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."
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.
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.
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?