Guest Author - Kim Ringler
Before making up your face, there are a few things you should do as part of your morning routine:
1) Wash your face
2) Use toner if you have oily skin
3) Moisturize! A good moisturizer with sunscreen is important.
4) Apply mattifier to skin if you have oily skin (Examples are Rimmel’s Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer or my favorite, Smashbox’s line of Primer and Mattifiers). You can also apply a mattifier (Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is excellent) or dab of concelear on your eyelids to help your eye makeup stay in place.
Now you have your skin prepped and ready to bring out your beauty in 10 minutes!
1) Apply foundation only where you need it; blend well.(1 minute)
2) Apply your eyeliner if you want to draw attention to your eyes. Draw the line as close to your lashes as possible, because it will not only bring attention to your eyes, it will give off the impression your lashes are thicker! You can line the bottom lid if you’d like; the best way to flatter your eyes would be to apply the liner from where your iris is to the out
side edge of your eye.
Smudge with an application, brush or q-tip if desired.(2 Minutes)
3) Next is mascara. First, using a mascara curler, apply to lashes from the lid and slowly work your way to the ends of lashes to create a curl. If your mascara has a primer, apply one coat before applying the mascara; if there is no primer simply apply the mascara. You can apply two coats if needed but make sure there is time for the lashes to dry in between. Don’t pump the mascara wand or load it up with excessively or you will end up with clumping and flaking.
You can use an eyelash comb to brush out any clumps. Now you will have smooth lashes! (3 Minutes)
4. Applying blush only takes a moment and can brighten your face and create a polished look. Using a quality brush (not the one that came with the drugstore blushes), dab into the blush to make sure you have enough without too much—the goal is to look glowy and radiant, not like you have two pink circles on your cheeks. Using a mirror, smile so you can pinpoint the apple of your cheeks.
You will want to apply the blush on the apple of your cheeks, blending up toward your hairline. (2 Minutes)
5. Finally, you can add your lipstick or gloss—for a long lasting effect,apply gloss over your lipstick. Drugstores carry long lasting lipsticks that require
you to put the color on, wait a few minutes and then apply the moisturizer that comes with it afterwards to seal the color and add shine. They have always dried out on me, but I know people that swear by these 12 hour lipsticks so if you want to try one, keep your eyes out at the drugstore for sales on them.
I prefer gloss myself and have tried about every one marketed to be long lasting, and have just accepted the fact I will have to apply gloss
throughout the day.
Using a brush with both lipstick and lip gloss to apply it helps it to last longer. And I always smile into a mirror afterwards to make sure the gloss didn’t transport to my teeth, which has happened more than once. Clinique’s Black Honey is a beautiful lipstick, not a beautiful tooth color. (1 Minute)
6. Now you are ready for the last step—setting your makeup. Look in the mirror one last time to make sure everything is blended, your eyeliner is even and smudged if you chose so; no clumps or smudges on your lashes, your blush is blended so it looks natural, and you have no gloss/lipstick on your teeth.
Use either pressed powder over your oily spots, or you can us loose powder and just sweep it across your face to set everything. (1 Minute)
It may take a few times of practicing to get this routine down, but you can get it down to 10 minutes. So now you can press “Snooze” a few more times in the morning, now that you have tips to cut down on your makeup routine!