Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Simplify Your Morning Makeup Routine

Image: gwilmore via Flickr
Wash, tone, moisturize, foundation, light shadow, dark shadow, eyliner, mascara, concealer, blush, powder, lipliner, lipstick, and done! It's enough to make any girl dizzy. I don't know any modern woman who has time for such an elaborate routine — even makeup artists! Read on for my recommendations for a great daily look.

Start with a clean base - Take care of your skin and you won't have to worry about full foundation. People often ask me how I get such great skin. The answer? I eat a vegan diet and have a very simple skincare routine. Cutting out dairy alone can work wonders for the complexion. While skin care companies want you to adhere to an extensive wash, tone, moisturize routine, I often skip this entirely. I only wash my face after wearing full foundation or a hard workout. Washing more than once a day can be drying, stripping your skin of its natural oils.

Concealers are often all you need - Covering an entire face with foundation can easily look artifical. It will completely even out your face, often requiring the application of more products (eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, etc.) just to make your face look relatively normal again. Instead of covering the canvas, just apply a bit of concealer where necessary. My favorite places: under the eyes and on the nose.

Use long-lasting products - I can be really lazy, so I often avoid any products that require reapplication every few hours. I've found a few great natural eyeliners that last through a full work day. Eyeliner plus mascara is my usual eye routine, as it brings out the eyes with minimal effort.

Look for multitasking products - Save both time and money by getting products that accomplish two tasks. If you like a day moisturizer, look for one with an SPF of 15-30. Tinted lip balms are one of my favorites, as they are very moisturizing but add a hint of color. Stick to subtler shades to look polished — no lip liner necessary!

Coming up: Save water and precious time with some great shower tips.

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