With the endless variety of foundation shades now available (Thanks Rihanna) it has become easier than ever to find something that suits your skin type. That means you can find makeup products in colors that show off your natural beauty and try on looks that have been hard to achieve before. But makeup can still be tough to do every morning, especially when you have textbooks to read and papers to submit. So here are four makeup looks that can be done by people of all skill levels and they only take under five minutes. Start by creating a lasting base with primer, foundation and setting spray, or simply try the looks below if you feel like it.
1) The 60s Cat-Eye
For people who struggle with getting a sharp cat-eyeliner (read: me) putting on eyeliner every morning can require a good fifteen minutes and far too many tissues. If you have a class in the morning this can be frustrating. So instead of going through the long process try this simple trick – use a pen liner or a gel liner with an angled brush, hold the brush vertical so there is a straight line from the outer edge of your eye. Then bring this line inwards and as you go closer to the center of your lash line, make the line smaller. Sounds complicated? Here’s British model Alexa Chung showing you how to get her easy cat-eye.
Products used: Ecotools angled liner brush, Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Liner, Covergirl Lip Gloss.
2) The Classic Red Lip
There is a reason why this has been the most popular look among the women of Hollywood – nothing conveys power and drama quite like the sultry red lip. You can simply slap it on from the lipstick or use a brush. Kendall Jenner does hers by pressing on some lipstick and then dabbing it to spread it so the lips look natural and the color lasts longer. You can also line your lips (or overline them, up to you) or apply foundation on your lips so they look more voluminous with lipstick. But if you want a more natural pout try scrubbing your lips with petroleum jelly before putting on lipstick.
Products used: Ciate London Liquid Velvet, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara.
3) The Peach Blush
A trick borrowed from Japanese anime, peach blush can add a pop of color to your skin. While pink, red and brown shades can also work wonders too; peach is a color that will enhance your natural skin tone. Wear it on your cheekbones near your ears or underneath them, right on your cheeks. But you could also try this technique that makes your cheeks look doll-like in photos – smile and whatever section of your cheeks pops out under your eye, use a brush and apply blush all over that area.
Products used: Elf Peach Blush, Ecotools Full Blush Brush, Burt’s Bees Strawberry Lip Balm.
4) The Brown Eye-Shadow
Even makeup beginners can vouch for the magical properties of a hint of colorful eyeshadow. But brown – regardless of what the color of your eyes (or your hair) is can make you look put together but still natural. The neutral hue goes with all skin tones and is versatile enough to be worn with a variety of looks. Running to class? Just rub some brown eyeshadow over your eyelid, if you have some more time on your hands try adding gold detailing near the lash line or the center of your lid.
Products used: Smashbox Covershot Golden Hour Eyeshadow Duo, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.
Regardless of which looks you go for don’t forget to take your makeup off before going to bed or taking a nap! The most important thing with beauty is to keep experimenting, don’t feel the need to copy the looks that are popular or don’t pressure yourself into buying products that are trending on social media. Just try a variety of products that suit your budget and your skill level and try various looks that enhance your beauty and make you feel more comfortable and confident.