I get it. Sometimes you just do not have the energy to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, let alone think about trying to look pretty. The world should be glad you at least showed up today. But guess what? Looking pretty does not always have to entail a one or two hour beauty regimen.
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I believe every woman can take at least ten minutes (just ten minutes!) to put their best face forward. I have highlighted a few products necessary to make you look polished in a pinch. Read below to find out which ones will serve double duty, so you do not have to lose a moment of sleep!
Eye cream and moisturizer is the number one product EVERY woman should do EVERY day! Take the time to take care of yourself, and give your skin the treatment it needs. Not only will this instantly give you a glow, but it will allow you to use less foundation in the long run by making the skin smoother and more even. We are only given one skin in this life, so it is important to treat it right!
Concealer will do wonders by combating dark circles and hiding redness or blemishes around the face. Choose a concealer with a thin texture, that still gives coverage, with a skin-like finish. Did you get all of that? Try Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser to see what I am talking about. This type of formula will melt into the skin, unlike some concealers that can be cakey or dry looking which will accentuating lines or wrinkles! (eek!)
Wake up the face by dusting a light layer of bronzing powder with a big, fluffy brush all over the face. Then, apply the same bronzer more concentrated on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upward in a diagonal motion towards the hairline. This will warm the complexion and help to further mask imperfections. As an added bonus, it really makes those cheekbones pop!
Surprise, surprise: mascara will open up those tires eyes and call attention to your beautiful peepers. Use a volumizing and lengthening formula such as Benefit BADgal Lash in black to kill two birds with one stone. Accentuating your fringe can even distract from a puffy eyelid!
Okay so maybe you are not a lipstick wearer- try a lip gloss! Not a fan of gloss? Can I convince you to use a tinted balm? If you are shaking your head “no” to all of the above, I am begging you to at least put on some chapstick! Newsflash: the winter is approaching and everyone’s lips can use a little TLC. Dry, chapped lips will take away from the polished look that we have just created! So if you are up for some color on the lips, go for it! If not, a little chapstick or clear balm will do wonders!
Rachel Paul is a New York based makeup artist, encouraging and training women to be their most beautiful self. Follow @rosecolored_glasses on Instagram.