I’ll never forget the day that I first began wearing make-up. I was in 6th grade and shopping with my Grandma at Macy’s when she suggested that we go over to the Tommy Hilfiger make-up counter for me to pick out a few things. I was ecstatic, having longingly watched my mom apply it for years, it was finally my turn. Since then, I’ve always loved wearing make-up and applying it is a part of my getting ready process that I really enjoy. I love when I have time to spend playing with different make-up looks, but let’s face it, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, I just need to get out of the house in a hurry and don’t have a ton of time to spend on my make-up. I’ve discovered that in those times, it’s essential to have a quick, go-to routine and found that it generally takes me about 7 minutes to complete.
First up is a base and because spf + moisturizer + primer + foundation isn’t exactly a quick process, I opt for a CC Cream. I love this one by Ole Henriksen because it not only boasts a SPF 30 but also moisturizes, brightens skin and reduces redness. (For fellow ladies out there with a neutral undertone, this one is perfect as it doesn’t have a pink undertone like so many others on the market.) Next up is concealer and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is perfect for brightening up under eye circles and hiding spots. To set them both, I do a quick swipe with my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transluscent which mattifies the skin without making it look dull. (It’s also a bargain at $4.99 and I like it better than the BareMinerals Mineral Veil that I used to use!) To warm up my face, I apply the matte side of this Jane Iredale Bronzer to my hairline, jawline and hollows of my cheeks. Then to add a healthy flush, I apply a peachy-pink blush like Benefit’s Coralista to my cheeks. With a minute or two left to spare, it’s time for eyes. It doesn’t get any easier than a cream eye shadow that you can apply with your fingers like Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Cream Shadows. I like to go for a neutral shade like Bad to the Bronze and love that it doesn’t crease. To open up the eyes I like to use Pixi Lash Line Ink which is super black and the flexible brush makes putting it on a breeze. For mascara, I have a lot of drugstore mascara favorites, but L’Oreal’s Shocking Extensions Telescopic Mascara is perfect for a quick look because it lengthens your lashes with a super skinny rubber brush that also prevents clumping. Finally, I throw my favorite lip gloss in my purse and head out the door!
-When did you start wearing make-up?
-What are your quick make-up look essentials?