I once heard it said that if your makeup takes you longer than five minutes to do, you’re putting too much on. My makeup definitely took me 15-20 minutes each day at the time I heard that, so I worked on cutting my routine down. And I think I got it!
Here’s what I use (in order):
- Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
- BareMinerals Blush in Velvet (but use what works for your skin tone!)
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Pixi Lid & Line eye makeup in Smoky Blue (available at Target)
- Tarte mascara
- Sephora retractable brow pencil in Rich Chestnut
- Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Tigerlily (again, use what’s best for your coloring)
I start with the Beauty Balm. It is a tinted moisturizer, sunblock, and evens my skin tone beautifully. And honestly, since I’ve used it, I feel like my skin looks better even without makeup on.
Then comes blush. I apply it to the apples of my cheeks, and a tiny bit to my nose and chin, just to warm up my face.
The shadow insurance I use lightens my eyelids a bit and keeps my eyeliner in place. If I don’t use it, I get eyeliner in the crease of my eye after a couple of hours. Not pretty!
Next, I use the Pixi Lid & Line. It has a pencil liner, which I only apply to the upper lid, and then a shadow sponge with matching shadow. I apply that to the outer corners of my eyes, and then use the sponge tip of the pencil to smudge/blend it all and give it a smoky look. This is one of my favorite cosmetic items and I keep one in my purse at all times!
After my liner/shadow is done, I curl my lashes and apply mascara. Use whatever mascara you like, but I find that this Tarte mascara from Sephora makes my lashes look full and thick.
Now, I have pretty scarce eyebrows, so I fill them in with my Sephora brow pencil, but if you were blessed with nice, full brows, you can skip this step!
Finally, apply some tinted lip balm to finish the look. Five minutes and done!
This method depends on using cosmetics that pull double or triple duty, so shop wisely! And also keep in mind that this is an every day look. I realize that your makeup will take longer for special occasions. But that’s why those occasions are special, right? ;)