Minimalist Makeup On Different Skin Tones

Two beauty bloggers try on each other’s signature looks to see what they've been missing.
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Two beauty bloggers try on each other’s signature looks to see what they've been missing.

Us ladies of xoVain are seriously diverse creatures; we range from magic-potion-brewing, forest-dwelling, woodland-sprites to Monroe-blonde, floral-scented glamour queens. It fills my heart with joy that there’s a place for all of us and our different interpretations of beauty.

What better way to celebrate this motley crew than to swap looks? Who wouldn’t want to see Alyssa done up with a Tamara smoky eye and wine-y lips? Or Danielle with an Alle cat-eye, bright blush, and hot pink lips? I know I would, and judging by this adorable article by Tamara & Kelly, I’m not the only one.

Presenting the first-ever official xoVain Look Swap, this edition featuring myself and the very cool Sable.

Sable On Her Signature Looke ™

top knot bun

Sable’s signature face, badass sneer not included.

Sometimes I don’t even think about the makeup I wear on the daily, since my poor time management often has me slapping on the same tried-and-true products. Sacrificing creativity for efficiency is at times, an inevitability. That said, I’ve become quite fond of my signature look: it makes me feel like my best self in the most unassuming “Oh, this old thing?” way. Lately, I like to go for what I call the “Horror movie ingénue”--it's like the hot virgin who doesn’t die at the end despite being totally covered in gross blood and stuff but with eye makeup intact.

makeup products

Clockwise: NARS The Multiple in G Spot, Lancome Rouge Sensation in Cognac Velvet (RIP), Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite, Sasa Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black, Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Pallette (Sable used the medium brown shade, Tyranny), Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Generally, after applying tinted BB cream, I fill in my brows with brow powder and an angled brush. I’ll do a small cat eye with liquid liner and then go over it with brown eye shadow, softening the line with a smudger brush. I swipe some cream blush in the hollows of my cheeks and blend under the apples of my cheeks and outward with my fingers. I always love a slightly matte reddish-brown lip because it feels sophisticated but not like, “Look at me and my red lipstick!”

matte red lipstick

Look at all that FACE

Voila. So simple.

Victoria’s Take

blonde curly hair

"She’s a lady, whoa, whoa, whoa…"

I had to step a little outside my comfort zone (a cat-eye AND blush as contour?!) for this, but I ended up loving it. I’d definitely take this one out for a spin--it made me feel so sultry! Anyway, here’s what I used to make it happen:

makeup products

L-R: NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown, Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Black Ebony, Joe Fresh Eye Shadow in Espresso, L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black, Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Patrice, Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Minuit.

Victoria On Her Signature Looke ™

minimalist makeup look

I like this look because it’s basically just me but even more fly.

If we’re being totally honest, I don’t wear makeup every day. Some combination of laziness and general satisfaction with my bare face has made it so that I usually don’t wear makeup to work. However, on days when I have some extra time in the morning or I’ve got a big meeting (or someone especially fly is gonna be on set that day), this is my go-to.

beauty products

L-R: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brown in Dark Brown, Anastasia Covet Waterproof Liner in Black, L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black, BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz, Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #420, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment

First I fill in my brows with either a gel or powder and wax combo, tightline my lower waterline and the outer third of my upper lash line with a black pencil, and slap on some black mascara. Then I highlight my cheekbones, down the middle of my nose, my Cupid's bow, middle of my forehead, and chin. After that, it’s cream blush applied with my standard method and some deep berry stain on the lips followed by balm.

minimalist makeup look

Serving up lazy girl beauty for days.

This seriously takes me under five minutes--and I can fit it all in my jeans pocket in a pinch.

Sable’s Take

minimalist makeup look

Sable looking fly as hell in my minimalist look. Let’s be honest, though, she makes everything look good.

For Victoria’s signature look, things were a bit simpler and felt like something I’d wear for a “I woke up like this” vibe. Best part is that it’s travel-friendly. Here’s the stuff I used to recreate her look.

makeup products

L-R: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black, Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black, Josie Maran Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Always Cherry, Fig + Yarrow Rose + Vanilla Tinted Lip Blush, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer in 01 Stardust

  • Was that as fun for y’all as it was for us? (Because it was pretty damned fun.) 
  • Who do you want to see swap next? I vote for Tamara & Alyssa!