Evening (more dramatic) Makeup
In the midst of rushing to get ready and out the door on time each day, I often day-dream of having a professional make-up artist and hair stylist pamper me each morning…. wouldn’t it be soooo nice to just sit there and let them beautify me while I sip my coffee and read the current issue of People and US Weekly Magazine….sigh…..(insert toddler cries, oven timer, and dog barking)?!? Yes, it would be nice! But, let’s face it, that is NEVER going to happen and as a working mom and don’t exactly have hours to spend making sure every detail of my make-up is perfect.
On a day-to-day basis, my everyday makeup routine is very simple. I very rarely leave the house without some powder, blush, and mascara (for some reason I feel naked and incomplete without it). However, when time permits, I like to kick it up a notch and try out a few of the new make-up trends.
Make-up trends are constantly changing and it’s no secret that make-up application is specific to everyone’s face shape and color. The key to applying make-up is to make it look as natural and subtle as possible. Always start off with a fresh face and moisturized skin. Choose the correct foundation coverage and shade (tip: test foundation on your neck where the skin is most like that of your face rather than the back of your hand), and choose blush and eye shadow tones that suit your eye and skin color. I try to apply my make-up in natural lighting rather than in front of the bathroom mirror. I also prefer to finish my make-up prior to blow drying and styling my hair. It gives my hair a little time to towel dry which makes it easier to style.
- Rinse face/neck with warm water (I only wash my face in the evening)
- Apply a nickel size amount of mouisturizer to face and neck evenly
- Blend foundation
- Conceal blemishes and undereye circles
- Brush on an even layer of loose powder
- Contour cheek bones, nose, and hairline
- Highlight just above the cheek bones, jaw line, top length of nose, and forehead
- Swirl blush onto cheekbones
- Dab a bit of loose bronzer onto cheeks for added shimmer
- Define and tame eyebrows
- Dust on a layer of light colored eyeshadow with a darker color to enhance the crease and outer edges.
- Smudge dark brown or black eyeshadow onto lash line (I like to start out small at the inside corner and gradually get larger as I work my way towards the outer edge of the eye)
- Lightly line the outer half of the bottom lid, again in a tapering manor (I don’t line the entire bottom lid because it tends to be too much)
- Blend a little more eyeshadow onto the lid to soften the eyeliner’s appearance (I don’t like my eyemakeup to appear too heavy and over done)
- Curl eyelashes with a a lash curler (I usually give it a good 2-3 squeezes for a better “curl”)
- Sweep a light layer of mascara onto top and bottom lids.
- Repeat a second layer of mascara once the first layer has a a few minutes to dry
- Touch up any mistakes or blemishes
- Add a layer of lipstick or lipgloss (or both)
This is a far more intense look than my usual everyday look. However, I used the same products just with thicker application of the eyeshadow, eyeliner, and a more vibrant lip color. My favorite product thus far that seems to make the biggest difference for me is the Anastasia Brow Kit. Though I have natural, thick brows, the kit helps to fill in any splotchy or sparse areas and give a more defined and complete appearance and really helps to shape my face.
I tend to stick with a neutral color pallet; cream, tan, bronze, and brown and finish with a pop of color on my lips (pinks and corals tend to work best with my skin tone and hair color).
See my list of make-up products here.