I got a late start to my day today. As a senior in college, I intentionally scheduled only late classes, which has done wonders for my sleep schedule (and my beauty routine). Anyway, after starting laundry, taking the little miss on a walk, and changing into real people clothes, it was time to do my makeup. When I looked at the clock, I realized I didn’t have near as much time as I would have liked to have to put on my face. I thought about doing my very minimal routine, which I will go over one of these days. But I wanted something a little more involved. I needed the stress relief of doing a light, daytime smokey eye. It just makes me feel better.
So, instead of going about my day naked-faced or with the bare minimum, I decided to do my Half-Lazy Routine, as I’m now calling it. I save this routine for mornings like this, when I feel the need have a little more flare, but I don’t have a whole lot of time. Today, the Half-Lazy Routine took me just over 12 minutes from start to finish.
I began using my favorite moisturizer, Burt’s Bees Intense Moisture Day Lotion, followed by the Urban Decay Pore Perfection Primer Potion to smooth out those little annoying craters in my t-zone. Regardless of what your routine is, I highly recommend some form of moisturizer and primer. These kinds of products help your skin look healthier and smoother with very minimal effort (my favorite amount of effort). I followed these base products with my Benefit Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation. On quick mornings such as these, I don’t bother with a liquid foundation brush. My hands are much quicker and provide a more natural look. Just make sure your hands are clean! You don’t want to transfer any of the unseen gunk on your fingers to your face. I then set the liquid foundation with a little Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation, putting a little more in my particularly slick t-zone and tapering it as I brush towards the edges of my face. To add a little color, I like to put a little bronzer just below my cheek bones for a very lazy contour. Another option for adding color to your skin would be a light amount of blush dusted outward from the apples of the cheeks.
Following the face comes the fun part: the eyes, also known as the windows to the soul. I absolutely love using my Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette for everything from basic, every day eyes to deep, dark smokey eyes when I go out. Today, I picked a light smokey eye. As I was wearing a black shirt, I decided to stick with cool, metallic colors. As my base, I apply “High”, a pale, shimmery nude color, to my eyelid. I follow the shimmer with an even lighter, but matte shade called “Thirteen” on my brow bone. This is how I start almost any eye from this palette. I then applied the shiny, chrome-like shade “Armor” to the outer part of the crease on my eyelid, as well as on the outer edge of the eyelid. I also use an eyeliner brush to apply it to the outer edge of my lower-lid, just below my lashes. I also like to highlight the inner corner of my eye with the “High” shade. After blending my eyeshadow, I used the black NYX eyeliner pencil along the top of my lash-line and created a subtle wing by continuing the line straight out and slightly angled up from the outer corner of my eye. The wing is way easier to accomplish with a pencil, as you have more control. However, it isn’t near as bold or rich in color. For my lashes, I generally layer two different mascaras. My base is Maybeline’s Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express, which works really well to separate the lashes and add initial volume. I top this off Too-Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which is a holy grail product for me. It adds insane amounts of volume and length, but doesn’t clump. It really is (almost) better than sex. Finally, I put some curtains on the windows to the soul by adding a little definition to my eyebrows. When I don’t want a particularly bold brow, like today, I use Benefit’s Gimme Brow to add a little color, fill in the thin spots, and add shape. Eyebrows, to me anyway, are an important, albeit subtle, part of your face. When my eyebrows are off, it sets a bad platform for the rest of my day. After all of this is done, in minute twelve of this process that, when written out, looks way more complicated than it is in real life, I set everything, as I always do, with Urban Decay’s De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. It keeps everything in place, allowing everything for my day to be in place.
So that’s it, my twelve minute Half-Lazy morning routine. Now that I wrote it all out, it seems rather involved. But I promise you, it’s really pretty simple! So next time you have twelve minutes, or less if you’re really good, try to add a little flare to your eye and color to your cheeks. If you’re anything like me, it’ll be a satisfying way to start your day!