By Alexandria Sese>English>Freshman>University of Illinios
It’s one of those mornings where you’ve slept through your alarm, and then when you looked in the mirror you were greeted by the haggard face of a sleep-deprived college student. With these simple tips, it will take less than five minutes to look fresh, awake, and ready for the day ahead:
Before putting any product on your skin, make sure to cleanse and moisturize. Cleansing your face prevents the oil that has accumulated in your sleep from being sealed onto your skin under your makeup. Using baby wipes is an efficient and gentle way to cleanse your face in a hurry. Then lather on moisturizer; it will save your skin in the long run! To save time, pick a moisturizer that is oil-free and sinks into your skin right away.
2. Fake the Wake
Radiant skin is a mark of restfulness and health. Not only that but “When skin appears flawless, everything else sparkles,” says Carmindy, makeup artist for TLC’s What Not To Wear, thus requiring less makeup on yourself. To achieve a flawless complexion, pick a concealer that can be used for your blemishes and under-eye darkness. Focus your concealer on the center of your face for an instant brightening effect. Using a foundation that has SPF also saves you from wasting time applying a separate sun-block, and it protects your skin from premature wrinkles. If you’re using liquid or cream products, apply them with clean fingers because the warmth of your fingers helps them blend into your skin more evenly.
3. Bang for your Brows
“I can’t live without an eyebrow pencil,” claims Margeaux Methavichit of North Park University, Chicago. “Brows define my face the most.” Having defined and well-groomed brows can make you look younger and more awake much faster than eyeshadows and eyeliners can. Apply a suitable eyebrow color with short feathering strokes for a natural look. For an added pop to the eyes, coat your upper and lower lashes with curling mascara.
For a 10-second finish, choose products that can act as both cheek and lip colors such as Korres Lip Butter or The Multiple from NARS. Cream-based cheek colors looks most natural when blended outwards from the apple of your cheek. Using a lip color in the same color family is the simplest way to tie your whole look together. Now you’re ready to walk out and look like you had all morning to prepare!
What’s the one make-up product you can’t live without?