Some of you reading this friends, family know this is a really big deal for me showing my step by step makeup routine not because I don’t love teaching how to apply makeup, giving product suggestions or sharing tips and tricks but because I NEVER EVER let anyone see me without makeup. Its that rare occasion that some have experienced seeing me without makeup on. Even before I gave birth to my boys I did my makeup. After my first son I got bad melasma ( Dark blotches on my face) which even made me more insecure, after my last son it was so bad I was wearing my makeup to bed (HUGE NO NO) Silly I know, but it made me feel better about myslef. Then I started Hormone therapy which has put my face in shock… The joys of motherhood and getting older. Needless to say this will be the first time I have revealed a makeup less face straight from the shower ( Photo reminds me of a wet rat) certainly no Jennifer Aniston from the Break Up.
Typically I give myself about 15 minutes to apply my makeup sometime more if I have the time.
Ok Here goes….. Nervous… Scared…
NO MAKE UP!!!!!! In my bathroom and bathrobe taken from my IPhone.
Step 1: I use MAC concealer very light ( this will vary depending on your skin tone) and buff on with my MAC buff brush under my eyes, on my eye lids around my nose, middle of chin and center of forehead. I don’t worry about blending the edges to much because in the next step I will do all of my blending.
Step 2: Using the same type of concealer in a dark shade, I am also using the same blending buff brush. I apply the darker color under my chin and down my neck, the sides of my face lower check area up to my check bone, around the outer side of my face, temples, outer forehead and blend to the center to meet the light color also along the sides of my nose.
Step 3: I take a large power brush a sweep on pressed powered all over face and down neck. I use the sponge that comes with the powder to apply lightly around my eye area including my eye lids.
Step 4: Here I have one of my favorite blushes in a warmer neutral color, a highlighter and a MAC blush brush. I apply the blush onto the apples of my check and sweep back toward my hairline. I apply it pretty heavy because I know I will be adding a bronzer to contour. The highlighter is lightly applied on my upper check bone, center of forehead and bridge on my nose.
Step 5: This is my FAVORITE bronzer ( on my lazy days I use it as blush to and apply it lightly) but in this case I apply it more heavily under my chin, under my check bone, along my temples and on the outer forehead similar pattern to where I applied the darker concealer. Also using the same brush I applied my powder with.
Step 6: Lips are huge for me I have thin, uneven lips so I am always trying to find way to make them look fuller but natural. So I use 4 product: lip liner in a neutral color, thick gloss in a very similar color ( This can be done with any color preference I switch it up sometimes), the lighter of the 2 concealers and the face powder. First I apply the liner freshly sharpened ( I feel like it glides on better) all over my lip and I like to draw slightly on the outside of my lip line to create the effect of a fuller lip. Next I dab with my index finger the light concealer in the center of my lip this helps again with the appearance of a fuller lip, after that I set it with power to help it stay on all day, finally I add a little gloss to the center of my lip. Sometime I will very lightly reline my lip after I powder for more definition. (imagine explaining that to the girl in grocery store who say I love your lip color what is it…)
Step 7: Eye brows and creating a base for the eye shadow. I use MAC Liner Its not my favorite still have yet to find a favorite in all the years I have been doing makeup, MAC paint pot in a skin color with a brush to apply the eye base. I comb my brows, line then sometimes I’m not very accurate but that’s ok because I can clean up my line using my brush and paint pot. I start but cleaning up under my brow and working my way down to the whole lid. I set with my face powder (not shown) or a lighter eye shadow.
Step 8: I had a tough time taking a photo of my shadow but its very simple, I have a basic brown from MAC called Cork ( I love this color) the same highlighter from earlier and 2 MAC eye shadow brushes. I have deep set eyes, my goal is to make them look less deep set, so I start by sweeping the shadow right above my crease on my eye bone and in the outer corner of my eye creating a V like shape. I use that same shadow with the smaller stiffer brush and place the color on my lash line. I the use the highlighter sometimes with my index finger right under by brow bone and in the corners of my eye this helps open up the eye and brighten. I use my finger mostly because its one less brush in my makeup case that I do carry everywhere with me.
Step 9: Lashes… If I had the patience and time I would do false lashes everyday. Lashes make your eyes pop, but since I don’t have the time I use Smashbox lash primer that conditions and thickens, one thin coat makes such a difference, lastly I apply 2 generous coats of my FAVORITE mascara by MAC on the top and bottom.
Well that is it… I hope you enjoyed this and got some good tips and ideas.