Of all the BB Creams I’ve tried so far, tarte’s is the only one I’d be able to actually use in my kit. Most BB’s are skin-enhancing, so they give some coverage but not nearly enough to get skin looking great for a long day and tons of photographs. Kelly, is the bride below whose trial run for her upcoming wedding I photographed for a before and after. I used tarte’s latest foundation on her and we were both thrilled with the results. Her skin looked so great that very little concealer was needed and it looked invisible both in person and on camera.
Forget eyeliner, I think the most difficult thing to apply is blush. Take a gander around your office and you’ll see women with heavy, streaky, or under-colored cheeks. It’s hard to nail the perfect flush. Technique accounts for a lot, sure, but so does the right blush. I’ve been using tarte’s Airblush Maracuja Blush for a few weeks now and I’m so impressed. It’s one of the easiest cheek colors to apply because of its consistency- not a powder but not overly creamy. You can use your fingers, but I use just a regular blush brush that captures and disburses the color softly and evenly. Don’t let the bold looking shades fool you either, they’re so sheer and buildable that you can pile on the color without overdoing it.
In the 7 months since Harper was born, my morning beauty routine has evolved and now takes about 5 minutes. Besides foundation (or concealer if you need it) and mascara (an essential that needs no recommendation), adding color to my lips and cheeks and a little brightness and depth to my eyes is all I do for a running errands or low key days. Tarte, one of my very favorite lines, has the best Cheek Stain out there in a round deodorant looking stick that sweeps across the apples of your cheeks where you need a pop of color. It’s a sheer stain that’s easy to apply and blend. Color on the face is so important, it’s typically what’s missing when people ask you if you’re sick and you’re not. Universal Lip Liner is a touch deeper than a basic nude. I quickly line and fill in with it before adding a lip balm on top to blend both together. It isn’t glossy or thick so it makes a perfect light casual color. Side note: if you have a skin tone that’s deeper than a light/medium, check out LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint which will give the same effect and is available in a variety of colors.
For eyes I skip the shadow and line the top lash line with Skinny SmolderEYES in black. I make small dashes half touching my lid and half against my lash roots so it doesn’t look drawn on but still but adds depth. The last step I never forget is EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, a flesh toned liner that when used along your inner rim (aka waterline) it makes my eyes look less tired and really bright. (Kim Kardashian always rocks a light waterline.) Since it works so well it went from being a sometimes thing in my routine to a must- it’s something you have to try if you ever have tired looking eyes.
That’s the extent of what I do most days. How about you, any essentials you think I should try? What are your tips for looking put together in a hurry?