Don’t Leave Home Without Them! by Emily Boyd

We’re all tempted to carry our entire bathroom closet with us at all times, thus the need for our massive pocketbooks/purses/satchels.  But truly, you can do wonders for any unexpected occasion with three basic essentials in your bag at all times:

1. Concealer,  2. Blush,  3. Mascara.

Concealer is my best friend.  Indeed great to hide our dark circles under our eyes.  Brighten your eyes with a little highlight under your brow bone.  A sleek touch of concealer down the bridge of your nose gives you a more defined feature.  Remember to keep your face well moisturized – too much concealor will just find any tiny creases as the day wears on.

Don’t forget that concealer is not just for your face… if you’re like me, there’s usually a black-and-blue somewhere on my legs.  Touch up any spot!

Blush will give you a healthy glow, and during the day a little wisp of blush gives you that edge to face the rest of the day. A hint on your forehead, down your nose, then cheeks from the apple area right out to your hairline.   I’ve been known to add a little to the fullest part of my lips as well…. gives you a healthy, natural pout if you don’t want a gleaming lipstick look.  Just be sure to get the right shade for you.  Remember a little wisp on your decolletage and shoulders.  This keeps your all-over color consistent and less “made-up”.

Then last, but not least, Mascara.  Eyes will always look brighter and more awake with a little mascara.  Use enough to lengthen and add volume – pump it up with an extra layer for evening.  Be sure to get all your lashes – inner eye right out to the sweep of the longer, outer lashes.  Don’t overload the brush with product, however, thus you will not get clumps.   Resist using on your entire lower lashes; just a touch to the outer bottom.  Either use a lash curler or try the newer products that add a curl to your lashes for a more awake look.  Finally, remember to change your mascara frequently.  This is the biggest culprit of bacteria, so even if there’s product left in the tube, replace your mascara after about 3 months, if not before.

OK – yes you can fit a few more things in that bag, I’m sure!  But these three basics are your key to a beautiful you – anytime!

Look your best!    Feel your best!    Be your best!

Be sure to visit https://emilyboydmakeup.wordpress.com often for more makeup tips and techniques.

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About Emily Poirier
Emily Boyd brings 12 years of experience to her makeup artistry business, including personal day and evening looks, runway styling, professional photo shoots, television and film applications.

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