We assume most of you have indulged (or at least seen) the Cottagecore aesthetic in the last two years due to its growth and popularity during quarantine. Even if you think you haven’t seen it, you probably have.
You may be fond of this trend if you have ever fantasized about running away from home to live in a cottage in the woods or you’re heavily invested in hobbies such as baking (especially bread), sewing your own clothes, knitting, embroidery, gardening or pressing flowers – basically anything your grandmother would enjoy.
You may even be drawn to the more fashion and beauty side of this trend if you find yourself drawn to floral patterns and pastel or neutral colours. Even more so if you listen to Hozier on loop, read whenever you have the chance and relax by playing Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing.
COVID-19 and the world going into lockdowns made this trend exponentially increase in popularity over social media platforms such as TikTok, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram. Many of us dreamt of turning to nature and simple lifestyles while we were locked away in our homes, unable to leave.
While sitting on our couches or lying in bed, we would day-dream about frolicking in meadows, going on picnics with our friends, and living a romanticised life in the countryside rather than in a big city.
We missed the smell of flowers, the warmth of the sun and the serotonin boost we received from walking in nature, especially since many of us couldn’t see our friends or family.
If this sounds like you, then keep reading to learn about the different Cottagecore makeup looks we at Cottagecore Girl have been obsessed with this year!
What is Cottagecore?
Cottagecore is an aesthetic subculture that has become popular among the youth on TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. The trend has roots in the romanticised idea of escaping capitalism to live a simple cottage lifestyle in the woods, where the everyday tasks are baking and gardening rather than rushing around a city.
Those who are in the Cottagecore community are often chasing the sense of nostalgia or searching for calm in a chaotic life. The aesthetic is inherently extremely feminine; life is filled with ruffles, flowers, bows, and lace. Our favourite part is the element of fantasy, where you can pretend your a woodland fairy, or a fairy-tale princess.
Makeup is a huge part of the Cottagecore aesthetic. Let’s look into some of our favourite looks!
The Cottagecore aesthetic calls for natural and effortless makeup – it’s as simple as that. When you’re baking, gardening or walking in a forest, you might not want to wear a full face of makeup that will get smudged from sweat or covered in dirt.
To achieve the no-makeup makeup look, there are a few things to consider:
the best way to prep your skin for natural makeup is using products that contain skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C that will assist in moisturising, smoothing and plumping the skin.
Saie Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter
MILK Makeup Pore Eclipse Mattifying + Blurring Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Oil-Free Foundation Primer
To get the ultimate no-makeup makeup base, use your fingers to blend a tinted moisturiser, BB cream, CC cream, or light-weight foundation onto your face and go about your day glowy and beautiful.
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
Haus Labs Triclone Skin Tech Foundation
For the appearance of being outside in your garden all day, we highly recommend using a bronzer for a naturally sculpted, sun-kissed look on your nose, cheekbones and temples.
NUDESTIX Nudies Matte Cream Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick
MILK Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer Stick
Apply a cream, liquid, or slick blush on your cheeks and nose for a sheer wash of rosiness.
Blush, Blush, Blush
Our next favourite Cottagecore makeup look is the ones where you utilise an absurd amount of blush. These looks are so cute, and achieve that innocent, pinched cheeks that are perfect for the Cottagecore aesthetic.
By adding blush to your cheeks, nose and temples, you get a natural flush of colour to your complextion that looks amazing.
Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Dewy Liquid Blush
Nudies All Over Face Colour Matte
ILIA Multi-Stick Cream Blush, Highlight & Lip Tint
Graphic Eyes, Natural Base
Okay, this look is possibly our favourite our of them all! Using the natural base from the other looks, we love the addition of a graphic eye – whether this be graphic liner or some fun eyeshadow.
We highly suggest heading to Pinterest to find the ultimate inspiration! Add an all-over colour (we suggest mint green or pastel blue) for a more simple look, or go in with liners and create flowers, butterflies, stars and more.
This look just adds the touches of your Cottagecore lifestyle into your beauty routine and are perfect for occasions you need to dress up or simply want to feel your best.
Tip: we have also seen some people use lash glue to stick real flowers on their eyes and cheekbones and we adore this!!