In this busy world, there is precious little time to devote to personal beauty. A 2008 European survey of 1,000 participants found that women spend an average of 20 minutes each day putting on makeup. Over the course of her lifetime, she will devote 3,276 hours to enhancing her personal appearance at that rate.
Cut your makeup time in half with a 10 minute make up makeover so you can have more time doing the things you love. Here are a few tips:
Apply moisturizer to your skin 15 minutes before you begin the actual 10-minute make up makeover. Allow your skin to thoroughly air dry. This step adds a layer of protection for your skin and will even out foundation.
Foundation and Powder
Apply foundation and then mineralized powder to your entire face. Use a buffer brush to even out the mineralized powder. Start at your forehead and work your way down the jaw line.
Using a brush, apply primer to your eyelid with a brush. Primer helps your eye makeup stick to your skin and look fresh all day or evening. Work from brow line to eyelid and apply primer to the entire lid.
Use a blending brush to apply a neutral color of eye shadow to your brow bone, just beneath your eye brow. This acts as a highlighter to the brow bone area. The light color opens up your eye by causing more visual space between your eye lid and eye brow. It also draws attention to your eyes, one of your best features.
Eye Shadow – Primary Color Application
Apply the primary eye shadow color to your eyelid, starting from the lash line and moving upward to the crease line. Use a windshield wiper motion to smooth out this primary color. Use a neutral color to attend school or work and a vibrant color at night or to add drama.
Eye Shadow – Darker Color Application
Choose a darker color to deepen the crease. Apply this eye shadow to the end corners of your eye, concentrating on the deepest part of the crease. Blend in well to soften edges. Gently wipe away any cast off bits of makeup with your fingertip.
Pull your eyelid taught with one hand and apply eyeliner to your upper lid, starting at the outside corner of your eyelid and moving inward. Apply only a small amount of eyeliner for a fresh, daytime look or use a generous amount of eyeliner for dramatic or nighttime glamour.
Hold your lower lid taut with one hand while applying eyeliner to your lower lid with the other, starting at the outside corner and moving inward.
Apply mascara onto your upper and lower lashes. Use only one coat for a daytime appearance; apply several coats for nighttime beauty. Use an eyelash curler and comb as necessary to feather and curl your eyelashes.
Use moderately dark eye shadow to define your eyebrows. Apply color with a brush or pencil. Use light, feathery strokes rather than “drawing on” your eyebrows.
Cheekbones and Hairline
Use a large, soft brush to apply blush around your hairline and cheekbones. Work the blush downwards from your cheekbones to your jaw line. Blend the colors with a little more mineralized powder.
Line the outer edges of your lips with a lip pencil. Do not fill in the mid-section of your lips for a clean, daytime makeover. Apply lipstick to your lips for the evening.
Applying makeup is a time consuming chore until you learn the secret of a 10 minute make up makeover. Perform these fast, easy steps to quickly enhance your appearance for school, work or nighttime pleasure. Beauty does not have to take up your entire day.
About the author: This article was contributed by Victoria for HairFree.
Photo credit: Blake Campbell