The basics, the staples, the quick look…we’ve got a lot of different names for our favorite few products that we need to include in our look, even if those are the only ones we use at all! The popular term these days for a stripped-down look like this is known as ‘no-makeup makeup’ but we’re over that phrase aren’t we? The idea is, these are going to be the products that you’ll need in your routine, whether you prefer a lesser look on the daily, or something easy for when you don’t have the time to fulfill your dramatic duties for the day. You can call it the “I’m going to be late for work but still want to look good” look; the “I’m all out of product and I have to work with what I have before I go online shopping again” look; or the “I just don’t feel like a full face today” look. You get the point, right?
This look is only FOUR products — yep, you read that correctly. Four. How’s that sound for when you want to keep it short and sweet? And if you’re an expert this might take you far less than 10 minutes (we’ve gotten it down to 5).
Of course, you’ll want to start with a clean canvas to ensure this look will last as long as possible. Make sure you’ve washed your face, moisturized, or prepped your face in whatever way you regularly do in your routine!
Foundation – This is an essential part of any look, so we say its a keeper. Foundation helps to even out your skin tone, cover any blemishes or discoloration, and in turn will help you to look more lively and awake. We prefer to apply with a Beauty Blender, as it is more forgiving than a brush, which can leave streaky lines (especially if you’re in a hurry). Try out our Natural Foundation to achieve this look.
Blush – Blush is essential to add some color to your face, and give you a rosy, healthy glow. Putting on foundation can even out your skin tone, but naturally, our skin has slightly different shades in different areas, and using only foundation can leave your face looking a bit stark and washed out. So pick a rosy blush to add some color and liven that face up. This may be a small step, but it’s an important one! It took us years to realize how much blush could add to your look, and now we’ll never go back! Try our Mineral Powder Blush for that rosy glow.
Eyebrows – If you do a face of makeup and leave your brows untouched, you’ll probably look a little crazy. Especially after applying foundation, product can attach to your brows and leave them looking lighter, and the no-eyebrow look is definitely a no-no. Your brows are one of the most important parts of your face – they frame your eyes, give your look a certain style, and can also make you look either polished or disheveled. A styled brow lets someone know you take pride in how you look, because its takes attention to detail to pull it off. Whatever your preferred brow state is – go for it! Arched, sculpted, filled, sharp, wispy, you name it. Try the Arch-Ology brush for ultimate precision.
Mascara – We are firm believers that no look is ever complete without mascara. This is the finishing touch to your look. No need to go crazy with this step either, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional black, curled lashes. Long lashes really help to pull a look together and add a feminine touch. Make sure to curl them even if you’re in a rush, it will only take a few seconds and makes a dramatic difference! Try our Volumizing Mascara to get the perfect black lashes.
So there you have it, the short and sweet beauty routine. We like to think these are the ultimate staples for any look, and everything else can be extraneous. Sometimes primers, finishing powders, or layers of eyeshadow don’t have a place in your look, especially if you’re just looking for a simple look to run out of the house in. The truth is, you can still have a polished appearance using the bare minimum without losing the quality of your look! If you’re going for a natural look, don’t use 14 products to achieve it. You can shorten it to 4 simple products. A quick and easy look, that’s why we call it short and sweet!