Having a go-to makeup look gives you a sense of calm. When you don’t have the time or just can’t be bothered, you go for your signature look. It is how everyone recognizes you and how you see yourself. And once you find which look you think suits you the best and get the hang of it, it should take you less than 10 minutes to complete it and head out the door.
Whether you love a full face of makeup or a few essentials having a signature look is like having a signature scent. It makes you feel comfortable and polished.
So what are some of the go-to looks, and how can you achieve them in a few simple steps? If you have yet to discover your favorite kind of look or want to change yours up, these tend to suit most people.
Winged Eyeliner: Winged liner is a classic, and it always will be. That subtle flick gives you precision and poise that is difficult to recreate with other methods. But with that being said, mastering liquid liner is not an easy feat. And even the most skilled makeup artists don’t always get it right. The good thing, though, is that you can draw attention to your eyes with one step.
Go ahead and conceal and darkness under the eyes, powder, then focus on the liner. By using a liquid, felt-tip, or even gel liner to draw a thin line as close to your upper lashes as possible, create a slight V-shape in the outer corner (smaller the better – you can always add more, but it is hard to take away), connect it to the line, and finally fill it in and you have accomplished a winged liner. To get this to last all day and look softer, you can top it with a small angled brush and a matte black shadow. Finish off with your favorite mascara and lip product, and you are out the door.
Statement Lip: If you are makeup-challenged or just never have time for a full makeup look before work, this is the easiest one of them all. A statement lip awakens your entire face. It can brighten your eyes, perk you up, and even boost your confidence. The most challenging part here is finding the right bold lip for your coloring. For some, that would be red, and for others, it is orange. It is really a game of trial and error. All this look needs is your favorite base, a touch of mascara, and top it off with the bold lip of your dreams. You’ll be out the door and ready for the day in a flash.
Smokey Eye: A smokey eye will never go out of style. For one, it is flattering on just about every single eye shape and color, and secondly, anyone, even makeup beginners, can achieve it. You can go in with a brown or black kohl pencil and line your water lines to darken things up, or you can keep it soft for daytime with a cool brown shade or even one cream shadow blended all over the lid.
Just pack a matte color on the lid and slowly build it up. Then take a clean blending brush and blend it into the crease. If you are super low maintenance, you can grab a cream shadow or jumbo pencil and blend it all over the lid with your finger.
Bold Brow: A good brow can be such a statement. Filling in your brows can frame the face like nothing else. Going in with a fiber-infused brow gel or pomade adds volume to the brows while still keeping their natural shape and overall look. If you focus on your brows, you can spend less time on everything else. Maybe a touch of highlighter, mascara, and a gloss, and you are good to go.
Glowy Goddess: This is probably the most on-trend at the moment. Adding a glow to your look does not have to be loads of glitter. There are so many amazing creams, sticks, powders, and liquid highlighters on the market for you to recreate that signature JLo glow and make it your own. All you need is a color that compliments your skin tone and knowledge of the face’s high points. Then everyone will be asking you how you got your skin so hydrated and healthy.
So which of these go-to looks are you leaning towards? Or do you already have a signature look you always go back to?