There are days when you just DON’T have any time to spend 20 minutes getting your full face on.
Here are the essential steps and tips (for me) to get out the door looking put-together:
Step 1: Pick a good medium-coverage foundation (Dior Nude and Bourjois Healthy Mix are my favorites for being lightweight+good-coverage) with a great skin-like finish. This will even out your skin and minimize time needed for your concealer application later. Dab it on around the areas where you need the most evening out, as the coverage will be thickest in that spot.
For me thats under my eyes, and around my nose.
And - IMPORTANT - use your clean hands! This is the fastest way to get foundation well-blended into your skin.
Step 2: Conceal any redness, discolorations, spots.
A wax based concealer (pots or sticks) will be easier to spot apply and build up than liquids. I’m trying out Revlon Photoready Concealer but MAC Studiofinish is my staple on most days. If you have really dark pigmentation or circles, get something with peach undertones. Apply with a brush, but press with your ring finger until it blends seamlessly into your foundation.
Don’t rub or it will take you forever to build up precise coverage, and DON’T try to erase every single flaw you have. It’s too much work and never really hides anything that well.
Step 3: Set with a powder. If you need something with a little more color, try something like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, because if you’ve got the shade that matches your skin tone, this is a powder that gives extra coverage without taking the glow away from your skin.
Step 4: Blush. Go for something that’s a nice fresh pink (or stronger if you have a deeper skin tone) like MAC Well-Dressed if you’re fair, and NYX Pinky if you’re medium-toned. (I mixed both here!) Very lightly dab on with a loose, soft kabuki to add the base layer of color first. Then check to see if you need more, before buffing lightly to build up a bit of color.
If you tend to be heavy-handed, my suggestion is to go for a lighter shade than you would normally wear.
Step 5: Set your brows with pencil or powder (or brow mascara), and move on to your eyes. You need 2 basic shades. A deeper, matte shade, and a lighter (shimmer is optional) which can be neutral or otherwise.
With your ring finger, pick up some dark shadow (MAC Concrete) and smear it firmly along the lash line from OUTSIDE-IN so it’s darkest near the roots. Don’t worry about precision or blending.
Step 6: Next trick; pick up the lighter shade (MAC Mineralize Eye shadow in Snow Season) and use a clean finger to smear it INSIDE-OUT from the inner corners, until it slightly overlaps the darker shade in a sheer wash. That’s your eye shadow done!
Step 7: Apply mascara (Bourjois Volume Glamour Max) and comb out if you need to. If you have an extra moment, swipe a little pale yellow or beige pencil along your waterline to brighten the area.
Step 8: On the lips, pick your favorite everyday lip color (MAC Faux for me), apply straight from the tube, then kiss the back of your hand to remove excess. Lip gloss (DiorAddict Ultra Gloss #557 is a sheer candy pink with blue reflects) is optional!
And, finally, a more polished and presentable face in 5 minutes!
love your makeup tutorials :) would you ever consider doing videos?
I considered this but decided to put videos on the back-burner for awhile as my current schedule (and my lack of adequate equipment, good lighting or space in general!) do not allow for good quality videos.
So I opted to do blog posts for now as the minimal editing allows me to spend my time doing more looks and post regularly.
I definitely will continue to keep videos in mind though, as I know it’s sometimes much easier to show how something is done rather than try to follow instructions in words!
Whenever I put on eyeliner, it always spreads to above the crease. I use good quality eyeliner, and I don't use a lot. Any reasons as to why this happens?
When eye liner spreads, its usually because of a few common reasons:
Your eye lid fold is very low and close to your lash line, and your lid tends to get a bit oilier over the course of the day
Your eye liners are not a smudge-proof formula (I’m not sure which liners you are using, so this is just one possibility - many brands make “softer” pencils like kohls specifically for smoking out,and these do not stand up to rubbing)
The heaviest-duty things you can try would be:
Use a silica-based eyelid primer as a mattifying base regardless of whether you wear shadow (Too Faced Shadow Insurance is better than Urban Decay Primer Potion for this type of purpose).
Set your liner with a matching eyeshadow shade using a small flat brush. This helps liner to really cling where it should, but note that you will get a smokier eye line instead of a defined one.
When you touch up your face through the day, consider lightly dabbing oil blotting sheets (un-powdered ones) over your lids as well.
Swop to a brand that has a well-known smudge-proof line (Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Pencils are reputed to be some of the best, but you can always try Colorstay as well).
If all else fails, you can try to get hold of eyelid tape or glue (you might need to get these off ebay or other online stores outside of Asia) to lift the fold of your eye artificially.But this WILL change the look of your eyes and create a more pronounced double-lid, so I’m not recommending it unless you like the look!
you always mention lining your waterline with a matte pale yellow pencil. what specific product is it, if you don't mind telling? love your blog btw you've inspired my makeup looks so much xx
Hi thanks for leaving a lovely message!
The pale yellow pencil I always refer to is Make Up Store’s Vanilla Matt pencil. It might be a bit hard to find in some countries, so if you don’t have access to it, the alternative is MAC’s PRO Pale Yellow pencil.
The other option is to get a beige pencil (works the same way as pale yellow). MAC Chromagraphic pencils come in NC/NW shades so you just need to go 1 shade lighter than your own skin tone for a brighter look. (I’ve heard about Sephora’s Jumbo Eye Pencils in Beige and Flesh so you can check those out as well!)
Please do note that I have not purchased from these sites before personally, so I cannot attest to their service quality and shipping speed/cost, but BB Cream Boutique has a good range of popular Korean beauty products and looks quite well-maintained.
If you’ve ever stood for a full 15 minutes, your face an inch from the mirror, furiously squeezing out oil plugs from your congested pores, and felt some masochistic satisfaction despite ending up with red, inflamed skin, you’re just one of the millions of us who struggle to remove or at least reduce the appearance of black heads.
Oil plugs (what black heads really are) are simply a mixture of oils and dead skin cells from your face. Since regular washing does not reach adequately INTO your pores (no matter what the advertisements tell you), the oil and dead cell mixture accumulates over time and compacts into hardened oil plugs. As the oil continues to accumulate, you will often start to see visible bumps on the surface of your skin. These aren’t infected and don’t hurt, but they annoy me to no end, since squeezing can often make things worse, when I end up inflaming the skin, or transferring bacteria from fingers.
So recently, I stumbled upon a different way of doing it, sans redness, swelling, reactive zits, or pain. You only need two products that should be quite commonly available and no tools whatsoever, so it will not break the bank. It also does not take a whole lot of time to complete, lasts as well as a professional facial, and is simple enough to do once or twice a week. —-
I’d be lying if I said it gets rid of clogged pores 100%, but it works more thoroughly and gently than picking at them one by one.
This is not an acne treatment. It gets rid of oil plugs, not acne bacteria. It will not cure acne, even though I recommend it as part of your regular routine to start unplugging more pores before they get infected.
The products I use are generally available and not harmful to the skin, but please avoid if you have extremely sensitive skin or are unable to tolerate salicylic acid products.
Garnier Pure SOS Blemish Clear Pen, and Etude House Black Head Off Oil EX
WHAT YOU NEED:
A salicylic acid spot treatment (I’m using a regular blemish gel from Garnier)
A cleansing oil (the sort that is used for removing makeup, and emulsifies in water. It’s extremely common in Asia, but in the West, I’m not sure about availability outside of brands such as MAC and Shu Uemura.)
Pan of hot water and a towel, or a face steamer*
WHAT YOU DO:
Apply the salicylic acid treatment all over the areas where you are prone to get oily and congested. For me that is around my nose, the inner cheek area beside the nose, and the chin area.
For the next 30minutes, you can gently steam your face to get it moist and warm. (The better way is actually to work out for half an hour while you let the salicylic acid do its work!)
Dry off your face very gently with a sheet of tissue, and then apply the cleansing oil to your skin.
To begin removing the oil plugs, press your fingertips firmly into your skin and rub in brisk little circles, like you are buffing your face. The oil helps to cushion and lubricate your skin to reduce friction or irritation, but don’t drag your skin unduly anyway.
If you’ve done step 1 and 2 well, you should start to feel the first little “grains” under your fingers in about a minute or two, as the oil plugs start to loosen and come out.
Keep going for another few minutes, and then switch the direction of the circles you are drawing until more plugs come out. (I go for 5-10 mins depending on how congested my skin feels.)
Rinse with cool (not cold) water and then finish with a normal foaming cleanser to remove the last bits of oil from your skin if you’re oily-to-normal. If you have dry skin, you can skip the foam.
HOW IT WORKS:
Salicylic acid is an acid that can actually penetrate into your pores to clean out the inside surface. It can help to loosen oil plugs. (Hence, it’s actually a better preventive tool than a treatment after zits form, but I digress.) The problem with salicylic acid is that most of us don’t realise that while it can loosen plugs and exfoliate the surface of your skin to reduce the look of blackheads, it can’t actually get them out of your skin without a little extra help.
Working up a light sweat after you apply the salicylic acid product seems to accelerate its work a fair bit because your pores are open, and the sweat and sebum coming out helps it to stay active in there. I’d say sweat is better than steam in this case, because salicylic acid is lipid-soluble, and the oils in your sweat will help it to “spread” and sink into your pores better.
Remember one thing: Oil dissolves oil. After you’ve loosened up the plugs a little, you need to really work an oil-based cleanser into your skin to do the final job of dislodging some of them. The small circular motions actually massage and help to roll the loosened plugs out of your pores in the gentlest possible way without dragging your skin. Experiment a little to see what motions work best for you, as our pores are all structured slightly differently.
If you have these products handy, give it a shot and see if it works out for you as well!