The Two Minute Rule

Girls are always telling me that their makeup doesn’t last past lunchtime, or that their face resembles a gooey oil slick by mid morning.
As we go over their morning glam routine we generally find that they are using the right products, but that they’re throwing them at their faces in a manic, high speed, borderline psychotic frenzy.
Thus, the not so hot, slimey mess.

So today we’re going to talk about the  

Corinna B Beauty 101 Two Minute Rule 

(which can be shortened to 1 minute if you’re really in a time pinch)

Anytime you are putting anything on your skin, whether it be a skin care product or a makeup product, you have to allow a little time for the love fest to begin. Your skin needs a chance to absorb the product, or to cosy up to it and make a union that binds. If you pile everything on at once you wind up with a colored skincare soup.

Now, as women we are born multi-taskers. Very few of us get the luxury of devoting uninterrupted time to the mirror each morning, so the Two Minute Rule actually incorporates into your morning routine quite easily.

 

Here’s how it works:
If you use a serum in the morning, wait 2 minutes before applying your moisturizer and eye cream.
Easy, right?
Use that 2 minutes to go grab your coffee, make your bed – whatever else you are tasking before leaving for work.

2 minutes later put on your facial SPF

Wait for 2 minutes, then put on your primer. You have to let your primer settle and do its thing before you go racing in with concealers/color correctors/foundation

After 2 minutes put on your foundation. Make sure you apply your foundation sparingly – less is more, and give it a chance to set a little before powdering and moving on with your makeup.

If you’re using a cream blush, apply before powder, but give it a couple of minutes to settle into your skin before you do powder it.

Once you’re powdered, your two minute (1 minute in a pinch) spacing is done, and you can high speed through your eye makeup and what ever else you’re doing.

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By allowing your skin a minute or two to absorb and work with each of the products you are using, and then powdering your wet makeup products to set them, your makeup will last all day, and look totally fabulous.

7 Tricks To Make Your Lips Look Younger

Women invest so much time, effort and money into looking youthful, but then blow it with their choice of lip color or lipstick formulation.
As you age you lose some of that lovely fatty texture of the upper lip, and the lip line itself starts to disappear, so you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep your kisser looking ripe and delicious.
I’m giving you 7 of them…

7 Tricks To Make Your Lips Look Younger

1. Lose any brown lipstick or lipgloss that is darker than a caffe latte. 
Actually, apply the same theory to plum tones.
Dark lipstick makes lips look smaller, pursed and angry. And who wants that?? A dark mouth will also emphasize and dark rings under your eyes, and any blue undertones that are showing up in your skin.
So now you look tired and angry, and your skintone looks flat.

 

2. When Choosing Pinks go a shade or two lighter than your natural lip color.
But don’t go with a pink that is too white – go with a warmer tone. A pink that is a couple of shades lighter than your natural lip color is instantly flattering and instantly youthful.

3. Avoid Mattes.
Typically matte lips can be really aging. As in really, really aging.
Occasionally you come across a hydrating matte lip, but for argument’s sake, avoid mattes.They will just drag the life out of your skin, and make your lip look flat and dull. And who needs that??

4. Go for creamy, hydrating lipsticks
Pretty self explanatory. You don’t want your lips to look dry – you want them to look juicy. And inviting.

5. Wear a lipstick/gloss combo
A plain, colorless gloss is no longer an option. Instead use a colored gloss, or a lipstick with a soft sheen to it. You need the depth of color under the gloss to make the lip look riper.
And while we are on the subject of glosses, choose your gloss wisely. Avoid anything too “porno glossy” as it will just make you look foolish. Avoid formulations that are gooey, tacky, thick or sticky. We just want a nice shimmery mouth.

6. The no lipstick look.
You need something on there, but if you’re not a lipstick gal, try filling the lip in with a nude or pink nude liner, then applying a soft pink gloss over top. But not a sparkly gloss, a simple shimmery sheen to the lip looks gorgeous.

7. When in doubt go for a soft coral base
The softer coral based shades are both skin brightening and youthful.

Make sure you whiten your teeth too. Clean, white teeth are so pretty, and will make you look younger.

And then my personal motto:

At all times, and in all places, always be the first to smile!

5 Quick Tips To Keep Your Summer Makeup Looking Gorgeous

As we get to the end of summer you’ll often find your skin has taken a beating from the heat, the sun, the wind, and is now looking less than lustrous.

Here are 5 Quick Tips To Keep Your Makeup Looking Gorgeous

image courtesy Clarins

Its all about the skin. If your complexion looks less than fab, your overall look suffers, so starting with your base:

1) Go a shade deeper with your foundation. 
Foundation that is too pale is very aging. Your skin will no doubt be a deeper tone than usual at the end of summer anyway, so adding some depth to your base will give you a glow and keep the pretty going.

2) Choose the right formula
Crushed mineral bases, matte formulas and oil frees are the absolute enemy. They’ll make your skin look dried out and beat up. Instead opt for a light dewy formula, such as Makeup Forever Face and Body, or go for a well blended light application of a silicone based formula such as Makeup Forever HD Foundation or
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation. These will make your skin look fresh, healthy and give it a beautiful soft glow.

3) Blend like a pro
Every pro makeup artist will tell you its all about the blending. The key to natural looking makeup is to blend and blend and blend. Apply a small amount with a foundation brush, working in into the skin and through the jawline, or even better, invest in a beauty blender and get your sheerest, most blended finish ever.

4) Don’t try to conceal crows feet
Chances are you’ve scored some extra fine lines around your eyes, from dehydration and squinting through the summer. Don’t try and hide them with makeup – you’ll just make them look worse. Instead load up on the eye cream, get them hydrated and keep foundation and concealer to a minimum around your eyes.

5) Give it a soft focus finish
When you’re done with your makeup, take a damp sponge (beauty blender) and pat/bounce it over your T zone. This will lift away any excess, and leave you looking fresh and lovely.