First things first: since beauty radiates from within, leading a healthy lifestyle will naturally translate into
glowing skin and hair. And cut back on your morning prep time. “Focus on taking care of yourself,” says Blair Petty, a celebrity hair and makeup artist based in Toronto. Petty recommends shifting emphasis in your makeup routine to daily skin care with the use of moisturizer and sunscreen (
loading up on super foods and
enrolling in a yoga class helps too). “If you’re healthy in general, you need less foundation. And less time.” We’ll raise a
kale and pineapple smoothie to that!
We asked Petty to share his best beauty tips for creating an on-the-go makeup routine in yes, five minutes, and getting a fresh-faced and on-trend look for any occasion.
YOUR 5-MINUTE MAKEUP ROUTINE
Getting ready for: The office
Simplify your morning makeup routine: start with a
great concealer. “I like Bobbi Brown’s because they thin out really well,” he explains. Go for a lightweight foundation overtop (he loves Luminous Silk by Giorgio Armani). “It works well on any skin type—it’s not shiny, not matte. The perfect finish.” And
flawless-looking skin sets the tone for your overall look. “It’s all you need,” he insists as one of his top beauty tips. “You don’t want to look overdone when out and about.” Or showing up for a 9 a.m. meeting.
Cut down on the rest of your face time with double-duty beauty products, like a multi-tasking
lip and cheek stain (try Tarte Cheek Stain or Stila Lip & Cheek Stain). Bonus? “Not having to coordinate your blush and lip shades takes out the guess work,” says Petty. “The average woman doesn’t want so many things on her counter.” Slip a translucent pressed power in your purse for quick touch-ups throughout the day before heading out the door. Try M.A.C.’s Select Sheer/Pressed Powder to cover flaws and absorb oil.
More pro tips: LONG WEARING MAKEUP TRICKS
More beauty tips on getting ready for a night out or a date on the next page…
Getting ready for: A night out
The key to smoothly transitioning your daytime beauty look into after-hours events is in fact removing some of dirt and oil buildup—not simply piling on more makeup overtop. “If you keep applying makeup, you’ll end up looking like an archaeology project,” says Petty. “So much stuff will be built up on skin.”
Use blotting papers to absorb the excess oil, then apply a mineral powder to refresh your complexion before heading out at night—it reactivates the makeup applied earlier that morning. To drastically switch up the look at night, “Add a wilder, punchier lip colour.” Think a creamy, bold crimson or a deep berry shade—the hottest lip shades for Fall 2013.
And keep it simple with a sleek, contoured eye. “You don’t need to be playing around with five different eye shadows,” says Petty.
Getting ready for: A date
When laying out all your beauty products on the table, remember that less is more. “Pick your battles!” says Petty, who recommends focusing on one feature— lips or eyes, never both—in your makeup routine and punching that up. “I love a dark plum, almost brown lip, and nothing else on the face.”
Then turn your attention upwards for well-groomed eyebrows. “I love a fuller, bushier brow,” he says. “So let’s focus on re-growing brows, and taking out the odd strays.” For a more youthful look, fill in sparse areas with a brow pencil and seal with a coat of Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow gel to hold everything in place.
Want to really make eyes stand out on a date night? “Learn how to put on false lashes!” says Petty.
Never-fail office beauty
Long-wearing makeup tricks
The best under-eye care makeup
Healthy beauty: Foods that equal glowing skin
For the latest in fashion, beauty and culture, sign up to receive ELLE's daily newsletter.