Pro Tips | 5 minute face

I try to put in at least a little effort to get ready everyday even if it's a stay home with the kiddos schedule. Usually I can manage to change clothes + brush my teeth + curl or straighten my hair (unless it held over from the day before) + this 5 minute face. (I timed it!)

As a general rule, these 5 makeup steps will make the biggest difference for most women. If you try it out and feel like it doesn't quite work for you, shoot me a no makeup picture and we'll chat.

Update ~ Shaggy brows have been waxed and groomed after these pictures were taken.


Step 1 ~ Even out skin tone | 1 :30
Foundation in all formulas should give you an even palate to work with. Don't count on it to give you color, that's what blush and bronzer are for. For me this means tinted moisturizer/bb creme (Light) if we're staying around the house or loose powder mineral foundation (Porcelain).


Step 2 ~ Highlight your cheeks and cheekbones with bronzer or blush | 0:30
Some skin tones look most natural with a pinky blush while others need to go with a bronzer. Try both out to see what seems to match your natural flush. Usually I do a muted pink blush (Mimosa). If you're unsure, feel free to send me a pic!


Step 3 ~ BROWS | 0:30
Whether you wax, tweeze, sugar, tint, draw on, tattoo, or fill in, be sure that your natural brow shape is well defined. Eyebrows frame the face and definitely draw others' eyes to your own. Plus it gives you a great outline for where to put eye shadow when you want to do more. I use a clean, disposable mascara wand to brush them in the direction they grow, then a flat, angled brush with a cool, deep brown eye shadow (Brunette).


Step 4 ~ Mascara | 2 minutes
Next to eyebrows, mascara will do the most to help you look awake and refreshed. Fake it 'til you make it. Find a mascara you love and take the 2 minutes to do it right. My all time favorite for everyday is Blinc Amplified (Black).


Step 5 ~ Lips | 30 seconds
Lip gloss or lipstick will give instant warmth and color. The color you pick is of course up to you just be sure it compliments your skin tone. Pay attention to your natural lip color to determine if you need something super sheer or more pigmented. My go to is a mid-tone pink (Parfait) with no shimmer, just shine.

I'd love to see a photo of your 5 minute face! If you want to try any of the products I use, send me a note and we'll set up a time to play with colors that are right for you!

Makeover Monday | Joanna

I'm so happy to introduce you to one of my family's favorite ladies! Joanna can handle our 3 year old + 19 month old twins and make their time something magical. She is a great friend and reminds me so much of my big sister, it's like I'm hanging out with both of them at the same time! It was so fun to spend time together (with no children) and talk about all things makeup and home. (I believe they live in my dream home complete with a secret kitchen pantry.)

Joanna's biggest makeup issue was that she never really knew what to use/do for her eyes. This is usually the number one request for most of my lessons. Her current eye makeup routine involves eyeliner. Done.

Joanna's concerns: what to do when skin starts showing signs of aging. How to take makeup from everyday to date night.

My goals: Keep Joanna looking like the best version of herself. Draw attention to her deep blue eyes. Make sure she doesn't feel painted.

Everyday Makeup: tinted primer | loose powder mineral foundation | creamy concealer | deep bronzer | deep brown shadow for brows | mid-tone brown shimmer eye shadow | mascara | medium true pink lip gloss

Date Night: start with the everyday and add in or substitute | muted medium pink blush | deep purple eye shadow for more defined crease | bold pink lip gloss


Makeover Monday | Jan

In favor of keeping it real over here, I did a little makeover on myself to give you all an idea of what everyday looks like for me.

Makeup took about 5 minutes minus mascara. I was trying out a new one that has a bit of a learning curve so that added an extra 3-4 minutes. Hair took about 15 minutes and it was all done together because the babies decided to sleep until 9:00am. What?!! Otherwise this would be spread out over breakfast and naptime.

My Goals: even out a droopy eyelid (left eye), look like I got more than 6 hours of sleep, fake-it-til-you-make-it, and get it all done before a kid needs something.

Makeup: Tined Moisturizer | all-over mineral powder foundation | blush on apples of the cheeks only | copper eye shadow to balance out eyelids | skin tone shimmer shadow on lid and brow to blend | bright, sheer pink lip gloss so I look alive | mascara after curling lashes

Hair took about 15 minutes. This is an everyday style for me because it lasts 2-3 days before I wash and do it again. It was already dry so I did a little Aquage Sea Extend Silkening Oil then curled with my super fancy Conair clamp curling iron. If I have to blow it dry, add another 20 minutes. Then it's not everyday. I'm currently in a wash at night, curl in the morning phase of life. Thanks tiny humans.

Big kudos to these two movie stars. They passed on some pretty good hair genes that can handle washing every 3-4 days. Thanks Mom and Dad!

circa 1976

circa 1976