Achieving a flawless makeup look on a daily basis might seem like quite the challenge, but it isn't impossible. I'm not talking about the kind of flawless we see on Instagram on a daily basis because let's face it--those artists have practice, hours and several studio lights and filters to help them get that one perfect selfie. I'm talking about everyday, fresh-faced looking makeup in 30 minutes or less. I'm talking about achievable flawlessness.
Your routine should always begin with prepping your skin. Whether you fully wash your face with a cleanser and water or opt for a micellar cleanser, you want to get your face cleansed and toned in the morning. Use a moisturizer or hydrator with an SPF to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Don't forget an under eye cream, too. Prepping your skin properly before makeup application will make it easier when you go to apply your makeup.
After you apply your primer of choice, the next thing you want to do is apply your foundation sparingly and blend, blend, blend. If you have blemishes or pigmentation you want to cover, apply your foundation in a patting motion. Using a beauty.blender sponge will make applying your makeup on a lot easier and faster. Once you've blended your foundation into your skin, you can go back with concealer and cover any areas you feel still need to conceal. When concealing your eyes, make sure the shade isn't too light (this will avoid obvious circles or ashiness on dark under eye areas) and apply your concealer in an upside down triangle shape. This will avoid drawing negative attention toward your eyes and accentuating under eye bags.
When you're in a hurry, contouring and sculpting will just eat up too much of your time. Simply apply a bright blush on the apples of your cheeks (tip: smile when you apply your blush for the best application). Using a fan brush, you can lightly apply bronzer in a windshield-wiper motion on your upper forehead. You can also apply bronzer up an upward sweeping motion on your lower cheek bones and a little kiss of bronzer on your chin. To brighten up your face and give you a luminous glow, lightly apply a highlighter above your cheeks.
Complete your look by focusing on your eyes and lips. For your eyes, you'll want to make sure your brows are groomed and brushed upwards to give you a fresh-faced look. Fill in any sparse areas with a light powder or pencil and brush the product into your brows to blend the product in. Prime your eyelids and apply a neutral-colored shadow. Apply eyeliner above your lashes and blend it out to make it soft. Lastly, curl your lashes and apply a volumizing mascara to open your eyes and make you look awake and ready for the day. Complete your look by softening your lips with lip balm and tap a color into your lips for a natural-looking luscious pout.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.