Ain’t Nobody Got…Yes, You Do

 

mom-makeup

A few years ago, I went makeup shopping with a friend. She had told me she needed a complete makeup bag overhaul but had no idea where to start. Easy enough for me! As a makeup artist, I buy, try and research beauty products all the damn time.

But there was a twist. She had twin one year old daughters, and a military husband who was sometimes gone for months at a time. “Some days I only have one minute to get myself ready,” she told me. So I created a list for her, suggesting a makeup routine she could do when she had one child in her arms and another climbing up her leg (a less than one minute routine) up to when Grandma was babysitting and my friend could do her makeup for a rare night out (a 30+ minute makeup routine). A few weeks ago, I had a similar request from another friend who works part-time in higher education and is at home with her toddler for the rest of the week. Sometimes she needs to look polished and professional, and other times she is with her son and doesn’t have time to change out of her pajamas. I frequently hear from clients, friends and family who want to do some kind of makeup routine but are pressed for time. So I thought I should publicize this list that I made for my friends.

I won’t go into too much detail on how to do each step, as I have covered or will cover that in other blog posts. Also, some of the steps or techniques will differ slightly based on eye shape, face shape, skin issues, etc. This is just a general list. And please keep in mind that if you have a skin concern or disorder, like rosacea, acne or vitiligo, you will need extra time.

Have Less Than 1 Minute? Use your hands to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen, a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen or a beauty balm with sunscreen. (I’m assuming most makeup routines take place during the day, so sunscreen is a must. Don’t give me that “But I don’t leave the house!” crap. You can get sun exposure sitting near a window, typing away on your laptop or nursing a baby for 30 minutes.) If you’re quick, you’ll have time for a tinted lip balm or lipgloss too.

Have 5 Minutes? Use your hands to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen, a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen or a beauty balm with sunscreen. Apply concealer under eyes and wherever needed. Apply mascara to top lashes. Lip balm/gloss next, and you’re good to go. This is what I do if I only have 5 minutes but I’m running an errand. It makes me feel a little put together, but doesn’t eat up much time.

Have 10 Minutes? Use your hands to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen, a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen or a beauty balm with sunscreen. Apply concealer under eyes and wherever needed. Using a fluffy brush, apply an eyeshadow in a color close to your skintone onto your eyelids and blend into the creases. Mascara on top lashes. Thin layer of powder over face (you can skip this if your skin is very dry) and under eyes. Mascara on bottom lashes. Apply a lipstick in a color close to your natural lip color, patting it in with your finger. This is a good, quick, basic workday look.

Have 15 Minutes? Use your hands to apply a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, a beauty balm with sunscreen or a foundation with sunscreen. Apply concealer under eyes and wherever needed. Apply an eyeshadow in a color close to your skintone onto your eyelids and blend into crease. Using an angled brush, apply a dark brown or gray eyeshadow at your top and bottom lashlines. Mascara on top lashes. Thin layer of powder over face (you can skip this if your skin is very dry) and under eyes. Mascara on bottom lashes. Apply powder blush to the apples of your cheeks, slightly blending upwards. (If you prefer a cream blush, do that as your fourth step.) Apply a lipstick in a color close to your natural lip color. If you have the time and desire, you can apply a lipliner first. This is definitely a polished workday look.

Have 20 Minutes? Use your hands to apply a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, a beauty balm with sunscreen or a foundation with sunscreen. Fill in your eyebrows using an angled brush with a shadow or brow powder. Apply concealer under eyes and wherever needed. Apply an eyeshadow in a color close to your skintone onto your eyelids. Use a slightly darker color on the crease, blending well with a fluffy brush (skip if you have hooded eyes). Using an angled brush, apply a dark brown or gray eyeshadow at your top and bottom lashlines. Layer a pencil eyeliner over the shadow at the top lashline, blending with the angled brush. Mascara on top lashes. Thin layer of powder over face (you can skip this if your skin is very dry) and under eyes. Mascara on bottom lashes. Apply powder blush to the apples of your cheeks, slightly blending upwards. (If you prefer a cream blush, do that as your fifth step.) Apply a lipstick in a brighter or more intense than normal color. If you have the time and desire, you can apply a lipliner first. This look will easily carry you through a work presentation or parent/teacher conference.

Have 30+ Minutes or More? Sounds like someone has an event, girls’ night or date night! Because this probably isn’t your every day thing, go a little more intense if you want. Apply a foundation with sunscreen (if you will be out during the day). Buff into skin with a kabuki brush. Fill in your eyebrows using an angled brush with a shadow or brow powder. Apply concealer under eyes and wherever needed. Apply an eyeshadow in a color close to your skintone onto your eyelids. Use a slightly darker color on the crease, blending well with a fluffy brush (skip if you have hooded eyes). Using an angled brush, apply a dark brown or gray eyeshadow at your top and bottom lashlines. Layer a pencil eyeliner over the shadow at the top and bottom lashlines, blending with the angled brush. Mascara on top lashes. Thin layer of powder over face (you can skip this if your skin is very dry) and under eyes. Mascara on bottom lashes. Use an angled face brush and contour powder to lightly contour face. Apply powder blush to the apples of your cheeks, slightly blending upwards. (If you prefer a cream blush, do that as your sixth step.) Apply a lipliner (if desired), then lipstick in a shade that works with your eye makeup. If you want to go heavier on the eyes, add a black liner in the waterline and/or a darker eyeshadow at the outer V. If you want to make the lips your focus, keep the eye makeup more basic.

Again, this a general outline and the steps and products will vary depending on your skin, bone structure, eye shape, preferences, etc. But these are some pretty solid guidelines to work off of. You may notice it takes longer than I suggest to do each routine, but that will change once you get used to it. I can do the 30+ minute makeup in 10-15 minutes, and I think a non-pro could too, with some practice.

In my experience, when I am pressed for time and feeling flustered, even just having a tiny bit of makeup on makes me feel more put together and ready to OWN my day. I think the magic of makeup has that effect on a lot of people, and if you’re reading this, you are probably open to that idea. So give it a try, and feel free to leave any questions in the Comments.

Have a beautiful day 🙂

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GlamourGals Foundation

A few years ago, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution would be to donate to a different charity each month. (This is not a humble brag, just part of my story.) So whenever I would read or hear about a charity, I would add it to my list. GlamourGals Foundation was one I read about in Glamour. I have since made a few donations to them, and they have become one of my favorite organizations to support.

GlamourGals organizes teen volunteers to provide companionship and complementary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes. It was founded by high school student Rachel Doyle in 1999 and now has chapters in 15 states.

I love this organization for three big reasons. First, it trains teenagers to volunteer. From what I know about volunteering, it helps the volunteer in several positive ways–by forming relationships, developing social skills, strengthening community ties, providing a sense of accomplishment from helping others and many more. I wish I had done something like this in high school. My time would have been much better spent volunteering instead of analyzing the way my crush looked at me in History class or driving around aimlessly with my friends, talking about how unfair life was. The volunteers in this program are clearly compassionate people and the fact that they are young compassionate people makes them even more admirable in my eyes.

GlamourGals volunteers provide beauty services to women in these senior homes. As a makeup artist, I know how much difference a little makeover–which is really just enhancing the beauty someone already has–can make. It’s amazing what a little lipstick or some blush can do for person’s confidence. It’s not a superficial thing though. Makeup is simply a tool we have to express ourselves or make ourselves feel a little better. I volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program, where beauty professional volunteers provide a group hair and makeup lesson to women going through cancer treatment. I have been told time and time again by these women how much they love the sessions and how great they feel after. I imagine there is a similar feeling from the elderly women who work with the GlamourGals volunteers.

And of course, a huge part of this program is the relationship between the volunteers and the elderly women. I’m sure some of the women do not, for whatever reason, have many visitors who spend time with them. (This breaks my heart and is the reason why I have tried to volunteer at senior homes in my area). Imagine being elderly and lonely, but then meeting someone who wants to spend time with you. I’m sure it is a mutually beneficial thing though. I have always loved talking to older people and feel that they often have a lot of wisdom (and some great stories!) From the testimonials on the GlamourGals website, some of these volunteers feel the same way.

I would really love to volunteer, but most places* I have contacted understandably don’t want to bring in volunteers who can’t consistently commit. (Some months I could absolutely do the number of hours needed but other months I am barely even in my home state. And I sometimes only get a 12 hour notice for my jobs, which makes committing to anything in my personal life pretty impossible.) So for right now, the best I can do is donate whatever I can to help support causes that I believe in. GlamourGals is without a doubt one of those causes. I hope they continue to grow and positively impact the lives of so many teenagers and elderly women.

You can check out the Glamour Gals website here: http://www.glamourgals.org/  They accept monetary and In Kind contributions, so beauty professionals, you can donate products/tools/supplies as well. For that list–which also includes office supply type contributions–click here: http://www.glamourgals.org/in-kind-contributions/

Celebrate the GlamourGals on Instagram this December.  Post any hot pink pic and hash tag #GGmovement and GG will receive $1.  You can follow them at @glamourgals and @ggfounder. Check out their youtube video for more info.

Have a beautiful day 🙂

* Other than Look Good, Feel Better, who always have at least two beauty pro volunteers at each session and are aware of my crazy schedule.