Before I begin, make sure you’re sitting comfortably. Get yourself a warm drink and a snack…for this post is loooooong (and hopefully informative). It might only take eight minutes to do, but it will take almost that long to read!!
Meanwhile, I’m still coming to terms with the fact that there is now a picture of me without even a scrap of make-up on ON THE INTERNET!!!
Please forgive me if that sounds vain and superficial, it’s not my intention. I envy a woman who is brave enough to step out without the help of concealer and blush.
For me, just posting this picture of my bare face feels quite monumental.
Until I started working for Bobbi Brown eight years ago, I would NEVER have allowed myself to be seen without make-up. It was my mask, my disguise and my shield.
In my teens I smothered my sallow skin in bronzer, tweezed my dark wirey brows until they resembled tadpoles (no exaggeration).
Thankfully, this brand has taught me many, many things. One of them being that “all women are pretty without makeup, but with the right makeup can be pretty powerful” …EVEN ME!!
Bobbi teaches us to focus on whats right with a woman, not what needs ‘fixing’. The Pretty Powerful Campaign is close to my heart and is the inspiration behind this post.
Motherhood, might be the greatest gift I’ve been given, but it’s also shown me a whole new level of tiredness. My skin is thirsty, my eyes are dull and shadowed, I definitely need a little help before I feel ready to take on the day.
I don’t want my make up to ‘transform’ me, nor do I want to spend hours in front of the mirror each morning. I do know, however, that I feel a million times more confident and refreshed when I look a little more polished.
I know it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to put make-up on with a tiny baby and/or a busy life. So, I’ve timed myself with a stop watch and without rushing, this make-up takes me 8mins from start to finish. I will probably add a little more definition to my eyes when I go back to work. Perhaps I’ll post about that again. This is an ‘every day’ or ‘weekend’ make up for me.
‘Natural’ may mean more or less make-up for you.
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So…here it goes!!
My aim these days is to look healthy, refreshed and like I’ve had lots of sleep when I haven’t. Therefore the focus is on my skin, as it’s our skin that gives the game away when we’re sleep deprived.
We all know that healthy skin looks smooth and glowing, tired skin looks dull, so despite my slightly combination skin, I always avoid too much ‘matt’ and powder finishes. I’ve found that ‘shimmer’ or ‘pearl’ particles in make-up cling to dehydration caused by tiredness so I avoid those too. Instead I like to get my ‘glow’ from hydrating products that plump and cushion my skin.
My routine is detailed below with times according to my trusty iPhone stop-watch.
Each step makes only a subtle difference but hopefully the end result is a much brighter looking me.
Skincare: 1 minute, 40 seconds
Even though this is a make up post, good skincare is essential. Beauty starts with smooth, healthy, glowing skin so this is where I spend my time.
Now, I’m pretty tired and short of time these days, but you will NEVER find face wipes in my bathroom. Yes, they might be better than nothing, but they are certainly no substitute for a good skincare routine.
There are loads of great products out there that work brilliantly and are still perfect for the time-poor.
A Soothing Cleansing Oil is an indulgent but really quick, simple way to ensure your skin is perfectly clean yet still hydrated and comfortable. For anyone who hasn’t used one, it really is just a case of massaging a few pumps of oil all over a dry face with dry hands and splashing off. No need for a separate eye make-up remover, cotton pads etc…. Bobbi Brown Soothing cleansing oil, is also suitable for all skin types.
When I have time (usually just in the evening when Ollie is asleep) I then use a gentle Hydrating Face tonic . Something to ensure my skin is perfectly clean and ready for the next step. I avoid anything really astringent as this has made my skin burn and feel irritated. I just love Bobbi Brown Hydrating face tonic, it contains lavender, chamomile and cucumber, really soothing and smells amazing!
Next it’s eye cream. Anyone who knows me, knows I never shut up about this particular product. Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream is super rich and luxurious. It works to reduce puffiness, dehydration and dark circles over time and INSTANTLY!! Even better, it’s not too rich for use under makeup. There are lighter options, like Hydrating Eye Cream which many people prefer under concealer, but for me, this is THE ONE!! – I also need to add that Colin wouldn’t go a morning without using this either!
Then it’s time for serum. Again, if I’m totally honest, I might skip this step some mornings when Ollie is waiting for me, but when I use it I really do see the difference. There are loads of different ones out there to target different areas of concern. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement is lightweight and visibly brightens and hydrates skin instantly and over-time.
Finally, it’s moisturiser, I’m totally addicted to Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base . I’ve used this product for years (except when I was pregnant and my skin became super dry). It’s lightweight, but conditioning and primes the skin for make-up like no other moisturiser I’ve tried. As if all that’s not enough…it smells AMAZING…like a sweet, citrusy cake…Delish!
So these are what I use daily, although every now and then when I make an hour or so for myself once Ollies tucked up in bed, I have a few extra treats that I love.
Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil
THE BEST facial oil I’ve tried. Perfect at bedtime. Colin and Archie have also been known to pinch this.
Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse
A beautiful cleanser for when skin is a little dryer or I use over night as a brightening, conditioning mask.
Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains For Face
Mix with a little Extra Balm Rinse for a gorgeous gentle custom exfoliator. I aim to do this 2-3 times a week as it makes all the other skincare products more effective.
Bobbi Brown Face Masks
Have you heard of Multi-Masking? The hashtag is pretty funny (HERE) but it makes perfect sense. Whether you want an instant boost of radiance, a deep cleanse or serious moisture, this mask trio does it all. You can use the masks individually or ‘multi-mask’ the targeted formulas in the Radiance Boost, Instant Detox and Skin Nourish depending on your skins needs. They are amazing!!
CC Cream : 10 seconds
To boost the ‘glow’, and combat my sallow complexion, I use a tiny blob of CC (colour correcting) cream underneath my foundation. CC creams are quite a modern take on those old fashioned green correcting creams of the 1980’s. The colours are a lot more subtle now and the formulas are light and hydrating. Bobbi Brown CC cream in Blushed Nude also contains and SPF 35. I just use my finger and sweep across my cheek bones, forehead, nose and chin prior to any other make up.
Corrector/Concealer : 1minute
I always apply my under eye concealer before foundation. It’s incredible the difference it makes, and how much less of everything else you feel you need once you’ve eliminated under-eye darkness. At Bobbi Brown, we call these products “the secret of the universe”. They are AMAZING!! Since its launch, I’ve been using the newer version of BB Corrector/Concealer, but the original is pretty amazing too.
Have you ever used a concealer and still seen the greenish shadow still coming through? That’s because The corrector is the most important step. They come in either Bisque (pink – neutralises blue tones) or Peach (neutralises purple tones) so are not suitable worn alone as they don’t blend with your skin.
The corrector applied first neutralises the darkness, you then cover this with concealer to make it look more like skin.
Your under-eye concealer needs to be ever-so-slightly lighter than your foundation to give you that bright, fresh look under the eyes.
I love the Intensive skin serum corrector and concealer because the coverage is just as good as the original, but they are beyond weightless. They are a kind of hybrid product with skincare benefits too.
I just apply a thin layer directly to my under-eye area, making sure to cover all the darkness, including the lash line and inner corner of my eyes. Unlike the original creamy concealer, I find its best not to blend this formula with my fingers, I use the Full Coverage Face and touch up brush (details below).
Foundation: 60 seconds
Unfortunately, I’m not blessed with skin clear enough for just a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. I do like coverage, but I like it light and radiant, that’s why I’m soooo thankful for Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation. This product only launched last year, so it’s pretty new, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!
Never before have I had compliments about my skin, but almost as soon as I started using this foundation, people commented on my ‘glow’…whoop!!!
The SPF is high at 40, and it contains all the same gorgeous skin-benefiting ingredients as the serum I’ve mentioned above.
In my opinion, it’s really worth investing in a few great Brushes. I find I use LOADS less foundation with the brush and get more coverage. Our fingers are quite warm and waxy in comparison so work the product into the skin more.
I apply a pea-sized amount of foundation to the back of my hand, dip the brush in (a little at a time) and blend over my face in circular movements, starting with the areas that need the most coverage (my nose and mouth).
If your foundation is the perfect shade, you won’t need a full face either so you can just apply it where you need it.
Powder : 20 seconds
I have quite an oily t-zone, and whilst I like my skin to look glowy, I don’t want it to be wet-looking. I use a really small amount of Pressed Powder, literally just on my nose and forehead to take away the shine and keep the foundation in place. If I use powder all-over, it totally changes the look of the make-up. I use Pale Yellow which is translucent and therefore works with/without a tan and doesn’t add anymore coverage.
Bronzer : 30 seconds
I use bronzer all through the year, not just in the summer, as I don’t use it to make me look tanned. Firstly the skin on my face is lacking warmth in comparison to the skin on my body. Perhaps that’s due to wearing SPF everyday for the last 15years, or maybe I’m just a wee bit pasty?! Either way, I need to blend my face into the rest of my body so I do this with bronzer not foundation.
Secondly, even though it’s an additional product, it makes my skin look more natural. When you use foundation to get rid of any warmth in the skin, so it can look quite stark, bronzer puts this warmth back.
When choosing bronzer, go for one that’s the colour you would naturally tan so it looks natural. You can check this by holding it next to your chest. I’m a ‘Medium’, which doesn’t have too much gold and yellow. I use a Bronzer Brush to apply the product where the sun naturally hits the skin (top of forehead, top of cheekbones etc…). It’s best to apply bronzer with your arms/chest exposed so you can stop when your colour blends in and looks natural.
Blush: 30 seconds
So many people don’t wear blusher, thinking bronzer is to be used “instead of”. I wouldn’t leave the house without it. Bronzer warms your skin, but it’s the blusher that perks you up and makes you look fresh and healthy. Day-to-day, I just use one blush, and it’s a gorgeous bright pop of colour, right on the apples of my cheeks (smile, and they’ll pop out). I either use a powder or creamy formula, depending on how my skin is, but almost always in Pale Pink. When you see the bright, Barbie-pink colour, you’ll be frightened, but it’s so gorgeous and natural when it’s used correctly.
Lip Colour : 30 seconds
Lipstick is so much fun, it’s a really quick and easy way to change your look and instantly makes a tired mama feel glamorous. My fave shade right now is Rich Lip Colour in Guava, with a slick of White Brightening gloss over the top.
I don’t feel I need lip liner, so I don’t use it everyday, only when I’m wearing a red lip.
Brows: 1 minute
Eyebrows are so easy to get wrong which can scare people into thinking its best not to use anything to define them at all.
My brows are thick and dark but I made the terrible mistake in my teens of over-plucking my brows, and now they don’t grow properly. I really wish I hadn’t, so I had a more full and natural shape to work with.
Regardless of what you’re working with, a good brow frames your face and can really lift and brighten the eye area.
It’s quite difficult to choose the correct shade, so it’s best to get advice from a trained artist. A lot of brown shades (even ones specifically designed for brows) have a red undertone which doesn’t suit a lot of people.
Depending on how much hair you have, the thickness, colour, shape…etc, it might be that you just need a little brow shaper, or some brow pencil. I like to use an eye shadow with an eye-definer brush, as this gives definition, but really softly.
I start by applying the shadow where I need it most, and then blend through the brow whatever is left on the brush.
Eye Shadow: 20 seconds
For this really fast, weekend make-up I skip eyeshadow and eye-liner (I’ll post about that another time). Instead, I use quite a large soft Eye Sweep Brush to dust a thin layer of matt Ivory Eyeshadow over my entire lid and under my brow.
If I was doing a full eye makeup I would still use this as my base.
The shadow absorbs any oil on the lid so stops my mascara smudging. It also brightens the skin and lifts any shadow, giving the appearance of brighter eyes.
href=”http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2332/39424/Makeup/Eyes/Mascara/Eye-Opening-Mascara” target=”_blank”>Mascara: 1 minute
Finally, it’s lashes. Like many many women, I think a good mascara is a real ‘must have’. There are sooooo many great ones out there, so it’s a task finding one that suits you perfectly.
Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara is AMAZING!! A jumbo brush and a rich carbon-black formula thickens and curls lashes instantly. You don’t even need a lash curler. It’s the best for opening up and lifting tired eyes.
That’s it for the make-up. Eight minutes. Done.
If you’re still with me…congratulations, and thank you!!
I then spritz my hair with a little dry-shampoo (every new mums secret weapon) and brush through.
Obviously, sometimes I sweep my hair into a bun or ponytail, but I really love creating waves on day-old hair.
The Babyliss Boutique Soft Waves has been a little bit of a lifesaver. Because the wand is so chunky, you can take such large sections, it honestly takes just minutes to wave your hair. Winner!!!
Don’t brush it through, just comb with your fingers to separate the waves. That’s it. Easy peasy!
I hope this post has been helpful, it’s a simple look and honestly so speedy. If you’d like more regular before/after shots and product updates, you need to follow our gorgeous, glamourous Pro Artists BB Pro Hannah Martin and BB Pro Amy Conway
If I’ve left anything out, or you have any more questions, just pop your questions/comments below.
If you do decide to have a make up lesson in store, I’d love to see some more before/after shots on IG if anyone is brave enough!! Use the hashtag BBMakeuplessons🙂