Anyone else never wearing any makeup these days? It’s sort of like, what’s the point? But at the same time, it is a great time to experiment with new looks or colors. The other day, I dried and styled my hair and put on makeup for the first time since our quarantine started. And you know what? It felt kind of great. There was something so familiar about it that made me feel a little more normal and just a little more like myself. Now, I’m not doing this everyday by any means; maybe once a week if I’m lucky. But it was a nice change of pace from our new daily life.
I’m breaking down this makeup look today, because it is one that I will reach for over and over. It’s easy, not overpowering, and just enough of everything to make me feel done, but not overdone. I like this look because it’s easy to wear for daytime – to the office, or out and about – and transfers to night time really easily. Just add some black eyeliner and a stronger lip to take it to an evening look!
I apply Beauty Counter Tint Skin Foundation with my hands all over my face. I know using your hands is a no-no, but I truly do this to cut down on tools and time. Using a damp beauty blender, I go back to places that need more coverage and apply a bit more. I press it lightly into my skin, focusing on areas of redness. This is my cheeks and between my eyebrows typically.
I dab concealer under my eyes, a tiny bit on my lids to use as a base color, and on any blemishes. When applying undereyes, do so in an upside down triangle shape. Gently tap in with the beauty blender, then cover with a bit of pressed powder. I use the beauty blender for this as it gives it more a set finish.
Next, I do my eye shadow. All of the colors are from this palette. I used Candelight all over, Truffle in the crease and outer corner and lined with Moto using a damp brush. I’m not fancy with it and the lash line doesn’t last very long, but the dimension it provides does last.
With a large fluffy brush, dust powder over the rest of face. I like to do this lightly everywhere as I have focused on my concealer areas already. It’s important to do this after eyelids so that you can clean up any stray shadow before setting everything.
Now for bronzer. I like to apply mine for a more contoured effect. To do that, I smile really big and apply sweeps of bronzer under my cheekbones. Then I add it to my forehead, outer sides of my nose and jawline. Aim for a large number three shape on both sides of your face.
To balance out the bronzer, lightly dust highlighter on the tops of cheekbones, brow bones (just under your brows,) top of the cupid’s bow and down the center of your nose. If I’m not using eyeshadow, I apply the highlight all over my lid for a bit of shine and color.
Apply two coats of mascara – I like a curling one so that I can skip doing that step – and you’re done!
This truly only takes me five to ten minutes to apply. I generally do the steps in between hair styling steps or while I am folding laundry. You may notice I do not use blush. This is because I have rosacea and do not need any. You can skip the bronzer and apply blush, or both for a more contoured look.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by this little space and reading. I hope that you’re doing okay right now and am sending you big hugs!