I am always late. I’d like to say it’s because I’m an optimist and I think I’ll have more time to get everything done than I actually do. It could be because I am morally opposed to getting out of bed in the AM so I consistently end up with 20 minutes to get ready for work. I love to do makeup though and if my makeup does not look good I feel self conscious about phoning it in. Here is how I make sure that my makeup always looks good, even on the days when I wish I had more time to get ready.
I’m a fan of foundation. Sometimes I can get away with just concealer but usually I need a little coverage to look more even. On the days I’m rushing, I’ll add my foundation to my moisturizer and apply it using my hands. Hands are a powerful and often underutilized makeup tool. Your body heat causes makeup to settle in and look more natural than some brushes ever will.
So your foundation and moisturizer is on. Next for me is eyebrows. When I’m short on time I’ll use a pencil to fill in some of the holes in my brows and make them look fuller. Try to always go in the direction fo the hairs. For example, the front part of your brows are more vertical so draw tiny strokes upward to follow the natural hair growth. I draw a line along the bottom of the brow as well to give it a more defined look. Make sure you do that lightly and blend it in so it still looks natural. Then fill in the rest of your brows using the same hair-like strokes in the direction of the hair growth. Boom, flawless brows.
Next step for me is concealer. As I’ve mentioned before I tend gravitate towards shape tape in all circumstances, but its ideal when you don’t have a lot of time. I draw a triangular shape under my eye instead of adding concealer only on my dark circles. If you only add concealer on what you want to hide it will do the opposite and draw attention to the area under your eyes. I also add concealer on my eyelids to create a blank canvas, ready of eyeshadow. I like to add concealer to my forehead, nose and chin too but that’s a little extra. Blend using a concealer brush in circular motions or the tapping of a beauty sponge. Add powder any place you’ve added concealer but especially on the eye lid. It’s difficult to blend eyeshadow over concealer. Blending powder over powder always gives a more flawless look.
I think a shimmery bronzer is the prettiest way to enhance your cheeks without spending too much time on them. Bronzer warms up the skin and the shimmer gives you slight highlight. No blush needed.
Then, if I really don’t have time, I use my bronzer in my crease to add some dimension. The transition shade is the key to a great eyeshadow look. Typically it is a matte color that is a medium shade. You know when you buy those eyeshadow trios at the drugstore and theres a very light color and a very dark color and then a random medium color? I used to look at those and wonder why in the world I would use that color but now I know it is the key to blended makeup.
If you're using a dark and light color then you have to marry them in your crease using the transition shade. Tans, taupes, and golden browns make great transitions. Use a fluffy blending brush to apply these colors in a windshield wiping motion in your crease then go back and blend it using circular motions. I’m demonstrating this technique in a video on our instagram page (@PairedStyle) for all you visual learners. Remember the goal is no sharp edges. I am using the Modern Renaissance palette in this post so I’m going to start with the Raw Sienna color and then add the Burnt Orange to warm it up. I blend starting in my crease for the most concentrated color then down onto my lid. Last, I’ll blend out towards the end of my eye brow. I have very round eyes but I like a more cat-eye shape so I take my eyeshadow pretty far towards the end of my brows. This creates a more almond eye shape. Then I add a mix of raw Sienna and Burnt Orange under my lower lash line to give it more depth. I like to use the lightest shades in the palette to highlight under my brow bone and my inner corner. Done. If you have more time you can use a flat concealer brush to clean up the excess eyeshadow thats not quite where you meant for it to go. Or you can add eyeliner. If I’m short on time, I will just add mascara and hit the road.
I hope this was helpful for an easy, everyday makeup look that is pulled together no matter what. Some of these tips will take a little practice but once you get used to it you will wiz through it!
And my favorite picture of the day. This is my model face. ;)