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October 2002
With life getting more hectic with every passing day, I'm always trying to find ways to make makeup time in the morning go quick and easy. Hmmm, quick and easy can be crazy sometimes, especially when trying to wade through that mini mall I call my makeup drawer sometimes.

So what I've done is create 'QUICK TRICKS' within my makeup madness.

And I've found it does wonders in getting me out the door fast!

What kills 'time' in putting on makeup, is usually the 10 minutes or so spent sitting there trying to figure what the heck I'm going to do today. What's my look for today? I don't know.

Well, that took 7 minutes.

I get bored with my look just as much as everyone else, and yet I tend to fall backwards into the same trap, ah, I mean look, over and over.

Here's how I get out of my beauty rut:

I've created an inspiration board to boost me out of my beauty boredom. Next to my makeup mirror, I've leaned a mini corkboard against the wall, tacked full of incredible tear sheets from Vogue, Allure, just about any magazine that inspires me. A look, an eye, a makeup color, anything that makes my heart skip and go, "gee, I wish I looked like that." Well, there it is. In front of my face every morning. Don't know what to do? Look at the board and bingo - I get inspired and I create a little mini make over every morning. Off course I change the board every few weeks, but believe me,the inspiration never stops.

A 'QUICK TRICK', is to put a small little basket, or box next to my makeup mirror, filled with the makeup products that I KNOW WORK on me.

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Cosmetic Organizer Basket

The killer lipstick color that makes my skin look amazing every time I wear it. The blush that makes me look like I've just been running, the light brown eye pencil that works everywhere.............and so forth. Those "I look great in these" colors. In a rush? No time to play? Open your box and there they are. Having to HUNT for colors is what takes all day. Having them in a central location every morning makes those "I wish I had time for another cup of coffee" time crunches seem a little easier.

Another 'QUICK TRICK' I use is my 'mixing' box. Another, although smaller pretty box. Full of those eye shadow colors I just can't bring myself to wear, the old tired lipsticks I stopped wearing years ago. The colors that I just don't use, no matter what. But I don't want to throw them away. In this box of fading blush, eye shadow and all, I've also thrown in SYENCE SKIN CARE SENSUAL MASSAGE OIL (Massage Oils & Lotions)
a pure oil like Vitamin E Oil Z NEW YORK LIP LACQUER - CLEAR (Lipsticks & Liners)
clear lip gloss

Spa de Soleil C-Complex Moisturizer SPF 15 Antioxidant
a small bottle of moisturizer

My "mixer" tools I call them.

With that moisturizer, I can

  • create a cream blush with that weird plumy red eye shadow that I won't use anymore
  • create a killer highlighter cream with that cool iridescent cream eye shadow that went out 5 years ago.
  • create a cream blush by applying your moisturizer first on your cheeks, and then your 'eye shadow' or lipstick color on top for a better blend.

The Vitamin E oil and/or lipgloss?

  • Create 'lipsticks' out of eyeshadows and blush
  • use on top of cheeks, eyelids

  • on top of lips for a going out look, that's shiny and better for your skin than Vaseline. And stays on all night.

So there you have it. Simple quick tricks that can turn your makeup boredom, into a morning of creativity.

Article written by E. Von Freudenberg, Editor of The Beauty Newsletter: For a free subscription, email BeautyNewsletter- [email protected]. Ms. Von Freudenberg is also a top celebrity makeup artist whose work has been seen in Allure, W, Rolling Stone, Paper, Detour and many more. Von Freudenberg Ent. All Rights Reserved.

Get out of that Beauty Rut
by E. Von Freudenberg

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