Minimalist Fashion: Makeup

This year has been a bit of a fashion transition for me. Last July I went from working in an it’s-cool-if-you-show-up-in-sweatpants lab to treat-every-day-as-a-job-interview student teaching. I also had to start waking up at 5:30 am to get to my teaching assignment on time. After months and months of trial and error I have finally figured out how to make myself presentable as I sleepwalk through my morning routine. This post will be the first in 3 (makeup, hair, and wardrobe) about how to make yourself look professional with minimal tools in a small amount of time.

Today let’s talk about makeup! Here’s a quick before and after.  This takes me a little less than 10 minutes (12 if you include hair, but we’ll talk about that next time).

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 My Tools:

Everything I use can be found at CVS.


I like this foundation because it’s light enough to not feel cakey but buildable enough so I can cover any dark circles or blemishes without concealer. I apply my foundation in two steps.

(1) You’ll need about this much. Apply it to your face using your fingertips. This is where you may want to make it kind of thick if you need coverage. It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’ll touch it up in the next step.

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(2) Blend using a foam wedge. This is where you can even out the color.

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Eyes are pretty simple.

Eyeliner: I do a single line of brown eyeliner on the top of the eyelid only. I start at the corner and pull the liner pencil towards the center of the eyelid.

Mascara: A single coat of black mascara on the top lashes only.


I LOVE this Burt’s Bees lip shimmer. It’s got the signature Burt’s Bees minty tingle and the Plum color is fantastic. It makes you look like you’re put together even if you’re not. Use lots, but blend gently or else it rubs off.


And there you have it! 5 tools and 10 minutes for full makeup.




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