5-Minute Natural Makeup with bareMinerals

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That, ladies and gentlemen, is most definitely a picture of me with no makeup. Zero. Nada. Totally bare-faced. This was my natural state last Sunday morning when staying in bed all day was a very real possibility. But when my lazy day was happily interrupted by a last-minute brunch invitation from a friend, I needed to get ready, and I needed to get ready fast. French toast waits for no woman.

Truthfully, I’d call myself pretty low-maintenance as far as city girls go.  I can wear false lashes and a sequin dress with the best of them, but on a day-to-day basis I’m pretty relaxed. I don’t spend a ton of time putting on makeup, but I’ll admit that it is important to me to look polished and confident. I still want to look like myself, but as if I had a clever lighting team with me at all time. I kid, I kid!

I recently learned about the bareMinerals line (I know, I’ve been living under a rock), and I was pleasantly surprised at how easily mineral foundation fit into my makeup routine. It allowed me to cut out a solid three minutes from my liquid foundation routine, and I still feel totally natural. Just less blotchy!

Here’s how I create my day-to-day natural look. Next week I’ll show how I go from daytime makeup to something more dramatic for night, all in less than the time it takes to mix a good lemon drop. Hey, Revenge and Scandal just got back on the air- I have things to do!

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Helloooo, naked face! To get a good base and make sure my makeup goes on smoothly, I start with a good moisturizer. Seriously, don’t skip that step. I let it settle in for a few minutes and then top it with a primer containing SPF.

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To apply mineral foundation, I shake a little into the cap and swirl the brush about in a happy fashion. Tap off the excess back into the tin, then apply it with a swirly circular motion. I start on my cheeks since that’s where I need the most coverage, but you ladies without rosacea can start at the center of your face and work your way out. Make sure to blend really well along the jawline- you don’t have to worry about the awkward foundation line with mineral makeup, but it’s still good to play it safe.

bareMinerals makes several different brushes for different coverage levels- I’m using the Flawless Face brush for light/medium coverage, but they also have a Full Flawless Face brush for fuller coverage. I like fuller coverage for night and lighter for day.

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Next, dot concealer on any imperfections that show through the makeup and blend with a light tapping motion. I like to use a moisturizing, creamy concealer under my eyes like Tarte Maracuja and a thicker, stick concealer for blemishes. Once you’ve applied concealer to your satisfaction, lightly tap the brush you used for your foundation over the concealer. No need to re-dip in foundation- just use the excess on the brush for natural coverage.

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Next comes blush. Seriously, guys, this is the first time in my entire life I’ve used blush. I’ve spent so much time trying to cover up redness on my cheeks that the idea of adding more was absurd. But I love this Aphrodisiac shade for its warm peachy tones- the golden hue works well with my skin and actually helps counteract redness. Love.

Blush always looks nice on the apples of your cheeks, but I’m a fan of applying it just below my cheekbones for a lightly sculpted look. I like the Precision Face Brush for blush, but a fluffy brush works well for a more diffused look. Again, make sure to blend well!

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I love eye shadow quads like this Ready set– they’re so simple to use and are great for day as well as night. For a light look that still defines your eyes, try applying all four shades as I did above, with 1 being the lightest color and 4 being the darkest. I smudged the darkest color along the outer 2/3 of my lash line instead of liner- it’s more gentle for day but still provides definition. I’ll also take my pinky finger and smudge a bit of the 2nd lightest color along my lower lashline.

Fluffy shadow brushes work well, but I’m a fan of using my ring finger to apply and blend the shadows. My favorite little trick is to tap the pad of my pinky finger in the lightest shadow and gently pat it around the inner corner of my eye near your tear duct. Instant brightness!

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And now for my favorite part. I love the look of bold brows, and lately I’ve been obsessed with Benefit’s new Gimme Brow gel. It applies like a mascara through your brows, coating and darkening each hair as well as the skin underneath it. That stuff lasts, too- I wore it through an 80-minute session on the elliptical and it didn’t move.

I’m blessed with long lashes (thanks, Mom and Dad!), but they look so much bolder with a few coats of mascara. No matter where I’m going, I always apply three coats to make my lashes really stand out. I loved trying the new Lash Domination mascara from bareMinerals, and I’m also a fan of Covergirl Clump Crusher. Both product names make me feel pumped up- domination! crusher! pow! bam!

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Finally, for the lips, I like to do a nude color with a bit of gloss for day and switch it out for fuchsia at night. The new bareMinerals Moxie gloss is seriously the only gloss I’ve ever tried that’s free of that gross sticky-candy feeling. Hooray!

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And here you have it- 4 minutes and 47 seconds by my watch! I like how I still feel like me, but much more polished and confident. Evening out my skin tone and lightly defining my eyes/brows/lips makes a big difference, and it’s the perfect starting place for a more dramatic evening look. Is this similar to your makeup routine, or is it different? What did I forget?

I received all of the bareMinerals products as gifts to try, but I was in no way compensated for writing this post. I just really like the stuff!

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Six Trends from NYFW (and how to wear them!)

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You might not know it, but I went to New York Fashion Week. I saw the Marc by Marc Jacobs show live, and I pinned my favorite looks fewer than two minutes after the show ended. I saw street style stars strut their stuff, and I even went to an after-party! True, I was sitting at my desk in San Francisco the whole time, but I was most definitely there. With designers live-streaming of their shows and taking social media seriously, fashion week is increasingly available to those outside NYC and even outside the industry.

I stalked the shows all week, and I fell in love with the vibrant colors (as well as no color) and body-con silhouettes (as well as serious volume). I’ve rounded up my six favorite trends from the week, and what’s more, they’re all totally wearable regardless of budget. Which one would you try?

Sherbet Hues

There’s something so playful and bold about bright hues, especially when you pair a few together in a delightfully clashing way. To get the look without the designer price tag, try pairing a bold red skirt with a bubblegum-pink top and a bright moto jacket. For a more subtle take on it, experiment with clashing bright lips and nails or a fun wallet.

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Monique Lhuillier, Creatures of the Wind, Monique Lhuillier, Diane von Furstenberg

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High Contrast

It’s a classic for a reason- stark black and white is effortless, eye-catching , and especially bold when paired with black and white accessories. Designers played up the classic color combination by keeping makeup neutral and going for extreme silhouettes, both body-con and seriously boxy. Pick whatever silhouette is more comfortable for you, and resist the temptation to add any color!

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Herve Leger, Derek Lam, Marc by Marc Jacobs, A Detacher

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Dark, Slouchy, and Sexy

Fashion’s always loved black (and I’m sorry, but pink will never be the new black), and this season’s collections took the classic color and stepped it up a notch. The silhouettes create sex appeal by leaning towards the loose and slouchy over tight and strapped-in. Some of the best all-black looks revealed tasteful bits of skin through sheer paneling or by pairing a high hemline with an even higher neckline. To get the look, try a sleeveless black romper or jumpsuit (more flattering than you’d think), or pair your professional work trousers with a slinky camisole for night.

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Thakoon, Rag and Bone, Tibi, Jason Wu

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Gilded

I never thought I’d see the day when shiny gold fabric actually looked chic. But the show-stopping liquid-gold skirts and tops at Altuzzara proved me wrong. Besides classic and reinvented gold evening dresses, gold also showed up in unexpected places like shorts and woven into the models’ hair. A pair of metallic gold shorts can be surprisingly sophisticated when paired with a tailored black blouse for an evening out. Or, to lightly gild your outfit, try a metallic clutch.

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Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Zac Posen

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Grown-Up Florals

Florals for spring aren’t exactly new, but many designers took the classic print and made it a little more grown-up. I love the structured fabric and longer length at BCBG, and the angular print at Marc by Marc Jacobs is more mod than sweet. Try florals with a dark background to add a bit of edge, or play with proportion by trying an oversized print or something abstract.

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BCBG, Giulietta, BCBG, Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Pure White

Similar to the dramatic black-on-black looks above, designers embraced the lighter non-color en masse. From suits to fairy-like blouses to dead sexy dresses, white was everywhere at fashion week. Try layering slightly different shades of white for a unique, or go for stark matching white separates like at DVF to really stand out.

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Diane von Furstenberg, Herve Leger, Red Valentino, Tracy Reese

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Which look was your favorite? Which ones, if any, will you be wearing this spring?

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One Sundress, Two Ways

One Sundress, Two Ways

 

One of my favorite fashion things to do is take one article of clothing and wear it in two completely different situations. Whether it’s wearing my combat-inspired boots with a babydoll dress or sequins for daytime, I taking clothing out of its usual context and making it new again.

In the collage above, I chose a sundress from the Topshop for Nordstrom collection (love!) and made it work-appropriate. Even though this outfit might not fly in more conservative workplaces, the classic black pumps, cinched belt, and tailored blazer anchor the outfit and keep it from being too cutesy.

For the weekend, I liked the idea of working with the dress’s playfulness and giving it a boho-chic vibe. Leather sandals and a cross-body bag are practical as well as stylish, and I love how the scarf and earrings play up the pretty colors in the dress’s floral pattern.

Now, if only the weather would make up its mind and just stay sunny for a while 🙂

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