Makeup Test

So, in case it wasn't patently obvious: I am not really a makeup person. I don't have anything against makeup, or people who wear it regularly; I sort of regard it wistfully, as a curiosity, the same way I regard people who actually "style" their hair. The truth is, I'm lazy and I can't be bothered to do stuff like that every morning (mostly because I'm too busy picking out my outfit ...)

But when I saw that today's Style Me May prompt was "Blushing Beauty," I was inspired to share the (very) few makeup "secrets" I do employ. I'll call this, "Makeup Tips For People Who Don't Wear Makeup." And even if you are a makeup aficionado, read on — you may discover a tip that you've never tried! So here you go. Take all these tips with a heavy dose of  "for what it's worth."

The "before"

This is me with no makeup, hardly any coffee and not nearly enough sleep — i.e., how I look pretty much every day. Most of the time, I honestly just leave the house looking like this. But on days when I'm feeling particularly bedraggled, I often turn to one (or more) of the products below to "brighten" my chronic bitchface just a little bit.

Tinted lip balm

The first place I go if I want to brighten up my face is lipstick. You get a lot of bang for your buck, and even I can usually manage lipstick without screwing it up.

But being as how I tend to apply lipstick while driving (I know, I know), my go-to for a quick pick-me-up is tinted lip balm. (P.S. I totally make ridiculous faces when I am putting on lipstick! It is the opposite of sexy.)

I love the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer, but only certain shades — the light ones are, well, a bit too light to do any good for me, and some of the darker ones (I'm looking at you, Raisin) are waaay too sparkly.

The shade I'm using here is Cherry — it's a nice, bright red color that seems to go with everything. It's not as dramatic as a matte red lip, to be sure, but it still makes an impact.

And I usually go one step further and use the same product on my cheeks, as well. I just dot it on across the cheekbone, and then rub it in with my fingertips. (Also, occasionally, while driving.) The advantage to both of these processes, for me, is that I can do them without even looking in the mirror, and be reasonably sure I won't screw them up.

White eyeliner

When I tell people I love white eyeliner, I usually get a lot of funny looks. And to be honest, I can't remember what compelled me to buy this eyeliner pencil in the first place. Maybe it was a tip I read somewhere about putting a dot of white on the inside corner of your eyes to brighten them. Or maybe I just saw it at the drugstore and decided it sounded like a good idea. Who knows.

What I do know is that, as a brunette, a bright color around my eyes really does a lot to make them pop, and to make me look more awake. There's no secret here — I do the top lids only, although I have occasionally been known to dab some on the lower lid at the outer corners.

Angle brush

If you don't already have a thin, angled makeup brush, go down to the drugstore and buy one now. For one thing, you can use this little guy to turn any eyeshadow into eyeliner. It's 10 times easier to apply than a pencil, especially if you are ham-handed like me. Plus, I feel like the brush gives me way more control over the amount of color I apply, and the thickness of the line. It's not going to give you precision like a liquid liner, certainly, but it's perfect for a smoky or subtle eye.

Here, though, I'm using a tip I stole from Priya, and using the angle brush and eyeshadow to define my brows. Like her, I have full brows and never imagined that I needed to add anything to them. But (like her) I was amazed at the difference it made! It's like plucking for lazy people. I was sold. You have to be careful not to overdo it so you don't end up looking like Groucho Marx, but other than that, it's simple. I usually just touch up the center and the ends of the brows to give them a more defined shape.


So here's the before and after. This literally took less than 10 minutes and could almost all be done without the aid of a mirror, especially after a bit of practice.

Do you have any quick-and-dirty beauty/makeup tips that you swear by?


  1. I love bold brows! And I totally use lipstick as blush, although for the most part I'm very naturally pink and just skip that step.

    1. I never used to wear blush at all, but I've been amazed at how just a little bit can brighten up my face. Who knew? I guess, people who wear makeup, right? Ha ha.

  2. this is a great post! I am so, so like you in this regard (though since I've started to work full-time I pretty much wear a full-face of make-up every day.) I was gonna comment anyway but I'm so pleased that my (laughable) "beauty" post actually helped someone! it is amaaaazing how something as small as a little filled-in brow can transform you. it really frames your face!

    I have a few of these Burts Bees lip balms as well, they work great when I don't want to bother with lipstick. and I totally agree that some shades I'm like woahh way too sparkly. I've been brainstorming a post kinda like this called my "but I'm already late for work!" make-up routine (I use this every day ;)

    ♥ perfectly Priya

    1. Thanks! I seriously ran to try the brows thing after you posted it and I was really psyched at how it works. Strong browed ladies unite!

      I definitely do not have a makeup "routine"; it is totally random when I decide to wear makeup or when I don't. Like I said, I really admire people who can pull it together every single day!


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