Apply Makeup in 5 Simple Steps

How to create a basic weekend and weekday face in just a few minutes

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It doesn't take a lot of beauty products to create a gorgeous weekend and weekday look. Here, I show you how to apply makeup in just 5 easy steps. 

Most days, I leave the house in just tinted sunscreen (SPF 40, of course!), concealer, mascara and lipstick. That's all I really need to feel put-together. 

The Basic Weekend Face

This basic face is perfect for weekend days when you want to clean up your complexion, but you don't want to go all out.

The secret to getting away with little makeup is to keep your skin in tip-top condition. Great skin doesn't need much foundation or concealer. You won't need as much blush or bronzer. You'll notice a few of my tips involve the skin: making sure it's exfoliated and well-hydrated.

  1. Start with a clean face. If you have any flakes at all on your skin, I recommend exfoliating with a lukewarm washcloth massaged in a circular motion over your entire face and lips. Slather on moisturizer if your skin is dry.
  2. Apply sunscreen. Don't skip sunscreen even on cloudy days. Your 60-year-old self will thank you. This is especially important on weekends spent outside. I like to use a tinted sunscreen with SPF 40 because it acts as a moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation in one. That eliminates two steps! BB creams are great for providing moisturizer, sunscreen, ​and foundation. But if you only have regular sunscreen, that's fine too.
  1. Create an even skin tone. If you don't have a tinted sunscreen or BB cream, then apply foundation or tinted moisturizer on your face. Once you're done with that, dot on concealer around the eyes making sure to hit any dark or bluish spots.
  2. Make up your eyes. I stay as minimal as possible on the weekends with no eyeshadow and just a sweep of mascara. I also avoid eyeliner. You can use a light pencil and a sweep of neutral eyeshadow on your lids if you'd like.
  1. On to the lips. I don't always make up my lips for the weekend, but if I do, I usually just slather on a Burt's Bees tinted lip balm. It's nice to add a little color to the lips.

As the weekend wears on, you'll want to re-apply the sunscreen if you're outside a lot.

Some brunettes with really pale skin and brown eyes need a pop of color. If this sounds like you, add a bit of blush to your routine. Apply to the apples of the eye.  

The Basic Weekday Face

This basic weekday face is perfect for going to work in an office. You don't want to go overboard with your daytime office look, unless, of course, you work in a trendy industry where you can get away with anything. In that case, you can do whatever you feel is comfortable.

  1. Start with a clean face. Exfoliate with a lukewarm washcloth over your face and lips. You can use a brown sugar with oil scrub if you prefer. Follow exfoliation with moisturizer.
  2. Never skip the sunscreen. SPF 40. Always. Rain or shine.
  3. Make up your face. Apply foundation or tinted moisturizer if you need it (some women with great skin may only need it in a few spots if at all). Follow with concealer under the eyes, just as you would on the weekend. Dot concealer on any of your red spots, uneven spots or blemishes. Add a pop of blush to the apples of your cheeks. Set your makeup with powder if needed by using a big fluffy brush.
  1. Make up your eyes. Leave the shimmers and the smokey eyes to the evening. Stick to a basic eyeshadow palette with a neutral color on your lid and a darker color in the crease. Line your lids if you'd like and smudge them so the line isn't so obvious. Curl lashes and apply a couple coats of mascara.
  2. Finish off with your lips. Daytime is not the time for a bright red, coral or pink lip. Leave that to the weekend or evening. Instead, choose a flattering lip color. Bobbi Brown recommends a lipstick shade that's a shade or two darker than your natural lip color.