Hi friends! I am so excited to share my first post in my latest blog series, the Ellis Paige Makeup Collective. Today I will be sharing my top 5 tips behind my signature natural beauty look. I am featuring the talented Elisabeth Young of ElisaAnne Calligraphy as my first model + #girlboss friend of mine! Make sure to check out her feature below!
Tip #1: Skincare is Key
My #1 tip to making your makeup look better is to start with bettering your skincare routine. Find products with quality ingredients, and work with your skin to find a routine that works with you. For Elisabeth, we started Sexapeel to exfoliate, then Waterbalm and Embryolisse Last-Creme Concentrate to hydrate her dry skin.
Tip #2: Ditch Your Powders for Creams
To keep your makeup looking as natural as possible, stay away from cakey powders and stick to working in creams in thin layers. We used a small amount of Georgio Armani Luminous Silk and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as our base, then Soleil Tan de Chanel and NARS Liquid Blush to bring life to her face.
Tip #3: Enhance Brows + Lashes to Highlight Eyes
Skip the dark shadows and eyeliner to nail the natural look. Brushing color through your eyebrows, and a good coat of mascara will help to define + brighten your eyes. We used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder and my all-time favorite mascara, Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black.
Tip #4: Blot Your Favorite Lippie to Add Color
There's no need to splurge on a new nude lipstick to get that no-makeup look. Simply warm up your favorite lip color on the back of your hand, and blot it on with your finger. This creates a lighter wash of your best shade! To bring a soft pinky color to Elisabeth, we blotted on Mac Lipstick in Angel and added a swipe of Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss to give a more plumped look.
Tip #5: Don't Forget Your Highlight
To finish off the natural beauty look, dust highlight on all the high points your face. To keep it subtle, opt for a cream highlight or use a fluffy brush to give a light wash of powder. We started with Becca Backlighting Primer Filter and topped it with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Champagne Pop.
MEET MY #EPMcollective GAL PAL
Say hi to my amazing (first) #EPMcollective model + small business owner, Elisabeth of ElisaAnne Calligraphy. We got to opportunity to chat all things #girlboss and natural beauty related. I am super excited to share some of this girl's heart with you all!
How did you decide to start your own business?
"At first I thought I couldn't even do calligraphy because I was left-handed. I thought it was only for right-handed people. I finally realized in college that it wasn't just for right-handed people, and taught myself calligraphy my senior year. I had my first commission two months into practicing, then had my first big wedding invitation experience with my own wedding in 2015. Once I moved to GA, I started with a side hustle in real-estate then decided to go full-time in calligraphy!"
What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
"That I have collected spoons since I was 11! I think I have over 200 of them. My grandma pointed out a souvenir spoon in a shop, and I would pick them up wherever I went ever since!"
What's the #1 item in your makeup bag?
"It would have to be my Burberry primer, that I splurged on. I try not to use it every day, but it makes it so that I don't have to wear foundation all over. Just a concealer under the eyes!"
What's your best tip for future + fellow #girlbosses?
"I think it is important to learn to say no early on. There needs to be boundaries for what you do for exposure and styled shoots, and know why you would say yes or no to different projects. Also, learn who you can really trust and have good relationships with. Always ask lots of questions before working with someone."
What does having natural beauty mean to you?
"I think it is being able to throw on sweats and a messy bun and being confident to step out into the world. Just be comfortable in your own shoes!"
(All photography by 19th Street Photography)