How to Apply Everyday Makeup In Minutes

I love makeup.

I have a big Caboodle to prove it.

And I’ll admit to going all Katy Perry every now and again and embracing my “glitter-kitty”.

But for the most part, I want simple and easy makeup that I can wear everyday to make me look finished, but painted up.

(Because smoky eyes are not meant for the frozen food section at the grocery store at 1:00 in the afternoon.)

So over the years, I’ve come up with a way to apply everyday makeup in just minutes.

And I thought I would share my steps as well as the products and tools (there are links) I use to make it all happen.

Your goal with everyday makeup is to:

  • Correct dark spots,
  • Lift focus to eyes,
  • and provide a little color to cheek and lips.

First Steps:

1. Start with great skin.

It is no surprise that three of my Top 10 Must-Have Beauty Products are for skin care. If you have nourished and healthy skin, it makes makeup application so much easier. The minimum – clean skin and SPF moisturizer.

2. Make sure you have the right makeup tools.

A Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes, Tweezerman tweezers, and Q-Tips are MUST haves in my Makeup-Tool-Arsenal. I don’t care how much or little you spend on makeup, if you don’t have a good way to apply it – it will look like a hot mess.

How to Apply Everyday Makeup In Minutes

Step #1: Shade and fill in your brows with an eyebrow pencil. Find a shade as close to your natural eyebrow color or even a little lighter.

Tip: If a pencil line feels too stiff, use your finger to smudge to desired effect.

Step #2: Take a stick concealer and apply on your eye’s lids, under the eye, the creases of your nose around your nostrils, along lip line and apply one light strip down the center of your nose.

Tip: Use fingers instead of a concealer brush. The goal is lighten up your face, not make it stripe-like, and fingers help blend it better.

Step #3: Add a skin tone eye shadow to lid. Look for a color that is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, but not too white.

Trick: Use a matte shadow over frosts, it looks more natural and will crease less as the day goes on.

Step #4: Curl eyelashes with an eye lash curler and apply one coat of mascara. If desired, add a second coat to top lashes only.

Trick: To look more awake apply mascara to the upper-middle lashes only. It brings attention up and gives the appearance of alertness.

Step #5: Gently add blush with blush makeup brush upward from the apple of your cheek toward your temple.

Tip: Find the apple of your cheek by smiling real big and looking directly below your eye’s irises.

Step #6: Add either a light dusting of powder or bronzer. Apply to forehead, nose, and chin.

Tip: Bronzer and powder can be addictive. Remember, you want your natural skin to show through – not be covered up.

Step #7: Line lips and apply either your favorite color lipstick or tinted balm. Try to pick a color that is as close to your lip color as possible.

Trick: Make a pout and then look on the inside of your mouth. Your ideal color will be the same as the inside of your mouth.

What about you? Do you have any tips or tricks for doing Everyday Makeup in Minutes? Or do you have any questions? Leave me a comment.

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