STEP-BY-STEP BEAUTY

Using the AERIN Garden Color Collection

I often get asked about how I do my own makeup, how long it takes me, and what my beauty advice is. Being a busy working mother, the fact is I’ve edited my beauty routine down to the essential steps that get me ready in about 7 minutes or less.  It was my quest for an uncomplicated way to look pretty and polished led me to create my makeup line. With perfect spring shades, my AERIN Garden Color Collection really does make achieving the fresh-faced look of the season completely effortless.  Here are my 4 simple steps for springtime beauty:

1)  To begin, I always prep skin with a hydrating serum like Advanced Night Repair, followed by a moisturizer like Re-Nutriv Re-Creation Day Creme. Then, I use my fingers to apply foundation to even out my skin tone. I swear by my AERIN Fresh Skin Compact Makeup. I don’t usually wear concealer, because I’ve found that if I just play up my eyes and cheeks, imperfections tend to recede. However, if I have a sleepless night, I will use a touch of Estée Lauder Ideal Light Brush-on Illuminator in Light Medium on the darkest part of my eyes for instant brightness.

2)    Bronzer always warms up the skin and adds a healthy glow. I apply a light dusting of AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder Level 2 everywhere—on my jawline, apples of cheeks, the tip of my nose, and my hairline. With bronzer you can always add on another layer or two if you want more color. Then I dust off the brush with a tissue and apply Nectar blush from the Garden in Bloom palette to sweep a pop of brighter color on my cheekbones.

3)    With an eyeshadow trio like Garden in Bloom, I like to start with the lightest color first, Lily, sweeping it across the brow bone and then onto the inner corner of my eye.  Dahlia gets applied in the middle of the eye, while the darkest shade, Iris, goes on the outer third of the eye. Placing a trio of eyeshadows, from light to dark, each covering a third of the eye, is a pretty makeup trick that beautifully opens up your eyes. For a soft liner, I use the small tip of the eye makeup applicator to apply Iris to my upper lashline. If you want added definition, you can easily layer a black or brown pencil on top.

4)   Finally, a touch of a cheery spring gloss like Cassis for color, and I am out the door.