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Speedy Makeup Tips for Low-Maintenance Beauty

In recent years beauty and make-up grew significantly more complicated. Between the beauty YouTuber phenomenon and the transformative powers of contouring, makeup is far from low-maintenance these days. And, let’s face it, we’ve more than enjoyed experimenting.

Still, there’s also demand for simpler, easy-to-do make-up for the days when you just don’t want to do that much (if ever). Low-maintenance beauty is my thing—especially this year when my social activity has dramatically reduced. On a day-to-day, I try to do my best off-duty model impression with neat brows, a quick slick of concealer, and blush. The idea isn’t to be perfect but presentable and refreshed.

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Now, low-maintenance beauty does not have to mean zero maintenance. Instead, we prioritise convenience over long, drawn-out routines and seek products that work overtime doing more than one job. Minimalist brands such as Glossier and Bare Minerals are known for their simple yet effective products that speed up the makeup process. Yet what to buy? If low maintenance beauty is your thing, try these speedy beauty tips to help save you time.

Eyelash Curler

While they may look like a medieval contraption, eyelash curlers can transform the look of your lashes and make you look more alert in a matter of seconds. And yet, why do we often forget to use it?

Last year, we spoke to international makeup artist Pati Dubroff who told us “curling your lashes is like drawing the curtains or blinds in a dark room.”

The underrated tool is a necessary step before mascara and, is far cheaper than getting a lash-lift.

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler by Kevyn Aucoin

Tweezerman Rose Gold Eyelash Curler

 

Simple Skincare Routine

For low-maintenance makeup to work, then it’s worth also adopting a low maintenance skincare routine too.

While Korean skincare trends and the much-hailed ’12 step routines’ have transformed how we see skincare—and how much time we invest in taking care of our skin, it has meant skincare can be overwhelming (let’s face it, The Ordinary is a very complicated brand).

With this in mind, there isn’t anything wrong with reverting back to the good-old three- or four-step routines. Many brands have put together simple trios for morning and night-time maintenance. Cleanse tone moisturise and SPF during the day, then drop the SPF at night. Repeat.

Lixirskin Good Skin Trio Mini Set

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3 Step Routine

Trilogy Rosehip Routine

Charlotte Tilbury Morning Magic Skin Kit

 

Cleansing Balms

Here’s a familar scenario: you’re extremely tired but you’ve a face full of make-up. You really don’t want to do your skin routine but alas, you’ve promised to be better. I’ve been there. Cleansing balms are not only extremely good on the skin, they help remove your make-up in record time.

Evolve Organic Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt

Charlotte Tilbury Multi Miracle Glow Cleansing Balm by Charlotte Tilbury

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

Kiehl´s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm by Emma Hardie

 

Foundation Sticks

When I first started playing around with make-up, foundation sticks were my best friends. They’re a handy tool for when you’re in a rush and also great for when traveling. Brands such as Fenty Beauty and Bobbi Brown, have created simple-to-use make-up sticks—foundation, contour, and highlight included—that make it easy for you to try trickier makeup techniques.

Makeup artist Hannah Martin believes foundation sticks are “hugely underrated.”  She says “stick foundations are fantastically handy-portable and buildable being the features that I appreciate the most.”

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bareminerals Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Spf25 No 10.5 Cinnamon

Huda Beauty #Fauxfilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick

 

Cheek Stains

Cheek stains and tint have been popular for a long time but it’s worth revisiting some of the new versions out on the market. Cream or liquid blush can help create a natural “skin-like” texture. And, with their light, creamy texture, they blend nicely and can be applied quickly with fingers or a damp blending sponge—even on top of bare, foundation-free skin.

A great tip is to apply cheek tint in a “c-curve” from your temples to your cheekbones. Again, the aim is to add some colour to your skin, for a youthful, fresh-faced appearance.

Glossier Cloud Paint

Benefit Benefit Bene Tint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain
Benefit Benefit Bene Tint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain

Chantecaille Cheek Gelée by Chantecaille
Chantecaille Cheek Gelée by Chantecaille

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Pinkgasm
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Pinkgasm

 

EYEBROW GEL

Eyebrow products need not be over complicated. If you’re blessed with full brows then a slick of eyebrow gel can tame hairs in place and create a flattering shape. For those with lighter, faint brows opt for brow gels with pigment and focus on sparse areas.

Glossier Boy Brow + Brow Flick Duo
Glossier Boy Brow + Brow Flick Duo

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift by Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift by Charlotte Tilbury

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow Duo Brow Powder Pencil and Tinted Gel (+ 1 Pencil Refill)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow Duo Brow Powder Pencil and Tinted Gel (+ 1 Pencil Refill)

Mac Eyebrow - Shape & Shade Brow Tint, Spiked
Mac Eyebrow – Shape & Shade Brow Tint, Spiked

Bareminerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Tinted Brow Gel, Honey
Bareminerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Tinted Brow Gel, Honey

 

Concealer

If you prefer to ditch foundation on a daily basis, you can still use concealers to hide pimples, dark circles, and scars. Via Instagram, makeup artist Frankie Noone says you should first assess where you actually need concealer. For dark circles and smile lines, she advises taking a blending brush and applying concealer to the inner corners of the eye and blend out. She also recommended a light application to prevent creasing and caking.

If you have more prominent imperfections, No one suggests investing in a more heavy-duty concealer such as MAC Pro Longwear.

Ysl Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer - 2 Ivory
Ysl Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer – 2 Ivory

Glossier Stretch Concealer
Glossier Stretch Concealer

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector - Bright Eyes
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – Bright Eyes

Bareminerals Bareskin® Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, Fair
Bareminerals Bareskin® Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, Fair

Ysl Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer - 1 Porcelain
Ysl Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer – 1 Porcelain

Nars Nars Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer - Vanilla
Nars Nars Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer – Vanilla

 

Mascara

Mascara doesn’t really need much of an introduction as they are a staple in most people’s makeup routine. But it will just add add a finish bit of polish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara
Marc Jacobs Beauty At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, 10 Noir
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, 10 Noir

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara

Kevyn Aucoin the Volume Mascara Rich Pitch Black
Kevyn Aucoin the Volume Mascara Rich Pitch Black

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara, Black
Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara, Black


Credit: Original article published here.

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