With Instagram and Youtube beauty gurus, make up has become more and more complex. With contouring, highlighting, cut creases, fake lashes and endless techniques and luxury products it would seem we’ve lost sight of basic make up. The kind you can throw on in the morning and head out. If you are looking for some great finds that go one great, check out my favourite products!
Let’s go back to basics.
In order to have any foundation set nicely on your skin there are two steps. Exfoliating and moisturizing. Exfoliating does not have to take specialty products or enzyme creams, as it is very effective to grab a face cloth, a bar of hypoallergenic soap and some water. Wash your face with soap with your hands, then remove the soap and dead skin on your face with a wet wash cloth. Ta-da! Beautifully exfoliated skin!
Moisturizers often cost upwards of forty dollars when they are designed for the face. Forget that price tag! Grab any thin moisturizer (thick formulas are generally not good for your face) that isn’t scented and massage it gently into your face. I would recommend serums as they are very light and absorb quickly.
I used to believe primer was a waste of money, but after testing out my foundation wear with and without it, a primer is recommended. Again, gently massage this product into your skin.
Foundation! The very foundation of make up. (Sorry for the pun). I know it’s tempting to skimp on this product but I wouldn’t recommend grabbing that five dollar bottle from the drug store. As foundation covers your whole face for the entire day, make sure yours doesn’t cause itchiness or rashes to your face. I’ve been using the Sephora brand foundation (it comes in at about twenty five dollars Canadian) and it has been great on my combination skin without robbing my wallet. It is a medium coverage formula that is buildable and I find I don’t need much to cover my face and neck. (Product shown above). Applying foundation is simple if you have a beauty blender (I got mine at the drug store for three or four dollars). Wet the sponge and blend away!
Setting your foundation shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg so use something like the Covergirl Loose Powder. It’s inexpensive and can be found at your local drug store. This too can be applied with a wet sponge or you can use a large brush.
Eyes! It seems now days you need fourteen colours on your lid to make a masterpiece, but for a daily look, two or three tones are more than enough! For a professional and more natural look, grab three tones of brown. one dark, one medium and one light. Use your darkest colour in the crease, the lightest above the crease and the middle shade on the lid of the eye and you have a simple and quick look!
Cat eyes have been quite the rage for the last years, but it isn’t needed for a daily look. A simple kohl pencil liner across the lash line is enough to give you the contrast you’re looking for. As for your water line, I’ve always found a white liner opens up my eyes (with the help of some coffee of course).
Lashes. Oh we love our fancy lashes, but reality is, a drug store mascara and a steady hand is a much more natural look that goes well with this whole quick routine we’re going with.
Lipstick or gloss? I would put a lip gloss in your bag and start your day out with a lip stick close to your actual lip colour, so as it fades your lips still look like human lips!
Below is a video done to go over the basics of applying cosmetics that focuses on budget friendly approaches and a few laughs.
That’s the basics. A return to the simple and quick! I hope you enjoyed this article and I look forward to hearing from you! Subscribe below to make sure you never miss a post!