GRWM: All-Natural Gabriel Powder Foundation Review; Plus A Neutral Simple Halo Eye, and Bright Lip / Classic Green Beauty


(ABOVE) Before and after using Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation, Eyeshadow Trio, and Lipstick.

For YouTube Video & Outfit/Makeup Details Scroll to Bottom of Page

February 6, 2019 / Video Post Notes


In this Get Ready With Me video (GRWM), I review and show how  I used Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation to get the look you see above. I’ve been using the foundation for about nine months, so I thought it was time that I tell you what I think about it. (All Gabriel cosmetics are natural-ingredient based, which is why I love their products.)

I also demonstrate how I achieved the neutral “halo effect” on my eyelids that I first wore last spring in my blog post and video, My Plan B To Manage Rainy-Day Stress, Plus My Black Tee, White Pencil Skirt OOTD .

I asked all of you then if you’d like me to do a GRWM showing how I did this eye makeup, and many of you said you did. Now, I’m finally doing it. I’m such a procrastinator!

I had been seeing this technique all over YouTube, so I decided to try it myself. In a nutshell, it’s about applying several different but similar eyeshadow shades onto the lid and crease to create a monochromatic diffusion of color that looks like a halo. (To get my look, I used the bottom two colors from the Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude palette–the medium tone in my crease, slightly above it and on my mobile lid, the darker tone on the outer corners of my lid, and under my lower lashes.)

I’m using all of the same products I used in my original video, including the same moisturizer and butter. The only thing I changed is the lip color. I wanted to do something a little brighter, since the winter weather is so dreary for many of you, and I thought a bright lip wold be a fun pick-me-up.

So, for a quick overview of how I went from bare skin to the look you see above, scroll down the page. For the video, which goes into more detail, skip to the bottom of the page.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

~Janis Lyn Johnson


How I Got This Look



STEP ONE: Exfoliate and condition face and lips (I used a homemade organic face scrub of organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt).

STEP TWO:  Next, moisturize face and neck with an organic moisturizer (I used Nourish Organic Face Cream, Argan & Pomegranate, followed by tapping Nourish Organic Shea Butter under eyes and onto lips.  Wait at least 15 minutes for the moisturizer and butter to absorb into skin before applying makeup.

If you want a slightly lighter moisturizer, you might try Nourish Organic’s Face Lotion. I use it, too, but have grown attached to the cream since  I discovered it last spring.

ABOUT SUNSCREEN: I don’t wear SPF anywhere on my body unless I’m going to be at the beach or out in the sun for more than maybe 45 minutes. I want to get some sun on my body, because I want the vitamin D. But I don’t want it on my face so I almost always, even on cloudy days, wear a wide-brim hat. When I do wear a sunscreen, I use Sport Badger, Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen.


100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrub (For My Review of This Scrub, See My Bare Minerals Foundation GRWM post)


Nourish Organic Face Cream, Argan & Pomegranate


Nourish Organic Face Lotion


Nourish Organic Shea Butter


Sport Badger, Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen


Adjustable-Height, Two-Sided Vanity Mirror




FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation offers a matte finish that has a slight luminosity. I like this, because it doesn’t look dry or powdery on my skin (I always exfoliate and moisturize well, since I have dry skin). I chose the colors Bamboo (lighter) and Medium Beige (darker) to mix together, since I wasn’t able to find one shade that matched my yellow-based skin tone. I’m happy with Bamboo, but the Medium Beige is not quite dark or yellow enough for me. I’ve been able to make them work by sweeping both colors together down my neck, and also by applying only a light to medium coverage, which I prefer anyway. I think this looks more natural than full coverage, and also keeps the foundation looking fresh for much longer.

ABOUT GABRIEL DUAL POWDER FOUNDATION : Gabriel is certified cruelty free and gluten free, and is made from 100 percent natural ingredients with no synthetic chemicals or animal by-products. The texture is matte with a slight luminosity, and when I apply a light to medium amount to moisturized skin, it doesn’t look overly dry or powdery, and still looks great many hours later.

ABOUT TAPPING/PRESSING RATHER THAN BUFFING: I gently tap/press, rather than buff or sweep, all foundations onto my face, so I don’t unearth any dry skin areas that I may not have sufficiently exfoliated.

ABOUT FINDING YOUR FOUNDATION SHADE: If you are like me and can’t find a shade close enough to your own skin tone, choose two and mix them together. 


STEP ONE: With a Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush, gently tap/press Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation onto large, troublesome areas. Avoid placing too much in areas with deeper wrinkles or large pores, because putting too much foundation on these spots emphasizes the issues. Although this brush can be used for applying a light amount of foundation, it also is perfect for achieving a buildable, heavier coverage (up to full coverage) over large areas of the face. I use it to achieve medium coverage on my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, where I have large sections of discoloration.


Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush


STEP TWO: Dip the Flawless Application Face Brush into the Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation. Then, gently tap/press the powder onto face, upper eyelids and, if needed, your neck. The Bare Minerals Flawless Application Brush (also here) is perfect for lightly/gradually applying the foundation all over the face to create either a final look or an initial, starting light-to-medium base.

Avoid putting any powder directly under eyes, as it emphasizes wrinkles and crepe skin. (I do apply some powder slightly into the lower portion of my under-eye area, since that is where some blush will go, and I don’t want it grabbing onto the shea butter and depositing a big red or pink spot. Later, I will re-moisturize that area with more shea butter.)

If you’re like me and need further coverage in large, troublesome areas (in my case it’s the dark patches on my cheeks, forehead, and nose), then repeat  STEP ONE where needed. Otherwise, move onto STEP THREE.


Bare Minerals Flawless Application Brush (Also Here)


STEP THREE: With the Airbrush Concealer Brush (from the EcoTools Cruelty-Free Ultimate Concealer Brush Duo Kit), cover small blemishes or areas of redness/discoloration by applying more powder foundation just to those small spots.


EcoTools Cruelty-Free Ultimate Concealer Brush Duo Kit (I used the Airbrush Concealer Brush, left.)




STEP ONE: To prep lids for eyeshadow (and instead of primer), tap powder foundation onto eyelids and below lower lashes with a clean, fluffy Eye Shading Brush from the EcoTools Touch Up Set.


EcoTools Touch Up Set (I used the Eye Shading Brush, 2nd from left.)



Compact Beauty Mirror and Carry Bag


STEP TWO: With the fluffy Large Eyeshadow Brush from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection, sweep the medium/bottom shade of the Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude all over moveable lid. Then, dip end of brush into same shadow and push the shadow in a patting motion into the socket line/crease and slightly above. To avoid fallout, hold a tissue under eye while applying shadow. (I forgot to do this.)


Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude (I used the medium tone in my crease, slightly above, on my mobile lid.)

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection (The new Collection has cream-colored wood handles, but the brushes themselves appear to be the same as mine; I used the Large Eyeshadow Brush, 3rd from left, all over lid, into crease, and partially onto non-moveable lid.)


STEP THREE: With the Petite Eye Shading Brush from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection, apply the Center/Darkest Shade from the Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude to the outer V of eyelid, and sweep under outer half of lower eyelashes.


Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection (The new Collection has cream-colored wood handles, but the brushes themselves appear to be the same as mine; I used the Petite Eye Shading Brush, 4th from left, for outer V.)


STEP FOUR: Using a small, clean, compact Smudge Brush from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection, buff eyeshadow under lower lashes, sweeping the color from outer to inner corner. 

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection (The new Collection has cream-colored wood handles, but the brushes themselves appear to be the same as mine; I used the Smudge Brush, far right, to soften shadow under lower lashes.)


STEP FIVE: To soften the shadow demarcation line, gently (very gently) sweep a clean, fluffy (not flat) eyeshadow brush over the line in downward strokes. (I used the same fluffy Eye Shading Brush from the Eco Tools Touch Up Set with which I applied the foundation to my lids in STEP ONE.)

ABOUT SWEEPING THE BRUSH: Most makeup artists sweep a brush back and forth over this line in a windshield-wiper motion to soften the edges of the eyeshadow. However, doing this on my fragile, dry upper eyelid creates too much friction, making it look even more dry and textured. So, I sweep downward, very gently, onto the moveable lid. For some reason sweeping the brush in a downward motion creates less friction on this fragile area and works much better for me.

STEP SIX: This step is only necessary if you feel like the demarcation line is still stronger than you’d like it to be. Simply dip the same clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush into your powder foundation, and apply it to the demarcation using a gentle tapping/pressing motion.

STEP SEVEN: Going back to the fluffy Large Eyeshadow Brush again (from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection), dip end of brush into the medium/bottom shade of the Gabriel Eyeshadow Trio, Classic Matte Nude, and push the shadow in a patting motion into the socket line/crease and slightly above to bring the two eyeshadow shades/whole look together. 

STEP EIGHT: To set eyeshadow (keep it from creasing or transferring), lightly tap foundation over finished eyeshadow–all over lid, up to eyebrow, and also under eyelashes–with the Fluffy Eye Shading Brush from the  Eco Tools Touch Up Set. 


Eco Tools Touch Up Set (I used the Fluffy Eye Shading Brush, 2nd from left, to soften eyeshadow demarcation lines and also, later, with a little foundation on it to set eyeshadow.)

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection

EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection (The new Collection has cream-colored wood handles, but the brushes themselves appear to be the same as mine; I used the Large Eyeshadow Brush, 3rd from left, all over lid, in crease, and partially onto non-moveable lid.)




STEP ONE: Apply Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara, Abyss to top and bottom lashes. (I usually comb out mascara, but if you want your lashes to be thicker, longer and more dramatic, you can skip STEP TWO and move on to blush).


Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara, Abyss


STEP TWO: Using the Folding Eyelash Comb, comb out top and bottom lashes. Note: Place a tissue under lower lashes when combing them out to keep from getting mascara on lower eye area.


Tweezerman Folding Eyelash Comb With Metal Teeth



STEP ONE: Use the EcoTools Stippling Brush to tap/press 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint, in Cocoa Berry onto apples of cheeks and outward; then also onto the forehead, upper temples and, if you wish, also on bridge of nose for a sun-touched look.  A stippling brush applies both wet or dry products very lightly, allowing you to build color gradually–and keep you from applying too much product at once.

STEP TWO: Soften any harsh edges, if necessary, by very gently sweeping over with a clean foundation brush (I use a second Bare Minerals Flawless Application Brush (also here) that I have expressly for this purpose).


100% Pure Lip and Cheek Tint, Cocoa Berry

Eco Tools Stippling Brush (The More Recent One Has A White Wooden Handle)



Bare Minerals Flawless Application Brush (Also Here)




STEP ONE: With a clean, dry fingertip, lightly tap Nourish Organic Shea Butter onto back of hand to warm it up, then apply/tap over foundation on the upper cheek bone and brow boneLet the shea butter absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes.

WHY I BEGAN USING SHEA BUTTER: I have been applying some sort of an oil-based jelly or butter to my eye area since high school, as I have always had dryness here.  Originally I used petroleum jelly, but eventually I switched to un-petroleum jelly and then, because the latter contained soy, I switched to organic shea butter. It’s a healthier alternative than the previous two. 

ABOUT SOY: I tried soy milk for 2 or 3 days in 2000, and it made my breasts swollen and sore. The same thing happened when I first tried birth control pills years earlier for only a few days, so I stayed away from both of them from then on. Later, I learned soy acts like estrogen in the body. I do not want to artificially alter my natural estrogen/hormone levels.


Nourish Organic Shea Butter




STEP ONE: While letting shea butter absorb into skin around eyes/cheekbones, remove any excess shea butter or foundation from lips with a Q-tip dipped in a little moisturizer. Then use the dry end of the Q-tip to remove any moisturizer left behind, and apply Gabriel Tea Rose Lipstick to outline of lips with a lip brush.


Gabriel Lipstick, Tea Rose


Portable Retractable 3.5″ Lip Brush



Compact Mirror and Carry Bag

STEP TWO: Fill in lips with the lipstick.

STEP THREE: Blot lips with tissue and reapply lipstick. (I’ve found lip color lasts longer when applied in layers and blotted in between).  Note: This lipstick is sufficiently moisturizing on its own, so I did not add any shea butter on top, which I do with some other lip colors.

STEP FOUR: Having let the shea butter (applied around eyes/cheekbones) absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes, now blot with a clean, dry fingertip to remove any excess.

STEP FIVE: Touch up any eye makeup mistakes with clean cotton Q-tip swab.









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By |2019-04-16T00:41:54-04:00February 6th, 2019|Beauty, Beauty & Health|8 Comments

About the Author:

Janis Lyn Johnson is a happily married SW Floridian and Texas-born (1960) fan of timeless style and healthy living.


  1. Dina February 6, 2019 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Beautiful as always Janis…so nice to see you back…..always a pleasure…I love how you always find work-arounds for makeup application that work so well….I still use your push technique for my Bare Minerals foundation versus the swirl…Hugs and Be Safe….

  2. Susan Cunningham February 6, 2019 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    I admire you beauty, poise, and classic style. Thank you for the makeup tips.


  3. Donna Maurer February 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh… just found your blog. We have much in common! Same age ,same type of style. I love your honesty . I love your posts!

  4. Bernadine February 7, 2019 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Fab-u-lous absolutely fab😋

    Stunning classic timeless look! Thank you for all beauty & outfit tips.💐

    Less is always more love the way you don’t paint the make up on.Your touch looks so gentle & stylish.

    Janis the dusty pink cardigan suits you. Would you ever consider micro-blading for eyebrow shaping and colouring?

    You could be the cover of any vogue magazine.

    So enjoy all yr videos.Thank you so much 🥀

  5. Judy February 7, 2019 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis, do you prefer the Gabriel or Bare minerals matte foundation powder. If so why one over the other. Also do you exfoliate every morning. Thank you Judy

    • JLJ February 7, 2019 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Hi, Judy! Yes, I do exfoliate each morning. About every other day, typically, I use the coconut oil/salt scrub in the morning. In between, I generally use just an exfoliating cotton makeup pad sprayed with mineral/spring water and follow up with spray of the mineral water all over face and olive oil and cocoa butter on top. If I have several important events several days in a row, I’ll use the coconut/salt scrub more often. As to which foundation powder I prefer…They are quite different from each other, so that’s a tough one. I think my favorite for dressy night looks with more coverage would be Bare Minerals. For lighter coverage, outdoor casual day looks it would be Gabriel. Does that help? I like them each for different purposes. Also, Bare Minerals is great for on-camera work/photographs/videos, if you find yourself needing that. Thank you for visiting my blog! ~ Janis

  6. Suzanne February 22, 2019 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis! I don’t think I’ve ever seen skin as beautiful as yours…both your inner and outer beauty just radiates!!! I was just wondering if you have tried other brands of Shea butter or if you always stick with the Nourish Organics. There are some cheaper brands on amazon but im afraid they might be too hard or not have the same results as the Nourish Organics. I’ll definitely get the Nourish Organics if you find that brand superior…you are definitely my skin role model!!! I’ve had ongoing serious health issues since my twenties (invasive thyroid cancer and a chronic pain condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia)…besides my overall health, it has really taken a toll on my skin and hair. I am so inspired by your use of natural, healthy products and really want to start incorporating them into my routine….since im not working right now (and any money goes towards my rescuing senior and hospice pets from NYC kill shelters!!) I can’t afford to buy too many things at once, so I felt like the Shea butter was a good place to start….what else would you recommend for premature aging due to health issues…my skin is very thin now with fine lines . I also have severe dental complications from the radiation, so I have volume loss in my face….makes me look so much older than I am. Id appreciate any advice or product suggestions you might have. ..and I truly appreciate the time you take to make these very thorough videos and tutorials….I have learned so much from you already. You are helping so many people more than you will ever know…thank you!!! (Also, just wondering what your ethnic background is, you have a very exotic look!!!)

  7. Jeanne Swygart March 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Beautiful look. I need to do more with my eyes. Your skin is glowing.

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