Many girls can remember watching their mothers “put on their faces” before a day of work or a night out, and this process usually took a considerably long time. But today, it may seem as though the hours mom had to get ready are inexplicably absent from the morning routine, and women everywhere are looking for ways to speed up this process.
Luckily, experts spoke to MSN’s Glo to offer a few time-saving tips for their morning makeup routine. Making sure skin looks impeccable is paramount – with a flawless complexion, you won’t need to spend as much time applying product to the rest of your face.
A bit of concealer can go a long way, according to celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt. “Dab concealer in the tear trough [where there’s darkness or a shadow] and a little on the thin, transparent skin on your eyelids. A little around the nostrils and the chin and you’re set,” he told the news source. Youngblood Ultimate Concealer is a creamy mineral formula that will cover even the darkest inconsistencies.
An all-over foundation, while beneficial at times, can be time-consuming and unnecessary for many women’s daily routines. “A great tinted moisturizer with SPF is a perfect way to save time by skipping foundation, but also a key to prep and protect your face so you stay looking great for years to come,” beauty expert Molly R. Stern told the news outlet.
An oil-free formula, like Jane Iredale Dream Tint SPF 15, is designed to create a barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays as it minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines.
Adding a touch of warmth to the face can create contrast, and make your teeth and the whites of your eyes appear brighter, Surratt told the news source. Instead of layering blushes and shimmers, opt for a high-quality bronzer, such as Colorescience Bronzer Brush (SPF 20), and apply the product to the parts of your face that the sun would naturally hit – temples, the bridge of your nose, the cheeks and a quick brush across the forehead.
“Curling your lashes gives you an instant eye brightening effect,” Surratt added. Paula Dorf Curl-Up Eyelash Curler gently shapes lashes without pinching or pulling. To set the curl, apply a coat of waterproof mascara. While blondes may benefit from a dark brown formula, which will be more natural looking than basic black, women could wake up tired-looking eyes by using a navy blue mascara.
Instead of using brushes and blending powders, select a cream shadow, which will be easy to apply, and will require nothing more than a swipe of your finger. Just remember to pick-up a long-lasting, crease-proof formula. Too Faced Lockdown Ultimate Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow combines high pigment with an anti-crease cream base. Fair-skinned women may prefer Bondage (a light beige), whereas ladies with a dark complexion can opt for Dramarama (a deep brown).
To finish your look, apply a lip stain. “They give your lips an enhanced appearance that requires very little maintenance or touch-up,” Surratt told the news provider. Lip stains last longer than most other products, so you won’t have to spend extra time throughout the day reapplying your makeup. Instead, cover stained lips with a clear lip balm – it will condition lips and add a subtle, sexy sheen to your pout.
Finally, investing in high-quality products may be the best insider tip to keeping you looking great without slowing you down in the morning. Hairstylist Adrian De Berardinis told the news source that the products you choose can really make a difference, so investing in ones that give you what you need is money well spent.