We all want to look gorgeous in the morning – but sometimes the snooze button gets the better of us. And I’m very guilty of snoozing for 30 even 45 minutes – yet I still manage to get out of the door and to work on time looking fresh & stylish.
I’ve had lots of people ask me, if you only have a few minutes in the morning and don’t want to spend an hour on your makeup, what should you apply & what should you skip? How can you look awake if you had a late night out? What if you are new to makeup and don’t know what to apply on a daily basis?
To answer all the questions, I created this graphic to demonstrate that you can have your cake and eat it to – or have your sleep and look fab, too. I hope it helps – I even spent some time making it pretty so you could print it out & put it by your bathroom mirror if you need some help getting into the makeup routine.
For individual products that I use & love, check out my recommendations below.
Benefit’s “Stay Don’t Stray” eye concealer ($26) is seriously my life-saving product. It’s light and easy to blend, and a little goes a very long way.
You can buy lots of different types of foundations (expensive ones too) but I really stand by Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin makeup. It’s got 20 SPF and comes in a large assortment of shades, plus it’s under $15.
I am a big Benefit fan, and here’s another great product: Hoola Bronzer ($28). Can’t afford that trip to Hawaii? No problem. Brush this stuff on and you’ll be glowing like you’ve been lying out on the beach for a week.
Everyone needs a good brush for applying bronzer and blush. Trish McEvoy makes some FAB brushes – they are pricey, but worth it & will last you forever (give them a wash every 3 months or so).
I recently discovered the most amazing liquid eyeliner, and from an unexpected brand: Lancome. Their “Artliner” ($30) comes in a bottle and has a plastic-tip applicator that glides on with such ease you don’t have to worry about doing much work when you are shaping your line at all.
Great Lash is still my go-to mascara. I’ve spent $30 on a bottle of mascara - and I just think it’s silly to spend on this item (versus getting a nice brush or bronzer) because mascara needs to be replaced every couple months. So at less that $4 a bottle, this bottle packs a punch for your lashes!
And last but not least – a good everyday lipstick is essential. You have to find a shade that fits your skin tone & creates a glow for your face without drawing too much attention to your lips. My favorite lipstick brand is NARS – their colors are rich and creamy, and come in matte and semi-matte shades which I love.