Why hello, hello there!
My name is Amanda and I blog over at a little place on the web called Running With Spoons. I’ll be taking over for Lisa today while she recovers from her surgery, so I hope you guys don’t mind listening to me ramble on for a while.
When Lisa first asked me if I’d be interested in writing up a guest post for her, I was more than thrilled – not only because I love the girl, but because she and I have so much in common. We’re both Canadian (pretty neat, eh?). We both love living a healthy lifestyle. We both love coffee. And we both have an obsession with all things beauty related.
If I’m being honest, I have to admit that my love for makeup probably outweighs my love for food and fitness. I see it as a great outlet for creativity, and I can’t deny that spending a little bit of extra time pampering myself always lifts me up if I’m feeling funky. That being said, life gets busy, and as much as I like to play around with color and wear dramatic looks, sometimes there’s just no time. Let’s be real – no one’s thinking about creating a gorgeous cat eye effect when they’ve slept in past their alarm and have 15 minutes to get their butts out the door. But at the same time, no one likes to look tired and drab either, so I thought I’d share my basic go-to makeup routine with you guys because it only takes all of 5 minutes and makes you feel just a little more glamourous.
First up, skin, and more specifically, the skin around your eyes. Tired eyes make you look extra tired, so brightening up the area around your eyes works wonders in making you look more vibrant and awake. If you suffer from dark circles, use a salmon colored concealer to neutralize the darkness before following it up with a brightening concealer. For this, I love Bobbi Brown’s corrector in Bisque, and Maybelline’s Dream Lumi concealer in Radiant.
Now to even out the skin tone on the rest of your face. Here, I’d really recommend looking in to a BB cream. Not only does it act as a moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunscreen, but it’s lighter than a traditional foundation so you don’t have to deal with that thick and cakey feeling all day long. All you have to do is use your fingers to apply it to your whole face and use a concealer in any areas that you feel need a little extra coverage. For this, I’d recommend checking out Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream and Maybelline’s 24-hour SuperStay concealer.
After that you’ll want to set your liquids with a light dusting of powder to help them stay put, and a blush to add a little bit of color to your face. Try Revlon’s Nearly Naked powder and Benefit’s Coralista blush.
Next up, eyes. We’re going to keep things pretty basic here with a coat (or two) of mascara and a light, shimmery eyeshadow applied to the inner corners of your eyes and your brow bone. Both steps will help open up your eyes and make you look more awake. After trying out nearly every mascara on the market, I’ve fallen in love with Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ – it’s like fake lashes in a tube in all the right ways.
Finally, lips. Here, you can either go with a nice neutral gloss or something a little brighter if you want to feel a little more glamorous. I was afraid of wearing bright colors on my lips for a really long time, but when paired with a simple eye, a bright lip can make you look so much more put together, and like you spent a lot more time on your look than you actually did. I’d recommend checking out the Revlon lip butters – they have a tonne of gorgeous colors that are a lot more forgiving to apply than lipstick is, and they feel wonderfully moisturizing on your lips.
And voila! An easy makeup routine that’ll make you look great without requiring you to sacrifice any sleep 🙂
What are your go to makeup products when you’re in a rush?
Favorite makeup brands?