It is often said that less is more, and nothing could be truer when it comes to makeup. Most of the time, anyway. There are occasions that warrant dramatic makeup, but college or work certainly ain’t one of them. And, it’s not as though time is your friend in the mornings. After hitting the snooze button the third time, there isn’t much you can do other than rush about to get ready. Looking good does not have to take up your whole morning, or take you away from your snoozing. Here’s a tutorial on how to look polished, yet keep your makeup light, and it takes less than 15 minutes.
It is important to follow a proper skin care routine before applying makeup.
Start by applying the moisturizer, and then use a sunscreen, if required. Use a primer if you want your makeup to stay on for a longer time. It also works as a base for your makeup.
After you’ve prepped your skin, apply a coat of foundation, starting from the center of your face. Blend it outwards, in a circular or dabbing motion, with a stippling brush or a sponge to even out the skin tone. You may use a concealer, if needed. If the foundation gives you the desired coverage, you may skip the concealer.
To seal the makeup, use a powder as it mattifies your skin and makes it look shine-free. A makeup routine is never complete without dusting with powder.
Use a fluffy powder brush in a sweeping motion, and apply the powder all over the face, specifically on the T-zone and the under eye area.
You can finish off with a translucent/transparent/compact powder.For last minute touch-ups, a powder is the ultimate go-to product.
Take a blush and pat it on the apple of your cheeks using a fluffy blush brush. Blend it onto your cheekbones in the upward direction near the temples, as shown in the above image.
Remember, when dealing with colors, start by applying one coat of the color, and layer it up for more intensity.You can also use a bronzer for a sun-kissed look.
To make your cheeks glow, go for a cream base/powder base highlighter in silver or gold shade, and apply it on the higher planes of the face, such as above the cheekbone, on the bridge of the nose, and on the center of the forehead. You can use either a brush or your fingers for this step.
Let’s start with the eyes. Use an eye primer or a concealer as a base. This makes your eye makeup crease proof and long-lasting.
For the eye makeup, pick a color of your choice. Since the article is about light makeup, I am using a neutral orange shade to complement the eyes and give them a fresher look. Load the product onto a flat or fluffy brush, and pat it on the eyelid. Blend it in a circular motion towards the crease. I have used only one shade to maintain the natural look.
Next, apply the eyeliner. You can opt for a pencil, gel, or liquid eyeliner, whatever you prefer.
Start applying the eyeliner from the outer corner of the eye, and gradually draw the line till the inner corner, stroke by stroke, with the help of a pointed / angular brush. In this case, I am using an eye pencil as that works the best for me.
Ensure that you draw the line close to the lash line.
Brows are an important part of your eye makeup. Fill your brows and groom them using an eyebrow pencil or an eyeshadow that is close to your brow color.
To complete the eye makeup, curl your lashes and then apply a coat of mascara.Start from the roots of your lashes and wriggle the wand right up to the tips.
Apply more mascara on the roots and not along the length of the lashes, as using excess product on the length weighs the lashes down. For extended and voluminous lashes, go for a volumizing mascara.
Prep your lips with a lip conditioner or a lip balm before applying the lipstick.
Apply a nude pink or brown shade of your choice that complements the look. I have applied a lip gloss in a nude pink shade for an effortless look.
And that’s the final look – fresh, natural, and subtle.
Never let the lack of time stop you from looking great. Keep it light, keep it simple, and step out with confidence.