I’ve got to admit that I really do love putting on my face in the morning. I’m definitely not saying everyone needs to wear make-up to look great (I know many a beautiful woman who go completely makeup-less)–it’s all about what makes you feel comfortable and awesome. For me, a bit of make-up always makes me feel brighter and refreshed! Today, I’m sharing with you my daily make-up routine. You can see, things are by no means flawless (freckles shining through, eyebrows not perfectly groomed, visible pores, etc.), but the fact of the matter is, when I want to get out the door in a timely manner, things aren’t going to be perfect. While the process may seem like it has a lot of component parts, it takes hardly any time at all–about 6.5 minutes (I timed it!).
1. On a clean, well-moisturized face, using a Nars firm bristled round brush, I apply mineral powder foundation evenly all over the face, with gentle circular motions.
2. With a smaller brush, I take additional powder and gently layer it onto problem areas, using a dabbing motion with the brush (rather than a swiping) to achieve better coverage.
3. I then take a bronzer brush and lightly apply bronzer all over the face with broad, circular strokes, being sure to bring it down onto the neck as well.
4. Smiling, I use a blush brush and apply blush to the apples of my cheeks and along my cheek bone, using circular strokes to avoid too streaky a look.
5. After giving my brows a good brush with a brow brush, I’ll take brown-black eye shadow powder on an angled brush and apply it to the brows, using short strokes. I’ll go over the brows again with the brow brush to even things out.
6. For the eyes, I’ll first apply a nude or light-colored shadow all over the lid.
8. Next, I’ll apply a darker colour along the crease and outer corner, being careful to blend (even with just my fingertip) so you don’t get any hard edges.
9. I’ll take a light, shimmery colour and just lightly apply it to the inner corner of the eyes to brighten things up a bit.
10. For liner, I actually take a small angled brush and black eye shadow. Using a multitude of short strokes (and dabbing the brush into the shadow frequently), I start from the inner corner and hug the lash line to the outer corner. Then, to get a slightly winged look, I will turn the angled brush and put one (short) fresh stroke from the outer corner in the general direction of the end of your eyebrow.
11. For lips, I will often just use a swipe of gloss. For a bit extra colour and lasting power, I’ve dabbed on lipstick (not swiped), just to get a litle lipstick product on the lips, and then smoothed it out with my finger.
12. To finish things off, I’ll apply a coat of gloss with my fingertip.
13. Swipe some mascara on the eyelashes, wiggling the wand at the base of lashes before swiping upwards.
Photos: David Potter. Should be noted that I did not re-touch these photos, aside from exposure adjustments, even though I may have wanted to in some cases.
Products used: Bare Minerals Original foundation (Fairly Light); Nars Bronzer (Laguna), Nars Blush (Outlaw), Stila shadow on lid and crease (old palette); Nars Eye Shadow (Night Breed); Stila In the Light eye shadow palette (Sandstone/Ebony for brows); Sephora Glossy gloss (Cocktail on the beach); Benefit They’re Real mascara