If you had asked me even a year ago if I could go out in public without make-up, I would’ve laughed and said no. First of all, my complexion was not the greatest. Second, I have a passion for make-up, so why would I go out without it? Well, here’s reality: staying at home with three children ages three and under does not require or even allow for full face of make up the majority of the time!
Even when I do go out to bring Leo to school, run to the store or to play dates, the majority of the time I just don’t have time or don’t have the energy to put on any make up. For the random mornings that I do have time and energy, I put on just the basics and I wanted to share this routine because it is actually pretty quick and easy to get a flawless looking complexion when you’re in a hurry!
Foundation (L'Oreal True Match)
Depending on the event, I bounce between different foundations, but my everyday tried and true foundation is L’Oréal True match. I’ve discovered that applying with a beauty sponge versus a kabuki brush makes a huge difference and it all depends on the coverage that you want lately I have gravitated towards the kabuki brush for a more full-coverage look, whereas in the summer I usually apply with the sponge for a lighter application. After my primer/moisturizer, I apply my foundation all over, concentrating on areas where I need more coverage.
Concealer (Too Faced Born This Way)
Lately my go to concealer has been the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. It has awesome coverage, but still doesn’t feel heavy. It brightens and corrects, especially in the under eye area, but is easy to blend and melts in with my foundation and my skin! I apply concealer in triangle shapes under my eyes, in a T shape on my forehead and down my nose, on my upper lip and my chin, this balances the color out and gives my face dimension.
Setting Powder (Charlotte Tibury Flawless Setting Powder)
I discovered the best setting powder ever when I had some gift cards to spend at Sephora and I found the Charlotte Tilbury flawless setting powder. I put this over all of the areas where I applied concealer, and then use a large fluffy brush to distribute any excess to all other areas of my face and neck. This powder is true to its name and it never looks cakey or drying!
Contour/Bronzer (Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer)
The last major step in giving your face some dimension is applying a contour and/or bronzer in the hollows is the cheeks, around the temples and forehead, along the jawline and on the nose. You want to create shadows in the right places to help slim your face or just cast shadows where they would naturally fall! I usually go in with a smaller contour brush for the hollows or my cheeks, but then blend out with a fluffy bronzer brush to help blend and not make lines look too harsh. This gives the skin some color and dimension. My bronzer of choice at the moment is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer because it creates a nice shadow for contour, but also gives a nice bronze when blended out.
Blush (Becca Blush)
I wouldn’t say blush is one of my favorite parts of the make-up routine but it does make a difference! I usually do a more brown toned pink for my skin color and try to blend with my bronzer. Depending on your face shape, you might apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, but I always apply mine further back on my cheekbones, right above my contour. I love this highlighter/blush duo from Jaclyn Hill by Becca Cosmetics, but it was only a limited time product! I linked a similar color blush by Becca!
Brows (Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz)
It is amazing what a difference a brow pencil or even just a tinted brow gel can make! I tend to use both of these products if I can help it because my brows are already pretty thick (thank you Greek heritage) but definitely need some evening out. I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to fill in sparse areas and give a better brow shape. I set them with the tinted brow gel to hold everything in place.
Mascara (Maybelline Falsies)
If there is one step that you don’t want to skip, it so the mascara! In the summertime when I have a nice tan going I can sometimes get away with just curling my lashes and putting on some mascara and feeling good about it! I always curl my lashes first to give them some lift, and then apply two coats of mascara to the top lashes and one on the bottom. Don’t ignore the bottom lashes because they really help to open up the eye and make everything look more complete. Personally, I tend to have watery eyes (or let’s be real—just more prone to crying) so I always use a waterproof mascara. My current favorite that I always go back to is Maybelline Falsies waterproof mascara.
So that completes my go-to quick make-up look! I know it always seems like a time consuming process, but with practice, I can get this all done in around 10 minutes and be good to go! Also, if you tend to wear less make-up in general, just pick and choose from this list of products to use that best fits your own skin needs!