I am not a makeup expert, but like most moms, I've learned that putting on a pretty face and a great smile is a quick no-fail pick-me-uppper. I swipe on that cheek tint, and seeing some color on my face makes me feel ready to face another tiring day. Over the years, I've learned the basics of makeup that can give me that easy, everyday look in a short amount of time. These four easy steps have never failed me. 1 A tinted moisturizer
Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream, P999 (50g) and P499 (20g), at leading beauty stores
One of our favorite multi-tasking products is a tinted moisturizer, which lies somewhere between foundation and lotion--it provides coverage and moisturizes the skin. Choose one that gives you an ample daily sunscreen protection, and you've got one of the best multi-tasking products in your hands.
2 An eyebrow-defining product
K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencils (in Light Brown, Natural Brown and Grayish Brown), P795 each, available at Beauty Bar and The SM Store
Defined eyebrows really opens up the face. Have your eyebrows groomed, and just fill them in (if you're not blessed with bushy brows). You can use a pencil, liquid, or cake palette for your eyebrows.
3 An everyday eyeliner and/or volumizing mascara
Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, P1,878, makeupforever.com.ph, and Maybelline New York Hypercurl Volum' Express Mascara, P150, at Maybelline New York counters
If black seems to be too heavy for you to wear everyday, opt for dark brown or dark gray. I use black, but I only apply a thin line on my upper lash line; it really makes my eyes appear awake. Choose a no-smudge product so you don't have to worry about it the whole day.
After doing the upper lash line, apply a few coats of mascara. Want to shorten your time even further? You can skip the eyeliner and go straight to mascara, which can already pop open the eyes.
Double-duty makeup products like lip and cheek tints are heaven-sent. These give your face color and a nice glow. If you're feeling adventurous and bold, perhaps you have a dinner date after work or you just need an added boost of confidence), opt for more (red) color on your lips.