How To Get The Effortless, Fresh-Faced Look

Despite Robin Black's self-professed love/hate relationship with beauty, the photographer-cum-makeup artist behind Beauty is Boring is bent on capturing the faces of everyone from top models to friends to perfect strangers with her vintage Big Shot Polaroid camera, complete with Magicubes & film — after she does their makeup, of course. Get your bookmarks tab ready, ladies.
One of the things I adore about painting faces is their singularity. No two faces are ever truly alike; even identical twins age differently. So, each time it's an adventure, an exploration into unknown territory armed only with beautifully packaged pigments. Click through for some amazing, naturally beautiful makeup looks.
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Sometimes simple is better, as in the case of Klazina's dark brows and clean face. The perfectly mussed hair was created by Patricia Morales, who gave the following advice for achieving this look: Start by rough drying your hair, spritz with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and then pull back into a low, textured ponytail.

Dior Show Mascara in Catwalk Black, $25, available at Dior; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, $21, available at Anastasia; Anastasia Brow Fix, $21, available at Anastasia; NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Terre Neuve, $42, availabel at NARS; NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, $35, available at NARS; Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $25, available at Bumble and Bumble.
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Inspired by Karlheinz Weinberger's portraits of rebel boys in the 1950s, talented upcoming hair stylist Bobby Eliot created this genius curled do. I kept Miss Jodie Smith's make-up classically pretty with just a touch of the '50s with the big lashes and defined brows (referencing Helen Williams' iconic beauty).

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cognac Sable, $78, available at Neiman Marcus; Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in Black Satin, $32, available at Givenchy; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, $21, available at Anastasia; NARS Blush in Seduction, $29, available at NARS; Bobbi Brown Rich Lipstick in Bare Pink, $25, available at Bobbi Brown; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-8, $32, available at Laura Mercier; Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Mocha, $43, available at Laura Mercier.
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7 a.m. in a hotel room surrounded by the scorching-hot desert landscape and this is what Heide looks like with eyeliner, mascara, and lip balm. And, yes, that is her "I-just-woke-up" hair.

Chanel Le Crayon Yeux in Noir, $29, available at Chanel; Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, $24, available at Eyeko; Anastasia Brow Fix, $21, available at Anastasia; La Mer The Lip Balm, $50, available at La Mer.
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A quick word about eyebrows: While I admire the thick natural brows that have been so prevalent lately, I find myself missing the thin arch. Perhaps it's because I grew up in the grunge era, adore 1920s makeup, and am still obsessed with Galliano's Dior runway shows (Pat McGrath understands a thin brow). Regardless, my heart still skips a beat when I see that perfect skinny brow. And paired with a septum piercing… sigh.

Note: The Best Skinny Eyebrows of the 1990's award goes to Drew Barrymore. Runner up goes to Mila Jovovich.

Dior Mono Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in Panama, $29, available at Dior; NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Iceberg (used on the lower waterline), $22, available at NARS; Hourglass Film Noir Mascara in Onyx, $28, available at Hourglass; Eyeko Brow Gel, $24, available at Eyeko; NARS Multiple Bronzer in Malaysia, $38, available at NARS; Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base, $45, available at Chanel; Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige 10, $45, available at Chanel.
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"There is nothing new except what has been forgotten." — Marie Antionette

Chanel Limited Edition Cream Blush in Presage, $38, available at Chanel; MAC Eye Khol in Fascinating White, $16, available at MAC; Ardell Duralash Knot Free Long in Black, $4, available at Ulta; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, $21, available at Anastasia; Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, $43, available at Laura Mercier; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3, $32, available at Laura Mercier; NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder, $33, available at NARS.
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A thick fringe of lashes, a few judiciously placed swipes of bronze, lip balm and a lovely, slightly mussed pony tail is perfect for evenings spent on a Brooklyn rooftop, or in Cuba dancing wildly to the Buena Vista Social Club or strolling the moonlit beach in Huahine or sipping a strong drink while sitting in Henry Miller's chair at Nepenthe.

Note: Hair by the legendary Robert Vetica and thanks to the very cool Kasia Struss for playing Polaroids... again.

Dior New Look Mascara in Black, $25, available at Dior; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, $21, available at Anastasia; NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, $36, available at NARS; Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm, $27, available at Nordstrom.
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Note: Even when she is biting her tongue, Jodie has the most gorgeous smile!

Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil in Noir, $36, available at Bergdorf Goodman; YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Shocking in Deep Black, $30, available at YSL; Armani Blushing Fabric in Raspberry, $39, available at Armani; Dior Rouge Serum Luminous Color Lip Treatment in Soft Pink, $34, available at Dior; Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Mocha, $43, available at Laura Mercier; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-08, $32, available at Laura Mercier; La Mer The Moisturizing Lotion, $240, available at La Mer.
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