Only have a few minutes to get ready? Makeup artist and author of Crazy, Busy, Beautiful, Carmindy explains just how to make up your face in five minutes flat.
1. Even Out Your Skin Tone
Create an even-looking complexion using a sheer liquid foundation, like Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup. Apply the foundation to your skin using a dampened non-latex sponge, for a streak-free application.
Using your ring finger, pat concealer underneath your eyes to hide any dark circles—and dab some cover-up onto any blemishes to conceal them, too.
3. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight
Instantly brighten your face by highlighting it in three key places with a powder highlighter, like Revlon Highlighting Face Powder – Pure Confection (Do we have it in Kuwait? Anyways… If you’re fair, use a frosty white shade; for medium skin tones use a pink-champagne hue; and for dark skin reach for a pale gold powder.
After you’ve applied your foundation and concealer, use a dual-ended brush to sweep highlighter underneath your brow bone with the larger brush. Then, flip it to the other side and trace the inner corner of your eye with the smaller brush topped with highlighter.
Finally, use a fan brush to dust some highlighter over your cheekbones.
4. Line Your Lids
Define your eyes quickly by using an eyeliner pencil to trace your upper lashline only. Then, take your finger and smudge the line a little so it doesn’t look so perfect.
5. Lube Up Your Lashes
When you’re trying to get ready fast, all you need to do is accentuate the upper lashline. Don’t focus mascara on the lower lashes, just coat your top lashes! (I personally like YSL ones)
6. Fake a Flush
Swirl a little powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks, and blend the hue out toward your temples for a more natural-looking flush. Two universally flattering ones: L’Oreal Paris Trye Match Super-Blendable Blush in Barely Blushing and Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle.
7. Swipe on a Lip Shade
Finish off your look by swiping a light or bold lip stick or gloss—since a bright shade won’t compete with your subtly lined eyes—over your pout.