I love makeup. I love it as much as the next makeup artist. However, that doesn’t mean I love wearing it or spending time applying it. After graduating from Blanche Macdonald’s make up program over a decade ago, I can honestly say I’ve grown to appreciate and love a more minimalist approach. I’ve always been a fan of "less is more". That being said, I do love to glam it up if the mood strikes!
If your schedule is always as packed as mine is, you find yourself trying to move things around or creating shortcuts to ensure you can squeeze far too many things into a 24-hour day. But feeling and looking good sets the mood for your day. So, I just find ways to get my workout in and have time to blow dry my hair and apply makeup, all while having at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Mission impossible, right? Well, toss in having to care for a baby like a handful of my friends do and you'll find yourself praying to at least get a hold of your hairbrush to tame that bedhead. After countless mornings throwing my wet hair in a low bun, missing a morning coffee because I’m too busy perfecting my brow, I’ve finally found a makeup routine that I call my “barely there and glow” look!
Step 1: Wake up that beautiful face by splashing it with cold water and then spraying it with Herbivore’s Rose Spray – I pat this in with my fingers and give my face a little massage.
Step 2: Whatever your morning skin routine is, apply your serums, oils, moisturizers, etc. My go-to has been BeautyCounter's Nourishing Day Cream (I wash my face at night, not in the AM).
Step 3: Apply Yves Saint Laurent’s Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector to your face. I apply the product to my ring finger and then place the product on my forehead, cheeks, under eyes, nose and chin, and then gently blend the product into my skin.
Step 4: Brighten those eyes by applying Maybelline Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer and MAC Pro Longer Concealer, setting it with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (see my YouTube tutorial re concealer application).
Step 5: Say aloha with the stunning Benefit Bronzer in Hoola. This product is a must for me as I use it to both contour my face and add depth to my eyes. I quickly contour my cheekbones and nose, around the hairline and forehead, and then blend a little into my cheeks. I then apply the bronzer to the crease of my eyes, blending it inward from the ouster corners. This step brings my face to life and adds dimension. Plus, who doesn’t like to look like they have a bit of a tan!
Step 6: Get deep with NARS Deep Throat Blush. Aside from the playful lineup of names their products have, NARS Deep Throat (and Orgasm) has the perfect amount of pigment to give my cheeks the pop they need. The shade also seems to work perfectly with Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. I apply the blush just past the apples of my cheeks and blend it out toward my temples.
Step 7: Apply Yves Saint Laurent’s TOUCHE ECLAT Glow Shot Liquid Highlighter along the top of your cheek bones and up to the temples, along the bridge of the nose, inner corner of your eyes, eyebrow, and a little on the cupids bow and forehead.
Step 8: Maintaining your brows is key - unless you’re growing them out like I am. This step will save you a lot of time if your brows aren’t sparse (TIP: If they are, a quick touch up in the spots that need it should do (I suggest a powder and angle brush to do this). I take my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush (#12) and give it a light spray with hairspray (TIP: Olivia Culpo suggested this and I’ve been doing it ever since), brushing the brows into place. This quick and easy step makes a big difference, especially if you don’t have time to fill in your brows. I find that if I maintain my brows well enough, this step does the trick. The brows appear well-groomed and the hairs have been tamed and in the right place – no Kramer brows here! (Yes, that's a Seinfeld reference!)
Step 9: Curl those lashes! Curling your lashes will open up your eyes, making them appear larger - I use the Shu Uemura curler, it's life changing. I feel this is the ultimate step in looking more awake and it also helps bring the look together. I heat up my curling wand by running it under hot water (test it on your forearm prior to curling your lashes) before I begin to curl my lashes. I get close to the roots and squeeze down, holding for 10 seconds while I slowly pulse the curler. Then, I slide the curler up almost half way, tilting it at 90 degrees, and repeat the process. Apply your favorite mascara and voila!
Now that you’ve saved all this time, damn straight you’ll be grabbing that coffee and walking a little slower to work.