Step 1: Moisturize Apply a moisturizer with SPF to help concealer glide on smoothly.
Step 2: Dark Circles & Blemishes Use concealer only where you need it, like on undereye circles and blemishes. Try a creamy formula in a shade that matches your skin tone. Apply in little stripes with a pointed concealer brush. Then blend using your ring finger for the lightest touch, and don’t tug on delicate undereye areas.
Step 3: Base To get perfectly even skin the speedy way, use a foundation stick. It’s easy and gives you plenty precise application. Using the stick like a giant marker, draw thick lines down cheekbones, the sides of your nose and above brows, and blend with your fingers. Spread over your face and down onto your neck using your fingers—the heat from your hands will warm up the foundation and help it glide.
Step 4: Blush Try a cream blush instead for that glow-from-within effect. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, smile to find the core. Blend the color up toward your temples with your fingers. Bright, bold hues like the berry shade can look natural, but if you’re color-shy, build the intensity by gradually layering it on. Tip: Defuse a clownlike situation by applying a bit of foundation over top instead of washing it all off and starting from scratch.
Step 5: Eye Base For pro-looking eye makeup in no time, apply a wash of sheer, shimmery cream shadow from lash lines to brow bones using your pointer finger. Shimmer helps hide stray eyebrow hairs if you don’t have time to tweeze. If your skin is fair, try a silvery white shade. For medium to dark skin tones, opt for a champagne color instead. To get an extra bright-eyed effect, dot the color onto the inner corners of your eyes too. If your lids tend to be on the oilier side, use a primer all over them first to help shadow last.
Step 6: Eye Depth Use bronze and gold cream shadows to give eyes more depth. Apply the bronze shade in your creases with a flat shadow brush for more control, and use your fingers to smudge it down over the lids—avoiding the brow bones. There shouldn’t be any harsh lines or stripes of color, it should look blended and effortless. To make everything budge-proof the cream with a matching powder eyeshadow, or dust a colorless translucent powder on top. To make eyes look even bigger, pat some gold cream shadow onto the centers of your lids and run a little along your lower lash lines with your finger or a small brush. Using gold under eyes looks luminous; darker shades can draw attention to undereye circles.
Step 7: Add Definition For more intensity, rim your upper lash lines with a brown or black liner pencil and smudge it upward with your shadow brush. Then set with the same powder eyeshadow used in the previous step. Finish off with two coats of mascara on top and bottom—focusing on the outer lashes with the tip of the wand. If your brows aren’t as full, lightly fill in any gaps with a pencil. To give eyes an even bigger boost, use an eyelash curler before you apply mascara. Start as close to the roots of your lashes as possible and gently pulse the curler forward bit by bit to the ends.
Step 8: Lips If your lips are dry or at all chapped, gently buff with a damp washcloth and apply lip balm. Let it sink in well, and blot with a tissue if it feels slippery. Using a strawberry-color lipstick apply it to the center of your mouth. Blend the lipstick out over your lips, patting the color on with your fingertip to help it last. To amp up things for nighttime, add a layer of gloss for extra shine.