Afro-short-hairstyle-for-African-American-women-20111You get dressed for your regular work day and you feel that you look great. Great hair, nails, outfit and shoes are on deck. But, there is something missing from that list – a little bit of makeup – and that’s all it is just a little. It’s often overlooked and neglected, however, it will make your ensemble look much more polished. We’re not advocating for a transformation, just a little sprucing. 2012 should involve you dedicating more time and effort into your daily aesthetic! Just 10 minutes and a few products can work wonders for your daily wardrobe.

It’s good to start with three focuses to create a complete look: Lashes (mascara), Lips and a Lightweight Powder (LLLP). The items used for LLLP are very easy in application and don’t require you to be a makeup expert. Once you incorporate a little LLLP into your daily routine you may want to eventually branch out into more advanced techniques. But let’s explore the basic building blocks of beauty for now.

Lashes

Your lashes are allowed to have a little POW! during work hours. A more dramatic lash plays up the eyes without a ton of elbow grease. That usually involves a multi-functional mascara that lengthens, volumizes and defines -which does all of the work for you. Here a few recommendations:

Natural
MAC Dazzlelash Mascara
Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara

Dramatic
MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara
Givenchy Captive’Eyes Mascara

Lips

You may be a girl who is an equal opportunity lip product wearer. You can pull off a full coverage color with no problem or minimal natural looking lips that are mainly soft sheer hues – nothing too shiny or bright. Recommendations:

Sheer Coverage
Laura Mercier HydraTint Lip Balm SPF 15
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Medium/Full Coverage
Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar
L’Oreal Colour Supreme Lipcolour

Lightweight Powder
You may want a product that yields good coverage with little work, or you may be a minimalist that wants her powder to control shine and/or only provide light coverage for a barely there finish. Powders give a natural to matte finish so be sure you prep the skin properly with the appropriate moisturizer (use primer for longevity and shine control). Recommendations:

Oil Control/Light Coverage
Black Opal Oil-Absorbing Pressed Powder
CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Pressed Powder

Medium/Full Coverage*
Bare Escentuals Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus

*comes with a sponge but using a brush gives more natural looking results

Find what routine works for you, ease into it and have fun with your latest accessory: your makeup.

– Alana Wright

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