Happy Wednesday Chicks (and all you lurking Roosters – we know you’re out there & you’re always welcome to join the fun)!
Today we are totally jacked to have a special guest who’s got plenty of swagger and mojo…and y’all, this girl REALLY knows her stuff when it comes to gettin’ dolled up. She pens a beauty blog called I Heart MakeUp Art. So sit back and enjoy these quick and fabulous tips on getting beautiful.
Take it away, Anna!
My name is Anna, and I’m a Make Up Artist/Beauty Blogger from Toronto, Canada. I am so excited to be guest blogging for Chick Swagger. Misty & Josie are so incredible and funny, and their readers are so loyal. I appreciate the opportunity! Thank you!
Back to the topic at hand: I’ll be sharing a few tips & tricks of the trade. Things like how to get gorgeous, dewy skin; how to make yourself presentable in 10 minutes or less; and how to turn that look from day to night. Are you excited? I know I am!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll snooze your alarm clock over and over until you realize, “Crap! I have to be at work in half hour.” (Note: my commute to work is only about 20 minutes, more or less) No worries, I’ll have you ready and out the door in no time!
First, throw your hair up into a presentable bun (if it’s long enough, of course) or pony tail. This alone will make you look more pulled together.
Always start with a properly moisturized and primed face.
Grab your foundation. Skip the brushes, we’re getting our hands dirty and using our fingers. It’s quicker and wastes less product.
Pump foundation on to the back of your hand and dab it in 5 key spots:
- your chin
- both cheeks
- your nose
- and forehead
With two fingers, blend in the foundation in circular motions. The foundation is supposed to replace your concealer, but if you feel like you need it, apply it now. Pick up your favorite cream blush, swirl two fingers in the pan and dab/swirl along your cheek bones and apples of the cheeks. Tip for mature women: Use a translucent or pressed powder to set your foundation. This will ensure your makeup will last all day and prevent foundation from settling into fine lines and wrinkles, making us look older. Time: 4-5 minutes.
Next are the eyes! All you’ll need is mascara and a neutral/white pencil eyeliner. Line your lower water line with the neutral/white eyeliner. This will open up your eyes, making your eyes appear bigger, the whites of your eyes brighter, and you’ll look more awake. Apply a couple of coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes, and you’re done! Time: 2 minutes, tops!
For your lips, you can choose to play them up or keep them subtle. Take a lip product of your choice and get to work. Remember: your lip liner should either: a) match the natural color of your lips, or b) match your lipstick. Light lips + dark liner = NO NO! Time: 1 minute.
It’s that easy, ladies! Using this method of application, I’m able to greedily squeeze in an extra 10-15 minutes of sleep.
You can take this look from day to night in minutes, too! All you need is black eyeliner, charcoal eyeshadow, and a blending brush. My favorite is the MAC #217. The bristles are fine, dense, soft, and dome shaped. Perfect for getting into the crease of your eye. I chose a charcoal shade of eyeshadow because it is complementing to most, if not all, skin tones, and because it’s a really great buildable color. With a charcoal shade, you can decide how intense you want your look.
Line your upper water line with the black eyeliner (make sure to get near the lashes, this will give your eyes a bit more dimension), and your lower lash line from the outer corner to about halfway.
With your blending brushing, apply the charcoal eyeshadow to the outer quarter of your eyelid.
Work the color in towards your inner corner with a “windshield” wiper motion (ie. back and forth). Make sure to keep the intensity on the outer portion of your eyelid. The shade should get lighter as you work your way in, as to not close off your eyes and make them look small(er).
Repeat as desired. Lightly apply the eyeshadow to your lower lash line, over the black eyeliner, with the blending brush. This will set the eyeliner and keep it from smudging. Be sure to clean up any fall out with a tissue or Q-Tip. Reapply your mascara and lipstick, as needed.
I used to envy women with glowing/dewy skin. I thought it had to do with their diet or their skin care and although that does play a role, there’s a method to achieve this look. I’ve even implemented it into my 10 minutes or less morning routine. With practice, you can too!
You’ll want to start on an exfoliated canvas. (To exfoliate: to remove dead skin cells) If you’ve been neglecting your exfoliator, now is the time to pick it up and start combining it into your day or night routine. I have more time in the evenings, so I prefer to exfoliate a couple of nights a week. Un-exfoliated skin looks dull and dry. Exfoliating will help your makeup sit better on your face and bring out your natural, youthful glow.
While your skin is damp, mix your foundation with lotion or a liquid illuminizer (I use MAC Strobe Lotion). Apply your foundation concoction with a damp sponge. At this point, your face should look damp and dewy.
No need to set it with a translucent powder, we’re going in with bronzer next.
Lightly apply a shimmery bronzer along your forehead and hairline, on the tops of your cheeks, under your cheek bones, down the center of the nose, chin, and along your jaw line. (Maybe not THIS bronze, but Josie picked this picture…go figure…)
Optional: With a highlight powder, highlight your cheekbones and the sides of your nose by the inner corner of your eyes. I love MAC Pigment in Naked. It’s gorgeous, shimmery, and perfect for every skin tone!
To finish, using a mist spray like Model in a Bottle, MAC Fix+, or Lise Watier Magnifix. Mist it all over your face and let it settle. Voila! We’ve avoided the green eyed monster. We now have a dewy, glowing, youthful appearance
If you’ve made it this far down, THANK YOU! I apologize for the post being so drawn out but there were so many things I wanted to write to you about. If you’d like to learn more tips & tricks of the trade, please visit my blog www.iheartmakeupart.com. There, you will find tips, tricks, and tutorials for amateurs and professionals alike, product reviews, hauls, etc. Thanks for reading!
What tips/tricks/secrets can YOU share on speeding up your beauty routine? Any favorite products? Any questions for our makeup expert! (Josie had a TON!)