I have been challenging myself lately to see just how quickly I can get ready. There are definitely days when I can (and want) to spend an hour doing my hair and makeup, but those days are few and far between. Most of the time, I only cleanse my skin and apply moisturizer and SPF, but there are days when I want to do a little more so I feel more put together when I’m out and about. As every mama knows, speed is the key to anything in this life and that’s where these makeup tips will come into play. Last week, I actually timed myself! Here is the screen shot to prove it:
FIFTEEN MINUTES, Y’ALL! I wouldn’t say I was racing through it, but when I am trying to get ready quickly, I prioritize. For me, the most important things to make me look fresh and awake are: a more even complexion because I have a lot of redness on my cheeks and dark circles (#momlife), mascara to open up the eyes, brows to frame my face and something on my lips. I used lipstick for this post, but even just a clear balm makes my lips look healthier.
I like this look because it requires minimal everything – time, products and tools. My primary tip for getting ready quickly is to use minimal products. You will notice that I don’t necessarily skip any part of the face, it’s just all simplified. I used the same bronzer, blush, and highlighter on my cheeks and my eyes. One other little tip would be to keep the makeup and brushes that you’ll use for a quick makeup look separate from all of your other products. That way, when you’re in a hurry, you can grab only what you need and you won’t have to look for anything. The less time you spend digging through your bag or drawer, the faster you’ll be.
There are minimal tools required for this – only 3 brushes and a damp beauty sponge. I listed the products that I used, but I recommend using whatever you already have and like. These items are just my favorites these days, so unless you’re looking for something new, stick with what you love.
Here’s how you can create this look on yourself:
1) Base: With a Real Techniques beauty sponge, blend out Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation all over (nothing new here!).
2) Conceal: Dot a small amount of Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (I used Fair Neutral) under your eyes and with the same sponge, tap and blend that in. Use whatever is leftover on the sponge to conceal the tops of your eyelids to eliminate any veins or discoloration.
3) Set It: Then, dip the same sponge into some Cover FX Perfecting Powder and tap it over the concealer to set it.
4) Bronze: Swirl a Morphe R2 brush in Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer (I use the Light shade), tap off the excess and apply it to the top of the forehead and the cheek bones to warm up your face and give it a little definition.
5) Blush: With a Morphe E4, apply Tarte 12-Hour Blush in Risque to the apples of your cheeks.
6) Highlight: With your finger, apply a little Colourpop Lunch Money Highlighter to the tops of your cheeks, inner corner of your eyes and down the center of your nose (and the very tip of your nose if you like that.)
7) Eyes: With a Morphe M504 brush, apply the same bronzer to the crease of your eyes and blend up toward the brow. With the same brush take a little of the blush and do the same thing. This is going to create some definition on your eyes, as well as a really nice monochromatic look across your whole face. Apply some Essence 18 hr Volume Mascara on your top lashes and Pixi Lower Lash on bottom.
8) Brows: Use a tinted brow gel (I used Tarte Busy Gal Brows in Taupe) to add some color and definition, but also to keep those babies in place.
9) Lips: Finish it off with some Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Pretty Natural.
If you decide to give this a go, time yourself and let me know how long it takes you!