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With the summer heat still going strong, I think I speak for all of us when I say I would much rather enjoy my time outside rather than sitting in front of my vanity. So for the ladies that want to look fab without spending the time, here are four flawless faces that you can do in four minutes flat. Yes, four minutes. And since we’re on a time crunch I will be substituting certain steps with multi-taskers or others that are either quicker in order to meet the four minute mark because after all, I’m a makeup artist and not a magician! But for each face, the result will be a fresh face that can be worn to the office, to dinner, or to the beach!
Sultry in Summer
The first look I call Sultry in Summer, and features wing-tipped eyeliner which is a great way to add some drama without adding a lot of time.
I often don’t wear foundation in the summer and instead spot conceal then powder my whole face. So on my own pre-moisturized face, I started by using Bobbi Brown’s Corrector and Creamy Concealer on my under eyes then used that same concealer to spot conceal around my nose and a few blemishes. And instead of using an eye base, I used the concealer on my lids. The more one product can do, the more time I save. Then, using MAC’s 109 brush I buffed powder onto my entire face, using it as a foundation substitute and to mattify that summer shine.
When doing makeup, I always start on the area that I want to be the feature so my next step was my eye liner. Using MAC’s 266 brush and Fluidline in Blacktrack, I started at the center of my lid and made my way out, drawing a straight line. Then, I built up the drama (and you can control how little or much emphasis you want this way) by filling in that line and extending it out on a slight angle. I didn’t go too extreme which makes this eye wearable in the day or at night. For mascara, I skipped the primer and used Lancome’s Definicils for both length and definition. I quickly and lightly hit my cheeks with MAC’s Margin blush using a 116 brush, and glossed my lips using Fusion Beauty’s LipFusion in Crave. And that’s a wrap!
On the lovely Adela, I did a look I call Beautifully Bronzed – a face that belongs at the beach.
Again skipping foundation, I used CoverGirl’s tinted moisturizer all over the face and set it with a translucent powder. By doing this, I combine coverage and moisture saving the ten minute wait time in between and I get the dewy look I love for summer. I wanted to play up her summer tan so we concentrated on bronzer and bronze tones. Using the edges of MAC’s 109 brush, I applied Urban Decay’s Baked Bronzer in Toasted to the hollows of her cheeks and worked my way up to her temples, leaving the apples of her cheeks bare. Switching to a MAC 116 brush, I used the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush and Highlighter in Natural Glow , a glowy bronze shade, which saves me the trouble of getting out my highlighter and blush because it’s all there in one convenient compact. I brushed over the darker side of the compact and applied that color to the apples of her cheeks, then used the other side of my brush and went over the lighter side for my highlight and applied that at the top of her cheekbones. Then using the MAC 129, I blended all three colors together to get a gorgeous shimmery bronze. Since it was all about the tan, I just gave her lashes one coat of the Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing Mascara, glossed up her lips and she was a bronze beauty.
Back to my face, I wanted to do a look that could be worn to a spontaneous dinner out so I came up with the Perfect Pout. By putting a bold color on the lip and making that the focal point, I can easily get away with not putting much else on.
Doing the same spot conceal and powder routine as Sultry in Summer, I was able to move quickly to work on my pout. I decided to use a stain for all of its benefits, one being I can skip the liner! On a bare pair of lips, I started with my upper lip by outlining it first then coloring it in with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker in Purposefully Red. On the lower, I flip the routine by starting in the center of my lip and coloring it in, then drawing my line to define my lips. Doing this gives me the most precise line and saves me the trouble of having to fix any mistakes that could occur with over extending the lip line. Then to really bring on the drama, I topped it off with Dior’s Addict Ultra Gloss in Little Red Dress which brought on the sparkle and shine and also intensified the red stain.
With my pout now perfect, I didn’t have much left to do. A quick coat of Lancome’s Definicils on my lashes and another brush of MAC’s Margin on my cheeks and I was done.
Simple Yet Sophisticated
On the beautiful Maria, The Cos View’s very own Drugstore Diva, I did a look that is Simple Yet Sophisticated using a palette of pink and plum tones. For her look, we wanted to give her everything – eyes, lips, and cheeks – all under four minutes. Working quickly and cleverly, here’s what I did.
A tinted moisturizer all over her face gave us the little coverage she needed as well as gives her moisture and SPF protection. To prevent any shine, I went over with a sheer powder from Bobbi Brown. Since I was applying eye shadow, I primed her lids using Lancome’s Aquatique (my personal favorite eye base) and went over with MAC’s Gleam as both the base and highlight, and contoured with Shale. Her already thick lashes got a dash of Cargo’s Lash Activator and her eyes were set.
For color on her cheeks and lips, and in order to make my four minute mark, I used The Multiple by NARS in Malibu which gave her a gorgeous plum brown. On her cheeks, I simply dabbed her face directly with the product and blended thoroughly with a brush and my finger. On her lips, I topped off Malibu with a dab of iridescent gloss in the center of her bottom lip to complete her look.
You don’t have to spend many of your precious summer moments to get a fresh and flawless face. By combining steps and using multi-taskers, you can be your beautiful best in no time. Do you have any time saving tips?
This article was written by Natasha Kohli, makeup artist and editor of TheCosView.com . Natasha’s philosophy on beauty is to find and then do what makes you feel good and feel gorgeous no matter what it may be, because that’s what this is all about.