No…I’m not referring to the classic Jack Nicholson movie by almost the same title – but if you haven’t seen it, get thee to Netflix (or whoever you download films from) and watch “Five Easy Pieces.” There is a scene in which Jack’s character is in a diner and trying to get toast to go with his meal. Imagine the Stones singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in the background.
But you…you can get what you want. And easily, to boot! Recently, a beautiful young friend, who shall remain unnamed, said that she’d reached that age where she couldn’t go out without make-up anymore. Then she changed it to, she could…but she shouldn’t. I have to disagree, her skin is amazing.
I know a few women around my age who still have amazing skin – they shunned the sun, while I smeared baby oil all over mine and tanned gloriously. Fire Island! The Hamptons! Who could blame me? Now…it’ll take a bit of dermabrasion, or lasers, to erase all of that fun!
For the rest of us, who prefer not to go out bare-faced, here are six quick and easy steps to cover uneven skin tone, add sunscreen, maintain moisture, and have everyone looking into your eyes and eating out of your hand!
- A creamy moisturizer with Vitamin C, applied to damp skin.
- BB or CC cream, applied with a moistened sponge.
- A matte eye shadow in a color to compliment, not match, your eyes. e.g. – mine are greenish, so I use a pale mauve. Blue? Use soft coral. Brown? Use a rich beige or soft cream.
- Brow powder. Since our brows thin as we age. Brows are the frame around a beautiful painting. The finishing touch.
- You could skip this, but I love a thin eyeliner smudged on my top lid along my lashes. You can do lower, too. But never lower only!
- Last step – mascara. I recently learned a new trick: take a tissue and clean of your brush before applying it. It goes on cleaner, no clumps.
So there you have it. A fast morning routine that will have you protected, and feeling sexy, in under ten minutes! A swipe of tinted lipgloss, or sheer lipstick, a dash of perfume, and you are ready for whatever the day may throw at you.
(For my gentlemen readers – After shaving, I really encourage you to use a moisturizer with an SPF 25 or 30. Carry it up to your hairline, and on your ears and your neck. Ooh, remember cologne!)