Addison Rae Without Makeup

You may have noticed that this week there was no “Essential Look” post. We’re sorry about that — it seemed important when we first started doing them, but as the weeks went on, they got weirdly out of hand. This week, I decided to take my own advice and do something different. Instead of coming up with an outfit and saying how cute/disgusting/interesting it looked (as usual), here were some shots straight from our shoot last weekend. They don’t necessarily demonstrate what I wore, but rather what I didn’t wear. Most importantly, they show me looking like a completely normal person who wears glasses and has freckles. And I’m proud of that.

So let’s begin! These pictures feature none other than Addison Rae herself. She rocked one pink dress, which happens to be my favorite color ever, and she had really great shoes. The second picture features another model wearing all white, so I decided to go bare-faced myself. It ended up working perfectly well. If you want to see the full gallery, head over to our Flickr page.

To achieve these looks on camera, we used…

Skin with no contour or blush? Use concealer.

I love contouring products because they make your face more defined, right? But if you’ve tried everything else and nothing seems to work, consider trying a liquid highlighter instead. All you need is some moisturizer to help blend it nicely, plus a small amount of translucent skin primer that will give the highlight staying power. Then swipe it across your cheekbones, forehead, nose bridge and brow bone. You’ll definitely notice a difference.

If you prefer cream blushes, try setting it with a light dusting of loose pressed powder before applying. Or skip foundations altogether and apply the blush directly onto your cheekbone.

No foundation? No problem! Try powder instead.

Foundation makes your skin look smooth and flawless, but it takes time to find the perfect formula. Plus, most people aren’t comfortable with having such a large product on their faces throughout the day. Since I wasn’t wearing anything under the makeup anyway, I skipped foundation entirely and opted for powdered coverage instead. To keep things simple, I only put a little bit of powder on each side of my face, brushed it forward toward my temples, and blended upward towards my ears. Then I lightly dusted my neck, collar bones, and upper chest area with a shimmery gold shade of powder. Voila! Instant dewy glow.

A word of warning though: People might think you’re crazy if you walk around with your shirt unbuttoned after putting on a heavy layer of powder. Be sure to check yourself every once in awhile for stray hairs sticking out of your otherwise immaculate coif. Also, never forget that powder does eventually cake itself onto your brush, so clean off excess whenever possible.

No eyeliner? Just use mascara and smudgeable liners!

Eyeliner is fun to play with, but it usually lasts longer if you stick to waterproof formulas. So if you haven’t been able to commit to a long-term eyeliner habit yet, start off slowly with mascaras. Once you become accustomed to lining your lower lash line, move on to those thin ones that come in pots.

And since you probably already know how to apply false lashes, why stop there?! Line your entire waterline with dark brown eyeliner, along with any natural eyeliners you’d normally use. For the rest of your lids, opt for a neutral colored eyeliner pencil. Apply two coats of black mascara to your top lashes and mix together a couple shades of blue, green, purple, orange, yellow, and red pencils to create unique colors. Now run your finger down the sides of your bottom lashes and draw lines connecting each color. Finish off your catlike eyes with clear mascara.

Without any glosses or lip plumpers, add shine by rubbing Vaseline on your lips.

This sounds horrifying, but trust me, it works. Rubbing vaseline (yes, actual vaseline) on your lips feels amazing. Not too sticky, not too greasy, and way easier to remove than regular lotion. As far as application goes, spread the stuff evenly across your lips and rub until it starts getting tacky. Wait five minutes, wipe away the extra vaseline, and you should feel super shiny.

Without blush, try bronzer instead.

Bronzers tend to be a staple in many women’s beauty bags, but you shouldn’t always reach for a brush to apply yours. Bronzer adds warmth and depth to your complexion, making even pale complexions appear healthier and less washed out. A good quality bronzers provides plenty of pigment while being easy to blend.

Try mixing together equal parts warm and cool tones to achieve the best effect. Blend starting from the outer edges of your face and gradually building up to the center. Follow with a quick spritz of rosewater spray to lock moisture in.

Without any eye shadow (or black pencil?), you can still get dramatic eyes using shadows in place of eyeshadow.

In general, it’s better to avoid layering multiple layers of eye shadow unless absolutely necessary. When done wrong, layered shadows wind up caking themselves onto your brushes and creasing everywhere. Unless you plan to spend hours blending and reapplying later, stick to single-layered pigments.

Also, steer clear of pastels. They end up bleeding into areas surrounding your lid — even worse if you decide to dip your fingers into the paint to trace your lid outline. Pastels also tend to wash everyone else out, especially during outdoor shoots in bright sunlight.

Here’s a tip: Before you pick up your next eyeshadow palette, take note of the palettes currently sitting atop your desk. After you open each box, write the name of its contents next to each individual pan. By doing this, you’ll end up seeing exactly which pans belong to which shadows—which could save you money in the long run.

Then, follow the same technique mentioned earlier regarding eyeliner. Simply grab whichever shadow matches the tone of your skin, sweep it across your eyelid horizontally, and gently tap your fingertip against your temple to soften it. Repeat this process three times. Finally, fill in your eyebrows with whatever eyebrow gel you happen to be using at the moment.

Since I skipped the eyeliner step, I drew thick, black circles beneath my eyes with markers. With a sharpie, I filled in the space between the inner edge of my circle and my pupil with a slightly lighter shade of grayish-blue marker. Next, followed the exact same steps listed above regarding eyeshadows, except I simply swiped the darker shade across my whole lower half of my lid. My final touch came from gliding charcoal crayon over my entire upper lid, creating tiny flecks of darkness underneath my lower lashes.

For hair that isn’t styled up, just pull it back into a ponytail.

It doesn’t matter whether your hair is curly, frizzy, dry, oily, etc., when styling it for photography purposes. All that matters is keeping it manageable. If you must blowdry it beforehand, use a round brush to tame flyaways and tuck loose strands behind your ear lobes. Otherwise, leave it alone.

At least for us non-models, it almost always ends up falling flat at worst, flopping haphazardly over your shoulders at best. While posing, I kept mine pulled back into a messy bun. If you’re going to style your hair, remember that curlier the better. Nothing says sexy quite like wavy locks cascading over your shoulders.

Without lipstick, try adding color to cheeks.

Just kidding, I know that would look terrible. But seriously, I did this mistake early in my modeling career. Inevitably, I’d either smear my lipstick too much, or somehow manage to coat my mouth with it unintentionally.

Nowadays, I rarely wear lipstick—instead, I opt for cheek coloring. It gives your face dimension, helps balance your overall appearance, and leaves room for unexpected wardrobe changes.

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