Makeup pro Carmindy
shares her secrets
HOLIDAY EVEN TS ARE a time when every woman
wants to add a little glamour. Here are some easy
steps to help you achieve your best look.
There are times when you have to leave straight
from work to attend a dinner, a party or even your
kid’s school play. By adding a few quick steps to the
5-minute face you applied in the morning (see sidebar), you can transform yourself from day to night
in no time at all. Here’s how.
❖ Use oil-blotting papers to soak up any greasy
areas. Next, use a concealer brush dipped in a little
foundation to smooth out any makeup that may
have seeped into fine lines or under your eyes. Touch
up areas of redness or dark circles the same way.
❖ Add evening drama to your eyes with dark
eyeliner. Sweep it along your lash line on top of your
day liner. Next, apply a shimmering eye shadow in an
evening shade, such as a sparkling smoky taupe,
from your upper lash line up to the crease, and under
your lower lash line. (For a more dramatic look, consider the “smoky eye,” described at right.)
❖ Sweep a bit more highlight powder on top of
your cheekbones, under your eyebrows and by your
tear ducts, just as you did in the morning. (I prefer
powder over cream for an evening look because the
color pigments in powder are more intense.)
❖ Swirl on a bit more blush.
❖ Apply a slightly deeper shade of lipstick or
choose a lip gloss to add a sexy touch.
❖ Add a light dusting of translucent
powder to your T-zone and a spritz of
your favorite scent, and you’re gorgeously
good to go!
There is no need to reapply mascara—it
will just look clumpy. Let the dark eyeliner
add the “pop.” Foundation will still look fresh
just by spot concealing; evening light is more
forgiving than daylight.
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The smoky eye
At some point we all want to try the smoky
eye. It’s sexy, smoldery—what’s not to like? But go
too heavy with the dark hues and you can wind up
looking like you’ve been in a bar brawl.
Women with closely set or very small eyes ought
to avoid this option altogether because it can look
too overwhelming. For the rest of you, here are the
basic steps for creating the smoky eye.
❖ Take the first five steps of the 5-minute face
❖ Line your upper and lower lash line (right into
the roots of the lashes) with dark eyeliner, such as
black or chocolate brown. Smudge it with an angled
brush to soften the line. For large eyes, line the inner
rim with black eyeliner for an extra-sultry look.
❖ Apply matching dark eye shadow from your
lash line up to the crease, and sweep under the lower
lashline to soften the pencil. Now use a softer color
in the same family, such as burgundy brown or eggplant, and sweep it into the crease of the eyelid.
❖ Add another sweep of shimmery highlighter
under the arch of each brow and to your eyes’ inner
corners, by the tear ducts.
MOST WOMEN ARE intimidated
by makeup. They don’t have the
time or the desire to take on a
multi-step routine, or they get
scared by pushy makeup-coun-ter salespeople who have their
own commissions in mind, not a
customer’s best beauty interests. Women tell me all the time
that they feel left out by beauty
magazines whose focus has
become celebrity beauty ideals
and red-carpet looks that don’t
relate to everyday life. In the
end, many women throw on
mascara and lip balm and
run out the door, not feeling
❖ Blend, blend, blend together so there is a gradation of color, from darkest at the lash line to light-est under brow.
❖ Gently sweep black mascara on the top and
❖ Last, swipe on a pearly sheer plum lip gloss.
You don’t have to wear black, charcoal or brown
But by following the steps
of my 5-minute face, you can
create a complete, polished
makeup look without a hassle.
It’s what I use every day; it’s
eye shadow to achieve a smoky
look; all kinds of hues, from
plums to greens to blues, will
work. The key is to keep the
liners and the shadows in the
same color family.
0:00–1:00 Smooth on
foundation or tinted moisturizer.
1:00–1: 20 Pat concealer
under your eyes with your
If you choose a daring
makeup look, let your face
be the star of the show and
go simple with your hair;
try a style that’s sleek
and understated. Jewelry
should follow suit. C
1: 20–1: 55 Spot conceal
any redness from tiny veins
1: 55–2: 15 Use powder to set
2: 15–2: 45 Sweep on
2: 45–3:05 Apply blush.
3:05–4:05 Line your
C ostco member Carmindy (
is the makeup expert on TLC’s What Not to Wear.
This article is adapted from her book, The 5-Minute
Face (HarperCollins, 2007), available on costco.com.
4:05–4: 50 Brush on mascara.
4: 50–5:00 Slick on lip color.