Dear Perpetually Late Self (yep, that’s you, Karen),
Duuuuuuude. Sometimes you really surprise me.
I used to think your best idea was dumping that guy you met dancing in that cage at the club, because really now, what kind of future can you have with a cage-dancing, club-hopping, Kangol-hat wearing player?
But this? Using your iPhone’s timer to track how much time you’re spending on your makeup? That’s brilliant. Your best idea yet.
I don’t know how you came up with it (perhaps you got tired of being late for, like, everything?), but in just a couple months it’s already saved you about a zillion hours.
And setting the phone’s Auto-Lock feature to “Never” was a pretty good idea. That way the phone didn’t even go to sleep. All you had to do was set the timer for 30 minutes and click “Start.”
Earlier this week I tried a 15-minute MAC Divine Night look. Today I gave myself a little more time…
Today you gave yourself 30 minutes to get your face on using the new MAC Divine Night collection and — “WOOP! WOOP!” — you actually did it.
Minutes 30:00-20:00 — Face
I like that you started with the basics — primer, foundation, concealer, powder and brows. You got your skin finished first, so if something unexpected had come up, at least you were done with that.
20:00-5:00 — Eyes
For your eyes, you went with a shadow duo — purple and pink Mineralize Eye Shadow in Past Midnight — which seems wise because you were in a hurry. I remember you mentioning the duo before and how it had very little fallout and was easy to blend. Those things always save time. And when I saw that you decided to do a simple smokey eye, I thought, “Good call.”
Using MAC Feline Kohl all over your lids as a base made sense. The super creamy, easy-to-blend formula makes quick work of smokey eyes.
Oh, and patting the purple shade from Past Midnight directly on top? I couldn’t figure out why you did that at first, but then it hit me — the black base intensified the purple, and because Past Midnight’s finely blended powder was so easy to blend, you weren’t spending forever and a day buffing out the edges with your tapered 224.
When it comes to gradients, I’m with you, man! I’m obsessed. You could’ve stopped before that point, but you decided to go for it. You patted the lighter pink shade from Past Midnight in the center of your lids (with the same 239 brush, I noted, just flipped over) and created that gradient that moves from light to dark.
Then you applied two coats of mascara and lined your upper and lower water lines with Feline Kohl.
Not bad for 15-minute eyes!
Minutes 5:00-0:00 — Cheeks and Lips
By that time the clock had run down to five minutes, but you didn’t panic. Since you spent most of the 30 minutes on your face and eyes, you went easier on your cheeks, buffing Talk of the Town Mineralize Blush on the apples.
Good thing you used a MAC 109 to apply it, because Talk of the Town’s powder grains are a little fluffy. If you’d used something with a larger, less dense brush head, you might’ve ended up with powder all over the place (even up in your hairline).
Ha! — and I know you too well. You couldn’t resist blending out the edges of that smokey eye a little more with your MAC 224 loaded with Talk of the Town Blush. I do that trick all the time when I don’t have a transition color nearby.
The lips looked easy. Shiny nude Flair For Finery Lipstick topped with the Cremesheen Glass of the same name.
Good job! Now that you’re all gussied up, can I drive us to DSW? It feels like a great night to go shopping for boots.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,