MYTH: I spend too much time doing my makeup (Tips on how to speed up makeup application)

Some people think that I spend too much time doing my makeup. Especially if I use red lipstick and an eyeliner. But really, I don't. I


I've just had way too many practice that I already know what my face needs and and I really have good quality products to help me. :)

Here are a few things to remember or tips that you can try and see how it improves your makeup application.

Use a foundation that doubles as a concealer. This reduces the time in you piling up makeup. You cover your redness, veins and some blemishes without having to use a concealer. I like Ellana Mineral Powder Foundation in Intensive Formula when applied using the wet-brush application covers almost all blemishes, even bumps.

Ellana Mineral Foundation

A cream foundation for dry skin also helps, just dab a bit of finishing powder to set your foundation and it will fade out fine lines and wrinkles that you may have.

Also, use this trick I learned from Max Faxtor Philippines' Chief Makeup Artist, Bobby Carlos. Apply tinted moisturizer on the parts of the face that is red and dark, then set with powder. Redness is usually seen on the forehead and sides of the nose. Dark parts are the found under eye and sides of the mouth. This lessens the time in foundation application but great in evening out the skin tone.

With red lipstick, you might want to stick with matte finishes as this is easier to control compared to moisturizing ones. Also, this doesn't stray easily outside the lines that you don't have much problem with it bleeding or getting caught in your hair and creating streaks. Also, this is easier to tote around at it doesn't soften easily compared to other formulation.

MAC Ruby Woo Red Lipstick

Surprising as it may seem, using a darker blush than you are usually use to is way better to speed things up. Since it is more pigmented, you don't need to pack the color and this stays on better than the lighter blush that you're use to. A little goes a long way and it stays on for quite a while given I have oily skin.

Shu Uemura Blush in P Medium Red 175

Use an eyeliner pencil instead of liquid or gel type should you still be unsure of your lining skill. Although eye pencil are notorious for giving panda eyes and transfer, this is still the easiest product to control. Just make sure that your eyeliner is waterproof. 

L'oreal Super Liner Lasting Silky Crayon

Also, don't forget to apply a bit of wash of eye shadow on your eyes, to prevent for liner from transferring to your lids. This also serve as highlight.

these eyeshadow are found in the Beauty Pro Cosmetics Sweet & Smoky Palette

Two eye shadows is all you need for a quick and easy neutral eye makeup. One beige eye shadow that is lighter than your skin tone and one brown eye shadow that 2 to 3 shades darker than your skin tone. You can also use the brown eyeshadow to redefine or color in your brows for a more fixed appearance.

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara

And of course, curl your lashes to prep it for mascara. If you are completely in a hurry, you do this after when you're at work or school. I promise, no one will be the wiser! Just make sure that it's waterproof for it to last all day on your lashes.

There you have is a few tips and tricks that I hipe will help you in making your life easier when it comes to using/applying makeup.

Always, the best way for things to become easier is to practice. :)

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  1. Thanks for these tips Shen! When I was still quite young at applying makeup, I spend almost an hour in it and I was just going to work. Now, 15 minutes is pretty much enough for me to apply my makeup. I'm glad I've managed to take care of my skin really well and I have less blemishes now. So it's just a sunblock/moisturizer, loose powder, eyebrow pencil and brow mascara, neutral eye makeup, eyeliner on the waterline and whatever lipstick I can grab. Hahaha! :)

    Will be sharing this post with my friends as well. :)

  2. saccharine01586/3/12 12:42 PM

    great tips shen! :) thank you for sharing!

  3. thanks for the tips shen! :) i really do agree that it's important that you know you're face well, it really helps with how face you can go while applying makeup :)

    xoxo - PAM

  4. You're right, makeup really shouldn't take forever unless you want it too. Thanks for the tips! :)

  5. This is perfect for an office look, by the way, love your new blog header! =)

  6. Anna Escondo7/3/12 12:40 AM

    This is a great tip.  Ruby Woo looks good on you :)

  7. Thank you for the tips, I usually watch for make up tutorials in youtube but in the end I think practice really makes perfect. I have a couple of eyeshadow palettes which I have no idea how to use, I hope next time (if you have time) please post a tutorial on how to do different types of eye make up. Would love to know your thoughts, thanks a bunch! :)

  8. Ruth Santiago16/3/12 11:05 AM

    i love your tips & tricks in make-up application :)


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