My 20 Minute Beauty Routine
A lot of people think that to put on a stylish, full face, you need to spend an hour carefully plucking, priming and painting. After many years of practice, I think I've got a routine down that goes quickly, is fairly slip-up proof and is a lot of fun to do. This routine takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and uses mostly mid-range beauty and makeup products, so somewhere between drug store brands and luxury beauty buys. You can get most of these items at Sephora or Ulta. I'll put out future posts on my 30 minute beauty routine as well as my 10 minute beauty routine. I thought I'd start with the one I use the most frequently though, my 20 minute beauty routine. To the left you can see a pretty decent example of the final result, although I was a bit rushed that day. Make sure to comment if you have questions!
Prep is one of the most under-utilized, and most important parts of a reliable beauty routine. You're setting the base for your foundation, color and texture. This is your canvas, so obviously, you'll want this step of your routine to be reliable and perfected. I have very oily, yellow toned skin with ginormous pores that are the bane of my existence. Those of you who follow makeup trends will notice that there is no 'glow' in my routine. I have those products, and they're fun, but i have such oily skin that i tend to 'glow' without any additional help.
1) Moisturize full face and neck with a hydration releasing product like Cera Ve that gradually hydrates your skin throughout the day. Make sure this has an SPF of at least 30.
2) Dab a bit of under eye cream on, or use one of those roller ball applicators if you have issues with puffiness. I haven't found any that I fell in love with. I use Clinique All About Eyes, Rich.
3) I prime only the areas where I'm going to be applying eye makeup or coverup, but that goes against most makeup artists' advice as it has potential to create an uneven or un-uniform canvas for your makeup. I don't do this because the more layers I put on make my skin super oily, so I only use it where I need it. I use Becca Resurfacing Primer.
4) Cover up under-eye areas, blemishes, dark spots, etc. Whatever you don't want to be seen, cover it up. Make sure to choose a shade of concealer that is 1 shade lighter than your normal shade. I dab a bit of concealer on the bridge of my nose and just above and below my lips to add some dimension to those area. I use Nars concealer in Custard.
I will preface this section by saying that I have large, round cheeks. I am Korean, so it's only natural, but I've spend my life trying to find ways to bring out my cheekbones and minimize the roundness of my face. Recently though, I'm just starting to accept it and trying to embrace my natural look because for some reason becoming a mother has made me actually like how my face looks without makeup. Anyhow though, this is how I give myself cheekbones, a natural flush (since I have only blushed about twice in my entire lifetime) and a bit of added dimension since my face tends to look a bit flat.
1) Apply a light contouring powder to the areas of your face that you want to be "raised." I apply this to the bridge of my nose, tops of cheekbones, and underneath my eyes. Sometimes I run a bit of lighter color above my eyebrows as well. I use MAC shaping powder for this.
2) With an angled brush, add some darker color to the hollows of your cheeks, outer sides of your forehead (against your hairline), sides of your nose and underneath your jawline. I use a pretty dark shade here, so I don't use much. I use MAC Sculpting powder.
3) Use a foundation brush to add your normal foundation color in-between the light and dark areas. Blend so that there are no harsh differences between light and dark parts of your face. I've skipped this step when I'm in a hurry, but just make sure your light and dark is blended because if not you will look like those ridiculous images we've all seen online of women before their contour makeup has been blended.
4) Since I have such big cheeks, I very sparingly dust on a faded rose or mild coral colored blush onto the apples of my cheeks. I use Nars blush in Orgasm.
This is the most involved step. You can do A LOT with color here. If you like to dye your hair a lot, as I do, make sure to choose a realistic shade for your eyebrows. The key is to blend blend blend. If you don't have a shadow blending brush, get one. I do not understand what a lot of the fancy makeup brushes do or why they cost so much, but this I know. Get a blending brush. You want to create an ombre look on your lids, so just go from light at the top to dark at the bottom where your shadow meets your liner.
1) I have naturally dark hair that is dyed light right now, so I use a waterproof gel by Anastasia along with Anastasia brush $12, a small angled brush to draw on a medium brown brow. Then I comb some lighter color over with the black hairs with Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel.
2) I start with a lighter shade that is close to the light contour powder I use (MAC shadow in Rice Paper) just under my brow arch, followed by a color about a shade darker than my natural color below the light shade, and yet another darker shade underneath that (MAC shadow in Vintage). I use the MAC pro pallet with the eyeshadow and concealer trays and order the shadow refills rather than the whole plastic eyeshadow case.
3) Next, I draw on a THICK line of eyeliner - about a half cm worth from my eyelid on up. I take a sponge brush or just my finger sometimes to smudge out a messy cat eye. I blend the eyeline color in with the eye shadow color by adding a dark, but in-between shade where they meet and blending upward. When I'm feeling natural, I go with MAC Eye Kohl (in ALL. THE. COLORS.) which are a thing that I am NEVER without. When I need a waterproof or more vibrant hue, I go with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (again, in ALL. THE. COLORS.).
4) I can only wear mascara if I am wearing my glasses since my contacts irritate my eyes with it on, so I curl my lashes for a few seconds and sweep on a few coats of lengthening mascara. I have very few, very short, very straight lashes, so volumizing mascara makes me look like I have just 5 huge clumps of lashes. I don't invest a lot in mascara because I haven't found one that helps my helpless lashes enough to be worth the $50+ they cost. I just use Covergirl LashBlast Lengthening mascara.
This is the step that I forget the most. I have a tendency to have dry, chapped lips so underneath any kind of lip stick, gloss, stain, etc. I need medicated chapstick or else the color basically just peels off when my lips get dry. Also, the finishing powder is a requirement. If you aren't a perfect blender or you are new to adding dimension or color to your face, use this stuff. It helps to blend and matte-ify everything so that you look clean and polished rather than shiny and striped. I use it on everything except my lips.
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