Today’s blog is brought to you by Christina Petry of Red Carpet Ready by Christina.
Christina is an acclaimed hair and makeup artist. And while she has a passion for all things pretty, it’s not just about the aesthetics for this Canadian mom. Christina says there’s something transformative – and empowering – about taking a few minutes for yourself every day.
Just like many of us, Christina is a busy mom and wife. She is currently expecting her second child, and is proud mom to nearly 3-year-old son Easton.
Exclusively for HerScoop, Christina has put together a YouTube video, outlining a 5-7 minute makeup routine. She goes through the simple steps and shares her makeup must-haves in this easy-to-follow tutorial.
Here are the step-by step guidelines to Christina’s 5-7 minute makeup routine:
- Always start off with a clean face. If you’ve only got time to splash some warm water on your face or wipe with a face cloth, do it. It’ll help refresh the skin and bring some color to the face.
- Under eye circles: Whether dark or red, most of us have them, and if you’ve had a rough sleep or no sleep the night before, your eyes can show it. “If you’re not concealing you’re revealing.” So take a second, do yourself a favor, and apply some concealer.
- If you’ve got some imperfections, it’s best to not pick or scratch as this can cause scarring and redness and can prolong the time of breakout on your face. So with a concealer that matches your skin tone, just add a touch to hide the redness. Having an imperfection not as noticeable on your skin does wonders — and people will be drawn to you, and not your breakouts.
- It’s very important to set your makeup with powder. This will insure the makeup you’ve just applied, and hold it for long wearing. You just need a quick, light dusting with a large powder brush! It also gets rid of shine.
- There’s a myth out there that filling in your eyebrows makes you look older, but it’s the complete opposite! Filling in your eyebrows is an amazing way to shape your face and ‘frame the photo,’ so to speak. If you’ve got sparse eyebrows from overplucking, or you are trying to grow them back in, filling them in is a great way to give your look some softness and shape. If you are just starting out, try to use a powder and a small brush — it’s easier than using a pencil which can make leave noticeable lines on the brows. Never go too dark, and try to stay as close to your natural eyebrow line as possible.
- Eyeliner is a great way to open up the eye, and make the lashes appear fuller. I like to use a liquid liner and keep to the lashline with small strokes. If you are new to this application, just use small strokes, and take your time.
- Curling your eyelashes is a quick and easy way to create a bigger eye look. There is nothing more beautiful than big eyes and sexy lashes. Be careful not to pull and take your time curling.
- Mascara — it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to be new. Using mascara that is more than 3 months old is just too dry and will end up flaking onto your cheek and not giving your eye the full benefit.
- Note: If you’ve got short, blunt lashes, maybe opt for a small brush in your mascara so it’s easier to apply. If you’ve got long, full lashes, then a big fat brush works really well and gives great coverage. If you are seeing clumps, using a brush that is separate from your mascara wand to brush away clumps is better than applying more mascara. Keep it clean and keep the coverage minimal until you get the hang of it.
- Blush/bronzer is important to adding some dimension to your face once all your coverage is done. Always be light handed, and tap off excess powder “less is more” I always say!
- I opt for a matte bronzer or blush during the day, or one with very minimal shimmer. If you like shimmer, save it for the evening and keep it simple during the day. If you are a fair-skinned person, try to get a bronzer or blush that is on the lighter side, you don’t want to go too dark.
- To complete your look, adding some lipstick and gloss is a great touch. I don’t like to line during the day, I like to keep it natural. Try to pick a color that suits your skin and goes with your outfit if you are heading off to work. Just like powder sets your makeup, gloss is long wearing, and lasts a little longer than just lipstick. I always keep a very simple colored, nude gloss in my purse/diaper bag, that I can use at any time if I need it. Natural is beautiful!
- Now go and face the day, beautiful!
While some of you might be feeling overwhelmed – or maybe turned-off – by a daily makeup routine, Christina shares her thoughts on why these simple steps are the perfect way to start every woman’s day.
“Finding time to prepare yourself for the day not only is an investment in your self- esteem, but a positive investment in your day.
It’s a fact — if you look great, you feel great.
We all put our kids and families first, and that’s a beautiful, worthy thing. But taking time for yourself will help you feel more beautiful, and you deserve it!
I think women stress themselves out over the fact that they don’t know where to start in the morning or how to do makeup if they only have a few minutes. It’s the not-knowing that causes the not-doing.”
In conclusion, Christina shares her top 3 beauty tips:
- Always, always, always wear sunscreen. Not just on a sunny day, but everyday, all year- round. Wrinkles and dark spots are caused from not protecting your skin, we all know that. So, give your skin a fighting chance and protect what you face each and every day with.
- Moisturize. Don’t forget to take this step — keep your skin supple and hydrated.
- Exfoliate: Get yourself a gentle exfoliant, and, at least once a week in the evening exfoliate your skin to help remove dead skin cells to give your complexion a brighter, more healthy glow. Exfoliating at night is what I like to do — it’s when my skin can relax, rest and have time to rejuvenate.
For more from Christina, check out her official website.
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