It’s that time of year where you’d like something between a full face and bare face when it comes to your make up, right? So we asked make-up artist Cassandra Garcia with Bobbi Brown to teach us how to get that fresh, natural look. Cassandra has worked with everyone from Marchesa to Kate Upton to the cast of SNL, so we knew we’d be in good hands.
Get ready to retire your FaceTune: here’s the perfect 7 minute mindless make-up routine to get you through summer.
The supplies: a picture perfect set up at Bobbi Brown.
Master at work: Bobbi Brown make-up artist Cassandra Garcia
Step 1: Skin care. Apply toner to neutralize the moisture in your skin. Think of this as the primer if the painting were your face. Then apply serum and lip balm to keep your skin dewey and hydrated.
Step 2: Eye area. With your ring finger, apply eye cream lightly under eye area. Then, apply corrector to neutralize the blue of under eye circles (I used Light Bisque). Finally, apply a concealer in a warmer skin tone to match your skin tone (I used Warm Beige). The result? Instant good night's sleep.
Step 3: Tinted moisturizer. Apply in all areas not covered by concealer. This has just enough coverage to even your skin tone, but feels lighter than foundation. Bonus? SPF 15 for sun protection.
Step 4: Bronzer. Choose a color based on how you naturally tan: do you go more red or cinnamon? Test the shade on your neck first, and then apply in a figure 8: on cheekbones, up to forehead, down on your nose, then to chin. Any where the sun touches!
Step 5: Blush. Smile! Now apply the blush right to the apple of your cheek. Cassandra's favorites: a pale pink for day, an apricot for night.
Step 6: skip the shadow! Color isn't necessary for a fresh look. Use a dab of cream shadow stick on your inner eye and cupid's bow instant glow. Then, double up on mascara. First, a cream based mascara with a big wand to thicken, lengthen, and curl. Then, a gel based mascara to set the curl and build lash length. Remember to wiggle the brush to get between lashes.
Step 7: The final touch! A little highlighting powder applied to the cheek for an illuminating finish. I used Pink Glow.