Everything You Need to Know About... Soft Glam Makeup With Charlotte BirdMost makeup trends come and go — but soft-glam makeup is here to stay!
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Makeup can truly be whatever you want it to be. From bold, shimmery cut creases to natural lashes and brows, the possibilities are endless. One of the most popular looks out there today is the no-makeup makeup look's big sister — soft glam. With a following of over 20K on Instagram, Charlotte Bird (@makeup_char_ on IG) is popular for her glowy, soft-glam makeup looks. I got to talk to Charlotte all about soft-glam makeup and her top tips for achieving an effortless glow. Here's what she had to say:Tell me a bit about your experience as a makeup artist."I have been a makeup artist now for around 3 years, I am self-taught and found my love for everything beauty from watching YouTube tutorials and trawling through beauty blogs and magazines. I started my Instagram page back in 2016 and also began posting tutorials on YouTube, although I’ve been doing it for 4 years I still love it as much as I did when I started. I really do believe that if you are passionate enough about what you do it will never feel like work. For 3 years I freelanced on the weekends and sometimes evenings whilst working a 9-5 job too. However, I’ve recently taken my passion full time and could not be happier (let's hope lockdown ends soon so I can get back to what I love)!"When it comes to soft glam makeup, what are some key best practices?"Soft Glam is definitely the most sought after makeup look and often what my clients will ask for! The key practices with this kind of look include" Use full coverage products:"Ensure that you cover any blemishes with concealer and use a full coverage foundation to achieve a flawless complexion. If you are worried about looking “cakey” make sure to apply a lighter layer of your foundation and build up slowly, also using a damp sponge can help soak up any excess product and blend seamlessly." Bake, Bake, Bake:"Now I’m sure most of you know I’m not talking about baking in the kitchen, but baking with powder. Baking is the term used for using excess amounts of translucent powder in order to set and brighten certain areas of the face (under the eyes, on the chin, centre of the forehead). This not only sets and brightens but also leaves these areas looking super soft, matte and flawless." Keep it neutral: "Soft Glam is what I like to call a “snatchural” look, we want it to look more neutral and natural whilst still looking flawless. We want our eyeshadow to blend seamlessly with the rest of our makeup, I stick to neutral brown, beige and tan shades in the crease. If you are going to include shimmer shades in this look stick to soft Gold and Bronze shades."Optimise your Mascara:"Using a lash curler is SO important when trying to get the best out of your mascara. Curl the lashes before hand (a top tip is to warm up the lash curler with a hairdryer), then apply a couple coats of mascara and wait for that to dry. Once dry curl the lashes once again, and add another layer of mascara if needed. Your lashes will look so long, volumised and stay curled all day. No falsies needed."Eyeshadow top tip: "When blending your neutral shadows in a soft glam look, ensure that you blend the eyeshadow into the front portion of the brow. I know.. the brow?! Trust me this gives such a gorgeous soft look and even better when connected down the sides of the nose, it looks as though all the makeup is seamless. If you struggle to blend eyeshadow, hold your brush further down towards the end and it naturally gives you less control and a lighter hand."Illuminate softly: "If you don’t want to be too matte, a great way to illuminate the skin softly is to add a small amount of liquid illuminator to your moisturiser or foundation. Once you’ve finished adding the rest of the products and powders this luminosity will peek through without looking too intense."When it comes to soft glam makeup, what are some practices to avoid?1. Avoid bright highlighters: "The clue is in the name of this look, if you want a glow it needs to be “soft”, we don’t want any glitter in sight. I would recommend using an illuminating primer, a luminous foundation or a muted highlighter like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders." 2. Avoid harsh contouring: "Rather than using a dark contour shade, when it comes to soft glam it’s best to opt for more of a light bronze. An incredible product for this would be the Cream Bronzers from Fenty Beauty, or go in with your favourite powder bronzer. If you do decide to contour do so lightly and ensure it’s well blended, adding some foundation powder over top can help to tone this down." 3. Avoid bold lip shades: "There are definitely a time and place for bold lipsticks but not in a soft glam look. Stick to nude shades, this will vary depending on your skin tone whether you prefer a neutral, pink or brown nude shade. Whatever you do just make sure you use a slightly darker lip liner and focus the lighter lipstick in the centre of the lips, it gives a soft ombre look."How do you do soft glam makeup without going overboard? (i.e., too much eyeliner, cakey foundation, over the top eyeshadow, etc.)"In order to do a soft glam look it’s really important not to do too much! I start with priming my skin and ensuring it's hydrated, then I conceal before I apply foundation. I find this a really important step in avoiding the cakey look, I put concealer under my eyes, around my nose, on the centre of my forehead, on my chin and then to cover any breakouts. I then blend this, and when it comes to foundation we can use less as we already have coverage in areas that we really need it. Use a damp sponge like a Beauty Blender and this helps to blend seamlessly and pick up any excess product on the skin."
FENTY BEAUTYPro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Beauty BakerieFlour Setting Powder"Bake or set the complexion with a translucent powder, these are more finely milled and give a softer appearance opposed to a heavier foundation powder. Contouring isn’t a necessary part of a soft glam look, if you aren’t confident with it just stick to a powder bronzer and focus this on the outer perimeter of the face. When it comes to eyeshadow I prefer to stick to an all matte look, you can use a couple of tan/brown shades and focus these in the crease of the eye and on the outer corner of the lid and take a little under the lower lash line. I love to include a matte beige shade on the lid to tie it all together. You don’t need eyeliner but if you would prefer add a thin line of liner as close to the lashes as possible and then add your favourite mascara or false lashes."
HOURGLASSAmbient Lighting Powder"Top this off with a nude lip liner and lipstick to match the rest of the makeup and most importantly use setting spray. My favourites include Mac Fix+ and the Morphe Continuous Setting Mist, this not only locks the makeup in place but also melts all of the powders into the skin giving a more “natural” appearance."
KKW BEAUTYKim’s Nude Essentials Lip BundleIf someone is used to full glam looks, how can they transition to more of a soft style?"The great thing with soft glam is that it can differ on different people, if you are used to super full glam looks with full coverage skin then in order to transition to a softer look - start with switching up the eyeshadow and lip. Soft Glam looks still look beautiful with full coverage skin, I would opt for a more neutral blush shade like an orange or coral rather than pink. When it comes to eyeshadow, avoid any bright colours and cut crease styles. Instead opt for neutral and brown shades with gold shimmers for the lid, tone down any eyeliner either in the style of a small wing or straight across the lash line to simply frame the eyes. If you are a false lash lover you can still use them but perhaps opt for a lighter style or cut the lash in half and pop it on the outer portion of the eye for a slight lift. Lastly opt for a lighter, more neutral lip shade rather than a bold or bright colour. Use a slightly darker lip liner to give a more pouty appearance to the lips and still keep it glam."
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COLLAGEN— THE SECRET TO WRINKLE-FREE SKIN?!
I’ve always heard/been told that once you hit 25 you need to start incorporating collagen into your daily routine. Our bodies natural collagen production begins to decline and adding it or collage- boosting products can help to keep plump, wrinkle-free skin. I am under 25 but that doesn’t mean that I can't still benefit from collagen products. Collagen What is it: Collagen is a protein found in your body that provides it’s structure including the skin, hair and nails. Collagen decline: Many factors decline collagen production including: •age (typically after 25) •sugar/refined carbs •excess sun exposure •smoking How to boost collagen production: Fortunately there are many ways to boost collagen production. Including foods, supplements, and skin care. This can either be incorporated directly from the source (collagen) or by the collagen-boosting foods. Collagen foods: •bone broth •egg whites •fish •lean meat •spirulina Collagen-boosting foods: •vitamin C; such as citrus fruits, broccoli •zinc; such as certain cereals, breads •manganese; such as leafy green vegetables and teas •copper; such as nuts and shellfish Supplemnets: Supplements are an easy way to incorporate collagen into the body. They can be incorporated into foods or drinks making it practical for everyday use. Some forms of supplements include: •gelatin •collagen pills •collagen peptide/protein powders •marine collagen Skincare: If you are using a skincare product this claims to have pure collagen in it, it may not be as beneficial as you’d like it to be. That is because collagen in it’s pure form may be to hard to penetrate through the skin and will leave you with no benefits. When choosing skincare products for collagen, its best to chose products that claim to boost collagen production. These products will contain ingredients mentioned above such as vitamin-c and even retinols. A product that I use that boosts collagen production with the help of active marine plant extracts is: ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream — $128 Key Ingredients: •Padina Pavonica: A unique Mediterranean algae with proven outstanding anti-aging benefits (aids in the production of collagen) •Mimosa: An anti-inflammatory, toning and astringent. It has a pleasing, delicate aroma •Rose: A natural fragrance component with nurturing and calming properties -Ulta.com What is it: Hydrating, wrinkle cream that helps firm the skin. How I use: This cream is intended for day use but I find it way to thick to use during the day. I like to use this cream at night as a moisturizer to seal in all of my other creams and serums. I apply all over my face and neck. Results/Recommendations: Like previously stated, this cream is very thick. I’m prefer lightweight creams over thicker ones. This cream is not irritating and did not cause any side affects for my sensitive skin. However I did not see any dramatic differences for the amount of money the product cost. I feel as if other products work better but I do like that it aids in collagen production. I personally would not repurchase. If you are worried about wrinkles or are interested in living a healthier lifestyle, I would recommend for you to think about incorporating ways to boost your collagen production. This can either be through quitting bad habits such as smoking, making better food choices, or incorporating collagen supplements/skincare into your daily routine. Lastly, if you are a vegetarian, etc. it is good to know that there are plenty of plant-based options available. #CheriePartner
Eco friendly makeup brand: Alleyoop!
Alleyoop is a newer brand to me—they had been on my radar for a little while, and I finally got to try some of their products when they invited me to their content creator program. The whole idea behind Alleyoop is to simplify your routine with staple, multi-use products that are quick and easy to apply and blend. Their philosophy is to streamline your routine, eliminating products that you don’t need or don’t use, which is a very eco friendly idea when most makeup brands pump out product after product, not seeing to give much thought to how wasteful it can be. One of the products they sent me was the alleyoop - Stack the odds multi-use face palette , which comes with a contour, blush, and highlight. The shades are SUPER creamy and easy to blend, and there are three color options available for this palette (the one seen here is Sassy Pants, the lightest option. The other shades look great on deeper skin tones!) I really, really love this palette. These are three staple makeup products that I use every day, all rolled into one. The design of the palette is very innovative and cute, and I love that it removes the need to buy three separate products. I know there are other face palettes with these products rolled into one, but this one is so streamlined and simple, and seriously—the formula is so beautifully creamy and blendable. They have jojoba and sunflower oils to give skin a subtle glow, which I love. I apply these with either my fingers or a brush; either way works fine. I find myself reaching for this palette most mornings. The alleyoop - 11th Hour Eyeshadow Sticks is a very cool idea for a product. Alleyoop reports that 82% of women use only 1-3 shades out of the eyeshadow palettes they own—that’s a TON of waste, of both money and product. Their solution is these cream eyeshadow sticks, which come in five universally flattering shades. These take about ten seconds for me to swipe on my lids and pat all over, resulting in a shimmery wash of color. Alleyoop claims they’re smudge and crease proof for 11 hours, which I’ve shockingly found to be true. Plus, the other end is a sharpener in case you want to use it as an eyeliner! I really love what Alleyoop is doing. Their mission is to make beauty simpler, easier, and less wasteful. They offer a pretty select range of products, which makes me trust that they actually care about their mission of helping the environment. Plus, their orders come packed in dissolvable packing peanuts! Not only are these fun to dissolve in the sink, it gives me further trust in the company. In addition, I like that their prices are accessible: Stack the Odds is $34, which isn’t bad for three products, and 11th Hour is $20. I’d much rather pay $20 for a shadow I know I’ll use than $60+ for a palette with a bunch of shades that will go to waste. All in all, I highly recommend checking out Alleyoop for great products at great prices! #CheriePartner
We stan Pietro in this house 🤡💗
Continuing the ACNH series, today I bring you Pietro ❤️ my favorite sheep villager and overall best boy. Products used: ⭐️ Complexion products: •e.l.f. - Poreless Putty Primer •DIOR - Forever Skin Correct Concealer •essence - All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder ⭐️ For the teardrop, heart & nose: •Transcend Dance from COLOURPOP - In a Trance Shadow Palette •My Milkshake from COLOURPOP - Strawberry shake shadow palette •Daiquiri from the same palette as above. ⭐️ Highlighter (for the tip of the nose): •OFRA - Limited Edition Rodeo Drive Highlighter Ornament ⭐️ Brows: • ohii - Magic Hair Wand ⭐️ Lips: •The now discontinued NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in Molten Love 💋 ⭐️ Lashes: •I just went to my nearest beauty supply and picked the most dramatic lashes I could find! Brand is Cherry Blossom, they’re their 3D SILK LASH, style #003 For this look I did my face makeup as usual, just some light concealing, just powdering with a matte powder. I like to keep my brows sheer and fluffy when doing villager makeup lol 😅 I tried drawing the teardrop and heart on my cheeks freehanded but ya girl is not talented like that, so I decided to do cutouts of both and stick them to my face using washi tape so it’s easy to remove and won’t tug on my skin, then I just filled them in using the shadows I mentioned above from Colourpop. For my nose I used Daiquiri from the Strawberry Shake palette, which is perfect for this since it’s a pigment and you just need the tiniest bit! Then I added some highlighter just on the tip to make it pop 😋 For some reason NYX always discontinues the products I really like, so I can’t tag the exact product I used since you won’t be able to find it but honestly any red lipstick or cream you have will do the trick! Whenever I’m doing extra af makeup I like to wear extra af, dramatic lashes like these 😌 lashes always make the look in my opinion! These from Cherry Blossom are so soft, I wish the band wasn’t as obvious but the more you use them, the easier it is to apply them! And that’s it! Surprisingly, this look didn’t take as long as I thought it would but it is still cute and festive 🤡 Which villager should I do next? I already have some on my list, but I’d love to hear your favorites! 💗 #cheriepartner #cheriecreator
Thank you guys!
Yesterday I received my leaderboard prize for being in the top 3 and I got to use it tonight!!!! First I just want to say I am just so thankful 🤗 to all of my followers and supporters for cheering me on. I am crazy overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the love ❤️ I have received since being a part of this community. Not to mention I am so close to 6k Followers and I just can believe it!! I have been such a hermit for a while, I was not even an avid social media user. I decided to start doing little things for my self with skincare and makeup, then one day I stumbled across Cherie and things just changed. I went from just cheering and saving posts that interested me, to my first post, to a large following and actual friends. This was all so unexpected and a such a blessing. I found myself again aside from being a mother and wife. I found self love and began a much needed journey of self care. Also thank you Cherie!! This app has given me a lot of joy. The support you guys give is amazing! Just being on the leaderboard was such an honor and now there are gifts! You guys rock! Thank you again! This oils is so lush! HERBIVORE - Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil I just love the packaging, I don’t know if I will throw the box away!❤️ The glass bottle and beautiful green/blue oil are gorgeous. It has a very Earthy scent to it, but it is not over powering and fades quickly. Also a little goes a long way, I only used like 3 drops before my moisturizer. The feel on my skin reminds my of my Sunday Riley night oil, but not as heavy. My skin felt nice and moisturized with a nice glow. ￼Contains hemp-derived Cannabis sativa seed + adaptogenic herbs to soothe, hydrate, and gives a nice glow. ￼This product is high in moisture making it Perfect for the coming dry months. ￼Contains mushrooms and turmeric to defend skin against the environment and reduce wrinkles. At $48 this could possibly replace my Sunday Riley oil....because that stuff is super expensive!!! I love it but my wallet doesn’t! However this Emerald oil it a great replacement honestly and it’s not as heavy an oil. There is not a huge difference in the heaviness but it is noticeable to me. I also like how the scent fades, the Luna oil does not. Really a wonderful prize! Thank you !🙏🥰 ❤️Cherie Creator
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Check out these creators profiles for their reviews on the cherie finds! @JadesJourney “I mentioned I was ordering a few of The Ordinary products a couple of weeks ago and Yay! they arrived last Friday. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 I purchased three ordinary products because of reviews from fellow creators 🤗 thank you creators, and I’m interested in organic vegan 🌱, cruelty-free products. My haul included…” @HilaryStrano “While I love this app for more than one reason, the biggest reason is how we can learn from one another. I am very open about my struggles with eczema, rosacea, extremely sensitive skin so on one of my posts someone left a comment about adding collagen supplement. So I listened and here's what I found.” @pastelpink_bunny “This mini set is incredible! It contains their five best sellers for all skin types✨” @madihomewood “💔I’m pretty bummed about this eye cream tbh, I was so stoked about the brand (and should mention that I have been liking some of the other products so far) but this one really was a miss for me.”
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