So, I’m nearly 34 years old, and know next to nothing about make-up. True story, friends. I rarely wear it. I wore Mary Kay for our wedding, and a few times after that. Then, when we lived in NY (about 8 years ago) I bought some Bare Minerals…which is still in my possession. I know, call the make-up police!! I am holding on to (and sometimes even using!) crazy old make-up. While Fence says he likes my natural look (Thanks, Babe, you’re so awesome), I sometimes still want to look like a grown-up and would like to know how to put on a pretty face without a crazy high-maintenance routine. Let’s face it, right now I rinse/wash my face in the shower with hot water and then apply coconut oil when I get out. That is the extent of my beauty routine. Soooo…I called on my bloggy/FB friend Amanda for some tips. She was so kind as to even include pictures from start to finish! And apparently, with some practice, it all can be done in 5 minutes. Five! I can live with that. I promise to follow-up with my own look soon. You know, when I’ve recovered from being sick (which I am right now).
Being a homeschooling mom to four young kids, I don’t have tons of time to spend on my makeup. Gina asked me to share a quick everyday makeup look with all of you.
Skincare is really important. Eat right, drink plenty of water. Take the time to remove your makeup, wash your face morning and night. Use a good moisturizer, for daytime choose a lotion that absorbs quickly, so you don’t have to wait to apply your makeup.
Start with a good foundation, there are tons of options depending on the type of coverage you want. BB or CC creams are a great option for this look, most combine moisturizer, anti-aging, and coverage. Use powder to set, it’ll help your foundation stay all day.
Use a concealer under your eyes and on any other blemishes you’d like to cover. Pick something a touch lighter than your skin tone. Concentrate on the inner corner, where many women have darkness. You can apply concealer with a concealer brush, or your ring finger. If using your finger, tap the concealer, to get the desired coverage. Use powder to set.
Now let’s talk COLOR! This is the fun part. The options are endless. Makeup trends are always changing, so I’ll walk you through a classic look.
For eyes, a shadow primer will make your eye makeup stay all day. I like to use two eye shadows to highlight and contour my eyes. Brush a light color starting at your lash line blending up into the crease, if you don’t have a crease about midway to your brow. Next, use a darker coordinating color on the outer corner of they eye, blending into the crease. You can use a blending brush or your finger to soften any hard edges. Use a eyeliner pencil to line your top lashes, start in the outer corner and use short strokes, finish about the midpoint of your eye. Some find the dot-dash method helpful. If you’d prefer a softer look, you can line your eyes with a dark eyeshadow and a liner brush. Finish with a few coats of mascara. To apply mascara, start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the brush a little to deposit the mascara.
Blush warms up your face, and adds contour to the face. Powder is the easiest to work with. Smile, and start by brushing the color on the apples of your cheeks, blending out towards your ear. I like to add a touch to my nose too. Blend until you have the desired look. Bronzer can be added to your cheeks, nose, and chin.
Lips are my very favorite, so many fun colors and formulas to try. Start with a lip liner, choose a color close to your natural lip color. You can either outline your natural lip, or some women like to fill in the entire lip, this helps lipstick to wear longer. You can add a lipstick or gloss over the top.
You’re done! This whole look can be done in five minutes with a little practice.
Brushes used: Powder brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, contouring brush, eyeliner brush, and brow brush.
Products used: NYR Organic Frankincense Hydrating Cream, Tarte colored clay CC primer in fair, juice beauty correcting concealer in organic ivory, Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder in Geisha.
On my eyes, I used 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Satin eyeshadow in Bahamas, NYR Organic eyeshadows barley and moss, Tarte colored clay eyeliner pencil in black, Tarte lights.camera.lashes mascara in black. On my cheeks, Tarte Amazonian colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze.
On my lips, NYR Organic lipstick in Lychee and lipgloss in Nude. All NYR products can be purchased at https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/amandacarnes
Amanda Carnes is a lifelong Catholic, falling more in love with our faith everyday. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and homeschooling mom to four kids. They’re preparing for another cold winter south of Chicago. Before staying at home with her children, she worked for seven years as a makeup artist and esthetician. In her free time you can find her reading, sipping coffee, taking walks with her kids, blogging at findingthelittleway.blogspot.
com or on Instagram @findingthelittleway.