Lately I’ve had little time to get ready for work, which is certainly a familiar story to many of us. I find myself reaching for products to create a natural look I can pull together in ten minutes or less. I do miss my winged eyeliner, but I love my thirty extra minutes of sleep.
Here’s my picks for quick, pretty and neutral looks. Keep reading to find out my favorite correctors, blush, brushes and more.
Skincare is essential and no amount of of makeup can repair poorly cared for skin. The key to good skincare is understanding and treating your current skin, not the skin you had last month or four years ago. Do your research on what products work best with your specific skin type. And don’t forget sunscreen for your face and body exposed to sunlight.
I use mostly Neutrogena products (though it goes against my anti-animal testing stance) because it is difficult to find high quality skincare products at drugstore prices that is not tested on animals. Each product costs between $5-$12.
A multi-colored green and white corrector can cancel out redness on the face. You can use this product two ways: by applying it to spots or by sweeping a mix of the colors over your face with a powder brush. Before applying other products, I use Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Green Palette to tone down redness on my cheeks. And, no, your face will not look green! This product retails for $9-$12. (I snagged it for $8!)
Apply this cream corrector before foundation to cancel out darkness under the eyes. Then cover the corrector with concealer because skipping concealer creates a raccoon-type look. Retails for $22. (I snagged it for $12!)
Mineral foundation is usually an easy-to-apply light weight product when you’re trying to hurry. It blends well and is forgiving if the color isn’t exactly the right shade. These products retail for $17 to $25.
On top of mineral foundation, I use a natural toned pink blush. Depending on your skin tone, what pink looks “natural” on your skin will differ from what looks natural on others. This NYX blush blends very well and gives me a natural glow without looking too much like blush. Retails for $14-$16.50. (FTC Disclosure: I was given this blush for review by NYX Cosmetics.)
Clear mascara–I don’t know why more people don’t use it! You can apply this product quickly and without worry about clumping. I especially recommend this products for people with light blonde eyelashes as it will make your lashes look darker without looking like you’re wearing mascara. My favorite clear mascara is by E.L.F. The great news? It only costs only $1. Bad news? It runs out fast.
Having a palette of natural toned eyeshadows you can rely on is essential in a pinch. If you’re not one for neutrals, find a palette that includes colors you feel comfortable using daily. Any basic eyeshadow look won’t incorporate more than three colors, if that many. Retails for $48, which is a steep price so make sure you’re willing to make the investment. (I snagged it for $14 with a giftcard.)
For a basic shadow look, you’ll need a flat eyeshadow brush for patting on your basic shadow that will serve as the foundation for other colors. Using a medium sized brush will give you control over how much shadow you end up applying. If you’re applying only one color, you still want to use a blending brush to prevent sharp edges. You can also use your blending brush to apply highlight colors to your brow bone.
These three main brushes will help you achieve a natural look. You can use a powder brush to apply foundation and powder. You can then use the kabuki brush to blend out any harsh lines or potential caking. Always use a separate brush for blush and avoid using the powder brush so you don’t end up with blush all over your face. Again, my favorite brushes are Eco Tools Mineral Makeup Brushes, which retails for around $10.
That’s my list of favorite products and tools! I hope these give you some idea of how to create a really simple, easy and natural look that doesn’t require much time to pull off.