In an irony similar to the contractor with the unfinished house and the hairstylist who never cuts her hair, I am lazy with my own makeup—just ask my friends and family! But in my defense, sometimes it just seems like so much work to get going on my own face after I’ve used up so much of my creativity on everyone else’s.
However, I’m my own walking business card, so I have to do better than just rolling out of bed.
This summer, try my trick, which literally takes all of five minutes and will get you many (genuine) compliments. It’s easy—just keep it simple and wear one bright color on one feature. Here’s how:
First, spot conceal as needed but skip foundation (too time consuming!). I use Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind The Eraser because, thanks to the handy sponge applicator, I don’t even need a brush to apply it. Tap it around your nose and in the darkest areas under the eyes, then blend out with your fingers.
Now set with powder, curl your lashes and choose the feature you want to brighten up.
If you choose lips:
Pick a matte long-wear shade that you won’t need to touch up constantly (really shiny or glossy is too fussy for this look). You have two choices for application: apply full-on and perfectly line your edges, or apply to the center of your lips, then press and roll to distribute the color. Now use a small eyeshadow brush to soften the outer edges (it should look like you ate a popsicle!).
Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing is my favorite hot pink, and the stick is slim so you can do either application method quite easily.
If you choose eyes:
Use a teal liner to create a strong line along your upper lash lines and leave your lashes bare—for extra emphasis, use a black or dark brown liner to line your upper, inner waterline (beneath your lash roots). I love teal because it does something for every eye color. If you have blue or green eyes, it intensifies your irises. If you have brown eyes, your irises intensify the liner!
Urban Decay Vintage 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Flipside is so creamy it glides on easily and is easy to sharpen for a graphic top edge.
If you choose cheeks:
A bright pink formula will, in seconds, make you look healthier and wide awake … a trick I often need. I’m a new mom and my eight month old doesn’t yet understand that Mommy needs to look decent for work! A cream formula is best for quick and natural application. Use a fluffy blush brush to apply the product to the center of your cheeks then blend out in circular motions to buff away the edges.
Stila Convertible Color in Fuchsia looks beautiful on everyone. It’s dewy without shimmer so it works on any skin color from the lightest of light to the darkest of dark. Just adjust the amount you use accordingly.
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