When I woke up I decided today was going to be a productive Sunday, so I wanted to look at least semi-decent (I find the sloppier I look, the less work I do). I didn’t, however, want to take 30 minutes to get ready or use a lot of products. So I whipped out this quick and easy face with a bronzed eye that’s a step up from my minimal makeup, but isn’t trying too hard for the weekend.
For my base I used my Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm, which I has been my go-to foundation substitute lately. It’s very light on the skin yet provides just the right amount of coverage for the weekend. I blended it all over my face with a kabuki brush and added extra layers with my fingers under my eyes. Normally I wouldn’t recommend applying foundation under the eyes but since this BB cream is incredibly moisturizing, it works great in this area. Then to brighten up under the eyes even more I applied some Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Neutralizer with my ring finger. While I usually set my makeup with a powder, but I couldn’t really be bothered…it is a Sunday after all. To liven up my cheeks I swiped a bit of Elf Blush in Candid Coral across the apples of my cheeks – I love this blush as it is both cheap ($3!) and great quality. This shade in particular is one of my favorites because it adds a healthy glow to the face without seeming too obvious that I’m wearing blush. On my eyes I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as an all-over the lid color. This cream shadow is genius for lazy days because its shade can vary depending on how much of it you layer on, making your one-eye shadow look like you put way more effort into it. I drew on a bit of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 609 French Fries, a dark bronze, under my lower lash line and onto my waterline to complete the bronzed look. For an inner corner highlight I used the same pencil but in 608 Cottage Cheese, a shimmery white. I love these Jumbo Eye Pencils because they are affordable and can be used for eye shadow bases or alone. To complete my eye look I used my staple Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, which I’m trying out at the moment. And of course, I had to attend to the brows, so I filled out the ends with a bit of my NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal.
A simple bronzey eye is a great way to add sophistication to your makeup, especially for Sundays when you’re feeling a bit lazy….
Minimal makeup means different things to different people. To me it’s my routine on those days when I wake up late, exhausted, grouchy, and in a time crunch. Yes, there have been those days before a neuro exam or two where I have just rolled out of bed and staggered to class without a trace of makeup on, but those are special exceptions. Usually I stick to my “essentials” pictured above if I’m in a pinch.
On these minimalistic days I will stick with a base with a light coverage, such as the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm (reviewed here), and quickly blend all over the face. To cover the pesky undereye circles my sleepless night has so kindly given me, I dab some Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque onto my ring fingers and tap underneath my eyes, magically concealing unsightly discoloration. Sometimes I just don’t feel like dealing wtih eyeshadow but feel like my eyes still need a bit of a pop so I swipe this Sephora Prisma Chrome Eyeshadow in Shimmery Sand on my lid with a finger and blend into the crease. This product has been discontinued, which is a shame since this is the perfect color for my “no makeup makeup” look: a shimmery sheen of golden delight that is similar enough to my natural lid color to seem subtle yet still radiant. To tight-line and line my upper lash line I always use my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (reviewed here), and my favorite mascara is Maybelline the Falsies Flared Waterproof. On my waterline I used my nude eyeliner trick and on the bottom lash line, my NYX Slide On Pencil in Brown Perfection for subtle definition. To frame my face I filled in my brows as usual with the NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal and Benefit Instant Brow in Medium. Last but not least I dabbed on some of my favorite neutral blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. This pinky-brown nude is perfect for every day as it is not only matte, but leaves your cheeks looking naturally flushed for the entire day.
I would say that the most important features to highlight in minimal makeup would be the skin, eyelashes, and brows. It’s amazing how little makeup you can get away with if your skin looks great. Just a little concealer under the eyes and on red spots alone can make you look a thousand times more put together. I would also recommend wearing a natural blush – it brightens the face and can make you look more alive and healthy. A girl should never skimp on the lashes either! Mascara is not only one of the most used beauty products out there but is one of the most effective in transforming a face. I’ve always been jealous of those girls who only needs an eyelash curler and mascara (sadly that is not me) to define her eyes. One last feature that should always be attended to (in my personal opinion) is brows. A well defined brow gives the face structure and enhances the rest of the facial features. If you’re not a fan of filling them in, they should at least be combed through!
I am the type of person who never leaves the house (or my dorm room) without some sort of black eyeliner on. Since I have monolids, my eyes need extra definition around the lashline – I could never get away with just wearing mascara because you’d never even notice I was wearing it. After many eyeliner trial and errors, I have found that liquid liner is the most effective, as it is not only easy to use (although it does require some practice in the beginning), and creates a sharp line that I love so much. Additionally, it doesn’t require a daily brush washing like using a gel liner would. The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner has become my holy grail of eyeliners. It is not only an opaque jet black, but lasts all day. Yep, I can slap this one across my eyes at 9 am for my first class, then go to take it off at 2 am before bed and it looks exactly the way it did when first applied. It lasts through gym sweat, rain, and even the shower! This is one of the most important qualities for me in a liquid liner, especially since my lashline is always rubbing against my lid since I have a teeny tiny crease there. All other liners smudge and end up on the top of my lids or in my inner corner, but not this one. And although it has incredible staying power, it is very easy to remove at the end of the day! I also love how it is a felt tip pen applicator; in my opinion these pen-like liners are the easiest to use and don’t require frequent dipping back into the pot to get more liner. This tip in particular is quite pointy, allowing you to create a very precise line for the end of the “cat eye.”
Check out how black that is!
The way I apply liquid eyeliner is to hold my eye closed with my finger (I’m not one of those cool cats who can close one eye on demand), and create a horizontal line from the inner corner to about ¾ of the way across my eye. Because of the curve of the eye it will not hug the lashline the whole way, but this is perfect because the liquid liner should be thinner in the inner corner of the eye and thicker at the outer corner. Then I draw a line from the very outer corner out in the same direction as my lower waterline, as if the waterline was being extended. Then I connect the top line and fill in the little triangle. It took me a while to get the hang of it without making mistakes (a lot of Qtips went into this process) but now it’s such a quick and easy step in my routine.
My everyday “flick”
This amazing eyeliner costs $20 and can be found at Sephora or on stilacosmetics.com. In addition to black, it comes in a deep chocolate brown, bright blue, steel gray and white. I have turned on a lot of my Asian friends to this miracle product and they all agree on how great it is. I would definitely recommend this to any Asians as well of those who want a long lasting, easy to use liquid eyeliner!