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BEAUTY TUTORIAL:  Five-Minute Fresh Face

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Whether you have kids or not, we all get tired.  And when we’re tired, we look tired.  Since becoming a Mom, I have found that adding a really fast and simply makeup routine to my morning helps energize me and feel instantly better about the day ahead.  Fake it ’til you make it!  Today I’m sharing my Five-Minute Fresh Faced makeup look with you!  It’s a natural and pretty “barely there” application that will have you looking like you rested all weekend. 

The products I use for this makeup look create the base for all of the more involved makeup I wear as well! It’s nice to have a fresh and basic daytime face that can transition easily to night if you bump up the eye or lip a bit.  (You can add a fabulous bright lip to this exact look for an understated glam daytime look as well!) Below are the steps for my favorite Five-Minute Fresh Face:

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STEP 1:  Apply concealer under the eyes or in any problem areas.  I sometimes add a little in to the creases on the sides of my nose.  Blend well.  

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 STEP 2:  Apply a mineral foundation over the entire face.  I use a mineral foundation brush, and buff the powder in to my face in circular motions.  This is a pretty foolproof type of makeup to use, and never looks heavy-handed.

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STEP 3:  Contour the cheekbones,  and under the jaw bone with a matte bronzer.  This will make your face appear slimmer and more defined– I swear by this trick!
For the cheekbones: make a fish face and then lightly brush the bronzer in to the hollows beneath your cheekbones, making sure to blend well. 
For the jaw bone:  take the bronzer and dust it just around the rim of the jawbone, from behind your ear, all the way under the chin, and up beneath the other ear.  Blend downwards towards the neck, and make sure to buff it out well.  (TIP: Beware of toddlers ready to pounce on your makeup brushes!  Toddlers apparently LOVE makeup brushes. )

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STEP 4:  Add color with blush! Use a rosy color to dust on the apples of your cheeks, blending up your cheekbones towards your temple.

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STEP 5:  Perfect those brows! This is the step that take the longest for me, but it’s important to take your time.  I need to fill my brows, and I do it with a waterproof, light brown eyebrow pencil.  I first follow the upper line of the brows and then go back in and lightly fill the shape.  If you don’t need pencil, just use a little tinted brow gel to make them look groomed.  Brows do so much to make your makeup look come together!

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STEP 6:  Curl and coat your lashes!  Make sure to clamp your curler down for at least ten seconds on each eye to make the curl hold.  Then, apply the mascara.  I swipe it on the tips of my lashes first, and then start down at the bottom and go over the whole lash again. 

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STEP 7:  Highlight that glow!  I love using highlighter because I think it really helps me look awake and revitalized…even when I didn’t sleep, and spent the morning cleaning puréed kale out of my kitchen grout.  Just dot this highlighter three times on your brow bones, and three times on the highest part of your cheekbones.  Blend well. 

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And that’s it! FINISHED! Enjoy your faux glow!

xoxo
EAM

Photography by Nina Suh for Love And Lemonade Photography

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10 Comments

  1. Brittany says:

    Love!!! But let’s be honest, even before the makeup you look gorgeous! 🙂

    09.18.15 Reply
    • Happily Eva After says:

      Brittany,
      Thank you! But in fact that is just nice lighting and a great photographer. All tired moms look a little crazy! hahah
      xoxo
      EAM

      09.19.15 Reply
  2. Lili says:

    Great tips! Which eyebrow pencil is that? For some reason the link’s not working for me.

    09.18.15 Reply
  3. Mel says:

    Me too! I’d love to see what pencil that is- I keep coming back to see if the link is fixed. :). Btw, love you and you’re blog, you’re rocking it!

    09.19.15 Reply
    • Happily Eva After says:

      Lili & Mel,
      The link is now fixed! But the pencil is Tarte waterproof Amazonian Clay eyebrow pencil
      xoxo
      EAM

      09.21.15 Reply
      • Lili says:

        Thanks Eva!

        09.21.15 Reply
  4. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for this! Thankfully I was born with long eyelashes but they stick straight out and even though I use an eyelash curler everyday, they go straight as soon as I put mascara on. Today I tried holding the curler for 10 seconds like you said and would you believe hours later, they are still curled WITH mascara on! Thank you! It’s life changing! Well maybe not but I’m still pretty pumped about it 🙂

    09.20.15 Reply
    • Happily Eva After says:

      Lisa,
      YAY! Isn’t it amazing how sometimes one simple thing can make all the difference?
      xoxo
      EAM

      09.21.15 Reply
  5. Tricia says:

    Is there a big difference between using a regular bronzer and the matte one? I’m a tired mom of 2 toddlers so I use bronzer to make me look awake, but then I feel really shiny!! And what makeup brushes do you recommend? I wish I could just buy it all together 😀

    09.22.15 Reply
  6. Sara Palacios says:

    You are gorgeous!! I need to get better about spending a little time on me in the morning. It seems like I am always going-going-going….gone! Thanks for this, Eva!

    09.24.15 Reply