My Timesaving, Everyday Makeup Routine

My everyday makeup routine is minimal and takes approximately 6-7 minutes to apply, maybe less. I used to spend over 30 minutes on my makeup, and I loved every minute of it. Now, I’m all about cutting corners without sacrificing the end result (this is kinda my M.O. these days). I guess that’s why I’m all about dry shampoo and 2-3 day hair. Ha! So here’s my time saving, everyday makeup routine with minimal trade-off.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

I start with the same basic makeup products every day, and then I change up the look with a different lipstick and blush. These are the products I use.  These products are my favorites because of the ease in which they go on and their lasting quality.

First, I use a cc cream (in light) mixed with a moisturizer (Neutrogena or Supergoop) and apply it like it’s moisturizer- all over and without a care. Then I dab on the under eye concealer (in medium), followed by an all over sweep of powder (in Mont Blanc) and then bronzer for extra color. Next, I apply an eyeshadow (in Bone) all over my eyelids for an overall shimmer. I use a waterproof pencil eyeliner (in Cassis), and then I apply a little brow pencil (Grace K.) to my eyebrows. I am not a big eyebrow person, but I do like slightly filling them in. Then, if I have time, I curl my eyelashes (which happens maybe once a week) and apply my favorite drugstore mascara.

Now it’s time for lipstick and blush. Typically, I use my lipstick as my blush, and I choose based on how I feel that day. Come back on Friday to hear all about this time saving hack and my favorite colors!

For other time saving beauty hacks, check out this post (here).

Top picture by Traci Ling

Party Ready After A Long Day

NARS 'Audacious' Lipstick

Do you know how difficult and awkward it is to take a lipstick picture when you have thin lips and big teeth? Ha! I persevered for you, my friends, because I felt like you needed to know about my new lipstick. It makes me feel holiday ready after a long day or even in the middle of a long day! People keep asking me about it, so I knew I had something! I was looking for a true oxblood colored lipstick after seeing a few write ups on this color in some fashion magazines. It inspired me, and you know how I love a red lip! Well, I tried on a whole bunch, and I was looking like I had licked my lips for three days straight… just ask my aunt-ha! Then I finally told the nice saleslady what I was looking for and she immediately said, “Oh, I have the perfect color for you”, and boom, she was right on the money. This is the Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte by NARS.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color

Oh, and I recently posted this to instagram, so I thought I’d share: “Every time I wear this eye shadow stick people ask about it! It truly is the easiest way to look holiday ready with just a few swipes! Plus, I love how this stick seems hyper-pigmented. I’m wearing “amethyst.”” You all may remember it from this post. I was getting so many compliments, I thought I’d share it again!

There is something about putting on a high pigment eye shadow and a statement lip that does something for my psyche. It just makes me feel party ready after a long day.

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