When I don’t have enough time or patience to play with eye makeup, I absolutely love to focus on my lips and cheeks. Current highlighting and “baking” trends not only provide more options to work with while getting dolled up, their subtle glamour ensures I look put-together, even when I’m in jeans and a t-shirt.
This super fresh-faced style is a quick and easy alternative to any dull makeup routines that may have you stuck in a beauty rut. Luckily, it works for all skin tones and all occasions from the most casual to the most formal, year-round. In five simple steps you can achieve a complete look that feels weightless.Step one: Apply any foundation and concealer you normally wear; the only product that is mandatory here is an under-eye concealer (I use Instant Age Rewind by Maybelline, available at drugstores). Liquid formulas work best, but if you prefer to use a cream formula, apply it with a damp sponge so that the translucent powder in step two sticks to your face. Blend.
Step two: With a damp eyeshadow brush or blush brush (the fluffy kind) apply translucent powder to the patches of concealer. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes so that the moisture combines with your body’s natural heat, which will “bake” the powder onto your face.
Step three: Using the same brush from step two, dust off the excess translucent powder.
Mixing different shades of highlight is another great option. Deeper, warm tones give cheeks and temples a sun-kissed glow; pearlescent tones enhance the eyes and make lips appear fuller.
For added glamour and more drama, you can contour your face with a matte bronzer according to the chart above (Laguna by NARS is a favorite bronzer among the blogging community). A little contour goes a long way–too much and you will risk looking cake-y and unnatural!
Step five: Finish up with a couple coats of mascara on your top lashes and a natural lip color (a bold hue is too harsh for this soft, feminine look).
Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Magic lip & cheek balm is the perfect rosy pink for daytime, while Melted Liquified Long Wear lipstick in the shades Sugar and Nude by Too Faced work best for evening outings.