Bruno Thethe

How To Look High Maintenance With Barely Any Effort At All

Some of us love to follow the 10-step skincare routine and know exactly how to contour and highlight their faces like it was common sense. The face looks like an artist put so much time and talent together to make it look like a masterpiece.

Then, some of us like to put the bare minimum effort in the process because we are just not interested whether we love to feel indifferent about makeup; it’s always nice to find products that are easy to use and make it look like you really know what you are doing.

For all my low-maintenance friends who have minimal interest in putting effort, here are some magical products that make it look like a creative little elf who knows all the secrets.

1. A multi-purpose cream that does (almost) everything

A favorite of dermatologists for many reasons, the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré works as an excellent moisturizer, makeup primer, and face mask for those with ultra-dry skin. It’s perfect to use whenever you need a little hydration and leaves your skin feeling calm and smooth.

2. A tinted moisturizer that lets your true self shine

I am not a fan of foundations because it makes me feel too cakey. That’s why I love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer—it gives me a dewy, natural finish while keeping my skin hydrated all day. Plus it has SPF 30, so you can feel protected while I am glowing from within.

3. A concealer that makes you look like you slept 8 full hours

What I love most about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is that it smooths and brightens the eyes and makes them appear ‘lifted.’ It also blurs any fine lines, and you look like the little bright-eyed doe you used to be as a little girl. Plus it lasts 16 hours, so no one will know why you look so well-rested.

4. A primer that makes your eye makeup last all-day

I am not the type of person who likes to carry all my makeup around to do multiple touch-ups, so when I found this Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer, I was shocked. It holds on to your eye makeup like magic so hours later, when you look at yourself in the mirror, it’s like you just did it. 

5. Professional looking brows for under $10

Sign me up for that! If you want a quick and easy way to do your eyebrows at home, you have to try the NYX Eyebrow Powder Pencil to give you defined and delicate brows at home. It has a spoolie brush to smooth out the color and put on the finishing touches.

6. An eyeliner stamp that gives you the perfect wing every time

I love a winged liner, but I cannot get them to look like cousins on both sides; they look like complete strangers. When I first tried Kaja Wink Stamp Eyeliner Stamp & Pen, I thought I was dreaming because the dual-sided stamp pen and liquid liner give you the perfect cat eye on both sides. It is also waterproof and smudge-proof and lasts all day.

7. A cruelty-free mascara that gives you the most beautiful lashes

Some people love good mascara and like to keep their look to just that. If that sounds like you, you need to try the Milk Makeup KUSH High Volumizing Mascara that is highly pigmented and gives you the most voluminous and long lashes. Plus it has hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to condition those lashes.

8. Easy to use multi-tasking makeup stick with ‘probiotic’

How amazing is it to find a makeup product that has a probiotic blend that hydrates and brightens your face while reducing wrinkles? This Probiotic Face Color Makeup Stick by Elina Organics can be used as a lip gloss, blush, eyeshadow, or highlighter. It is one of the best one-and-done products you will ever need. Plus I love that it has sun protection and compliments all skin tones all year round.

9. Red lips to make you look so put together…even if you aren’t

If one makeup look is as classic as ever and makes you look so put together, it is red lips. There is something elegant and timeless about red lipstick, and it can make you look like you look marvelously beautiful without another ounce of makeup. I love Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery because it lasts all day without your lips feeling dry, and the color looks beautiful on all skin tones and ages. It can withstand eating and drinking too.

10. Dry shampoo for the days when you don’t want to wash your hair but still look put together

It would be a dream if I knew how to give myself a blowout, but on days when I am feeling a bit lazy, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo cleans my hair and gets rid of all the oil, dirt, and odor while making me smell like I just washed my hair, and the smell lasts all day.

You can catch some extra Zs or binge on your favorite Netflix show until the last minute when you have to get ready because these products will have you covered. Have a fun and safe holiday! Keep glowing!