We’ve all had our fair share of lazy days when we don’t give a hoot about putting on our best face before heading out the door. Obviously, it’s perfectly fine for you to simply get out into the world without applying makeup on your face and making yourself look “presentable”, whatever that means. We should all feel comfortable in our bare skin and not equate looking good to having makeup on.
Lazy Day Hacks to Looking Good
But, that being said, there are days when we feel super-lazy but still need to dress ourselves up, whether it is for work or other important engagements. For days like these, here’s how to make yourself look good without putting on a full face of makeup:
Dampen Your Makeup Sponge with a Primer
When you’re feeling extremely lazy, even priming your face — a step which can probably take you only five seconds to complete — can be the ultimate hassle. But, there’s also no way that you can afford to skip your primer, especially if you have oily skin. Step outside for a couple of hours and your foundation will melt off like ice-cream in the summer. So, what’s a good lazy-day hack for times like these? It’s simple — dampen your makeup sponge with your primer instead of water and use it to apply your foundation as usual. This cuts out a step from your makeup routine and your foundation will still have a chance to stay on your skin throughout the day.
Skip Foundation and Spot-Conceal Instead
For days when you can’t even be bothered with applying foundation but still have blemishes or other skin imperfections to cover, why not just spot-conceal them instead? Make sure to choose a concealer in the same shade as your skin tone and use a tiny, tapered brush to apply it only on the areas of your skin you wish to hide. The only catch to this step is that it only takes a much shorter time if you have near flawless skin and don’t have that many imperfections to cover on your face (or if you’re okay with not hiding every single spot). However, if you have larger areas of your face you wish to conceal, then this step might take you a much longer time compared to applying foundation.
Use One Product for Your Entire Face
Who has the energy to use a thousand and one makeup products on their face when it pretty much took you a solid 30 minutes of snoozing your alarm before you finally dragged yourself out of bed? Ideally, on days like these, you’d rather just get out of the house with a literal “I-woke-up-like-this” look, but unfortunately, we don’t all look like Karlie Kloss or Naomi Campbell to be able to pull this off. For days when you don’t want to deal with the hassle of using different makeup products to get yourself looking halfway decent, why not just use one makeup product to create a monochromatic look? Choose a blush shade that will give you a naturally rosy appearance and apply it to the apples of your cheeks as well as all over your eyelids. Use a cream blush for this so you can simply use your fingers to blend the product onto your skin instead of having to use a brush. If you want to colour your lips in the same shade too, then opt for a creamy lip product and apply it onto your lips, cheeks and eyelids. Just be sure to check if your lip product is safe to be used on the eyes!
Highlight the High Points of Your Face
Lazy days doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on having radiant and glowing skin. It just means we don’t want to spend the time right from the beginning of our skincare and makeup routine to get that dewy appearance. So, what’s the fastest way for you to look alive without relying on a long line-up of beauty products? The answer: highlighter! Highlighting certain areas of your face is by far the fastest (and easiest) way for you to achieve a glowing appearance without having to use an illuminating primer or a light-reflecting foundation, etc. If you just want a subtle hint of highlight on your face, swipe a cream highlighter across the top of your cheekbones and bring it up towards your temple, creating a “C” shape around your eyes. This highlighter trick will instantly lift your face as well, providing you with a more youthful appearance. If you want more glow, apply highlighter down the bridge of your nose, the inner corners of your eyes, as well as the Cupid’s bow of your lips. If you don’t have oily skin, you can dab a bit of highlight on the centre of your forehead and chin too.
Conceal Your Dark Eye Circles Correctly
Concealing dark circles isn’t just a matter of dabbing on a bit of concealer and blending it in. To ensure your dark eye circles are properly covered, you need to use the application method suitable with your face shape or else your concealing job might accentuate the dark eye circles instead. For instance, if you have fuller cheeks, you should apply concealer in a curved shape underneath your eyes. On the other hand, if you have flatter cheeks, apply the concealer in an upside-down triangle, bringing it down towards your cheeks. If your dark eye circles are pretty severe, you might have to put on some colour corrector prior to concealing them to cancel out the darkness. Dark eye circles with a bluish tint can be neutralised with a peach or salmon-based colour corrector, while an orange or red-based corrector will work great for dark eye circles with a purplish tint.