We would all like to be Made UP and ready to go in 5.
Feeling fabulous and understanding our personal style does take investment on many levels but looking, ready-to-go can be something we learn to master very quickly.
I need a certain level of “maintenance” to make this happen. What I am alluding to are particular states of the body, skin and hair care that are a given and that make getting out the door in a reasonable state all the easier. Pedicures, manicures and waxing are a regular if annoying fact of life; haircuts and blow-dries are the one thing I never go without. I have escaped “colour prison” but don’t for one moment think I have banished the hair salon from my life.
If these particular “bits” are regularly cared for then my, out-the-door-and-ready-to-go routine is a no brainer.
Made Up, Out The Door And Ready To Go
My make up routine is divided into 3; face, eyes, lips and cheeks. I spend a little more time on the face and the eyes and less on the rest.
Use a minimal amount of product. I might switch from brand to brand and change shades but the amount of products stays about the same.
For the Face
3 Products: Primer, Foundation and Powder.
What varies is the type of foundation and powder, depending on the time of day and occasion.
For the Eyes
3 Products: Mascara, Eyelash Curler and Eyebrow Gel.
A day to day approach that is fast and easy. A good mascara and a defined eyebrow is enough to open the eyes and remove that “bald” undressed look.
For the Lips and Cheeks
2 Products: Lipstick and Lip Pencil.
When I am in a hurry lipstick colours the lip and cheeks making sure the face tones are in sync. Nothing looks worse than an orange tinge blush with a pink lipstick or vice versa. When I wear a strong shade on the lips, I use sparingly and dab a touch of colour on my cheekbones.
What these simple steps will do is save time when you need it and make you feel well groomed and put together. All you need are your favourite products, an excellent mirror and a few minutes.
If the hair is done and the face given the speedy make-up then we can take on anything and worry about the rest later.
Sometimes small solutions can make the world of difference. xv
What Gets Me Out The Door In 5
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