I have a very special post for you today in collaboration with iHerb. It’s a one brand step-by-step tutorial using products from Neutrogena. I tried a couple of things from the brand before and I’m sure many of you remember the hype around the Healthy Skin Foundation few years ago. Since then, nothing really went as viral, but I can tell you that I discovered some hidden gems in the line while working on this blog post.
But before we move on to the tutorial, here’s a quick overview of the iHerb store. It is one of the world’s largest online stores for natural products. They stock a great variety of skincare and makeup brands (among other categories – more than 35,000 products to choose from) and ship to over 160 countries. It is also a Google Trusted Store and their Customer Service team provides support in 10 different languages, which I know people like my mom who does not speak English would really appreciate.
I ordered from the store on multiple occasions while living in Australia and never had any issues with shipping or the product quality. In fact, I know a bunch of people who would only go to iHerb for things like the Real Techniques brushes, because they were a lot more affordable than in Oz.
That was a long intro so let’s quickly jump to the pictorial of the look which turned out to be very “old Hollywood”…
Here’s the overview of the products I will be using, including the famous Healthy Skin Foundation.
You can go through the gallery to see each item in action…
Step 1 - Primer & Foundation
I started by priming my face with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer and applied the Healthy Skin Foundation over the top. I've used this foundation before and really enjoyed the way it looked on the skin. In fact, when I go through my old makeup posts and suddenly come across a photo where my skin looks amazing, this was the foundation used. Coming back to it few years later and my opinion has not changed at all. It has a nice medium buildable coverage but doesn't look cakey. The product blends into the skin effortlessly, whether you're using a brush, your fingers or a blending sponge and doesn't emphasize dry areas. And let me just say that the Nude shade (no 40) is one of the best color matches for my skin tone. I've never had any issues with the longevity of the foundation and the primer keeps it looking fresh for even longer.
The primer itself is pretty basic, but it does make the skin appear more alive by adding a subtle and natural looking shine. It also leaves it feeling soft and smooth, which in turn help the foundation glide more evenly. As a bonus, the product contains SPF15. I like the way it works with the Healthy Skin Foundation or on its own, but I wish it was more hydrating.
Step 2 - Concealer
Next I reached for two concealers - I could probably do with just one but I wanted to test them both. Firstly, I applied the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick in the shade Light to the area around the inner corner of the eye because that's where I need the most coverage. I haven't used concealer sticks in years and was positively surprised with how creamy and easy to blend it was. It gave me enough coverage to cover my minor dark circles and didn't look heavy on the skin.
I also used an eye brightener product on top of my cheekbones.
Step 3 - Powder
For the third step I picked the Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder and it did the job just fine. I applied a little bit under the eyes to set the concealer and lightly dusted it all over the face. The powder does not look heavy or too powdery, but adds a naturally matte finish to the skin. I didn't really need to touch up during the day, but my dry skin does not need it in general. As an added bonus, the powder also contains salicylic acid to combat breakouts, if you're dealing with this skin issue.
Step 4 - Blush
Lastly, I opted for the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Blush in Pure (no 20). It's a nice combination of four shades, including a champagne highlight, two pinks and a light peach colour. Once blended, the color you'll end up on your cheeks is a lovely subtle pink. You can also mix and match the shades to achieve a different variation. I just swirled my brush across all shades and then added the lightest color to the top of my cheekbones as highlight.
The Healthy Blends blush is one of my top picks from the brand so far. It's very easy to use because it's almost impossible to overdo it. It's subtle, but looks beautiful on the skin. There's no demarcation line where the product ends and it just gives the appearance of naturally flushed cheeks. The formula is a bit powdery, but nothing too extreme.
For the eye makeup I used the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow Palette in Classic Nude. It includes four shades that are quite versatile and allow to create a barely there daytime look or a soft smoky eye. I opted for the latter.
Again, you can scroll through the pictures to see how I used the palette.
I started with applying the Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick as a base and set it with the SkinClearing Mineral Powder. Next I used the Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Spiced Chocolate and drew a rather thick line across the lash line, winging it out in the outer corner. I also smudged the edges of the liner.
Then I applied the beige shade all over the lid and blended it out in the crease. To further enhance this area, I also added a bit of the pink-toned color. It has a pearl finish, but the shine doesn't show up much once blended and also I will be mostly covering it with another shade later. I think this particular shadow can also look pretty when applied all over the lid if you're going for a makeup-no makeup effect.
Next, I went with the darkest shade in the palette and applied it all over the lid, covering the line created with a pencil earlier. This way I ended up with the most saturated color along the lash line and a gradient towards the crease.
As a transition shade I used the third color in the palette, a grey-ish taupe. I had to apply a couple of layers for the pigment to show up with the intensity I was going for but it blended well .
On the lower lash line I first applied the brown pencil (also run it in the waterline) and then blended it down with the taupe shade to make the transition more seamless.
In the inner corner and under the brow bone I actually used the lightest shade from the Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush and, of course, a mascara to finish the look.
The last step to finalize the look was a touch of raspberry on the lips. I used another one of my trusted and loved products from Neutrogena – the Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Soft Raspberry. It’s a beautiful formula if you like hydrating, balm-like lippies with good color payoff. This one glides on like butter, but doesn’t feather outside of the lip line and lasts for a couple of hours (it won’t take you through the entire day though).
Here’s how it all came together. I have to say that I’m particularly impressed with the face products from Neutrogena!
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I truly recommend the Healthy Skin Foundation, Healthy Skin Blends Highlighting Blush and Moisture Sticks.