November 5, 2013
If you're tired of rushing around every morning, scrambling for your cosmetics, it might be time to overhaul your morning regimen. Cutting down on the products you use each day will not only shave a few minutes off your makeup routine, but also streamline your daytime look.
When creating an effortless appearance for the daytime, there are certain beauty tips and products to keep handy:
To cleanse or not to cleanse?
While it might seem like the first thing you should do after waking up is splash some soap and water on your face, washing your face in the morning is not as important as cleansing it at night. If you have normal or dry skin, skipping the morning face wash will be better for your skin, especially if you're diligent about removing your makeup each night. Those with naturally oily skin should use a gentle cleanser, such as the Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser, which is tailor made for combating excess oils that lead to unwanted breakouts.
Dual-acting products will take off some minutes to your morning commute. A dual wet-and-dry foundation compact lets you switch between maximum and sheer coverage - look for one with SPF protection so you can eschew the greasy sunscreen. Shimmery gold bronzers like the Steiner California Sun Glow are incredibly versatile, since they not only serve as a blush or highlighter but can be blended onto the eyelids or even sprinkled over your pout. For an extra bonus, the bronzer can be applied to your cheeks and eyes with your fingertips, so you don't have to go searching for that makeup brush.
Light and airy
The most important thing to remember is to keep your makeup fresh - no one wants to cake on layers of foundation and powder first thing in the morning. When applying eye makeup, skip the lower lashline and concentrate on the upper one instead, drawing a thin layer of liner from the center of your eyelids to the outer corners of your eyes. Switching out your black eyeliner for an espresso brown will also soften your look and make it appropriate for the daytime.
Also, stick to a lighter color palette. Applying dark colors on either your eyes or lips means you have to be more exact, but a quick swipe of taupe or rose-pink eyeshadow across your eyelids or a dash of sheer lip stain or gloss on your lips can look effortless even if it's not perfect.