All my lovely new blog photos may give the impression that I spend every waking hour devoted to my appearance.
I have already confessed here on the blog to my lazy girl beauty ways but if you’re new here, then welcome … let me put you in the picture.
I am a crazy, busy mum (I don’t know any mums who aren’t). I have two beautiful teenagers who require a fair bit of taxi-driving about the place (don’t even get me started on the Saturday night party pick-up and how it’s cut into my wine time). I also have a six-year-old, so my paid work is sandwiched between the hours of 9am and 3pm, with leftovers served between 8pm and midnight most nights.
Time is this precious commodity I wish I had more of but realise that is a stupid wish as there are only 24 hours in the day; it’s what you do with those hours that makes the difference.
If I really wanted to save time on my beauty routine, I wouldn’t actually have one. A routine that is.
No, I’d jump up, do the lunches, sort breakfast, check in online with my work mates an hour ahead of me, jump in the shower and run out the door for the bus and school drop-offs at 8am with nary a thought as to what I actually look like.
But I’m vain.
There I’ve said it.
I like to get my face on. I like an even complexion. I like a bit of colour on the lips.
It makes me feel good.
And that is why I scrape back two minutes of my time each morning to prioritise that feel good feeling. To get my face on.
Ok, so the two-minute thing does come with practice but it also comes with having key products on hand that work for you – products you know you can quickly and easily use to give yourself a bit of a spit and polish with the minimum of fuss. I don’t use the same products every day – mainly because I have to trial a lot of new stuff (I know, cue violin music here) – but this is typical of what I’ll put on most work days.
In order of application: 1. L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream | 2. Bare Minerals Original SPF Foundation in medium beige | 3. Ere Perez Arnica Concealer in Medium Light | 4. Jane Iredale bronzer in Rose Dawn (available April) | 5. Elf cream eyeshadow in Dawn | 6. Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear eyeliner in Rue St Honore | 7. Maybelline NY Volum’ Express One by One Satin Mascara (limited edition available May to celebrate Maybelline’s inaugural partnership with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012) | 8. Clarins Gloss Prodige Lip Gloss in Raspberry
Probably the two key “get out the door with a face on” products above are the BB Cream (I use my Garnier one as well), followed by the Bare Minerals mineral foundation, which I apply and buff in with the Bare Minerals foundation brush. For me, if the complexion is even, then my “go” face is 90% there.
The rest is just optional icing.
Except lip gloss or lip colour. I feel naked without something on the lips.
What about you? Do you have a super quick morning makeup routine? Do you mix it around a bit? Or stick to the tried and true?