It doesn’t matter if you’re 12 or 92, we all want to look healthy and radiant with minimal effort. For most women, five to ten minutes is either all the time you have or all the time you want to spend on makeup. I don’t know many women who want to sit in front of their vanity mirror perfecting their Victoria’s Secret glow. We want to look like Giselle without all the hassle. Hopefully I can help you achieve that!
The first thing you should ALWAYS do before putting on makeup and after cleansing is MOISTURIZE. I can promise you that absolutely no Candice Swanepoel-like radiance will happen if you do not properly moisturize. And while I wish everyone could moisturize with Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, I don’t know anyone willing to spend $95 on a jar of moisturizer. So we’ll have to make due with something else. For normal to combination skin, you might try the Simple Protecting light moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 15. Even oily skin could probably use that one. (WHAT? Moisturize oily skin? YES. Moisturizing means your skin doesn’t need to produce as much oil.) For dry skin, you might try the L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Glow Renewal beauty oil. Just make sure there’s SPF in your foundation or BB cream. If your skin is especially chapped, use a thin layer of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.
Next I suggest using an illuminating primer, such as L’Oreal Magic Lumi Illuminating Primer. If you don’t want to do the extra step of using a primer, you can either mix the primer or an illuminating cream such as Revlon PhotoReady Skin Lights into your base for that wonderful glow. The illuminator is a vital step to looking radiant. (Obviously.)
For foundation, unless there’s pigmentation or acne that you’re trying to hide, stick to a light to medium coverage base. You could use a BB cream, like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, or you could use something a little heavier, like L’Oreal True Match Lumi. You could apply these with a brush or a sponge, but don’t forget that hands can often be your best tools. And the heat in your hands can help to move the product better and help to set it into your skin better. For concealer, use a brightening formula such as Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer under your eyes, and a concealer that matches your skin tone but does not illuminate to cover any blemishes. With the brightening concealer, cover all of your darkness, but don’t bring it all the way up to the lower lash-line, as sometimes this can give the impression that your under-eyes are puffy.
Now, by this point, you might look fairly shiny, especially if you’ve moisturized properly. Calm down. This can easily be fixed. Take a good powder brush and dip it into a light weight, finely-milled powder, such as Rimmel Stay Matte powder. Now tap off your brush until there’s hardly any powder on it. Then apply it to the center of your face ONLY. So, the center of the forehead, the nose and under-eyes, around the mouth, and on the center of the chin. Powdering anywhere else will take away the glow we’ve worked so hard to achieve. It’s fine to reapply powder during the day, but make sure you use the same method and with very little on the brush. Take a deep breath. Have faith. I promise it’ll come together in the end.
Now on to contour. Guess what? Unless you’re going somewhere special, you really don’t need it. It wont really add all that much to your everyday look, so I say skip it. However, if you are using this makeup for a special occasion, use a contour shade that has a good deal of gray in it, such as the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powders or the Nyx blush in Taupe. Bronzer is NOT to be used as contour. Don’t do it. I’ll be very disappointed. To apply your contour, suck in your cheeks, and, as Charlotte Tilbury says, “follow the hollow”. But don’t bring the color too far in toward your mouth. Keep it concentrated to right under where you would apply your blush. And BLEND BLEND BLEND.
For lips, make sure they’re well moisturized and exfoliated. Not only will it make your lipstick go on smoother, but the moisturizer will help to plump the lips and reduce some fine lines. You can use whatever lip moisturizer you want, but my personal favorites are the Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer, Eucerin’s Aquaphor, or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. For your everyday look, you can use a nude lip pencil to define your lip shape and then blend it into your lip balm, or you can use a lipstick or gloss of your choice. Use whatever color makes you happiest. If it’s fuchsia pink, then, by God, wear fuchsia pink.
For your eye makeup, if you have an everyday look you already do, then do that. If you just want to add a little definition to your eye color and shape, use a muted color such as taupe in your crease, and use a slightly shimmery creamy color on your lid, brow bone, and inner corner. Use a soft eyeliner pencil and smudge a little bit at the very roots of your lashes, as close as possible so no skin color shows through. Then give your lashes the best curl they’ve ever gotten, and apply mascara, top and bottom. (You can also smudge the eyeliner on the bottom lashes, but don’t go more than 3/4 of the way in, so you don’t darken the inner corner.)
Now for brows. Keep your brows very soft. Fill in the sparse areas and perfect your shape, but don’t make any harsh edges. Those harsh lines can age you. If your brow hairs like to party over the border during the day, use a brow gel to keep them in place. There are great clear ones (Milani brow gel or Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel), and there are great tinted ones as well (MAC Waterproof Brow Set, or Benefit Gimme Brow). Use whatever your prefer.
And, finally, it’s time for blush. If you apply your blush last, it ensures that you don’t over do it. Obviously you can use whatever blush you want, but a nice bright pink blush always livens up your face. Of course, if you have a lot of redness or rosacea, use a more neutral, almost muted, peachy blush. There are plenty of options to choose from, both drugstore and high end, so I’m sure you can find one to suit you.
You’re done! Hopefully your result is a radiant and youth-boosting makeup look. This makeup look doesn’t take much time to do, and in just a few minutes you’ve got your glow back!
Let me know how y’all get on with this look, and I’d love to see a picture of your finished look! Either message them to me or post them to one of my social media sites! Talk to y’all soon!
Products used on Mom:Simple 24hr moisturizer L’Oreal Magic Lumi primer L.A. Colors foundation in Natural Nyx pot concealer in Orange (for very dark under eye circles) Maybelline The Eraser Dark Circles concealer in light Revlon PhotoReady translucent pressed powder (I currently don’t have the Rimmel one) Matte taupe, dark brown, light shimmery pink, and matte pale yellow from the Coastal Scents Revealed palette Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara in black Coastal Scents Sleek Silhouette palette for dash of bronzer and pink blush Nyx lip liner in Nude Pink Milani lip gloss in Nude Touch