Whether you’re a makeup minimalist, a busy mom, or just running late, the right products and a few simple techniques can help any woman can look perfectly polished in no time. The makeup prodigies at Two Chicks and Some Lipstick deliver a few products and simple tips to get your morning routine down to eight minutes flat.
1. LAY YOUR BASE
A little foundation can go a long way. Solicit the use of a foundation brush or, if you’re really pressed for time, your fingers, starting at the centre of your face and working your way outward with light strokes.
High-End Pick: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
Beauty Steal: L’Oréal True Match Foundation
2. EVEN THINGS OUT
Concerned about spots or dark areas? Treat them with a concealer that matches your skin tone for a flawless finish. Apply concealer underneath your eyes to cover any darkness, dotting with your ring finger or using a concealer brush to blend.
High-End Pick: MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer
Beauty Steal: L’Oréal Magic Lumi Concealer
3. WAVE BYE-BYE TO SHINE
If your skin tends to get oily and shiny throughout the day, set your foundation using a brush and a translucent or skin-matching powder.
High-End Pick: MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder
Beauty Steal: L’Oréal True Match Mineral Powder
4. KISS THE SUN
Add some colour to your complexion. Use a fluffy brush to apply a medium bronzer to areas the sun would naturally hit your face (across the forehead, along the cheekbones, and on your chin). Begin on the fleshy part of your cheeks and blend outward, building colour as necessary.
High-End Pick: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer or tarte Amazonian clay 12-
Beauty Steal: Annabelle Perfect Bronze Bronzing Pressed Powder or Revlon Powder Blush
5. POP ‘N’ LOCK
JLo wasn’t born that way – she has highlighter to thank for her soft glow. Use a f luffy eyeshadow brush to dab a shimmery shadow (make sure the colour is not too frosty – if you’re approaching 80s eyeshadow territory, you’ve gone too far) by the inner corners of the eyes, along your browbones, and along the tops of your cheekbones.
High-End Pick: MAC Cosmetics Pigment in Vanilla
Beauty Steal: Maybelline Facestudio Master Hi-light Highlighting Blush and Bronzer in Nude
6. EYE SPY
Eyeliner helps define your eyes like nothing else.
Use whatever product/technique you’re most comfortable with, whether
it’s a pencil, a gel liner with an angled brush, or a liquid
liner, to add some pretty dressings to the windows of
High-End Pick: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Beauty Steal: Essence Gel Eyeliner
7. FLUTTER AWAY
Curl your lashes to “wake-up” your eyes. Follow with one or two coats of dark mascara to add beautiful definition.
High-End Pick: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Beauty Steal: L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara
8 BUILD AN ARCH
Clean an old mascara wand and brush your eyebrows into place. If you feel you need a little more oomph, use a thin eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows with soft strokes. Blend with the mascara wand to get rid of any harsh lines.
High-End Pick: MAC Cosmetics Eye Brows Pencil in Lingering
Beauty Steal: Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil
9 PRETTY YOUR
POUT Select your favorite lip gloss, lip conditioner, or lipstick – whatever you prefer to use on your lips. Choose a light colour to ensure speedy application and a natural look.
High-End Pick: MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen Glass in Deelight
Beauty Steal: Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in Cool Nude