My “Look Like You Got Sleep” Makeup Routine

*Here’s the post I was working on for Friday before I got hit with a stomach bug- really interesting when you have an infant and many of you probably know.

The other day I had a crazy morning- early morning nursing/entertaining Henry, then styling and doing a photoshoot at the house followed by client meetings and work.  Needless to say I was frazzled and rushing, and in between the shoot and getting to the office I stopped to get lunch quickly.  While in the restroom I was washing my hands and looked up in the mirror and literally jumped back. I blurted out loud, with other people in earshot, “Holy shit, I look awful!”  I had managed to forget to put makeup on that morning, which admittedly I think was a first in a while.  And MAN, did it make a difference. Especially now that I’m not getting  eight solid hours of sleep and many nights, falling asleep before washing my face.  When I got home later that evening Andrew said “Honey you look really tired”, and I told him I was always tired, I just have a good way of faking NOT looking tired most days!

No matter if you are a mom or not, I bet you are tired and frazzled too. Maybe not everyday (I hope not) but with this crazy pace we live at these days,  we all have had those days when you look in the mirror and think “I look like I just got dragged down the street by a bus”.  I’ve had those mornings a lot lately, even though (knock on wood) we have a pretty good sleeper.  I’ve streamlined my daily makeup routine to essential items that I think help me look awake, even when I’m not- so I can avoid scaring the ever living daylights out of myself in Panera bathrooms.

Step 1:  After washing, moisturize liberally with a super-duper hydrating cream (especially in winter).  Anything with hylaronic acid will help plump up your skin and eye cream with caffeine will shrink bags a bit.  My favorites for face moisture are La Mer (I buy a jar every winter),  L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power (so good for the price!) and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisturizing Balm and for eyes I love the illuminating Origins Ginzing.

Step 2: Now it’s time to cover blotchiness, dark circles and any spots.  I have recently started using Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation because it really evens skin tone AND stays on all day. Like, it actually does- it doesn’t just say it does and then fail at 4pm. For a less expensive option I like L’Oreal Lumi which has a little more “glow” to it.  When I’m feeling extra tired I like mixing in a drop or two of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector to my foundation for a bit more light to my face (it’s glowy, not glittery). Skip this if you have breakouts as it will just, well- illuminate them. :) Now for the tired gal’s most important item- concealer. I still am pretty loyal to Cle de Peau in beige (one very expensive stick does last at least a year- and I use a good amount of concealer!)- the other one I really like that REALLY covers is Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer.  I make sure to dot this around the corners of my nose and crease of the chin as redness in those areas make you look more fried.  After that, adding a swipe of cult fave Touche Eclat highlighter to the undereye and outer corner of the eye  helps lift and brighten.

Step 3:  I prime my lids with Benefit LemonAid to eliminate lid redness and make my eyeshadow last a little longer.  Following that I fix my brows up with the best brow pencil/ brush there is, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. I’ll add a fresh pop of color to the cheeks with Sephora’s Gel color (love the Dahlia and Waterlily)- this stain lasts all day too and keeps your complexion looking bright not dusty (tip- blend it quickly as the stain sets pretty fast!) Over that I dust my long time love, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze for a little color and glow.

Step 4: Then I dust a pale neutral shade all over the lid and browbone (like in this Nars compact in Bellissima) and put the medium taupe shadow on the lid.  For a little extra definition I’ll add a dark taupe or plummy brown shade to the outer corner and crease (which I didn’t in the pic below because we were just going to my parent’s house).  Then I’ll pop on a couple coats of this Dior curling mascara and a swipe of Bobbi Brown’s Nude gloss and GO.

Pretty much all the products talked about here on my face (car selfie style- please pardon the face that I have not gotten my eyebrows waxed in over 10 weeks… yikes!) It’s a natural look and simple and easy enough for every day.  When I have a meeting I’ll add a little eyeliner (I like Laura Mercier’s Cake Liner with a thin angled brush for that) and wing the edge a little to open the eye a bit more.


(scarf via Two Penny Blue (who is hiring in three positions!!!) , earrings via JCrew (old)- similar here)


Inspired Palettes.

I was looking at a painting the other day and thinking randomly about how a specific shade in it would make the best lipgloss color. So random, I know, but it got me thinking about how painting and makeup are similar. I majored in painting in college and find those skills make me pretty decent at doing people’s makeup. The day of my wedding I did some of my bridesmaids makeup (and my own), at other weddings I’ve helped fix some brutally overzealous makeup-artist work and I did my sister-in-law’s at her wedding to my brother. It’s like painting on a three dimensional canvas, in a way. So I thought, why not create some makeup palettes based on paintings?? It was a fun creative exercise for me and hopefully fun for you too.

Painting: Coastal Redux #149, Dan Gualdoni

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Photograph: Ruby Magnolia #3, Jeri Eisenberg

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A Spring Shear.


A few weeks ago when I had a scheduled book event in Los Angeles I had booked an appointment at Meche Salon, known for it’s perfectly tousled bobs and natural highlights, with the plan to chop my hair off and lighten it.  And then my flight got delayed three hours and I missed my appointment. WAAAAAAAAHHHH.  I’m still determined to make the change as I am SO DONE with my long hair, but need to find a fantastic stylist in Boston to do so (the one I had seen recently turned out to be way too expensive).  Any Boston ladies have stylists and colorists they love? If so please share!  And here are some of the inspiration images I have saved for when I make the cut!


My Current Beauty Regimen!

I’ve been trying to not only use safer products lately but also be more diligent about my skincare routine. No more lazy gal face wipes to take off (i.e. rub around) my makeup at the end of a long day. I’ve been making sure I take the time, no matter how tired, to properly wash, tone, treat and moisturize. And despite the rogue lone pimple that just appeared (ARGH!!!), I think it’s been helping me skin a lot! Things feel smoother, brighter and way more moisturized; and somehow, the more natural and gentle stuff is making a bigger difference than the strong, chemical stuff!  So I thought I’d share (as well as some super awesome body, hair and makeup finds too!)


The Beauty of Aging.


This week I went to the dermatologist for my annual skin cancer check (you all should as well) and when the doctor walked in she asked how I was feeling about my skin these days. “Older” I said, with a nervous laugh.

“Well, you are an excellent candidate for filler!  Slim women lose fat in their face first and it really would help contribute to a more youthful look.”

Well, shit.

I’ll admit that the wind was knocked out of my sails a little. I guess at 35, and with a history of rampant sun-bathing (again, skin cancer checks, people), I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear that little tidbit of advice.  When I look in the mirror in the morning I see the lines around my mouth getting deeper and the angry crease that has appeared between my eyebrows,  little scars courtesy of Father Time and my penchant for animated facial expressions. But should I be feeling “old”? Especially at 35? (I can hear my mom chiming in now- “Just wait until your 60, sweetie!”)