The first and only time I have ever been early in my life was when I was born a few weeks ahead of my due date. Ever since then, I've been running behind, always showing up in the nick of time or fashionably late. I also refuse to leave the house without makeup on (thank you, acne), which is a terrible combination that leaves me scrambling to get out of the house as quickly as possible. So when I hear a tip that promises to cut my getting-ready time in half, I'm all ears.
The latest suggestion came from an unlikely source: Khloé Kardashian. (I have nothing against the Kardashians; I just tend to look toward vintage starlets and '90s It girls for beauty inspiration rather than their current-day Calabasas counterparts.) In a new Vogue Beauty Secrets video, Kardashian details how her makeup routine has changed since becoming a mom. "I've had to learn how to do makeup really quickly and not do too many wet things," she says. "If it's wet and I have to run after [True], it's going to set really weird and I'm gonna look super blotchy."
While Kardashian still gets her makeup done on days when the family is filming, on her day off she relies on a homemade BB cream to get her face on as fast as possible. In the video she starts by applying her skin care, skipping moisturizer and going right to sunscreen. She then reaches for her Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer. At first I thought it was that odd she applied SPF under her moisturizer, but when she then reached for her Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, it started to click.
Kardashian mixed the two products together on the back of her hand with a Kabuki brush and then quickly stippled it all over her face. The result was a super-glowy lightweight veil of color that she applied in less than a minute. Seeing as I covet luminous skin and conveniently had both products in my stash, I decided to put it to the test.
The cream is very whipped and luxurious, so you don't need a lot. I prefer a little more coverage, so I found luck with about a 2.5 to 1 ratio of foundation to moisturizer, but if you want to show more skin, just add less foundation. I think the combo would work with any foundation stick and moisturizer you have on hand, but the textures of these two are very luxe and they feel nice and creamy when mixed together. I've also found the Tom Ford to be a little heavy for my skin when I've used it solo, so this is a great way to make it more wearable for me.
While my skin looked just as radiant as Khloé's, in all honesty I don't think it shaved that much time off my routine. Mixing the two took just as long as applying my regular moisturizer and foundation, and I had to go back and add a second coat to where I was breaking out. But here's where it did save me: My foundation usually starts to separate and crack after only a few hours, which means I'm often reapplying makeup throughout the day. Instead, this mix held strong for a full eight hours, thanks to all the moisture.
I've been doing my base this way ever since, and the number of times people have asked if I "did something different to my makeup today" is astounding. The difference in technique is minimal, but the results are anything but.
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.
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