My attitude towards makeup has shifted so much as I’ve gotten older. Easy, quick, effortless and imperfect is how I like my makeup now. I think there’s something sexy and womanly about imperfect makeup because it exudes confidence. It’s kinda like saying to the world – “I don’t need to try that hard to feel good in my skin” – which is a beautiful thing IMO. So for my birthday this past weekend, I pulled together this easy makeup look in five minutes for perhaps the last “adult fine dining” experience my hubs and I will have for a while (once baby girl arrives) at Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas. #fancy!
Three products is all it took to smoke out my eyes. No brushes necessary, just two fingers for blending.
I used Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow in Instinct hastily blended with my fingers in a circular motion around my eyes building the intensity. I love this color! It’s a soft or deep mocha depending on how much you apply with a hint of shimmer.
Next, I heavily lined my eyes with Lancome Drama Liquid Pencil in Noir . I got a sample size of this eye pencil in a Sephora VIB Rouge 500 pt package. It’s creamy, charcoal-like and able to blend out easily with fingertips. TIP: This is a great pencil for creating a smoky look since the pencil smudges easily, but I would not recommend this pencil for daily use. It’s creamy so it will move around on your during the day if you aren’t wearing eyeshadow to hold it in place.
Lastly, I applied 3x coats of YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara. When I first bought this mascara, I wasn’t a fan of it, but I’m slowly started to love it. It’s very dry due to being waterproof and flakes easily. But it doesn’t smudge, lasts all night and is great for bottom lashes!
You can tell by how messy and smudged these palettes are that they are well loved!
When it comes to foundation, I’m a devotee to the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation. It has a lightweight feel, while providing exceptional sheer to medium buildable coverage. But the main reason I love it so much is that it doesn’t break out my highly reactive skin! I use a blender brush for a light application or my fingers for a heavier coverage to apply this foundation. It even works as a great under eye concealer when applied with fingertips!
For blush, I dab the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Precious on the apples of my cheeks for a youthful glow. This blush blends in seamlessly with the foundation making application a less than 20 second thing. I’m warm skin toned, so this soft coral color looks best on me. (Find out if you’re cool or warm skin toned and how knowing can help you pick out the right blush – read here.)
My lips have lost so much color over the years. I’m sure smoking cigarettes (what was I thinking?!) and sun tanning have contributed to their loss of luster. So wearing a long-lasting stain is necessary. I love the Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liners. They seriously LAST all night long, through meals, drinks, talking, whatever. They don’t budge. I always opt for the color 15C; it’s a soft, neutral pink that looks like the lip color I naturally had when I was sixteen.
To finish off my easy makeup look, I kept with the lazy trend and just twisted my hair up into a low bun and curled my front two long bang sections with a 2” curling iron barrel. And voila!
*I’ve said this before, but I’ll totally say it again and again and AGAIN. A great haircut can cut down on styling time so much! If you’re a lazy girl like me and want easy styling (aka, do nothing except air dry it and twist it into a low bun or wear it loose for soft waves) invest in a good haircut.
I used to always think that my hair was heavy, lifeless and required lots of stilling to make it look good, but discovered recently that this is so far from the truth. When Kristen Shaw, stylist and found of Venice, CA boutique salon, The Cabin, gave me the cut of my life, I realized how life changing a good haircut can be.
Written and photographed by Amy Chang, founder + editor