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How To Do Your Makeup Like A Pro

By Julie dePontbriand
12 Nov 2014

Makeup can make or break any look, no matter how much designer clothing you’re wearing! But who has time to spend an hour primping in the morning? Not to worry, we’re sharing our quick-fix makeup regimen that will have you ready to take on the world in 15 minutes flat!


Cleanse and Moisturize

Every great piece of artwork starts with a clean canvas, and your face is no different! Make sure your thoroughly cleanse and moisturize your face for the best makeup application.

For cleansing, we use Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleansing Face Wash. It gets nice and foamy, washes away all of yesterday’s mascara, and leaves your face feeling clean and fresh with no soapy residue.

Top that off with Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel. Lotion if your face is on the dryer side, and gel if you tend to have a more oily complexion.

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We all get the occasional blemish and spot, and a great concealer is key for these moments. Apply a small dot on each spot and blend outwards. For under eye circles, apply small dots under the eye, and then blend gently down and out with your ring finger.

We use the Nars Concealer Stick. It’s the perfect size to pop in your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day, and with 10 different shades you can easily find your match. Make sure to choose a shade that is closest to your actual skin tone for the best coverage.

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A great foundation will keep you face looking fresh all day long. The biggest mistake is covering your whole face – no one likes that caked-on makeup look! Use a light hand and apply a few dots along your cheekbones, sides of your nose, above your brow line, and chin. Then use your fingers to lightly blend down and outward.

Make sure your foundation truly matches your skin tone for your overall shade. Then for a more sun-kissed look, use a color a few shades darker to highlight the same spots!

We use Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place for our overall foundation. It’s incredibly lightweight, blends seamlessly into your skin, and lasts all day. For a bronzing tone, try Nars The Multiple Stick. This makeup stick does everything, and gets you that perfect “just off the beach” look!

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Powder is that miracle that keeps your makeup in place and that shiny forehead at bay. Too much powder can make your face look dry and cracked, so just a light dusting does the trick.

Use a large fluffy makeup brush and apply all over the face, brushing down and out. We use Laura Mercier Mineral Powder with SPF 15. It not only keeps you shine-free, but also protects your skin from sun damage, doesn’t get much better than that! 

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Now it’s time to make those eyes pop! We love the MAC Eye Shadow Palette “A Novel Romance”, as it provides 4 complimentary shades and works with most skin tones. 

Step 1: Base color – a pink-toned shade. Use a large eye shadow brush and sweep across the entire eyelid from eyebrow to eyelashes.

Step 2: Highlight – the lightest shade. Use an angled eye shadow brush and line underneath the eyebrow, and in the inner corner of each eye.

Step 3: Define – the darkest shades. Use a medium eye shadow brush with the second-to-darkest shade across the lid under the highlighted section. Then apply the darkest shade to the outer part of the lid in “<” shape.

Step 4: Liner - brown or black. Use a liner brush and apply as close to your lash line as possible. You can’t go wrong with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – it’s better than any other eyeliner we’ve tried…ever. It’s waterproof, lasts all day and glides on smoothly. Even better, the liner brush can be cleaned with just a bit of water and a tissue, no need to use makeup remover and end up with black eyeliner all over your hands.

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SHOP NOW: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner


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Eyelashes and Eyebrows

Now for the finishing touches! For mascara, we love Chanel’s Inimitable Waterproof Mascara. It volumizes, lengthens and separates, all while keeping a great curl to your lashes. Two coats and you’ll have stunningly big, beautiful eyes.

Don’t underestimate an eyebrow pencil. A full eyebrow adds definition to your face and makes your eyes pop even more. Maybelline’s Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil does the trick, with a easy-to-use mechanical pencil and comb to perfect even the unruliest brow.

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A perfect pout is our last step in your makeup makeover. Buff your lips with a soft toothbrush to remove any dry skin. Apply a moisturizing lip balm and rub it into your lips until absorbed. Then apply your lipstick starting from the inner lip outwards. Use your finger to make sure it’s spread evenly, and then dab a bit of the balm in the center of your lower lip to give you a bit of an extra pout.

We use MAC Lipstick for the best consistency, color rage, and longest-lasting color. From nude hues to bright reds, MAC has an amazing range, plus a bit of a sweet smell…yum. For your balm, we LOVE Nivea’s Fruity Shine Lip Balm. It have a slight tint of color, which is great if you’re going for a more natural look (lipstick free), and it's incredibly moisturizing to keep your lips soft and smooth!

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SHOP NOW: Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm


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Tips to cut down on time:

1. Skip the concealer if you’re currently blemish free (yay!)

2. Skip the darker eye shadow shades if you want a more natural look

3. Skip the lipstick and opt for just balm if you’re going au natural

4. Keep all your essential items in one makeup bag for easy access – this will keep you from rummaging around a giant makeup bag looking for that tiny eyeliner brush!