As graduation creeps closer, I lose more and more motivation to do much of…anything. I’m stressed about the future, have no solid plans, and pretty much just want to sit in bed all day and watch Netflix instead of thinking about it. In fact, I waste so much time procrastinating from life that I don’t even have time to do one of the things that actually brings me joy in the morning – my makeup. In a rush to get to class, I’ve learned how to drop my makeup routine from 15 minutes to 7 and still get a nice, fresh beat. Here is my 7 minute spring makeup routine.
My name is Liv and I do not believe in the power of primer, especially when you don’t have a lot of time to spare. I won’t say that all primers are pointless, but when you want to do a quick face, the biggest emphasis should be on your skincare routine. I put my focus on moisturizing my skin so that I don’t have to worry about foundation clinging to dry patches or blending out poorly because my skin is too rough and crusty.
When I need a true boost, I use two moisturizers: the Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Gel and the Equate Dry Skin Cream. The Equate Cream is very heavy duty and has a lot more oils in it, so I put it on before I get dressed, which allows more time for it to soak into the skin. Then I put on my Aloe Vera Gel right before I start my makeup. It needs way less time to soak in and leaves the skin slightly tacky, meaning that my foundation adheres better.
Foundation + Concealer
I know beauty gurus around the world always claim that the eyes should go first, but I really don’t have time for those lies. Always, always, always do your face makeup first, because if you look at the clock and realize that you’re late, you’ll at least have your canvas done versus leaving with a blank canvas and half blended eyeshadow.
As of late, I’ve been using the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation, because it has a little spatula applicator, so you can just swipe the product directly onto your face where you need it. I blend it out with my damp beauty sponge. Sometimes I throw a little concealer under my eyes, on my chin, and down my nose, but if I’m really rushing, I’ll totally throw that out the window.
This is definitely another piece that’s necessary for me. My brows (unplucked) take up a lot of space on my face, but aren’t very thick. Once I put on foundation, they travel off to Never Never Land. I put them back in their place with a light hand and the Elf Cream Eyeliner in Coffee.
I do a soft line where I draw in the top of my arch, do a soft line under the middle of my brow to the bottom of the tail, and then I finish I use any leftover product to fill in. Then I dip into the pot a second time and draw little baby hairs at the front of my brow. Lastly, I use the AOA Go Brow to lock them into place.
My face routine is very simple: powder, bronzer, blush – and if I’m crunched for time, I’ll skip all three. But when I do hit it up, I tip some AOA Perfect Setting Powder in Banana into the back of the lid and then blend it all over my face. Then I take a blending brush and warm up my face with my MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Bronze Fusion. I mainly put it around my cheekbones, forehead, and under my chin.
Then, I go in with blush! I really feel like a natural, fresh beat deserves an unnatural, but still fresh, amount of blush. I love the Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush in the shade Mellow Wine, which is a nice and peachy. I pack it on starting at the top of my cheek bone by my ear and then blend it forward.
Every morning I have to say to myself, “Don’t go in on those eyes, girl! Put that flat brush down! Don’t even look at it!” After I put myself in my place, I pick up my blending brush and simply blend my bronzer into my crease. Then I really work on emphasizing my lashes.
I’m extra, so I use two mascaras: the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express and the L’Oreal Lash Paradise. I do the Maybelline first to add length and then the L’Oreal second to add volume.
I’m going to be honest. Lips are probably the most skipped part of my makeup routine. I have incredibly dry lips, so I don’t enjoy wearing most lipsticks. Plus, I’m trying to drink more water, and I hate when it gets all over the opening of my water bottle. Instead of lipstick, a lot of times I just put on a lot of lip balm to get my mouth nice, shiny, and protected. Then I head out the door.
But if I do decide I might want a lip, I typically just throw it in my purse or backpack and put it on whenever I get a free moment. I usually go for the Ulta Matte Lip Cream in the shade Courageous, which is a “my lips, but better” type of shade. Plus, it’s such a weightless formula, that it literally feels like I’m putting on a tube of air.
How do you cut down on your makeup routine?
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Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!