Hey, girls. Do you ever have those days (or weeks!) when everything in your beauty routine goes to hell in a handbasket? Suckage, right?
MBB reader Leah sent me a note asking for help handling those bad beauty days.
I’ve been having a rough beauty week. My skin is all wonky, my hair has been a super mess, my skin is dry, etc. I need your routine for those bad beauty days when nothing seems to be going right.
Heya, Leah. I really wish I could claim to be one of those girls who never had days like that — you know, the gals who manage to look flawless from head to toe with perfect hair/skin/makeup 365 days a year? Yeah, I am sooo not that girl.
When I’m having a bad beauty day and feeling tow’ up from the flo’ up, I go back to basics.
Hair: On bad beauty days, the ponytail is my best friend.
I’ll do one of two hairstyles…
If I have at least 10 minutes, I’ll flat iron a few sections in the front and on the top of my hair to smooth things out. Then, I’ll work a defrizzing product like Bumble & Bumble Brillantine ($20) through those sections to add some shine and finish. I’ll then pull my hair with a low ponytail and throw on a headband. Fast and chic.
If I’m more pressed for time and only have a minute or two to get ready, I’ll put my mane into a ponytail and hide everything beneath a cute hat. I’ll grab some big hoop earrings (to draw attention away from everything else) and bolt out the door.
Skin: When my skin breaks out I reach for the same tried and true products I’ve been using for years.
To cleanse, tone and moisturize, I like gentle products and rely on Philosophy Purity Made Simple face wash ($20), Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion ($11), Shiseido SPF 55 Sunblock ($37) and Dermalogica Active Moist ($50) for night.
I’ll also add some pimple fighting treatments that I know won’t dry me out, like Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment ($7).
Makeup: I’ll stick to the bare minimum.
Next, I’ll add a little color by sweeping cream blush on my cheeks and applying a shimmery gloss to my lips. Lately, I’ve been really loving NARS The Multiple Orgasm cream blush ($45) and Chanel Tangerine Dream Aqualumiere lipgloss ($25).
To finish, I’ll blot away any shine with some blotting paper; I like MAC Blot Film ($12.50).
That’s my easy-peasy makeup routine, and it only takes five minutes.
Other stuff: I’ve noticed that drinking lots of water and getting a good cardio session in also makes a huge difference in my skin and my attitude when I’m feeling kinda blah.
Ladies, let’s give Leah a helping hand. What is your “bad day” beauty routine? Please share it in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,