Allison Howard: Our days are busy but that doesn't have to show on your face. Here are some pro tips to help you get the look right the first time and keep it lasting for hours, no matter what that day may bring.
Starting with your face choose a foundation to match your skin at its palest. Then just add a couple of drops of gel bronzer if you get a little sun. This will save you from having to buy multiple bottles of foundation to get that perfect shade.
If you need to refresh throughout the day, mist your face with a toner and pad-dry with a soft facial tissue. Then just dust some powder over the existing makeup for a smooth finish. If you've found your perfect shade of lipstick you definitely want it to last all day.
Start with a gentle lip exfoliator. No need to invest in an expensive product, you can make one at home with ingredients in your kitchen. Mix together equal parts of brown sugar, olive oil and vanilla extract. Gently massage into your lips, and remove with a soft facial tissue, it's as simple as that. Now you're ready to showcase that perfect shade.
You can also try dusting a tissue with powder and using it to blot your lipstick. This will keep the color in place much longer. If you've been tempted to treat yourself to tinted eyelashes, you can achieve the same look at home. Simply dip your mascara wand into the tube then wipe the excess mascara and swipe over your lashes. You'll get that glossy no clump look without the salon cost.
Once you're ready to take the day off, there is no need to invest in an expensive makeup remover. Dip a soft facial tissue into a jar of petroleum jelly and simply wipe away eye makeup. It's a fast and inexpensive way to clean your lids, plus it's a great moisturizer.
With these simple tips, you can get a long-lasting professional look everyday for a fraction of the cost.