Such a pretty girl… Why is she hiding under all that thick makeup? We were all excited to see the photos of Naya Rivera showing off her new engagement ring from Big Sean (by the way—the ring is STUNNING!). While we loved the ring, we were less than amorous of the Glee starlet's excessive makeup.
We have to start with the drag lashes because, like a train wreck, we just can't look away. Not only is she wearing falsies, but she's managed to coat both the falsies and her real lashes with several coats of tar-like mascara. She even applied the clumpy mess on her bottom lashes. Big no-no.
And why does she insist on wearing such heavy foundation? Sure her skin gets oily, but there are products out there to help her hide that without looking like she's wearing a liquid mask. And the over-contouring and bronzing just makes her look like she's a cast member of the Real Housewives.
Beauty Bailout: Naya has to make a choice—falsies OR mascara. And if she chooses the latter, she needs to choose a non-clumping (say it with us… non-clumping) volume-building mascara like Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara. Tip: If your mascara gets too thick or clumpy, use a disposable mascara wand in between coats to remove clumps.
We have a feeling Naya is using stage foundation, which seems to be a common mistake with women who have problem skin. They feel like they need to pull out the big guns for coverage. The problem is that the stage makeup just makes your skin worse—clogged pores, more oily and breakouts.
Naya needs to start with a primer (it would help take away shine and fill in enlarged pores) and use a full coverage foundation, bb cream, or cc cream that will give her the coverage she needs but help her control oil, and actually treat the problem. Our favorite is Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, which comes in the full spectrum of tones, gives full buildable coverage, and has skin-correcting ingredients like Grapefruit Extract, Apple Extract, and Aloe Leaf Juice.
Next, Naya needs to have a serious talk with her makeup artist about the contouring situation. The color she is wearing is WAY too dark—you can see the unblended stripe along her cheekbones and along her hairline.
Her makeup artist is also using too big of a brush. Contouring is all about placement and moderation. It looks like instead of using a contouring brush, her makeup artist used a powder brush, which covers way too much area.
The idea is you want to use a matte bronze 2-3 shades darker than your natural skin tone. Then sweep a blush brush or an angled blush brush underneath your cheekbone from the hollows of your cheeks to your temple.
Then from your temples, sweep the brush along your hairline. Then blend like crazy! Tip: Wipe off the contouring brush on a tissue and use the same brush to "buff" the lines giving the makeup a softer look. Add a peachy or pinky blush to the apples of your cheeks and you're ready to rock.
We hope Naya knows we aren't picking on her. We're just trying to use some tough love because she's a beautiful girl that is going to be walking down the aisle soon! We would personally feel responsible if she showed up to her wedding in over-shellacked lashes and over-contoured cheeks. See how helpful we are?
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