Put your Best Face Forward with Great Skin Care
With work, marriage, kids, and home to think about, personal beauty and skin care often fall last on the to-do list. It’s hard to make time for an elaborate 10-step routine when you barely have time to wash your face on some days. But incorporating a little self-care back into your life is important. Here, we’ve gathered seven simple strategies that will help you exude your best possible self on even the busiest of days.
Cleanse Wisely. Start your morning off with a gentle daily exfoliating cleanser to remove dull, dry surface layers. You’ll get a softer, more radiant-looking complexion even without makeup.
Get Flawless Skin, Fast. Moisturizer and sunscreen are musts for every day. Finding time to apply foundation is a usually bonus. No time to layer? Go for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream that already contains SPF to hydrate, protect and even out skin tone in one quick step. Apply and blend well with fingers or a makeup sponge.
Simplify Eyes. Save the elaborate cat eye for special occasions. For everyday, use a light or dark brown eye pencil to fill in the gaps between top lashes, creating subtle definition for eyes that look brighter and more awake. Sweep on a curling mascara to add to the eye-opening effect.
Put it in Neutral. The best thing about a palette of fresh, neutral shades? They’re universally flattering and look great with just about everything. Wear colors alone or mix and match them easily on eyes, lips and cheeks. Dust a light shimmery shadow up to browbones to brighten eyes. A peachy blush or bronzer swirled directly on cheekbones will illuminate skin. And a swipe of nude gloss gives the perfect hint of barely-there color for an instant pick-me-up.
Multitask Your Makeup. Craving a little more color but can’t be bothered to coordinate a full look? Try a cream blush in a vibrant shade that can double as a lip stain too. Dab it on with fingers and blend into the apples of cheeks and across lips. Put it in your purse or diaper bag for on-the-go touchups, too.
Wipe Out. While it’s always tempting to fall asleep with your makeup on, we don’t recommend it. You might wake up to clogged pores, blemishes, redness and irritation in the morning. An easy solution? Try makeup wipes, which can gently remove dirt, oil and makeup in a few quick swipes. No rinsing required.
Moisturize and Treat. Skin does its best refresh-and-repair work while you sleep, so you’ll want to optimize that time. Keep an eye cream, lip balm, and a hand lotion on your bedside table as an easy reminder to apply them before you sleep for better looking skin in the a.m.