Makeup is easy when you apply the basics
If you're like many women, you have a bathroom drawer full of eye
pencils, eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushes. You make an effort to wear
makeup on some days, but mostly you leave home with your face bare.
And makeup professionals know why: You think there's no time and you're overwhelmed by a proliferation of products.
the perpetually perplexed and time-crunched, the professionals we
consulted say, looking put together should take no more than five
minutes. The key is being organized, choosing products that multitask
and remembering that your makeup needs are as individual as you are.
is so complicated for people and (yet) it's so simple," says Bobbi
Brown, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. "It's so easy if you take the time
to make a small little box or bag that holds the things that work. On
normal days, I can do my makeup in literally two minutes."
Trujillo, co- owner of Sparkle Beauty Studio in New York City and a
makeup artist to stars of film and music, says every woman has the
power to be her own personal makeup artist.
"Good makeup starts with
a good moisturizer and focusing on one good feature," he says. "Maybe
that's lips or eyes or great skin. Each person has to approach the face
in an individual way and play up (her) assets."
And that's just what
our makeup experts recommend. Every woman should figure out her top 10
areas of interest, a list that will be different for every woman, they
If under-eye circles plague you, your list should probably
include a concealer. If you have great skin, you might be able to get
away with a tinted moisturizer and some blush or bronzer. Or perhaps
you need to even out skin tone or brighten your eyes.
Some women may
be wedded to certain products, such as lipstick or mascara. To that
list, Laura Kenney, a beauty writer for Sephora, would add eyebrow
"By doing your brows with a brow mascara, it accentuates
your bone structure, frames and almost brightens your eyes. So you can
throw on some lip gloss and you're good to go," Kenney says. "It's a
timesaver because you look polished right away."
Another way Kenney
likes to save time is with products that do more than one thing, such
as a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. She particularly likes
Cosmedicine Honest Face Skin Tint & Treatment ($35).
suggests applying eyeshadows in soft, shimmery beiges and natural
colors - which look great on all skin tones - before moving into color.
The same goes for lip color. He recommends natural- colored and luminescent lip glosses.