Getting ready for work in the morning usually goes one of two ways- quick and easy or terrible and complicated. Usually things go off the rails when I think “hmmm, I should try something new today”. Note to self: don’t try new looks on a workday. Everyone knows experimenting is for the weekend. 🙂 I didn’t follow my own advice today and somehow managed to pull off the impossible- a quick and easy face using a few products outside my normal routine.
My foundation routine is down pat by now: I started my base with a mix of three products: tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour full coverage foundation in Light Neutral, Dr. Jart+ Dark Label Detox BB Cream, and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Neutral Medium for extra coverage. I put a very small 1/2 pea size amount of the concealer, a pea size of each tarte and Dr. Jart on the back of my hand and apply with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. The concealer added to the mix gives me fuller coverage where I need it right now, and mix of the tarte and Dr. Jart foundations give me the perfect finish. I know this seems fussy, but with the weather as it is, each day my skin is different. This mix seems to give me the best finish with the least amount of product, despite having to use three different types to get there.
The eyes are where I decided to wing it today. First, I primed my eyes with Urban Decay primer potion, then used my finger to apply a coat of Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive all over my lid and blending out into the crease (BTW, I want to start a beauty company where all the products are named things like “Overachiever” “Equal” “Boss” and “Civil Rights Champion.” There is certainly an oversaturation of the sex-kitten shade names.) The eye base is very gold with sparkle, and I like to use it before adding a bronze or gold-leaning shadow on top. It really intensifies color well. Then, I dusted on the Balm’s Hot Mama blush/shadow all over my lid and crease using a Real Techniques base shadow brush. I love this product, but I cannot wear it as blush very easily. It leans too orange on me and the shimmer picks up my skin’s imperfections. However, as an eye shadow, it’s a treat.
Quick eye line and tightline with Maybelline’s Eye Studio gel liner, and a couple of coats of Maybelline’s Falsies waterproof mascara in the blackest shade they make. I then set my foundation using MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus. On the cheeks I went for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette and the shade Incandescent Electra (the middle one). No lipstick or anything today, just a good coat of my fav lip balm, and I’m good to go.
Ta-Da! The eyes are more rose-gold than they appear in this picture, but it’s subtle, soft and perfect for a day sitting at my computer grant-writing. (boo). As you can see, I don’t use concealer, really. I don’t put anything under my eyes, and I don’t really spot conceal for work. As much as I use a full-coverage foundation blend, I also know that natural skin has texture, blemishes, freckles, etc, and so I try not to absolutely WIPE OUT my skin. I need the full coverage for redness, but I also like some of the ‘skin’ quality to show through. (including the massive spot on my chin that’s about to make an appearance). I’m pretty freckly, as demonstrated by my shoulder and chest, so having a ‘flawless’ face looks odd on me. I like it to look ‘my skin but better’, and so far, I love how this makeup wears throughout the day. There you have it. Quick, easy, good to go.