If you're anything like me, then you don't have much time most days to put on makeup. As much as I miss having more time to get ready, truth be told, I was still often rushing and doing my makeup in the car even before I had little ones. Not having or making time to get ready doesn't preclude me from wearing makeup most days. I love thinking of new looks or feel inspired by a YouTube tutorial I saw the night before that I just have to try. So the key for me has been simplicity. I have tried and tested products that I like to use and, most importantly, products that can be used in various ways to really round out my makeup bag without making it too bulky. Here's what's in my makeup bag to complete a variety of looks: blush, an eyeshadow palette, concealer, mascara and my favorite lipstick/gloss. Here are a few tips that will help keep your makeup bag to a minimum while still achieving versatility with your looks.
Revlon Highlighting Blush in the color Bronze Glow ($9)
Milani Rose Powder Blush in the color Coral Cove ($10)
Blush as Eyeshadow
One of the keys to adding dimension to eye makeup is having a transition shade in your crease. A transition shade is a soft color, something midtone or warm, that will help blend out darker eye shadow. It's how you create the illusion of a gradient of colors. The transition shade also helps blend your eyeshadow.
My trick to creating that blended look without having to carry a bulky eyeshadow palette with transition shades is using blush! I especially love the two blushes in the photos above. If I'm not in the mood to blend and create a more complex look, I'll often wear only blush as eyeshadow. I also love that using blush as eyeshadow can take the guesswork out of matching your eyeshadow color with your blush! You'll be nicely color coordinated using this trick.
Covergirl Trunaked Goldens Palette ($10)
Eyeshadow as Liner and Brow Definer
Drugstore makeup brands have really been stepping up there game with the recent palettes on the market. I picked up the Covergirl Trunaked Goldens palette recently after watching a tutorial by Eman on YouTube. The palette has three matte shades, which is often unheard of for drugstore shadows. If you have blond or light brown hair, you can use an angel brush to apply the taupe eyeshadow to fill in your brows. For darker hair tones, use the matte brown shade. I've been using the darker shade to fill in my brows and I've been loving how it looks! I'm just careful to swipe the shadow on my hand first to ensure I don't apply too much product. I then go over my brows with clear mascara to add dimension, shape my brows, and hold them in place.
Another great trick is to use the darkest matte brown shade as eyeliner! I apply the eyeshadow to my lashline with an angled brush like I would eyeliner. If you want a more dramatic effect just add a little water to your brush, and bam, you'll have even more definition! With all of the different shades in this palette, the looks you can come up with are endless!!
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($7)
Concealer as Foundation
I've mentioned in previous blogs that I don't wear foundation most days to keep product to a minimum to preserve my skin. My complexion is even enough that I just use concealer under my eyes and around my nose to cover dark circles/redness. If you wanted to add more coverage though and don't want to carry foundation you can easily turn your concealer into a tinted moisturizer by mixing it with your favorite moisturizer and applying the mixture all over your face. I also use my concealer over my eyelids as a primer for my eyeshadow and to create a blank canvas, eliminating any pigmentation or veins that are usually visible.
I hope these tips were helpful! Makeup is all about being creative and having fun. Whether you're a fan of less is more or you like to go full glam, do you and remember that makeup is 90% attitude and self confidence! Please feel free to share other ways you multitask your makeup!