Quick and Simple Makeup Tips for Spring
Use a tinted moisturizer
With so much to do on a daily basis, it can be easy to slap on a bit of concealer and run out the door. This could leave you with ugly brown streaks and clumpy patches if you’re not careful, so why not invest in some tinted moisturizer instead? There are a variety of products available on the market these days, but the right cream will even out your skin tone and disguise your flaws! It’s quick and easy to apply and can be mixed with your original foundation for a more natural effect.
Make the most of mascara
If you have little ones to wash, feed and dress before leaving the house, you might not have time for a full makeover. Every minute counts in the mornings, so reduce your stress levels by brushing some neutral eye shadow over your lids (lighter colours require slightly less accuracy) and finish with some extra volume mascara (Lipgloss+Spandex loves Urban Decay Naked palettes 1 & 2, and the Naked Basics palette; Essence get BIG! lashes mascara). This will help you look more awake in seconds and ensure your lashes look as good as they can for that business meeting or working lunch.
Sharpen that eyeliner
A blunt eyeliner pencil is both scratchy and time consuming to apply. The product won’t glide on accurately and you could end up with blotchy, irritated eyes for no reason. To avoid this, make sure the pencil is nice and sharp before gently moving it underneath your waterline (Lipgloss+Spandex loves Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils). If you prefer liquid liner, dab the applicator onto a bit of tissue to remove excess product and rest your elbow on a table to steady your hand. Keep wet wipes nearby in case you make a mistake and you should be good to go in no time!
Bring your cheeks to life
If you’ve been feeling a little run down over the winter months, a bit of blusher will help bring your face to life. While many makeup artists use two different shades to help slim down the face, a single colour can be just effective if used properly. Always find a product to complement your skin tone and apply in natural light to avoid a makeup faux pas. Suck in your lips to highlight your cheekbones and use a high quality blusher brush for a smooth application (Lipgloss+Spandex recommends It Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple blush and french boutique blush brush).
Brighten up your lips
If you don’t get round to applying eye shadow or concealer – fear not! It’s amazing what a bit of lipstick can do, so keep your favourite shade nearby and use it to brighten up your lips. Bright reds are ideal for spring 2013, but if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them, stick to more subtle shades. Alternatively, apply a little lip gloss in the mornings to perfect your pout and keep it in your bag to use throughout the day (Lipgloss+Spandex loves MAC Lipglass).