Try It! 10-Minute Daily Makeup Routine
You get dressed for your regular work day, and you feel that you look great. Great hair, nails, outfit and shoes are on deck. But, there is something missing from that list: a little bit of makeup.
It’s often overlooked and neglected; however, it will make your ensemble look much more polished. We’re not advocating for a transformation, just a little sprucing. The new year should involve you dedicating more time and effort into your daily aesthetic! Just 10 minutes and a few products can work wonders for your daily wardrobe.
Where Do You Start?
It’s good to start with three focuses to create a complete look: Lashes (mascara), Lips and a Lightweight Powder (LLLP). The items used for LLLP are very easy in application and don’t require you to be a makeup expert. Once you incorporate a little LLLP into your daily routine, you may want to eventually branch out into more advanced techniques. But let’s explore the basic building blocks of beauty for now.
Everyone isn’t a makeup enthusiast. There’s the makeup minimalist and then also the girl who purchases beauty products regularly but wishes that she had the know-how to do more with her daily look. Here are some recommendations for both types of women.
Most women in this category desire the more natural looking mascara that creates a subtle volume, lengthening and definition.
Volumizing: MAC Dazzlelash Mascara
Lengthening and Defining: Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara
Minimal natural looking lips are mainly soft sheer hues--nothing too shiny or bright.
Tinted Lip Balm: Laura Mercier HydraTint Lip Balm SPF 15
Sheer Lipstick: MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
A minimalist usually wants her powder to control shine and/or only provide light
coverage for a barely there finish.
Oil Control: Black Opal Oil-Absorbing (Pressed Powder)
Light Coverage: CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue (Pressed Powder)
Your lashes are allowed to have a little POW! during work hours. A more dramatic lash plays up without a ton of elbow grease. That usually involves a multi-functional mascara that lengthens, volumizes and defines that do all of the work for you.
Volumizing, Lengthening and Defining: MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara
Just Volumizing: Givenchy Captive’Eyes Mascara
This girl is an equal opportunity lip product wearer. You can pull off a full coverage color with no problem--shiny, satin or matte. Using a lip pencil is optional.
Satin Finish: Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick
Glossy: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar
Matte: L’Oreal Colour Supreme Lipcolour
You may want a product that yields good coverage with little work. Powders give a natural to matte finish, so be sure you prep the skin properly with the appropriate moisturizer (use primer for longevity and shine control).
Natural Finish: Bare Escentuals Mineral Powder
Matte Finish: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation SPF 15 (Comes with a sponge but using a
brush gives more natural looking results)
Find what routine works for you, ease into it and have fun with your latest accessory: your makeup. -Alana Wright