I’m not the type of person who sets aside an hour each morning to get ready for work.  Instead, I set my alarm to afford me 20 minutes to get out the door.  This includes getting dressed (usually picking an outfit the night before), brushing my teeth, doing my hair, and making my face presentable.  It might not sound like a lot of time, but 20 minutes is really, at a maximum, all the time I need.

For a night on the town with my girlfriends, date night with my hubby or for special events, I spend a little more time curating a more glamorous look, but during the day, I am a makeup minimalist.

Luckily, I have been blessed with clear, smooth skin, my brother nicknaming me “soft cheeks.”  So, my routine calls for bb cream (with SPF), a little blush, mascara, a finished brow, and most importantly, lipstick.  Over the years, I have discovered that a little bit of color really does go a long way.  While my fair (dangerously pale) complexion often has people presuming I have the flu, I have found that a burst of lip color brightens my entire face and gives me a healthy glow.

I personally prefer shades of red and berry for my skin tone.  My favorites below:

1. Chanel Rouge Coco – Etiene  2. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – Le Rouge  3. Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte – Rouge Louboutin 001M  4. Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lip Color – Mitchell  5. Bobbi Brown – Rum Raisin



What are some of your favorite brands and colors?


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