Giving up makeup for Lent crossed our minds—until we realized that meant 40 consecutive days of no makeup whatsoever. While we are all for the natural beauty trend, we can’t imagine two makeup-free days in a row let alone 40. Not ones to back away from a challenge, we resolved to ditching a beauty habit or two instead of makeup altogether. To decide which products or steps to do away with, we reached out to celebrity makeup artist Brittany Spyksma for her advice on the best beauty habits to give up for Lent.
In order to scale back on our everyday makeup regimen and simultaneously free up a little extra time and money, Spyksma suggests doing away with primers and avoiding any overcomplicated steps, like lip lining, as they just aren’t necessary for everyday wear. For the best beauty habits to kick according to a professional makeup artist, keep on reading.
When it comes to everyday makeup, skip your usual primer application, as Spyksma says, "Primer adds an extra step, and for most people, you can't even tell the difference in appearance or longevity." Instead, she suggests prepping your skin with "good skincare." One of our favorite creams to use under foundation just so happens to be this lightweight moisturizer from Charlotte Tilbury that brightens and plumps skin thanks to a dose of hyaluronic acid.
2. Lip Liner
Spyksma is aware of her controversial stance on lip liner, saying, "I'm sure people will want to fight me on this." However, she finds overdrawn lips to be too trendy for everyday wear. Instead, she recommends "tinted lip balm or lip stain to wash color on the lips without the overprecise, overdrawn line." Love the natural lip look? Try this super-hydrating lip oil from Clarins for a slightly tinted pout, perfect for daily wear.
3. Contour Palettes
It's very unlikely you will ever use all the shades in a contour palette, so instead of wasting money on a product that will essentially go to waste, Spyksma says to "get a bronzer that's good for your skin tone—maybe one matte and one with shimmer." Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you a lot of contouring confusion. For a tried-and-true bronzer that comes in shades befitting fair and dark skin tones, try the above powder from Guerlain.
4. Mascara Primer
Spyksma says mascara primer is "just not worth it." Opt instead for "a good long-wear mascara," like this long-lasting formula from Stila that delivers extra volume without midday flaking.
Want more advice on how to streamline your beauty routine? Check out these tips for a fresh makeup start.
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