*Here’s the post I was working on for Friday before I got hit with a stomach bug- really interesting when you have an infant and many of you probably know.
The other day I had a crazy morning- early morning nursing/entertaining Henry, then styling and doing a photoshoot at the house followed by client meetings and work. Needless to say I was frazzled and rushing, and in between the shoot and getting to the office I stopped to get lunch quickly. While in the restroom I was washing my hands and looked up in the mirror and literally jumped back. I blurted out loud, with other people in earshot, “Holy shit, I look awful!” I had managed to forget to put makeup on that morning, which admittedly I think was a first in a while. And MAN, did it make a difference. Especially now that I’m not getting eight solid hours of sleep and many nights, falling asleep before washing my face. When I got home later that evening Andrew said “Honey you look really tired”, and I told him I was always tired, I just have a good way of faking NOT looking tired most days!
No matter if you are a mom or not, I bet you are tired and frazzled too. Maybe not everyday (I hope not) but with this crazy pace we live at these days, we all have had those days when you look in the mirror and think “I look like I just got dragged down the street by a bus”. I’ve had those mornings a lot lately, even though (knock on wood) we have a pretty good sleeper. I’ve streamlined my daily makeup routine to essential items that I think help me look awake, even when I’m not- so I can avoid scaring the ever living daylights out of myself in Panera bathrooms.
Step 1: After washing, moisturize liberally with a super-duper hydrating cream (especially in winter). Anything with hylaronic acid will help plump up your skin and eye cream with caffeine will shrink bags a bit. My favorites for face moisture are La Mer (I buy a jar every winter), L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power (so good for the price!) and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisturizing Balm and for eyes I love the illuminating Origins Ginzing.
Step 2: Now it’s time to cover blotchiness, dark circles and any spots. I have recently started using Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation because it really evens skin tone AND stays on all day. Like, it actually does- it doesn’t just say it does and then fail at 4pm. For a less expensive option I like L’Oreal Lumi which has a little more “glow” to it. When I’m feeling extra tired I like mixing in a drop or two of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector to my foundation for a bit more light to my face (it’s glowy, not glittery). Skip this if you have breakouts as it will just, well- illuminate them. :) Now for the tired gal’s most important item- concealer. I still am pretty loyal to Cle de Peau in beige (one very expensive stick does last at least a year- and I use a good amount of concealer!)- the other one I really like that REALLY covers is Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer. I make sure to dot this around the corners of my nose and crease of the chin as redness in those areas make you look more fried. After that, adding a swipe of cult fave Touche Eclat highlighter to the undereye and outer corner of the eye helps lift and brighten.
Step 3: I prime my lids with Benefit LemonAid to eliminate lid redness and make my eyeshadow last a little longer. Following that I fix my brows up with the best brow pencil/ brush there is, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. I’ll add a fresh pop of color to the cheeks with Sephora’s Gel color (love the Dahlia and Waterlily)- this stain lasts all day too and keeps your complexion looking bright not dusty (tip- blend it quickly as the stain sets pretty fast!) Over that I dust my long time love, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze for a little color and glow.
Step 4: Then I dust a pale neutral shade all over the lid and browbone (like in this Nars compact in Bellissima) and put the medium taupe shadow on the lid. For a little extra definition I’ll add a dark taupe or plummy brown shade to the outer corner and crease (which I didn’t in the pic below because we were just going to my parent’s house). Then I’ll pop on a couple coats of this Dior curling mascara and a swipe of Bobbi Brown’s Nude gloss and GO.
Pretty much all the products talked about here on my face (car selfie style- please pardon the face that I have not gotten my eyebrows waxed in over 10 weeks… yikes!) It’s a natural look and simple and easy enough for every day. When I have a meeting I’ll add a little eyeliner (I like Laura Mercier’s Cake Liner with a thin angled brush for that) and wing the edge a little to open the eye a bit more.
(scarf via Two Penny Blue (who is hiring in three positions!!!) , earrings via JCrew (old)- similar here)