Yeah I said it!! Fleek, fleek fleek. And yes I’m turning 34 next month. I’ll fleek if I wanna fleek! Anyway…. Hi girls! I told you about how I’m straightening up, in my last installment of Operation: Momshell, well, now I’m brightening up. Despite, not being “that girl” I am turning into “that woman” that will get her stuff together and look like she gives a hoot about her appearance…at least once in a while.
Ok, I’m being unfair to myself. I do take pride in my appearance, but the full face of makeup is not on my normal self-care to do list. I’m slowly adding more in though. One day I’ll be fully confident in doing my full face with ease, in a timely manner, and not just being a mascara, liner and gloss kinda chick. I’m using YouTube gurus as my teachers and trying my hand at new looks.
Two new looks I’ve tried is the bright red lipstick (Sidebar: on YouTube the beauty girls call them lippies, and I think that’s much cuter, don’t you?) and sculpted brows. I found these through Mary Kay’s site. Mary Kay is the official makeup for Project Runway this season and they sent over some cool stuff. Some of which I didn’t know existed…like brow gel. That’s a thing. (Fun Fact: Mary Kay was the first makeup I ever tried. My aunt sold it, and I’d go into it and play around.) I get my brows done every 2 weeks, but in my day to day, there is no further upkeep. Before trying the sculpted brows look, I didn’t even use a brow brush to brush them into place…. I used the ol’ lick-your-finger-and-smooth-em-down technique. You can judge me. It’s OK.
Full disclosure, my technique doesn’t really work, and it’s compounded by the fact that each hair in my eyebrow goes in different directions all together. (So glad I learned about brow gel now!) I used the tips and instructions HERE to even them out a bit and get them looking better. I have a ways to go with my technique, but I’m learning…and I’m getting there! I like making them look a little less groucho marx and a little more Dani. (left side done, right side left alone…do you see the difference? I do.)
For lips, my M.O. is gloss in a simple muted tone. I tried using a bright *ahem* lippie, and girls. My life is forever changed. I tried the lippie alone….. But… me being me, and wanting my lips to look larger, I glossed em up afterward. Me likey. My usual nude glossy lip and then just with the lipstick alone:
My whole thing with applying makeup (outside of not being 100% sure I’m doing it “right” and disliking the feel of heavy stuff on my face) is that I didn’t want to spend so much time on it. At least, that was the excuse I told myself. HOWEVER: Tinted moisturizer, eye liner, mascara, blush, brows done, and lip done… total time: 9 minutes.
I think a momshell can handle an extra 9 minutes of time in the morning to ensure she’s leaving the house looking better than usual. I felt so much more polished and pulled together.
What’s your makeup routine? How long does it take you?
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