As I may have mentioned on one or two occasions, mornings chez nous are rushed affairs that require multi-tasking and superb time management. Getting everyone up, dressed, fed, and out the door in time for school and work doesn’t leave much time for complicated or lengthy beauty routines.
When I changed my hair color from red to blonde, I was worried that I might look a bit more washed out and feel the need to amp up the maquillage, but actually I’ve found the opposite to be true. My hair color seems somehow more harmonious with my skin tone, and I’ve found I need less makeup rather than more.
Applying makeup generally takes me 5 to 7 and never more than 10 minutes. I generally prefer “le no makeup look” and have learned to focus on the areas and products that provide most impact for least effort. I use a lighted, magnifying mirror, and always lay out all of my products before I start. I’ve also found that waiting a few minutes after applying my moisturizer and sunscreen helps everything go on more smoothly.
Curl Eyelashes: 1 minute or less. Even if I don’t plan to apply any other makeup, I always do this as it opens up the eyes and makes me look more awake. I still love the shu uemura curler best, but everyone has their favorites, so try until you find one you like and that works for your lashes and the shape of your eyes. (Don’t forget to warm your curler just a bit with a blow dryer for 3-5 seconds before use, to make lashes curl more easily and curl to last longer.)
BB Cream: 1 Minute or less. Still a big fan of Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream in place of primer and foundation. If you’re looking for sheer, light coverage to smooth and even skin tone, this might be all you need. I love that it minimizes pores without settling into them. The additional 35 SPF is icing on the cake. (My friend Karen loves Maybelline BB Cream and has been pushing me to try it. I’ve just picked up a tube and will give it a whirl. Great price!)
Concealer: 1 minute or less. I’ve been using Laura Mercier Concealer No. 3 for the past few weeks. I find that applying with my fingertip gives best result, and avoids that cakey look. I use for dark under eye circles, and also on dark spots.
Brows: 1 – 2 minutes. I probably pay more attention to filling in and shaping my brows than any other single aspect of applying makeup, as I find it has the most impact. Overplucking as a teen and thyroid issues have left me with very sparse brows. I’m absolutely smitten with the Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor in Taupe. This never looks too dark on me, and stays put all day. The shape of the product allows for an almost calligraphy-like precision of application.
Eyeliner: 1 minute. I use the Tightlining technique to apply along the lash line of the upper lid, and just a hint on the outside corner of the lower lid. Powder or gel eyeliners applied with a flat edged brush will work, but for staying power I love the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof liner. It gives just a bit more definition to the eyes, and makes lashes look thicker without a harsh line.
Eyeshadow: 30 seconds. I dab on just a bit of Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in “Cement” on the upper lids to even out color. This is a wonderful shadow that won’t budge or settle in creases over the day. I use a clean fingertip for a light application, but a brush will also work.
Mascara: 1 minute or less. For years I was a faithful Diorshow user. But earlier this year, a sample of Le Volume de Chanel Mascara seduced me away. Le Volume is a superior product that really does add noticeable volume without clumping or flaking. I use on my top lashes only.
Color: 1 minute or less. While we were in London, I tried and loved a new Chanel product, “Les Beiges” powder. This will be available in the US in August, and once it is, I’ll write more about it. But in the meantime, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder remains the gold standard for adding just a bit of a glow without looking orange. (And don’t forget that it works as a natural looking eye shadow in a pinch.)
Lips: 30 seconds or less. As I mentioned above, with my new hair color, I’m comfortable with a neutral lip, what is known on makeup discussion boards as “MLBB” (My Lips But Better). My two favorite lines of lip color are Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Serum de Rouge. The latter especially is great if you tend toward dry lips, as it contains lip treatment. I find it lasts quite long for a moisturizing, sheer lip color.
Do you have any tricks for quick and easy makeup application? How much time to you spend daily on makeup?
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