We don’t always have time for a full face of makeup during that morning rush.
You know, those special days when you wake up and have to rush out the door and don’t have time to moisturize, prime, layer on concealer & foundation and get that face ready for the office.
However, there are some key things you can do or have with you that could help make your daily morning makeup routine effortless.
There are a lot of beauty tips you can carry around in your bag but here are a few that will keep you beautiful from the bedroom to the boardroom.
Yes, I know this sounds counter productive but it is actually better to use stronger face washes, scrubs, or in my case, my trusty clarisonic before going to sleep because while you sleep, your skin regenerates, reestablishes its pH, and increases collagen production.
Why would you want to strip away all this goodness? The only exception to this rule if you didn’t get all your makeup off the night before – we have all been here – when the 3 meter trek from your bed to the bathroom starts looking like a marathon.
My dresser is where products go to die. Sad, desolate jars of product literally piled on top of one another, yet I can never bring myself to throw them away (you never know when tea tree oil will become the most sought after ingredient!).
Even with all these products, I almost exclusively use natural shea butter; that smelly, sticky, chunk of earthly goodness works absolute wonders on my skin. It may not be for everyone, but the point I am making is – find something that adds moisture to your skin and stick to it.
There are a lucky few of you who are biologically blessed with perfect skin, but for the rest of us, foundation is absolutely key.
I like using a light to medium coverage foundation so I don’t feel like I am wearing theatrical makeup all day. Plus the Nigerian sun doesn’t play games. I default to my House of Tara Flawless Foundation. It is build-able and leaves a natural dewy finish.
You know, the one you would take with you on a stranded island if you only had one choice.
For me it is eye-liner; without it, people come up to me and ask if I’m ‘tired’ (it’s usually 9AM when they ask this). Whatever it is for you, use it! Even if you don’t have time/want to wear a full face of makeup, you will find that with it, you feel more confident to tackle the day’s challenges.
You never know when you are going to need to give an interview, be photographed or go straight to an event from work etc., that is why you should always have a few makeup essentials in your handbag.
Sometimes the walk from your car to a building on an especially hot day can result in a sweaty, shiny face so always have the tools you need for a touch up.
I cannot stress how important it is to drink water through out the day.
Our bodies lose large amounts of water each day but more so when we live in a tropical country such as this one. Our skin especially, needs the moisture to stay healthy and supple. I don’t know if what they say about water making your skin glow is true, but I do know that more water I drink, the better my skin (and makeup) looks.
If you have any beauty tips for the woman on the go, don’t forget to share. Have a great day.
By Temi Akingbe