Minimal Makeup Look


By, Kelsey Morales | Writer

February 3, 2016

As high school students approach college with each passing year, stakes are raised and ambition heightens. Class schedules and extracurricular activities begin to dominate free time, and there’s little time to spare for anything not related to school. With zero period classes beginning at an unforgiving 6:40 a.m. and eighth periods that can run until 10 p.m., getting up and out of our cozy beds on a frigid winter morning is near impossible. But it’s important to keep up appearances and continue to take care of ourselves.

Junior IB Diploma candidate Caitlyn Vilar explains, “I either have to get up really early to do my makeup, or I wake up later and on apply the basics to save time.” For many students, there’s little time to spare, especially in the morning, for a well-executed makeup look. In order to combat this cruel lack of time, I suggest a minimal makeup look.

After having torn yourself away from a warm bed and any hope for more than a handful of hours of sleep, it’s time to get moving. Wash and cleanse your face as you normally would, and moisturize with a glycerin based product like the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer (it will help your foundation last to its maximum ability). I recommend applying a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, like the Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector with a damp cosmetic sponge for a natural finish. This brand ensures that you can achieve a good amount of coverage without the heaviness of a full-coverage foundation. It’s important to start by setting the BB cream in a place with translucent powder to ensure it doesn’t transfer throughout the day. Next, its advisable to use concealer to cover the dark under eye area, as it induces a brightening effect able to counteract dark circles. I suggest the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer. To add dimension to the face, apply bronzer to the cheeks and temples, and then dust a small amount of blush onto the apples of your cheeks, giving the appearance of a delicate flush.

For eyes, I recommend keeping it simple by applying a transition shade to the crease to add depth and a thin line of brown or black eyeliner along the upper lash line to give the appearance of thicker lashes. Apply two coats of your favorite mascara and pop on some tinted lip balm to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day.

Now that you look a little more awake, head out the door and you’re ready to face the day.

1 Comment on Minimal Makeup Look

  1. I love how this article offers advice for one of the many struggles of getting ready with a pressed amount of time. Well written and very helpful!

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