For a recent day trip to San Diego, I decided to get a little dolled up without looking too made up. My routine can’t take more than 10 minutes, otherwise I start to look like a drag queen! Read on for my quick and easy beauty routine.

  I keep my makeup routine to under 10 mins – otherwise I start to look like a drag queen!

The key to keeping my makeup routine under 10 mins is to only use the tried and true essentials…I also apply my foundation by hand like lotion. Two pumps on the tip of my finger are enough to cover my whole face evenly. Once applied, I give it a few seconds to settle in before applying concealer.

I use liquid concealer to begin the “contouring” process. I’m using quotes around contouring because I’m not a professional MUA, but can fake a decent contour from time to time. When I’m in a rush, or on days like this where I prefer to look put together but not over done, I sweep the concealer on in 3 key zones:

  • Under eyes
  • Nose: bridge and around nostrils
  • Mouth: laugh lines and chin

The more you apply the more dramatic the effect, it’s really up to you how heavy handed you want to get with the concealer. I use a single pump which is the size of a rain drop.

Once the liquids are applied you can sweep a loose powder, or in this case, pressed, MAC Studio Fix all over to seal and settle everything. For a more dramatic look, I will often use my sponge to apply the powder under my eyes, this produces a thicker layer, for added coverage.

That’s the most time consuming part of the whole process…once I’ve reached this point I’m wishing I never decided to go out in the first place! Stay steady, were almost done!

Depending on the color you’ve chosen for your lips, you’ll pick a blush/contour color for your cheek bone in a slightly tanner hue than your skin, remembering to keep it more on the sandy (read ash) side and less bronze or deep brown. For this look, I used MAC Blush All Day, which is a softer mauve, a good choice when going with red lips. I sweep this on the cheek bone and upper temples (just a few strokes will do). Then I apply my blush, MAC Modern Mandarin to the apples of my cheeks.

Now, I know most normal people, and the professionals do their eyes first, but this system seems to work for me, so do it which ever way you’re most comfortable.

For my eyes, I’ve chosen an old favorite, MAC Nylon for my lids and on the crease a soft brown shadow from a Smashbox multi-color palette. I brush my eyebrows and fill in the lighter spots with NYX Micro Brow Pencil (taupe). I’m always on the hunt for the perfect brow tool, this one from NYX has been my go-to for a couple years now. Just can’t beat the price. To complete the eyes I line my lower lash line with a brownish pencil, curl my lashes and brush on a few strokes of mascara. I’m currently using Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion in the purple tube. This mascara has been with me through thick and thin, and for the price, hardly anything can top it.

Last, but certainly not least, the lips! To lighten up the lipstick (MAC Diva), I put a thin layer of concealer on my lips prior to applying.

Color/Product Details:

Foundation: MAC Mineralize – NC40

Powder: MAC Studio Fix – NC40

Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear – NW20

Eye liner: NYX Lipliner in Expresso (yes, I use lipliner on my eyes)

Voila – easy peezy makeup routine using your everyday staples. I hope you are able to apply a trick or two to your routine.

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