Make the Effort – Do Your Makeup

Oh how I tire of hearing women complain, “makeup is too much work”. True, the application of makeup requires effort, but we need not turn it into a monumental task.

Start by deciding on your “focus feature”. This is the one area that makes you feel polished. Despite the fact that I’ve gained lots of attention for my bold crimson lips, “lips” are the last thing that I tend to focus on in my makeup routine. Actually, I can take or leave “lips”. ..I’m fairly comfortable with the natural tone and look of my lips so it’s not an area of focus when doing my makeup. Instead, I focus on eyes.

In my opinion, I have slightly hooded lids that have the tendency to bring down the shape of my face. So this is the one area that I pay attention to before leaving the house…and, as you’ll see in the pictures below, it makes a world of difference!

Here’s how I do my eyes in jiffy…a brief picture narration:

Start with what I call a “benign” shade. A neutral tone on the lid that cancels out any darkness and gives your liner something to adhere to. I like the above palette from Guerlain.

Quickly apply to lid.

My go-to liner: Guerlain Terracotta Khol Kajal

Apply top.

Apply bottom.

Coat with mascara.



What’s your “focus feature?…perhaps brows?…perhaps under eye concealer? What’s the minimum that you can do to pull it together for a polished appearance? Makeup is fun…and really need not be a burden :)


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  1. nancy says:

    I don’t take excuses. Makeup application can be streamlined. It takes me 15 mins each morning to look presentable. Express education services offered by Sephora, MAC and Bobbi Brown are great resources to learn shortcuts, tips and tricks and advice on editing down your morning routine.

    Love this article!

  2. amen a million times! i’ve literally seen ONE person in my life who needed absolutely nothing on her face and i’ve worked around models and all types of people. everyone can use something, even if it’s just a swipe of mascara or lipstick to perk up their face.

    my go to is foundation, winged liner, and a pigmented gloss. easy, 4 minutes, done.

  3. Great post. Your b/a pics are pretty!!

  4. ShopChantal says:

    I need to try that kohl eyeliner! That application is beautiful. I sometimes will wear my sunglasses without eye makeup and just do the blush and a strong lip. True Confession. Thanks for sharing. Off to shop Guerlain. Do you reco kohl for a green eye?

  5. Sunny says:

    Does the guerlain kohl smear under your eyes at the end of night ? I have stuck to liquid for yrs… But want a more natural look…

  6. Felicia Felicia says:

    Hi Sunny! Nope, not al all:)

  7. Beautiful! Great post, there are never any excuses! I have to tell myself that from time to time. I make an extra effort to put on makeup on those days I don’t feel like it.

  8. Felicia Felicia says:

    Thanks Ayana! Only takes a few minutes, right?!

  9. Felicia Felicia says:

    Chantal! I think Kohl is stunning on all eye colors. Maybe smudge a brown metallic shadow over the black. Hotness!

  10. Felicia Felicia says:

    Pumps! Aw, thanks lady! Kisses to the TM:)

  11. Felicia Felicia says:

    Thx for stopping by Nanc!

  12. Felicia Felicia says:

    Vonnie! Great routine, girl!

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