Hey, Gorgeous

One of the first posts I wrote for this blog was about finally getting my hair cut and styled a few months after Radley was born and feeling pretty glamorous. Feeling like I had things that much more together. ☺️

No one is wrong when they say any amount of pampering goes a long way in the gracious parenting department. You just need a little time for yourself, however that translates for you. (It also translates for me in the way of digging through that growing pile of books by my bed and baking pies.)

I have always been pretty lax when it comes to hair and makeup. I am your coconut oil for everything kind of girl, true, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love trying things out, and that I don’t find it all an absolute bunch of fun.

But, my undemanding beauty routine does mean I often don’t know what I am doing.

Enter my friend Amy Thorp. When I moved to Utah, Amy was one of those beacons of like, “Hey, the fun is this way!” She is the first mom I spoke to when I joined up with the local moms group and we connected because we had both previously lived in Ohio. We would wax poetic about the good old Midwest days.

Amy is a trained aesthetician and recently became a makeup artist with Maskcara. She offers short tutorials on the company’s makeup products and I think she is an absolute gem to watch. It got me thinking – “I want Amy to teach me how to do my makeup!” And, realized it would be nice if she could give us all a few tips on a quick five-minute face. You know, for when you feel like adding a quick pop of color to your day, even while your little monsters are vying for your attention.



The 5-Minute Face with Amy Thorp

Makeup Artist at Maskcara and SuperMom to Two Adorable Girls

Being a Mom of two I can tell you that I do not have a lot of time to spend on myself getting ready in the morning. Now that my youngest is mobile, and getting into everything, I’m constantly on alert. It’s easy for us to think that we don’t have time to do our makeup in the morning. Perhaps we even think that it’s selfish of us to take a little time for ourselves. Makeup can be seen in many different ways – some view it as a necessity and some think it’s all about vanity. To me, makeup is fun. I have a simple routine that I can do in five minutes. As a makeup artist and esthetician I love showing women a quick and easy way to apply their makeup. I often feel it gives them a little pep in their step during their day. Here is my five-minute face! This method is called HACing. HACing stands for highlighting and contouring. That may sound terrifying but it’s actually quite simple.<<
u’ll want to start with clean, moisturized skin.
1. Apply your contour color (that’s the darker one) onto areas that you want to recede. Start with your forehead and make a half circle next to your hairline, stopping at your temples on both sides. Next, contour your cheekbones. Press on your cheeks until you find the bottom part of your cheekbones and draw a line under them and outward towards your ear. The jawline is next – take the contour under your jaw and blend down a bit for a more natural look. Lastly, contour your nose by drawing two lines down the bridge on both sides.

2. Apply your highlight color (this is like your foundation). You want to put this color anywhere that your contour is not. Once you have that done, take a damp perfecter sponge and tap it all over your face to even everything out and get rid of harsh lines. This will help to give your makeup an airbrushed look.

3. Blush time! Blush isn’t just for your grandmas anymore! Tap a little bit of cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards. Go over with the perfecter sponge if needed! Put a little bit of that blush color on your lips. One product, two uses!

4. Do you want your face to have a candlelit glow? This is where an illuminator comes in. Using your finger tap the cream above your blush, in between your eyebrows, under your eyebrows and on your cupids bow.

5. Apply your favorite mascara to make your eyes pop!

6. Set everything with a translucent powder and then spritz your face with Stay Spray. Stay Spray will help your makeup stay in place all day.

OK. Now, watch it live!

As you practice you will get this down so fast it will probably take less than 5 minutes! You can even take a pretty eyeshadow shade and in a wind shield wiper motion add that to your eyelid! You will notice that your contour shade can be used to fill in your eyebrows or to halo around your upper and lower lashes as a liner. If you want a more pouty lip look, line your lips with your contour shade and then stipple in your blush color on your lips. HACing is all about YOU being able to control the light on your face! It’s easy, fast and looks so natural and dewey! Check out the products I use for my fast look at: www.maskcarabeauty.com/amythorp

Thank you Amy! I gave it all a try and honestly, not only was it easy, but I am sort of addicted to HACing. 😉

Maskcara products are awesome too, readers, because you get to choose what you want in your palette – i.e. highlight, contour, blush, illuminator – and you get to choose the artsy pattern on your refillable compact. It’s all personalized and I think it’s brilliant.

And, as always mommas, let us know if you have any questions! Amy would be happy to help. And, maybe that question will turn into a future beauty post from Amy 😉



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