Monday, April 11, 2011

Fast Monday Make-Up

I don't know if you are like me, but I seem to always be running late or feeling rushed on Mondays.  I set out my clothes and things the night before, but I still feel rushed in the morning.  It leaves little time for putting makeup on, so I thought to share some fast make-up tips that look great and help me out.  It could help you get out the door on time! This may sound like numerous steps, but it's faster than it sounds.  It takes about 10 minutes.

First, I always do a beauty mask after I exfoliate my face, and the kaolin clay is my favorite.  Sunday night is a nice time to do this after a bath.  I still need to start earlier as this can put me past my bedtime.  Then I make sure I cool my eyes with a cooling gel mask (blue gel one I got from Shopper's Drug Mart) or a cooling bead mask I put in the refrigerator.  Sometimes,  if I have some spare cucumber slices, I will apply them onto my closed eyes and enjoy the spa feeling instead of using the cooling masks. I apply my night cream afterward, which I am using Vitamark Natique Night Essential Complex to repair, rejuvenate and and replenish the skin. I also like a few other under eye creams or products, but for the most part I actually had been using just vitamin E skin oil for years and years.

Facials seem to prepare my face for make-up for Monday, and for the rest of the week so makeup products can be applied smoothly and quickly, with less fussing.  I plan on using more natural products in the future and although the Natique set works and is better for the skin than most, the best is all natural and organic products or foods you already have in your pantry cupboard.  For example, you can wash your face with raw honey and it is amazing for the skin.  It will leave your skin soft and healing while you are sleeping.

Back to Monday morning's make-up routine.  I start my face by washing it or rinsing with warm water.  I often have flaky skin in the morning in the winter months, and it is just from it natural sluffing off, so I tend to wash it completely or use a exfoliating product to help if I need to. I also am using Vitamark Natique 4 Skin Care System, which has all the essentials of vitamins A, D, E and aloe vera, chamomile and natural oils, that work together to clean, condition, nourish and protect my skin.  It seems to leave skin soft and feeling moisturized, especially if I have some red areas and inflammation.

Step 3 of the line is the regular daily moisturizer, which I use a dime size amount and then after it dries, I layer on a small amount of Vichy Laboratoires Capital Soleil 60 Memory XL (Sunblock Cream SPF 60), which is a very high protectant with other sunscreen filters.  Then I like to let that dry and I use a very small amount of primer.  My primer of choice is Smashbox's photo finish, and apply it light on areas such as my eyelids and the t-zone of my face.  I have tried other primers and some leave my skin feeling greasy and looking worse!  So I do like the Smashbox primer the best so far, but have yet to try any high end or expensive primers.

Next, I lightly dab N.Y.C. 805 concealer stick or sometimes Physician's Formula color corrector under my eyes to conceal any darkness. I always have done this and even skip concealing my whole face.  I can get away with using a concealer to cover pimples or blemishes, and my favorite for breakouts is anything with salicylic acid.  I like to purchase the LIFE brand salicylic acid concealer from Shoppers Drug Mart for major break outs and it provides the perfect skin color match.  It can take a horrible breakout that looks hideous to looking a lot better.  So I recommend that and I am also using the N.Y.C. (New York Color) color wheel, and I apply the concealer lightly tapping over the blemish I want to cover, but not pulling as it's kind of thick.  Again, just a little goes a long way.

Sometimes, I use the yellow shade in the color wheel to cover under my eyes as it's better to cover blue, or using the green color concealer from the color wheel known to camouflage redness.  Any red inflamed pores can be easy to cover or at least manageable with this makeup invention.  You can look better on picture day if you have red inflamed areas. Then I cover the green with the skin color concealer again. Pat only around the red area or blemish and do not rub or you will defeat the purpose.  There will be no coverage left if you pull on it or rub it off.    Set that with a little loose light powder. 

I was using a Covergirl powder with light flecks in it or Physician Formula Mineral Wear Powder for highlighting.  If you would like to use a coverup of your liking before you set anything with powder then go ahead, blending softly and make sure you are ready to set it with powder.  I like to use Physicians Formula Cover Therapy Face Powder (my color is Translucent Light) and I just use the brush the compact came with.  It actually diminishes wrinkled with in 10 minutes, and I do feel I look better.

I then highlight under my cheek bones with a light bronze combo compact if time allows, also from Physicians Formula but if I am really rushing I skip this step and use Covergirl Naturally Luminous Loose Powder and buff out on the apples of my cheeks.  This color has a bit of glittering shades in it, but not overly, so it's nice but not dark.  Even though it's a loose powder, it works well as a day blush shade.  If it's winter time I might use a light pink Smashbox blush shade with the red brush that came with a gift set.  I look more alive when I apply it if I am looking tired.

I then take my eyelash curler and crimp each set of lashes on each eye, for approximately 7 seconds or more quickly at times, but I try not to do it so carelessly in order to not pull at any eyelashes.  Next I take my Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in brown and I fill in the tops of my eyelashes by rubbing the pencil lightly on the top back and forth, and this darkens the roots of the eyelashes.  This is done fast, and I even skip this step if yesterdays makeup is left and has stained the eyelashes a bit at the roots. Just go onto the next step.

I then take the eyeliner and line the top corners of each of my eyelids, just on the corners and wing it up, and then take the sponge rubber end and smokey it up a bit blending lightly outwards or if you don't have this, use a Q-Tip to smudge it. Using some of the purple from the N.Y.C. color wheel and I highlight the edges of my lid, above the eyeliner that I drew on.  I use it like an eyeshadow.  I also take a tiny amount and highlight my inner corner of my eye with the same color, but you may also skip this if you don't want any highlighting color on your eyes.  Then I complete the look with some mascara.  Currently, I am using Maybelline Full 'n' Soft Waterproof Mascara in *Very Black, which I thought I had meant to grab brown but it was black.  It still looks good and I prefer no chips of mascara on my face by the end of the day and this mascara does not do that.

I purchased some Marcelle products such as the Lengthening & Curling Mascara, a blue mascara that I threw out and also the BB Cream Beauty Balm.  I only ended up liking the BB Cream and use it as an eye tint color which looks natural and great.  Ever Avon mascara I purchased did not work well, such as the Avon Supershock Max which does not lengthen and chipped off onto my face by the middle of the day.

 I also just bought some Physicians Formula Organic wear Jumbo Lash Mascara in Black Organics, of which also I wanted brown but for some reason have black.  I also purchased Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Black (7367C), but have yet to open and try them. If I find the products are amazing I will let you  know...... stay tuned.

The last step to pull the whole look together, is putting a light and shiny colored gloss or cherry chapstick on.  If time allows, I first line my lips using N.Y.C. in light burgundy (955A) on the bottom of my lips and bring it to the top lip. Then I take lip gloss and currently loving "e.l.f."  in "juiced berry" right now.  I fill  n the middle of my lips.  I also take a q-tip and refine everything.

I step up my make-up routine steps through-out the week if I am going out in the evening time.  I use my favorite Smashbox pallet, which is mainly smoky colors, golds, or browns. I blend correctly and make the look feel soft and flawless. I don't do much eye shadow on Mondays or if I am in a rush, as it takes too much time to blend and may even look like too much during the daytime.  I like to use a blue eyeliner at time  instead of brown and purchased brown, black and blue all from Physicians Formula. 

I would like to try the airbrush coverage or cover-up, and I believe that would be a fast way to apply make-up..... but I am not sure the prices yet.  I keep seeing the infomercials.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have any speedy tips for Monday morning, either make-up tips or other things to help with the time crunch.  P.S. I think the best way to look beautiful, is smile so hope that you do that lots and have a great week~!

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