My Clean Beauty Basics for BeautyCalypse
As a freelance make up artist I am always trying new clean beauty products. In my quest to find clean nail polish I discovered Beautycalypse and I loved Nath’s in-depth overview of Zao, Korres and Tromborg nail polish. I love talking ‘shop’ with Nath and exchanging tips on our latest natural beauty discoveries.
As I work with models of all skin tones and types my professional kit is huge I thought to narrow it down to the basics. My trademark is creating beautiful skin, so below you find a peek into my go-to base products for palest to darkest beauties. Skin prep is a big one for me, I often exfoliate and give a mini facial using oils and serums to hydrate the skin.”
My staples are Vapour, Juice Beauty, Gressa, Alima Pure and Ilia for their wide choice in colour – all vegan apart from Vapour. I love Alima Pure for ethnic skin as it has 45 shades of powder foundations! I mix these pigments into other foundations for a personalised shade. W3ll People Altruist Foundations work very well for this too, or on their own. Shade 18 has a yellow undertone great for Indian skin tones. Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer is my hero concealer to cover dark circles or hyper pigmentation in a ’second skin’ way, see this tutorial to catch shade ‘Tan’ on camera.”
Vapour Soft Focus Foundation has been one of my hero product for a long time. The high organic content really makes this really skincare fused with make up. I love the beautiful dewy highlights and ‘090’ is one of the palest natural foundation shades without overpowering pink or yellow undertones. Juice Beauty’s Flawless Serum Foundation also does a super light shade – even more so mixed with the primer – yet in contrast has a buildable matte full cover finish.
Gressa’s Corrective Serum Foundation made with broccoli seed oil – nature’s silicone dupe – is highly pigmented and comes with a dropper for easy mixing. It is pretty water resistant (I tested it cycling in the rain!) and shade 8 is a beautiful deep dark chocolate brown, see below on Gucci model Nicole Atieno. For super dark skin I also like Zao cream foundation that doubles up for contouring, I wish it would come in a pro pallete including all skin tones like Bobbi Brown’s!”
Nu Evolution I discovered a while back, for their capsule collection of super matte liquid foundations (full cover + gluten-free). I love Ilia’s Vivid foundation for a natural light to medium wear that does not look like you are wearing make up. Juice Beauty CC Cream I use for shiny ‘no make up’ looks and is even lighter in formulation.
For sweat proof second skin foundation – great for male grooming – I also like organic budget option by Purobio. To add a pop of colour I use my pallette crammed with lipsticks, bronzers and cream sticks by Ilia, Vapour and W3ll People. This way I can see in one quick glance what might suit my model, and I generally prefer cream over powder to get a radiant glow.”
To complete a ‘no make up’ look I typically skip mascara but never brows. Zuii’s Organic Eyebrow Definer pencil is a new personal favourite as it is easy to use and right on point with colour shade. Also I love Hiro’s Wow Brow Pomade, it is highly pigmented yet not heavy. For ashy blondes and full pigment Zao’s 613 pencil is a great option, see it in action in this brow tutorial.