Hi, my name is Kimberly and I’m a beauty addict. Whew. Feels good to say it out loud. I have shoeboxes upon shoeboxes of products stashed all over my one-bedroom apartment; I have memberships at Sephora AND Ulta and when my girlfriends have makeup crises, I’m their beauty Dear Abby. I believe 100 percent in the #PowerofMakeup movement. I love the self-care that’s practiced when I “put on my face.” I love the creativity and trial-and-error process when you’re attempting to nail a new look. I love all of it.
Although every YouTube guru worth their mascara has a five or 10-minute routine tutorial, I’ve never found mine. Instead, I have that one that takes 45 minutes — and this is true for any occasion. For 2017, I made it my resolution to shave some valuable time off of my everyday makeup regimen. And when Charlotte Tilbury released her Quick ‘N’ Easy Daytime Chic Makeup Kit ($75), I felt like Char (that’s just what I like to call her — we’re on a first name basis) had me in mind.
I snagged the Natural Glowing kit, which came with a lip-and-cheek stick, cream shadow stick, lipstick, mascara and her signature Wonder Glow Beauty Flash all housed in a cute makeup bag. (There’s also a Quick ‘N’ Easy Natural Glowing Kit option.)
The streamlined products are perfect if your skin is #flawless, but unfortunately for me (and the mountainous zit that decided to show up around the time of this experiment), that’s not the case. Wonder Glow provides minimal coverage, so I supplemented with a couple of products in my arsenal. I used IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness ($32) as a base, Makeup Forever Full Cover ($34) in 10 for concealer and Makeup Forever Lift Concealer ($26) for my under eye. Oh, and a light dusting of NYX HD Finishing Powder ($10).
Once my skin was evened out, I applied Charlotte’s Colour Chameleon pencil in Amber Haze all over my lid, concentrating it closer to my lash line. Then, using my finger (we’re going low maintenance here), I smudged it out. I applied two coats of her Legendary Lashes mascara to finish. To be really honest, this might be one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. And it’s buildable too, so my scrawny lashes get a serious boost.
Next, I popped some of her Beach Stick in Moon Beach on my cheeks and rubbed it in. It was really smooth and easy to blend with my fingers. I added just a bit of the Wonder Glow on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose as a highlighter.
I finished with the lipstick shade Very Victoria, and I must say, it’s very creamy, with a balm-like texture. The rose-nude color is flattering but seemed to fade fairly quickly. Also, while I appreciate Charlotte going with a unique shape for her lip color, I kind of missed the sharp points of the classic lipstick because it’s easier to draw on quickly.
Lastly, to finish my look, I used Senna Powder Brow Styling Pencil ($22) in Taupe Brown, because I’m almost positive Charlotte wouldn’t want me leaving my house with no brows on.
Total time? Seven minutes. Okay, okay. So It’s not quite five, but hey, it’s a serious improvement from 45, amirite?
Here’s another look at my quick handiwork. Also, Charlotte filmed a tutorial for my particular kit. Check that out below.
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