We asked skin care guru and celebrity makeup artist Dimitri James for his beauty tips on how to get ready faster and more efficiently this season. He was happy to share his secrets for a streamlined beauty routine with SheKnows.
Rather than having a counter overflowing with countless products, keep things simple, James says. "Find one gentle, yet effective cleanser that removes dirt, oil, makeup and mascara and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed," he says. That way you don't have to worry about wasting time using three products when you can just use one. You'll also want to use one great moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to round out your routine.
If the thought of finding time to apply a full face of makeup sends you into a tailspin, you can pare down to save time. James suggests finding a great bronzer powder, gel or tint and applying it all over your face lightly, and then heavier on cheeks and on eye lids. "This is a great substitute for foundation, eye shadow and blush," he explains. The hint of sun kissed color will also brighten up your complexion on days when you didn't get enough sleep.
Mascara is a makeup bag mainstay for good reason. With a simple swipe, your eyes are instantly opened up. "There is no substitute for a great tube of fabulously lengthening and darkening mascara!" James says. Simply apply heavier and close to the lash base and you won't even need an eye liner, or try smudging along the lash line with the tip of the wand for added drama.
There's no need to spend your entire morning on a complicated hair style. James suggests keeping things simple and sophisticated instead. A slanted side part with a heavy side bang pulled into a pony tail is the freshest and most sophisticated, easy hair style for a busy woman on the go, he says.
If you color your hair, try to match your natural shade as closely as possible, James tells us. Colors close to your natural shade will make re-growth more graceful and save on constant touch ups. Avoid chunky or heavily highlighted hair unless you have the resources (and time) to maintain it often. "There is nothing worse than hard re-growth," he says.
If you've been fighting against your natural hair style, it's time to stop. Instead of wasting time trying to get your hair to do something it doesn't do naturally, choose a style that respects the integrity of your hair. Says James: "If you have curly hair, find a style that does not need to be worn straight in order to look good, and the opposite holds true for straight hair."
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