Unless I KNOW I have some extra time on my hands, I usually stick to a simple look.
So after the concealer is rubbed in, apply a foundation. I prefer liquid during winter because powder sticks to my dry skin and create these lovely patches that are similar to reptile skin (mmmmnn lizard lady-not quite what I'm going for).
I use two colors for my eyebrows, an auburn brow pencil, and a medium brown eyeliner that I apply and blend with a brow brush. I find using two colors add better dimension and its easier to create something more "natural" that still goes well with my hair color. Once I'm done brushing and smudging and adjusting my eyebrows (that one super arched eyebrow can be a pain to try and calm down and make even with the normal looking one), I curl my eyelashes with the scary looking metal curler, attempting not to pinch my eyelid in the process.
When I have the time, I love to play around with makeup. Most days, I only focus on one or two features. But when I have a day off, or wake up early, I'll go for a full look. I find one of the easiest looks to do is a basic, neutral look. Once I start adding color, I can get carried away quickly, and suddenly end up looking like...well...this:
So kind of obvious, start with no makeup on. Wash your face so it's clean (or if you have the time, there is this remarkable thing called showering that feels life changing when you're still half asleep), and add a moisturizer so your skin doesn't dry out. I use organic coconut oil because it's light, you don't need to use much, and bonus, whatever is left over you can eat-you may want to just rub the leftover into your hands though as it can feel a bit hannibal lector to be licking your fingers after rubbing your face (maybe thats just me...). I try to wait at least 15 minutes for the oil to absorb before putting any makeup on-otherwise the makeup just kind of lays on top of the oil and doesn't blend well into the skin. Eye makeup and brow makeup also have more of a tendency to smudge if you don't let the moisturizer settle. In the meantime, you could always do your hair while you wait (Ta-Da! Hence the hair change between pictures!).
Once thats over with, we move on to blush! I used to hate blush-I liked having an even, pale complexion, and one day I realized how gaunt my face looked without a little color. I don't know why I thought applying blush would make me look like a Christmas Nutcracker did my makeup, but I'm glad I got over it. A little goes a long way, and though most people apply to the apples of their cheeks, I apply it along my cheekbone line. I have very pronounced cheekbones, so I find adding color to them helps soften my face.
After cheeks, I work on my lashes (I use a volume plus lengthening mascara-simplifies my life, budget, and the space in my makeup bag). And lastly for a simple makeup look, I add gloss or something light that won't come off a ton of times on every cup or mug you use the rest of the day.
Finally, after everything is applied I strike a pose, and make sure my best features have been exemplified...or you know, just goof around and blow of some steam after taking all that time to beautify.
And Voila! Simple, basic makeup look completed!
Now, if you're like me, you immediately forget you just put anything on your lips and start eating food until you realize your stir fry tastes sparkly with a faint hint of vanilla, remember you JUST put lipgloss on, and proceed to continue eating anyways. Lip gloss can always be reapplied.
What is your favorite look when you have time to play with makeup?
If you liked this post, and want to see more like it, let me know! I'm open to style suggestions that you may want to see (or just want to see me attempt).