Maybe it’s because I’m subconsciously preparing myself for when Baby Girl arrives and I don’t have any time whatsoever to do my makeup, but for the past few weeks, I’ve had NO energy or patience whatsoever to do any makeup look that takes more than 15 minutes. And that’s a totally weird thing for me because I usually love sitting in front of the mirror with all of my colors and my brushes and just going to town for freaking hours.
I’m assuming it’s just a phase, but it’s also been a rapid-response 15-minute learning experience, and knowledge is power, right? 🙂
Here’s what I’ve learned so far…
It helps to let go of the idea of “perfect makeup”
For this 15-minute makeup look I used a few products from Clinique, namely their Pretty Easy Eye Palette ($44.50), Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen ($19.50) and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara ($17), and even though I think it’s a fully functional look, now that I look closely at the pictures, I see things I could have fixed, like, I could’ve blended out the shadow in the outer corner a little better and perhaps thickened the liner on that end.
I also could’ve spent more time on my brows and used a lash primer before my mascara to make my lashes look longer and thicker, but ya know what? I had a schedule. After my 15 minutes was up, I just let it go…
And that’s the big thing I’ve learned about 15-minute makeup looks so far — to give up on the idea of perfect makeup, which, I know, sounds blasphemous. 🙂
But seriously, sometimes good enough is good enough, and a lot of the time, the little imperfections are only noticeable by hardcore makeup people, and only if they’re studying your face intensely.
Of course, it is those little extra touches — like blending everything to perfection, having a strong-@ss brow game and drawing eyeliner so sharp that it could cut glass — that turn an everyday look into something truly special, and those are all great when you have the time and energy for them, but when you don’t…that’s cool, too.
You can usually get away with much less than you think
“Uh…what do you mean I don’t have to wear four colors on my lids!?”
Yup, sometimes you can wear two. Or even one.
I KNOW! Mind blown. 🙂
And sometimes you can even skip primer, highlighter, bronzer or whatever other little extras you usually do. Everything will be OK.
If something doesn’t turn out the way you want, adjust your plan
There’s always a way to either fix a mistake or adapt to it and salvage a look, like, with this look, I’d originally planned to do winged liner…
Now, I don’t know why I thought I could do winged liner with a pen I’ve never used before and be able to finish in less than 15 minutes, because of course I couldn’t. When I started lining my lash lines, the liner on my right eye ended up OK, but the left side was a little jagged. Thankfully, instead of freaking out and trying to fix it, I changed my game plan.
I dipped an angled brush into the dark plum shade in the Clinique Easy Eye Palette, wet it, then ran it along the edge of the line to smooth out the jagged parts. I just skipped the wing and went with a liner with a soft edge instead.
Improv and imagination are your beauty best friends
With a little improv and imagination, you can usually use a product for something other than what it was designed for, and you can always cut corners to save time when you want to/have to.
When I was putting on my makeup for these pics, the whole thing with the liner ended up taking more time than I anticipated, so I improvised for my cheeks. Instead of bronzing first, then applying blush, I just mixed my blush and bronzer together and swept that combo on my cheeks.
Improvisation is your friend, yo! 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,