Minute Makeup

  As much as my family would love to rag on me about how I spend 17 hours on my makeup every day, the truth is I’m human and there are some days when I just want to wake up and go. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good glam sesh, but on days when I just plain don’t feel like looking my best to run errands but I know my naked face might frighten children, there are some makeup products that have become staples in my kit because they are fabulous for those days.  Here are my favorite products that I use on my I'm-lazy-and-in-a-hurry-but-I-still-want-to-look-decent days and how I use them.

  1. Skincare

  To start, I have extremely oily skin so an absolute must for me no matter what my day entails is Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier ($39.50).  I can thank my sister for this one, she introduced me to it years ago and I have been obsessed ever since.  This is the only oil-control product that has really made a significant difference for me. 

What it is:  This lightweight SPF15 moisturizer fights shine for up to 8 hours and leaves skin with a matte finish. 

How to use it:  I simply apply it with my fingers and then let my skin absorb it for a minute before I apply makeup over it. 

  If you have dry or normal skin, I recommend Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré ($28).  This super hydrating moisturizer seriously acts like a drink of water for your skin.  Plus, you can skip your favorite primer all together because this product also primes your skin for a flawless makeup application.

2. Eyes & Brows

  I don’t care too much for the natural color of my eyelids so I like to put a little something on them.  Benefit Air Patrol ($29) not only color corrects but it also protects your precious eye area with SPF20 and an “EnviroDefend” complex which aids in the defense against sun, smoke, and pollutants.  You only need one click per eyelid because a little goes a long way!

What it is:  A liquid color correcting eyeshadow primer that comes in a mechanical pen with a soft-tip applicator. 

How to use it: I like to apply it onto the lid with the applicator and then blend it with a synthetic blending brush or my finger.

  Although eyeshadow isn’t entirely necessary because Air Patrol can be worn all by itself, if you have the time and want to apply some shadow, check out Charlotte Tilbury’s “The Sophisticate” Luxury Palette ($52).  I know for most this would be a splurge but it’s totally worth every penny!  This palette is super versatile, portable, and the shades complement each other perfectly.

What it is:  This palette consists of four beautiful neutral matte shades that can easily transform you from librarian to a total smoke show. 

How to use it:  For my everyday look, I apply the lightest shade all over my eyelid with a blending brush and then blend the softest brown shade into my crease to make my eyes pop a little.  

  When I was younger I remember reading beauty tips in one of my mom’s Oprah magazines.  One particular tip stuck with me because it is so true!  “If you don’t have time for anything else in the morning, have time for mascara”.   My favorite mascara that I not only use on myself for everyday use, but is also my go-to for brides as well is Chanel Le Volume mascara ($32). 

What it is:  Besides its amazing formula which adds length and fullness to lashes, the brush is the best part.  It contains long and short bristles to deliver an easy, no mess application. 

Tip:  This mascara does, however, tend to be a bit watery at first but after a couple uses it thickens right up. 

How to use it:  Apply it to your bottom lashes first starting on the outside working your way in towards the inner lashes.  Then, apply to top lashes, again starting on the outside because that is where you want the most product.  For best results, wiggle the brush at the root of the lashes and gently brush up.

  After mascara, brows, in my opinion, are the next biggest difference maker.  In fact, I believe they can change your whole look.  Personally, I think God was a little distracted while making my eyebrows because they are ridiculous.  Luckily I have Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer ($23). 

What it is:  It is dual-sided with a unique triangle-tip pencil to outline and fill brows with ease and a spooley brush on the other end to tame those wild hairs.  With 10 shades, you’re sure to find your perfect hue. 

How to use it:  I simply fill in where necessary by flicking the pencil to mimic the look of hairs and finish by blending with the spooley brush. 

  If you were graced with perfectly shaped brows and just need a quick tint, try Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel ($24).  This baby is water-resistant, long-lasting, and buildable for thick long arches.

3. Face

  For a quick under eye cover-up, I love Benefit Erase Paste Brightening Concealer ($26). 

What it is:  This creamy, bendable, pink-tinted concealer is super concentrated to instantly camouflage those stubborn dark circles.

How to use it:  I like to apply it with a damp Beauty Blender ($20). 

  Sometimes I need a little more help and go over that with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) in “Vanilla”.  The name of the shade makes it sound boring, however, this Vanilla is anything but vanilla.  It is the one concealer shade I can honestly say looks good on anyone with a light complexion no matter your skin type.    

What it is:  A concealer that not only covers but also brightens the look of your skin at the same time.

How to use it:  I apply it under my eyes, down the middle of my nose, and on my chin with the applicator, then blend with a damp Beauty Blender.

  To even out my skin tone in a hurry, I like to brush on MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($32) in “Medium Plus”.  I once used this in place of foundation for a bride.  She didn’t want to wear foundation but she needed a little something to even out her complexion.  She loved it because she still felt like herself and looked amazing in person and in her photos.

What it is:  This compact powder provides just enough coverage and warmth to give me a natural look and help me feel comfortable going about my day.  Since it’s a powder formula, it also helps me with my oil control and can easily be applied with any large powder brush. 

  If you’ve either got the time or just prefer a liquid foundation, splurge on Chanel Perfection Lumiere ($58).  Everyone I use it on immediately becomes obsessed and I’m pretty sure every time I pop the cap I hear angels singing.  Just sayin’.

What it is:  Besides the fact that it smells like heaven, it’s the ideal all-day everyday oil-free foundation that works on all skin types and blends so beautifully into the skin that you’ll forget you even have it on.

How to use it:  I like to apply this with my Beauty Blender but you could easily use any foundation brush.

4. Bronzers & Blush

  Being fair-skinned, I like to add a little warmth to my complexion along with a subtle contour.  If you do too, fall in love with Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68).  These universal shades flatter all skin tones.

What it is:  A bronzer and highlighter in one beautifully convenient compact.

How to use it:  Apply the sculpt bronzer around your forehead, cheeks, and jawline.  Picture the number three! Then along the sides and under the tip of your nose.  Next, apply the highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, down the center and tip of your nose, and brow bones to create a fresh glow to your complexion without looking shimmery. 

  Another go-to bronzer of mine is NARS Bronzing Powder ($39) in “Laguna”.  This sweetie has been a favorite of mine since high school and I just can’t let it go.  It is by far the best bronzer out there and I recommend it to everyone.  It has the perfect hint of gold shimmer for a radiant, sun-kissed look that will make you look like you just spent a week in the Caribbean. 

  As for blush, to be honest some days I don’t even put any on if I’m scrunched for time, but when I do, the one that I reach for is Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic ($40) in the shade “Sex on Fire”.  The name is fantastic and I love how it gives me a natural flushed look as if I just did some sort of quick physical activity.  Hmmm perhaps that is how it got its name….

How to use it: I generally apply a minimal amount to the apples of my cheeks with a small angled powder brush.   

                                        5. Lips

  When I’m rushed I do not bother with lip color but I have to have something on my poor lips to keep them moisturized during my exhausting trip to the post office.  Presenting Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic ($35).  Can you tell I love me some Charlotte?!  There’s a reason.  Her products are seriously amazing and this lip balm is no joke.  It has completely changed the condition of my lips. 

What it is:  Lip Magic not only soothes dry, chapped lips, but it also strengthens the creation of new cells and has anti-aging ingredients to reduce lines. 

  Anyone who wears lipstick knows how incredibly drying they can be to lips.  I started using Lip Magic as a base and was amazed at how soft my lips felt at the end of the day after taking my makeup off.  If your pout needs serious help, put this on at night and let it do its “magic” while you sleep.  I promise you won’t be disappointed with this game-changer. 

  Voila!  There you have it.  In just a few minutes you look amazing and everyone at Target, Publix, and the gas station thought your makeup was naturally on point.  Well done, Pam!

  I hope this was helpful to you or someone you know and inspires you to try at least one of these products.  If you have any questions about any of the products or techniques I discussed, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message, I’d love to hear from you!  Thank you thank you thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

 

Stay Fancy!

 

Sarah

 

Milo was extremely helpful while writing this post!

Milo was extremely helpful while writing this post!

How to Pick the Right Foundation

  It hit me one day that aside from watching The Bachelor with my girls, perusing the flower section in Trader Joes, and antique shopping for random treasures, my favorite things to do are makeup and writing.  Plus, I just so happen to be pretty decent at both.  So I thought “why not start a blog”?  I know there are thousands out there and my mom may be the only person who reads mine (hi mom!) but hey, that’s ok.  I started looking at other makeup artists’ blogs and had an Oprah “ah-ha!” moment which was “I can totally do that”.  I know as much about blogs, though, as my husband knows how to arrange flowers in a vase, so once I had mustered up the courage to start this lovely page, the big question was what should my first post be.  I thought about the question I get asked most often.  “How do I pick the right foundation”?

  This couldn’t be any more perfect.  Foundation is called “foundation” for a reason, right?  It’s extremely important and yet so many of us struggle in this department.  So let’s get started shall we?!

  First you need to consider these four things:

·      Skin type

·      Skin tone

·      Undertone

·      Desired coverage

  Skin type simply means what is your skin like?  Do you tend to get oily throughout the day? I know I do!  If you’re oily too or live somewhere hot and humid, check out oil-free liquid or powder foundations.  Mineral makeup often works well with oily skin too because the dry particles absorb moisture.  Maybe you’re more on the dry side and need some extra moisture.  Look for liquid or stick foundations with glycerin and antioxidants in them if so.  Perhaps you’re both of these or neither at all and have perfectly normal skin.  Whatever it is, skin type plays a huge part in picking a foundation.  You want a makeup that will work with your skin, not against it.  If you’re oily, stay away from foundations that advertise a glowing or dewy look, you will end up just looking sweaty and greasy.  On the other side, if you’re dry, avoid matte finishes and powder foundations because at the end of the day your face may look like the Grand Canyon. Ew.

(Psssst!... I put some brand suggestions at the bottom of the page to help you get started.)

  Skin tone is your coloring.  Are you fair, moderately fair, medium, medium deep, deep, or very deep?  Easy-peezy.

  Undertone can be tricky for a lot of people but it’s super important so take the time to get this one right.  There are three classifications for undertone: warm, cool, and neutral.  If you have warm undertones, your skin can look peachy, golden, or yellowy. If you tan easily and don’t burn, you most likely have a yellow or olive undertone and you would be considered warm.  Cool undertones are more blue, pink, or can appear a little reddish.  Do you burn easily out in the sun?  You’re most likely cool.  If it’s obvious that you have overtones of olive or pink then you are neutral and have it easy my friend.  We are all jelly of you.  People with neutral undertones could pick out face makeup with their eyes closed.  But please don’t do that, I’m kidding.  On a serious note, they can typically wear more than one shade in a lineup.  Must be nice! 

  Besides your face, the neck is the next best area to find your undertone.  Also, make sure to check out your skin in natural lighting.  Fluorescent bulbs tend to make people look greenish.  Yikes!  So find a window.  Like, now.

  Desired coverage is asking how much of your skin do you want to show through your makeup.  Do you want a sheer look?  Do you need full coverage?  How about something in-between?

  Most cosmetic companies make it super easy these days with their convenient little descriptions of the product so pay attention to those.  Words such as beige, tan, and caramel are often for peeps with warm undertones, while porcelain and rose will have cool undertones in them.  You easy neutral people should look for descriptive words such as nude and ivory.  MAC offers excellent short, simple, to the point explanations of what foundation does what.  Plus, the names of their shades help you pick one that matches your undertone.  “NC” stands for neutral-cool and “NW” refers to neutral-warm.  You’re welcome.

  Once you have determined these four key things, it’s time to pick a foundation.  Hold on, Debra.  Before you go running to the store, make sure you go with a clean face and when you’re there you test at least three shades.  This is something I was taught in school and also when I worked at a makeup counter.  Find a shade that is the closest to your coloring and also one that is a shade lighter, and one that is a shade darker.  Your jawline is going to be your best friend for swatching these shades.  I always see people testing on the back of their hands or their shoulders.  Stop it.  Just stop.  Jawline and sometimes the back of your arm or your chest are going to be where you need to test.  The right hue should disappear into your skin.

  Make sure you get a decent amount for your swatch, don’t be scared!  You’re probably spending a pretty penny on that foundation and you don’t want to have to return it and trust me, neither does the company you’re buying it from.  A lot of cosmetic stores, such as Sephora, will give you samples of foundations at no cost if you ask.  I do it all the time when I want to try a new foundation but I’m terrified to spend an arm and a leg on it only to hate it and let it sit in my kit until the end of time.  So ask!  Like I said, they don’t want you to return the product any more than you do, so they are happy to give you a sample. 

  Another question to ask yourself when you’re checking out the swatches on your jawline is what do you want the foundation to match?  It’s extremely common for your face to not match the rest of your body.  In fact, I’ve yet to meet someone who’s face completely matched the rest of them.  So if that is the case it’s ok to consider a shade that is slightly darker and blend, blend, blend.  Be careful it isn’t too much darker because that can tend to look muddy.  I always recommend getting the shade that matches your complexion and then you can simply warm it up with a bronzer around your forehead, cheeks, and jawline. 

  Random tip:  If you’re a bride, be aware that foundations with SPF in them do not photograph well. 

  Here are some foundation suggestions to get you started!

  My favorite foundation for oily skin: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation. ($55) Just a few drops of this oil-free goodness will give beautiful even coverage with a matte finish. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it has twice as much pigment as any other full-coverage foundation without looking cakey or settling into pores and wrinkles.  This looks fantastic on any age!  On a budget?  Try Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. ($5) This oil-free formula provides shine control without feeling heavy or greasy.

  My favorite foundation for dry skin: Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation. ($39) It isn’t advertised for dry skin but this baby is infused with a combination of coconut water and hyaluronic acid to moisturize your skin and give you a radiant flawless complexion.  It comes in 18 shades and is also fragrance free making it a great option for those with sensitive skin too.

  My favorite tinted moisturizer for sheer coverage:  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($44)  I love everything Laura Mercier and her tinted moisturizer is nothing short of amazing.  It offers SPF20 and hydrates your skin while giving a sheer hint of color for a healthy, natural glow.

  My favorite foundation for sensitive skin: Lorac POREfection Foundation ($36)  This oil, paraben and fragrance free foundation consists of anti-aging antioxidants of Vitamin A & E, Olive Leaf Extract, Lemon Fruit Extract and Papaya Fruit Extract to help sooth your skin.  It offers SPF20 which is also a huge plus.

  Best bang for your buck: L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation ($13)  This lightweight longwearing formula provides smooth coverage with a matte finish.  It comes in an excellent range of colors and is super inexpensive!

  Well there you have it! I hope you found this to be helpful and thank you thank you thank you so much for taking the time to read this.  I am so stinking excited about this blog and cannot wait to write some more for you guys.  I have pages of ideas that I want to get crackin’ on right away.  Feel free to give me a shout with any topic recommendations you have.  I’d love to hear from you! xoxo

Stay Fancy!

Sarah