Monica Bellucci Without Makeup

When you think about great movie stars like Audrey Hepburn or Brigitte Bardot, what do they have in common? They’re both classically trained actresses who know their way around a camera lens as well as any screen siren could hope to. But these ladies also knew something else very important that many women today don’t seem to understand — if your face doesn’t suit the clothes you wear, then maybe the outfit isn’t right for you!

We’ve come up with seven ways to make Monica Bellucci look stunning even when she steps out of character (or into it). You can apply them whether you’re wearing a black lace gown by Vera Wang or jeans and T-shirt from Urban Outfitters — just be sure to follow our instructions exactly so you’ll get the same results!

1. Go for Color

Color is one of those things people either love or hate. If you’re color sensitive, go ahead and skip this step altogether, but everyone should consider using at least a little bit of cosmetic foundation to help bring attention to their best features. It will take your skin tone out of neutral territory and add depth where it needs it most. And trust us, no matter what kind of freaky lighting situation you find yourself in, there are going to be times when you want to show off your lovely cheekbones. The key here is to use enough product to achieve a natural finish, not too much to look cakey. Remember, less is more!

2. Choose Your Foundation Wisely

Foundation is an essential part of applying cosmetics because it helps everything work together. When you choose the wrong type, however, it can end up looking caked on instead of blended in. For example, mineral foundations tend to sit nicely against the skin while oilier ones sink deeper under the surface and may require extra blending time. Also, avoid creamy products that are thickened with silicone gels. These ingredients won’t blend easily and your base may appear oily and shiny. Instead, try opting for lightweight liquid formulas made with plant oils such as jojoba or olive, which allow the skin beneath to shine through naturally. A good rule of thumb is to stick to brands that contain vitamin E, since it has been proven to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Skip Powder and Stick with Creams

Powder blushes aren’t always the easiest thing to manage unless you’ve got a handful of brushes lying around. First of all, powder tends to settle into creases over time, making it harder to apply evenly without getting streaks. Second, it takes practice and skill to match colors precisely, especially if you haven’t done it before. Finally, powders can sometimes feel a little drying on delicate facial tissue, leaving behind traces of talcum powder. To solve these problems, opt for cream blush and sweep over your entire face with your fingertips rather than swiping brush strokes across your cheeks. This technique allows you to create a seamless application every single time, plus it gives you complete control over color selection. Use only two fingers per cheek, tap gently along your jaw line and blend upward toward the temples. Then lightly pat down the apples of your cheeks to set the pigment.

4. Finish With Blush

It goes without saying that choosing the perfect shade of lip balm is half the battle. After all, lips are supposed to complement your eyes and complexion, not compete with them. That said, you definitely shouldn’t shy away from trying new shades each season. Just remember not to mix highlighter/bronzer combos with red wine stains, as this combination can cause permanent discoloration. In general, lighter tones tend to flatter fair complexions, whereas darker hues play better with medium skintones. Try experimenting with different finishes until you land on one you really adore.

5. Give Yourself Dimension…Or Not

The idea of contouring originated in Hollywood during the ’60s. Today, it refers to highlighting certain areas of the face to draw focus elsewhere. Whether you decide to highlight or dehighlight depends largely upon personal taste, though it might surprise you to see how dramatically changing the shape of your face can change your overall look. Most professional makeup artists would agree that the goal here is to soften any harsh angles created by bone structure, creating the illusion of curves instead. Since we’re dealing with someone whose proportions are decidedly uncurvy, we decided to keep her face relatively straight. However, if you were working with a model whose body was shaped differently, you may wish to experiment with the placement of a few strategically placed shadows.

6. Don’t Wear Too Much Eyeshadow

Even models need to put sunscreen lotion on their faces first, otherwise the eye shadow looks fake. There are tons of options available now, including pressed powder versions, sticks, crayons and loose pigments. Loose pigments usually include shimmering particles suspended within translucent gel, giving them the ability to reflect light like nothing else. While loose pigments may sound fancy, they often prove difficult to properly blend because of their small size. We used a synthetic sponge to apply the shadow to prevent clumps and uneven texture. Next, we applied a thin layer of mascara directly onto the shadow and smudged it upward toward the brow area. This gave the effect of multiple layers of eyeliner with none of the hassle.

7. Play Up Her Eyes

A pair of big blue eyes can practically steal the scene on its own, but adding anything other than subtle enhancements can quickly turn the focus back towards your nose. One trick to keeping her peepers front and center involves lining her upper lids with dark brown pencil, sweeping upwards toward her temples. Another option is to swipe eyeliner horizontally underneath her lower lashline, starting near her outer corner and ending near the inner corner. Both of these techniques serve to open up her lid space and frame her eyes perfectly.

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