This isn’t for the faint of heart…you see me close-up in BRIGHT light, with no makeup at first.
I’m not going to go into technique here, but I thought I’d give you a photo series of step-by-step what I do to get camera-ready in the morning. I’m not a professional makeup artist, as I do my own face best, really. I also didn’t go to extra trouble today because I was in a little bit of a hurry, and stopping to take pictures took extra time.
This isn’t doing my BEST. This is doing my usual hurry-up and do as good of a job as I can while half-asleep and under the clock morning makeup.
Because I can be messy with my eyeshadow, I prime and do the eyeshadow and top liner first.
Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance eyeshadow palette.
I forgot to put in that I use Julep eye primer and ELF cream liner (it doesn’t dry out like gel liner and lasts just as long on me).
Then, I prime with benefit the POREfessional primer, color correct and conceal (scary pictures coming up)
Coastal Scents Camo Quad Concealer color corrector Make Up For Ever Full Cover Camouflage Cream but the color has rubbed off
Now, I airbrush my foundation on, and then powder and contour and apply blush, and then line my water line. Sometimes I do silver to make me wide-eyed, sometimes I use both. Today I was lazy and just used black. Also, I look like I’m trying to stare through the mirror and hurt someone with my eyes.
Temptu Pro S/B in 004 and 006
Kryolan translucent powder TL3 Sephora MicroSmooth in Tan
Julep Glow pore-minimizing bronzer in medium tan Julep Glow pore-minimizing blush in peach bellini
Mally starlight waterproof liner in Midnight. ELF clear mascara Julep BIG mascara unknown brown brow pencil
Now, I define my brows, and then set them with clear mascara, then brush in the same dark brown eyeshadow from my creases on my lower lashes to smudge in some of the black from the water line and to define, then pat in some light eyeshadow under that to keep it from smudging.
Then I curl my lashes, brush on Make Up Forever High Definition powder, highlight with a sample highligher, and finally add mascara and lipstick. You’ll note I line and then take a concealer pencil to contour my lips using it in the middle of my bottom lip and just under and above my cupid’s bow, then blending it before applying lipstick and gloss.
Sonia Kashuk lip liner in Dusty Rose NYX wonder pencil in medium jouer lipstick in sophia Too Faced Diamond Gloss in Canary
the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
It isn’t at all perfect, but good for on air. Yes, it can be a little cakey because of the layers of concealer (and my airbrush gun isn’t working quite right…time for a trip to the studio in Manhattan to have it looked at), but if you do less, in my opinion, you’re being a little lazy and you won’t look your best. I should take another 15 minutes to be a bit more thorough, but I don’t do close-ups at the chroma key wall, so no need!
Yes, it is a major pain in the rear to do this daily, never mind also doing my hair. It’s part of my job, and I considered it my responsibility to learn how to do it well. Anything less means I don’t take my job seriously, right? Still, some days I miss radio and rumpled t-shirts.