Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Minimum Mommy Makeup--For Real

I often get asked, "What's the minimum amount of makeup I can wear that makes me look just a bit more polished and less tired? Oh, and no special brushes etc. I need to be able to do it in 2 minutes flat."

Set yourself up for success by taking care of your skin--minimal makeup is easy if your skin is healthy. At least wash and nourish it at night if you can't quite swing the full morning routine. Bare minimum in the AM? Sweep a toner over your face using a cotton ball as a quick-cleanse method, then put on a broad spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 15.

Go for the biggest bang products that light up your face and buy good brands that are produced using high quality pigments that are easy to "get right" plus if you have to return them because they just aren't working out, you can if you bought them from a department store or Sephora.

Ok, makeup. Perfection is unnecessary and unexpected. Having an easy, fingers-only makeup arsenal is all you need to look fresh and vibrant.

Tinted Moisturizer [my go-to is Laura Mercier]

Cream-Stick Blush [my go-to is Bobbi Brown]

Mascara [my go-to is Maybelline Define-A-Lash, you can pick it up at Target]

Tinted lip moisturizer [my go-to is Bobbi Brown]
Done. A little practice and keeping it all together in a pouch that can go anywhere makes this do-able in two minutes, really.