I don’t know about you, but I always have something on my to-do. So, it’s no surprise that putting a lot of work into make-up application is something I mainly do on special occasions. If I’m going out or attending a special function, then that’s when I pull all the knowledge of make up artistry that I know to good use.
Just like many women, I love make-up. I have a subscription to Ipsy that gives me that monthly Christmas morning feel every time I get my pink package in the mail. Trips to Sephora or Ulta excite me like a kid in a candy store. I love watching make-up tutorials on YouTube. But, I don’t always have time to put make-up on every morning when I go to work. Correction. I choose not to make too much time for them. It’s not wrong to make it a priority in the morning, so it’s great if you do that. But personally, it’s just not something I put too much importance to, at least not regularly. Sometimes, working on making my make-up look perfect is a rare treat I give myself before going to work, but between staying up a little longer before bedtime so I can read or waking up a little earlier to put make-up on, make-up loses every time (actually, getting at least 7 hours of sleep trumps them both).
So, this post is about my minimal make-up from today. It’s Sunday afternoon, a time I usually devote to planning, organizing and cleaning. I was not planning to leave the house to0 long to buy groceries, but I still didn’t want to look like a train wreck. So, I put on just enough make-up to freshen up my face. It’s something I would normally do in the morning before work if I have time to put make-up on. Here are some guidelines I follow to keep my make-up minimal and most effective.
- Take care of your skin. Make-up is a cover up, not a fix for all. Keeping your canvas (face) at its best natural state is really what you need to focus on more than what kind of make-up to cover up imperfections. Now, I understand, imperfections are inevitable. I have blackheads problem myself. But a lot of them can be minimized if you have healthy skin and body. Dark circles, zits, redness and many others are usually physical manifestations of an imbalance in your body. Personally, addressing the following give my face the fresh, clean and healthy look that needs no make-up covering:
- Hydration (water, water, water!)
- Sufficient sleep (I try to get at least 6-7 hours)
- Clean and exfoliate skin (My favorite: apple cider vinegar+lemon juice+water=natural toner!)
- Vitamins and supplements (Vitamin E is especially good for your skin)
- Proper healthy diet (processed, oily foods can lead to zits, etc.)
With your face as healthy as you can make it, now it’s on to make-up…
2. Your skin is your biggest organ, and certainly takes up most of your face. So, it’s important to make sure it’s looking great. Find a foundation that will do enough coverage and sun protection without caking on your face. Personally, I use Mac Matchmaster with SPF 15. This line of foundation is good when you’re like me who wants to keep my skin coverage looking as natural as possible. A little bit goes a long way so quick application is not a problem, but I can also build it up if I want to. Make sure you concentrate on some key areas, such as under your eyes, since applying a concealer in that area might not be on your make-up to-do.
3. Accentuate your best features. If you only have 5 minutes to put make-up on, you don’t have time to make sure that eyebrow is on fleek to perfection. But if you have gorgeous blue eyes, no one will be paying attention to your eyebrows, anyway. It’s not about making every feature perfect. It’s about bringing out your already perfect features more. For my make-up on the picture, all I did was put foundation on, shape my eyebrows (Mary Kay Brow Definer and Brow Gel), put some mascara (Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express) on to bring out my eyes, and applied tinted chapstick to finish it off. And that might just be enough for your, as well.
Putting on make-up doesn’t have to be a chore or time consuming. Keep these in mind, but also develop your own way to keep your routines light and simple. Ladies, enjoy putting make-up on, and let your natural beauty shine!