Really. When’s the last time you had 30 minutes to put make-up on? Aside from when you were a teenager or a special occasion here and there, it’s probably been a really long time. When you’re balancing a family and a career, and you’re trying to at least make sure you can see the bottom of your bedroom floor and kitchen sink, standing in the mirror for that long seems more like an unrealistic luxury than a real necessity.
That doesn’t mean you have to
look like you don’t have the time. If you’re willing to set aside 10 minutes every morning (give or take five more for speed and accuracy), we can walk you through how to have a face that’s worth a million bucks. Even if the cosmetics are closer to drug store prices. (No worries, we won’t tell.)
If you don’t like how heavy foundation feels or you don’t believe you need quite that much coverage, tinted moisturizer is going to become one of your best friends! It’s basically a lotion that has some color (and sunscreen) in it that will blend in with your skin tone. Using this will save you time, protect your skin and make you look younger because it’s so fresh and light. It’s one of the best ways to have natural and healthy looking skin, even if you have a few age spots or acne scars.
A huge no-no is to go out without concealer, especially under your eyes. Especially if you didn’t get nearly enough rest the night before! It’s made to lighten dark circles, camouflage imperfections, reduce puffiness, and most of these also contain sunscreen (if the one you’re looking at doesn’t, don’t get it). The key is to purchase one that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, to test it on your face and not the back of your hand (contrary to popular belief) and to play around with powder, liquid or cream until you find what works best with your skin type. In short, get this from a department store. A consultant can help you to find a shade that will make you look like you’re not even wearing any and that you always wake up looking stunning.
Bronzer is how you can look like the sun kissed your face even if it’s the dead of winter. You can apply it to your cheekbones and/or your forehead or chin. It doesn’t matter what your natural hue is. Bronzer has a way of making anyone’s skin glow. (Use a brush rather than your hands. It blends better).
Blush is always a good idea. It makes you look like someone affectionately pinched your cheeks or that you played out in the snow. Either way, it provides an adorable effect. Avoid powder and try cream instead, though. It lasts longer. Oh, and a trend that’s big right now is draping. What’s that? Click
here for the breakdown.
If you’re already like “Listen, I don’t think I even have ten minutes”, at least apply a couple of coats of waterproof mascara. It will instantly lengthen your lashes and that can take a couple of years off
easily. Personally, we think the darker the lashes the better, but the color you choose is totally up to you.
No pressure or anything, but people are going to be staring at your lips all day long because they’ll be watching you talk. If you’re going to put on lipstick, apply a liner that’s one (not several but one) shade darker than it. That will help to keep your lipstick in place while you’re drinking and eating.
One more. On the super laid back days when you want to pull your hair back into a ponytail and/or throw on a baseball cap and not really worry about your face at all, lip gloss is a must! It keeps your lips from chapping and creates a sexy lil’ pout that’s effortless. And yes, if you commit to doing all of this on a daily basis, trust us, you can pull off the natural make-up face in 10-minutes. Tops.