As a professional makeup artist, I love deciding what look to create each morning. Do I go for the classic black eyeliner and red lips? Or the dark smoky eye and the natural lip?
I am also a busy working mum, so more often than not I find myself going for my ‘Five minute makeup’ and just changing the colour of my eyeshadow to suit my mood or outfit for the day.
You don’t need to spend too many of your precious morning hours applying your ‘war paint’ for an office/corporate appropriate make up look, just five minutes and the right advice and you can be out the door a lot more relaxed and looking like a million dollars.
Step 1. Prime -It’s true what they say, “It’s a crime not to prime”. A good primer should diminish the appearance of fine lines and pores, creating a smooth surface for your foundation and keeping your makeup flawless for longer.
Step 2. Foundation – A good foundation will provide you with a flawless finish and eliminate the need for concealers. For an even finish invest in a foundation brush, this will give your makeup a professional finish.
Step 3. Eyeshadow – This is where its up to you how dark or natural you want your makeup to be. For a natural finish go for a neutral shade, if you’d prefer a heavier or look go for the deep indigos or greys. One colour over the entire eyelid, from the top of your upper lashes to the bottom of your orbital bone.
Using the remainder of the eyeshadow on the brush, lightly sweep under the lower lash line about 1/3 of the way across, this will open the eye area giving the illusion of a bigger eye.
Step 4. Mascara – Coat both top and bottom lashes with a good quality mascara, if you’re a mascara snob like me you might like to do 2 coats (it only takes 20 seconds extra).
Step 5. Blush – a natural shade of blush applied to the ‘apple’ of your cheeks. Smiling will accentuate your cheek ‘apples’. Not too much blusher as this can ruin your make up.
Step 6. Lipstick/gloss – Like your eyeshadow, it’s entirely up to you what sort of look you want, if you’ve gone for the natural eye you can wear a bolder lip colour.
If you’ve decided on a darker eyeshadow its best to stick to the natural or lighter colours on your lips, save the red lip and smoky eye for dinner or a night out.
What are your tricks for a ‘quick’ make up job?