Have you ever wondered what Eva – your gorgeous colleague – does to look so good AND arrive on time every morning? Here are eight easy steps to create an “I feel good, I look good” image so you will be on par with Gorgeous Eva. No specific skills or intense makeup knowledge are needed. And it only takes a few minutes.
Step 1: Moisture Your Skin
Before applying any makeup, prep your skin with a good moisturizer. Your skin, the same as your body, is thirsty after eight hours of sleep – usually the first thing we do in the morning is drink a glass of water.
TATCHA, The Water Cream, sephora.ca, $89
This cream provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration and upon application releases a burst of skin-improving, Japanese nutrients without being sticky or greasy. In addition, the formula imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.
Step 2: Hide Your Dark Circles
It is important to buy the right concealer. Opt for a creamy texture for better results. For the colour, go a full shade lighter than your skin tone or foundation. The lighter colour will help reflect light, enliven tired-looking eyes and correct dark hues under the eyes.
Tips: Apply concealer with your fingertips to hide marks and blemishes.
Maybelline, Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer, walmart.ca, $11
This concealer is available in more than 18 shades and instantly creates a radiant, refreshed look. Its sponge-tip applicator is easy to use, banishing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.
Step 3: Perfect Your Face Canvas
For a daily use, nothing is better than a CC cream. Not a BB cream? No. A BB cream is like a lighter foundation with a few skin-care benefits thrown in, while a CC cream offers more coverage plus radiance and anti-aging benefits. CC creams are lighter than foundations and even out your complexion with a quick application. In addition, there is no need to apply powder after.
It Cosmetics, Your Skin But Bette CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+, itcosmetics.ca, $52
This formula is the most popular in North America. Developed by plastic surgeons, the award-winning, colour-correcting cream delivers seven products in one, including hydration and SPF 50+. Providing flawless-looking coverage it will not crease or crack.
Step 4: Add Colour and Life to Your Cheeks
Forget about contouring, highlighting, shading, or sculpting. Instead, add a luminous boost to your face with a cream blush that will give you a natural glow-from-within effect. Cream blushes are semi-transparent and will bring natural colour to your cheeks with a soft, velvety texture that blends easily. Build a more defined look by applying colour easily with your fingers or a complexion brush.
Glossier, Cloud Paint, gossier.com, $22
You cannot mess up with this pillowy, gel-cream blush designed to be one of the most user-friendly cheek colours on the market. Finger-paint your cheeks by simply dabbing it wherever you please, guaranteed no streakiness. Add more layers if you want more colour.
Step 5: Define Your Brows with an Instant Eyelift
This is one of the most crucial steps of your makeup. Taming, shaping and defining your eyebrows has a huge impact and can change the expression of your face. Once groomed, your eyebrows will frame your face and act as an instant eyelift.
Benefit, Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, benefitcosmetics.com, $32
This tinted gel has tiny micro-fibers that add faux thickness to your brows in just a swipe. It fills in patches, sets hairs in place and adds volume.
Tip: if you have few more minutes, use a brow pencil to add more definition.
Step 6: Give Your Eyes More Depth
Eyeshadow application can be a bit intimidating. However, using eyeshadow will add depth and dimension to your eyes. Monochromatic eye looks are easy to create and are the latest beauty trend seen on red-carpet celebrities. Pick a liquid or cream eye shadow in your favorite colour. Do not be shy and just go for the colour you like. Chose a waterproof formula so it will last all day and not crease. Glide your brush along your top lash line to create a neat eyeliner, smudge it for a softer effect. Alternatively, sweep your shadow from lash line to crease, gradually fading upwards with your finger for a smoky wash effect.
STILA, Glitter & Glow or Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow, Sephora.com, $32
This uniquely lightweight, water-infused liquid glides on effortlessly and then dries smoothly. From matte finish, subtle iridescent pearls to maximum sparkle, this longwearing eyeshadow adds a “wow” factor to your eyes.
Step 7: Draw Attention to Your Lashes
When it comes to mascara, everyone has her (or his) own preferences. It can be used to lengthen, thicken, darken or curl lashes. Whatever result you are looking for, any mascara will draw attention to your eyes. In addition, using mascara will help clean excess CC cream, concealer or eyeshadow that might have landed on your lashes.
Too Faced, Better Than Sex Mascara, sephora.ca, $32
This intensely black, volumizing mascara has a brush inspired by the curves of a woman’s body. The special shape helps provide full and defined lashes with just one coat. Two coats and your lashes are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic. Three coats help you achieve the most intense, black, multidimensional lashes possible.
Step 8: Pucker up with Glamour Lips
The big advantage of a lip gloss is that it does not require a lip liner and can be applied all day long with no help of a mirror. Lip glosses are designed to make your lips smooth, full, hydrated and look healthier.
Yves Saint Laurent, Gloss Volupté, yslbeauty.ca, $40
You will love the “Bouche à Bouche” shape applicator that delivers a lightweight, non-sticky formula. This high shine, liquid lip gloss moisturizes and protects your lips like a balm. The shades range from natural nude to intense shine.
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