Cosmetics is an essential need here in Tokyo. Especially when you live in a company apartment complex where all wives always step out of their houses with their best appearances. Even for only throwing away garbage or accompanying children playing downstairs!! They do wear jeans and T-shirts, but I never see anyone without make up on their faces. I didn't really pay attention to this matter at first, but well, as time goes by....now I have to struggle everyday between my busy mornings to put some make up on. I am not good on this, FYI! (>.<).
Once I asked Hiro, what if the apartment was on fire when I was in bath?! He simply answered, "Of course at least you have to put lipsticks on!" Ha?!
According to VERY magazine, May 2008 Edition, there are three types of make up tips for a woman. Mama's make up, wife's make up, and office's make up. Since I'm not a working mother, I'll share about mama's make up and wife's make up in separate posts :)
The key point here is to appear very simple yet elegant. That's why the usage of foundation is omitted. Here are the steps:
Cosmetics base, preferable UV essential base.
I use Biotherm's moisturizer here as my last step daily skin care. No UV essential but I like it because my skin is very dry and that product can give extra protection the whole day.
UV protection with SPF 50 PA+++.
I use Kanebo's Allie SPF 50. It is also waterproof and recommended for water sport activity. Start by making small dots on your face with your finger before spread it all over your face.
I use body shop's one. Choose a bit lighter color than your skin. Apply some amount on your hand first, then use your finger to apply it under your eyes to camouflage the dark color.
Face loose powder.
I use body shop's too, the darkest color. Tap the sponge gently all over the face. Avoid rubbing it on your skin!
Eye brow liner.
I use Revlon's eyebrow pencil, grey one.
Choose natural color, the closest color to your skin. The idea for mama make up is that you seem like putting on almost no make up. Eye shadow color's choice is one important factor to sharpen make up. I choose this Revlon's eye color stick, bronze one.
My eye lashes are super short so I need a product that can make them look longer. I also use waterproof one because there were too many incidents that blackened my under eyes!
I don't put mascara on my lower eye's lashes. I don't like the very big eyes effect.
Almost all wives I meet everyday use pink or orange cheek color because they have very light skin color. I prefer Body shop's bronze pearls. I'm still NOT good applying this thing on my cheeks *sigh*. I tried to put it on as thin as possible, but so far I'm not satisfied with the result yet :(
I use this "cute" Maquillage cheek brush from Shiseido instead of sponge from the bronze pearl's package. I tried using sponge once and shocked seeing the thick color on my face!
I use Integrate's liquid dark brown lipstick for daily use. Thinking about changing into lighter color once I finish this :p
The magazine wrote that usually it takes 5 minutes to complete this mama's make up steps, but I still need 12 minutes - could be longer if Iki disturbs me :p
How long do you do your daily make up???