Everyone wants the look of a naturally flawless complexion, but most of us need a little help achieving it. Well, it doesn't take your own makeup artist to get you out the door looking your best in a short amount of time. We asked the folks at M.A.C Cosmetics to give us some bare basics that can make even bleary-eyed makeup novices emerge looking polished. M.A.C artist Jen Mueller did the handiwork for this how-to. Step 1: Cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize as you would normally (don't forget to give your lips the same treatment as your face). You can apply moisturizer with a foundation brush as a nice trick to give your face full coverage and a smooth finish. Step 2: Apply an all-in-one powder foundation. Use a foundation that's a half-shade darker than your natural skin tone to give a little bronzy glow. Mueller recommends brushing a lightweight formula all over, then quickly touching up problem spots with a sponge. (Don't forget your neck.) Add powder around the edge of your lip for a truer color from your lipstick. Step 3: Cream blush in a bronze or rosy shade can be applied with the same brush you used for the moisturizer. Start in the middle of the cheek and work your way back and forth so the concentration of color is not too deep on the apples. At the very end, smile and hit the apples with a little extra product for a natural blush.
Step 4: A little eye shadow goes a long way. You can wear a shade such as "All that Glitters" from M.A.C for a day if you keep it on the eyelid and only on the lid. When you blink it gives eyes an immediate brightness without much fuss. If you'd like less pizazz, a neutral eye shade with a lighter shade in the corner of the eye can give you a more "awake" look. Step 5: Brush your eyebrows so they are all in the same direction. A clear eyebrow gel in a mascara tube is a quick, easy way to go. Or you can use a touch of hairspray on a toothbrush to shape brows. To define brows, Mueller recommends tracing only the bottom edge and sketching lightly along the corner of the arch with a very fine pencil. Don't fill in the entire eyebrow unless you're going for the Joan Crawford look. Step 6: Apply eyeliner with a retractable pencil and you won't ever have to stop to sharpen it. Trace the outside edge only (roughly two-thirds of the eye) then use a Q-tip to softly blur the outer corner. Mueller said that drawing a line across the entire eye often makes the eye appear smaller. You can also do the same thing underneath, starting at the outer edge and working your way in (but maybe only a third of the way), then smudge the corner. Make sure the bottom line is lighter than the top for your day look.
Step 7: Mascara is a must. Black is a great option for just about anyone, but lighter skin tones and redheads might prefer a soft brown. Place the wand at the base of the eyelash and wiggle it toward the tip to prevent missteps. By zigzagging the brush, you keep the wand away from the skin and add volume to the lashes.
Step 8: Use a retractable lip pencil to outline lips. Instead of drawing a line around your entire mouth, sketch the outline with short light strokes: It will look more natural. And don't smile or contort your mouth while you are sketching. Smile when you're done. By the way, Mueller says to look for a lip color that's just a little pinker or a little browner than your normal lip color for a great day look. Viva Glam Shine lipstick offers color and gloss, so it's another two-in-one deal that might suit your needs for a quick and easy end to your morning ritual.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Powered by Yellowbrix.