Fitting a full makeup routine into 5 minutes is tough, but doable. Successfully pulling it off has as much to do with application as it does choosing the right products. Check out my frantic morning routine:
Quick Full Makeup Look:
Unfortunately, this crazy routine is well-practiced. One day I’ll get it together!
- BB Cream mixed with Illuminator. Usually I layer these two individually, but mixing the highlighter in with BB cream gives the skin an effortless dewy glow. BB Cream is nice to have on hand because it takes the place of primer, moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen. I highly recommend finding a good BB Cream for you if you don’t already have one. It’s an enormous time saver. BB Creams are also a personal item. They have pretty different textures and finishes from one product to another. Dr. Jart BB Creams aren’t too oily, they soak in well and blend well, but if you aren’t into it, don’t write off BB Creams all together. Sephora will give you 3 samples at a time (even if they have to make them for you). Ask them to help you find one that is perfect for your skin needs.
- Bobbi Brown Champagne Quartz. eye shadow. This is a nice neutral base color that works well on its own or with a contour color (as shown in the video).
- Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow Shadow and Liner. These are kind of a game changer. It’s an eyeliner crayon that smudges into an eye shadow. You have to work fast with them because they dry quickly and they’re waterproof. Click here for a short video on how to use them.
- Mabelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles. Dark circles are one of my biggest skin problems. I look like Grumpy Cat every day when I wake up. Seriously. I love my color correction kit that I bought from BH cosmetics, but I really only needed a refill on the pink shade for dark circles, so I did a little homework and found that people really like this drugstore Mabelline color corrector. I gave it a shot and it works really well. It doesn’t look caked and it doesn’t smudge after I cover it.
- Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener. Always follow up color corrector with concealer. Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener does just that. It’s a bit thinner than other concealers I’ve used, which is fine for putting on top of color corrector. If you’re looking for a thicker concealer to give a little better coverage (stand alone), give Nars a try.
- Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer. This is a good creamy bronzer. I discovered that in Arizona, I just have to use more cream and liquid based products because my skin dries out so easily. If your skin is oily, you’ll do better with powder highlighter and bronzer.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I prefer this product to other brow products because it sets in place without the use of any gel. It also doesn’t feel tight or crusty like gels. For more details on how I fill in my brows, click here.
- YSL highlighter. I have searched high and low for a good powder highlighter and my favorites so far are YSL (used in the video) Bobbi Brown and for a more wallet-friendly version, L’Orèal Lumi. I like to finish off my cheekbones (under my eyes) and my T-zone with a powder highlighter because I switched over to creamier products, so I don’t hit my face with a ton of powder and the highlighter placement is exactly where I’m most oily, so it helps to prevent any running. Isn’t it ironic that we put highlighter on our greasy spots for a strategic glow, but we fight like hell to get rid of oil?
- Sephora Collection Mascara. I like this Sephora Collection Mascara that came in my Play Box because it adds so much volume. My two other go-to mascaras are Cover Girl and Yes They’re Real mascara really does not need to be expensive to work well. I much prefer these brands to the designer mascaras I’ve used in the past.
Whew. That seems like a lot, but I try to keep my makeup organized in order of use, so no matter how tired I am, I can get through my morning routine pretty brainlessly.
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