The thing about learning to put on makeup is the fear you may be doing it wrong. Colours can enhance and make things interesting but colours take time to perfect and sometimes, you don’t have time. All you have is 10 minutes to get your face on and out the door. Or maybe you just don’t want to doll yourself up for the weekend or a casual outing, yet want to look polished.
Natural looking makeup, ladies, is what we’re looking for and here are some tips I gleaned from a short session with Clinique’s David Ooi who worked his magic on local celeb, Xandria Ooi. He promises you can do this in 5 minutes and have a natural “barely there” makeup look that will leave you looking yourself, but probably better 😉 I’ve tried it myself, and I promise you the tips work. The time taken will vary of course but you won’t cross the 10 minute barrier which is all sorts of wonderful! 😀
There are just 4 things you need, and 4 areas to concentrate on for that barely made up look. Ready? Here we go!
2 Minutes – Foundation and setting your base
Start off with foundation or base makeup. To get your exact match, test foundation against your jawline where your jaw meets your neck. To be sure you have the right colour match, test 2 shades that match your skin best. The colour that disappears into your skin is the one you want. The new and upcoming Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15 foundation comes in 10 shades in March 2012 and promises to be all sorts of wonderful. More will come on this later 🙂
For liquid foundation, using a brush, start applying your foundation from your forehead downwards to your nose and then your cheeks, upper lip and chin. Use a downward motion. To cover pores better, swirl the brush against your skin in a circular motion, or use a dabbing motion. After that, use your fingers to blend away streaks. The warmth from your skin will also soften the foundation and help even out the texture and colour.
Then use the palms of both hands and lightly press on your face. This will help liquid foundation “set” on your skin.
How do you know if your foundation is properly blended? Well, firstly, you will not notice any streaks or lines and secondly, David uses the “finger press test”. Press a finger against your skin. If you see a mark, your foundation isn’t blended properly (and is likely too thick!). If you don’t see a mark, its done.
Set foundation with powder
After you’ve applied your foundation, take a large powder brush, dab into some loose powder and dab it onto your face, starting again from the forehead downwards. Then, lightly swirl the brush over your face to blend the powder.
Powder foundation or Stick foundation
PB’s Tip: David didn’t touch on powder foundation, but this one makes things even easier. Just swipe on and you’ll be done in 30 seconds flat! If I’m in a hurry, I usually use powder foundation or stick foundation – its faster and more idiot proof (for me) 😉 I also always use a dusting of my magic powder 😉
You’re done with your base and its just taken you 2 minutes! It really is a lot faster than you think 😉
1 Minute – Apply Eyeliner to frame your eyes
Just because you aren’t applying colour on your eyelids, doesn’t mean you should leave your peepers unenhanced! Use eyeliner. David used a pencil liner, applying the colour as close to the lashes as possible for a natural look. He then used a sponge or brush and diffused the liner for a softened look, and then dabbed some powder shadow over the liner. This helps the liner stay on longer.
PB’s Tip: I prefer tightlining because that gives me a much more natural look. If one didn’t know, it would appear that I had not a lick of makeup on at all, yet my eyes look bigger and lashes look fuller. Its magical! I also take an extra minute to pencil in my brows because it just looks better. I use a brow pencil because its just so much quicker.
1 Minute – Apply blush to brighten your complexion
After foundation, you need a touch of colour on your cheeks to brighten your complexion. I find that just foundation alone sometimes makes my complexion look a little flat. Choose a natural shade of blush or go with a light pink or peach. I personally find peach and light pinks turn out looking quite natural on a face without other makeup.
David has a good tip for applying blush for those who have been struggling with this. Its very simple!
- Dab blush brush into your blush, then tap off excess powder.
- Smile in the mirror and start from the apples of your cheeks, do 1 swipe backwards up to your hairline but make sure you keep it below the tips of your ears. Too high and you’d look really odd.
- Then, blend this stripe downwards using 3 vertical strokes. This should ensure your blush is properly blended.
- For a cuter look, you can add a dab of extra colour on the apples of your cheeks
1 Minute – Apply a sheer moisturizing Lip color
You could quite easily do this while running out the door. Pick up any sheer lip colour and slick it on. David likes the Clinique Chubby Sticks for this purpose, but you could just as easily use any you have – like these new lip colors maybe? 😉 On a face devoid of other colour makeup, you will need some lip tint so you do not look washed out. I like using a light pink or rose for this purpose. I’d keep the nudes for when you have full on makeup or you may wonder why people think you’re feeling ill, when you feel hale and hearty.
Et Voila! You are done! Now tell me that wasn’t quick and easy? 😀
Do you have other 5 minute makeup tips to share? Or will you perhaps put these tips to some use soon? I usually do something minimal like this when I’m going out for the weekend or on my day off. In fact, I sometimes skip eyeliner altogether and just do my brows instead because for me, it does make a difference. Let me know if you find these tips useful yes? 😀