Quick and Easy Make-Up Tips from a Pro

Ashley, thanks so much for blogging with Lemons and Loafers! Can you tell us a little about what you do?
For the past 8 years I have been freelancing as a makeup artist for fashion, television, and editorial. I currently live in NYC and work for Giorgio Armani Beauty.

I am not big on taking my time with make up. What are your tips for a 5 minute daily make up routine?
This is a common issue with most working girls on the go. If you can commit to 5 minutes a day on your face you can really make a difference. One of my favorite products of all time is the NARS Multiple Stick: A cream which comes in a stick form that you can apply on eyes, cheeks, and lips. Add volume to the lashes using mascara, and a concealer under the eyes and you are good to go!

What about a more extensive version for a night on the town?
Everyone wants to know how to do a smoky eye but is scared of the raccoon effect if not done properly. My trick? Use eyeliner as a base on the lid, blending it with a shadow brush. Then apply a smoky bronze or quartz colored shadow for a deeper, richer color. This gives you a smoky look without the mess. If you want to take it one step further try applying natural looking lashes for dramatic volume. I use Ardell lashes for all my jobs, you can find them at Duane Reade or your local drugstore for only $3!

What would you suggest as the best organic make up products? (are there even any good ones)?
My most recent obsession is EOS organic lip balm. At first the shape seems odd because it looks like an egg, but once you start using it you’ll become hooked. Another great trick is organic raw honey on the face as a mask. Leave on for 30 minutes then wash off with a warm cloth. The result is healthy, glowing skin!

Any other insider secrets for L&L readers?
Makeup is supposed to be fun, so have fun with creating new things! If you’re feeling down, try wearing a bright colored lipstick. It can really change your mood.
The most important thing? Take good care of your skin, and get plenty of beauty sleep!

Can you tell me a little about foods that are great for your skin or complexion? What should we eat?
Anything with antioxidants such as berries and fruit. Anything with healthy fats, such as avocado and omega 3. Papaya is an amazing source of collagen healing vitamin C. This is a great cleansing fruit that soothes the digestion tract helping to cleanse the body and promote healthy, glowing skin!

I love the book by David Wolfe, “Eating for Beauty” He really breaks it down on how to eat healthy for great skin, hair, and nails.

Check out Ashley’s blog here!

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