon to check out the next new look and tips on how to achieve it! And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration and to see what I’m up to.

Have an effortless beauty day!

Let’s play!

Klava Z

Photos Throne Photography
Model Ashley Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Clothing Vincent






Fresh dewy makeup

Yoga Glow Makeup Look

Hello beautiful!

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.

Natural glowy yoga makeup look

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. If you want to make your eyelashes more full and longer then take a look at Xlash, you can check out these cosmetics and find out which products work better for you and your skincare routine, everyones faces are different and need different products to suit them. Creatively expressing your beauty through the means of makeup.

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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.

Fresh natural makeup with glowy radiant skin


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.


Natural eye makeup

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, MAC and Pur Minerals Makeup products for Yoga Glow

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.


Fresh glowy makeup with bright magenta lips


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 and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration.

Have an effortless beauty day!

Let’s play!

Klava Z

Photos Throne Photography
Model Anastasia C Models International Management
Styling Toast Special Events