I usually start thinking about Sunday brunch around Thursday…
OK, you got me — Monday afternoon! 🙂 What can I say? I really, REALLY like Sunday brunch. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, brunch is my favorite meal of the day, and I look forward to it all week long.
As for my makeup for brunch, the effort I put into it varies, depending on whether I’m hungry enough to gnaw on my arm. Sometimes I’m so ravenous by brunch time that I don’t care about my makeup at all, and I’ll leave the house with a bare face, wearing stretchy pants and a sweatshirt covered in cat hair from head to toe (of course).
But when I’m not completely starving and have a little extra time to get ready, or when I’ll be meeting friends, I will try harder…but not too much harder. It is brunch after all. 🙂 And who wants to deal with falsies and winged liner on a Sunday morning? NOT THIS GIRL. Plus, I gotta save mental energy for the difficult brunch decisions like, “Should I get pancakes, French toast or both??”
When I have decided to put in a little effort, that usually involves putting on a pair of dark blue skinnies, a v-neck tee, my favorite cropped black leather jacket and my cat Vans. My hair goes up into a purposefully messy pony, studs go in my ears, and a dainty necklace goes ’round my neck. Then I’ll do a warm, glowing makeup look like the one I’m wearing here.
With brunch makeup, or other looks that are similarly minimal, I think it’s important to choose one thing you want to emphasize, and then scale back everything else. For brunch, I like to focus on my skin, and I’ll aim for slightly warm and glowing. Then I’ll scale back on other stuff like mascara and liner to save effort and time.
I like this one because it doesn’t look too heavy and doesn’t have any harsh lines, and I can do the blending with my fingers in about 10 minutes.
For this here look, you’ll need the following (of course, on this makeup menu, substitutions are allowed)…
- A tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream, or a sheer foundation that you can blend with your fingers
- A concealer that you can blend with your fingers
- A brow gel — clear or tinted is up to you — but I like tinted because I can use it to fill in the sparse spots in my brows
- A coppery cream eyeshadow with a hint of shimmer that you can blend with fingers
- A peachy golden cream liquid highlighter that — yup, you guessed it! — you can blend with your fingers
- A sheer peach pink gloss
- A moderately pigmented peachy pink blush that’s also easy to blend, so you don’t have to spend a ton of time buffing your rouge because, hello! — pancakes are waiting
Now that we have our brunch beauty tools, let’s do this. 🙂
On freshly washed skin, start by applying your tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream, or your sheer foundation using your fingers.
Next, hide any dark circles or discolorations with concealer, and I usually do this under my eyes and around my nostrils.
Brush your brow gel through your brows and, if you need to, curl your lashes.
Apply your creamy copper eyeshadow on your lids from lash line to brown bone, and then soften the edges with a finger.
Dot your highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your Cupid’s bow, and once again, blend that ish with your paws!
Slick a little lip gloss on your lips…
And finish with blush.
Now you’re ready for brunch! Bring on the noms…
Makeup worn in this look
- MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
- Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in 10
- Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Dark
- Clinique Chubby Stick in Ample Amber
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
- MAC Plushglass in Big Baby
- Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop
So, brunch. What’s the best brunch you’ve ever had? Inquiring minds want to know…
Your friendly neighborhood
beauty brunch addict,