Simple Makeup Regimen

A simple everyday makeup regimen to help you save time and money while still looking beautiful.

You want to look your best, but you don't want to spend an hour in front of the mirror every morning.Having a simple everyday makeup regimen can help you stream line the process of getting ready and save you money on unneeded products.

First, the most important step is taking care of the skin on your face.You'll need a good daily cleanser and a weekly mask, or you may opt for an all-in-one exfoliating cleanser with gentle scrubbing beads.You should wash your face morning and night with using a gentle wash cloth.Try baby wash clothes for the gentlest fabric.If you're over 30 you might want to add home microdermabrasion scrubs and a special eye cream to your regimen.

Always apply moisturizer after cleansing your face - morning and night.During the daytime you also need protection from the sun in the form of sunscreen.Another way to combine several products into one is to use a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of 20 or higher.

Otherwise, you'll need a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation for the most even skin tone and canvas for your makeup.

Sticking to the basics, you'll want to highlight your eyes and lips with liner pencils.Brown eyeliner should be applied to your entire upper lid as close to the eyelashes as possible.You can then use feather strokes and smudging to enhance the under eye area.Be aware that small eyes appear even smaller when completely circled with eyeliner.So just stick to lining your upper lids unless you already have large eyes.Lipliner will help your lips look fuller and your lipstick stay on or it can be used alone with a little chapstick for a beautiful natural look.Line your lips just outside their natural area and fill in your entire lip with the liner pencil.

Brush a little neutral colored eyeshadow across your lids to help keep your eyeliner from looking too stark and to give your eyes a polished look.A shade lighter than your skin can help eyes appear brighter and larger, but avoid very white colors, as the contrast may look odd.You may want to use dual colors and create an accent along the crease of your eyelids expanding into a triangle at the corners of your eyes.

If your face is a little full, you may want to consider using a blusher to accent your cheekbones.Otherwise, skip this step for everyday makeup.

A light dusting of translucent powder and you're ready for the finishing touches.

Brush on two coats of dark mascara.Choose one that has a thin and not clumpy formula.You might also want to use an eyelash brush to separate lashes and keep them looking natural.

A slash of lipstick or gloss and your own your way.Here's a shopping list to make sure you have the basics:

Exfoliating cleanser (or cleanser and mask)

Tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 (or moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation)

Eyeliner pencil

Lipliner pencil

Neutral shade(s) eyeshadow and brush

Translucent powder and brush


Lipstick or gloss

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