Makeup Routine: Daily Beauty

I do my makeup like I ride my bike: fast! As much as I’d love to have a pro apply my makeup every morning, I’m really happy with my current routine. I developed it over a few years of experimentation and now I can put my face on in about five minutes.

BikePretty Makeup Routine: Daily Beauty

0) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Lavender 1) First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 2) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Spf 20 in Nude  3) Tweezerman Lash Curler 4) & 6) Maybelline XXL Extension Mascara  5) Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush 7) Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain 8) CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder Oil Control  and Sephora Collection Classic Retractable Travel Blush Brush #52 9) Bespoke Jefferson Avenue Bicycle by Detroit Bicycle Company 10) Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

My mom’s a naturally beautiful hippie so she never, ever wore makeup. That also means she never taught me how to put on makeup. I’d like to say that I’m self-taught, but I actually took a makeup class in middle school. That led directly to a glam-goth phase in high school. Yeah.

Since then I’ve been trying to unlearn my teenaged techniques (shaved eyebrows?) and perfect the no-makeup makeup look. Here’s my current method:

Step 0: Wash my face with one part Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Soap diluted with one part water. Pat damp-dry.

Step 1: While my skin is still a bit wet, I moisturize with First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. I have really dry skin that tends to get flakey unless I use a bit of this every day. For best results, I let the lotion soak in for a few moments while I change my clothes or style my hair.

Step 2: My friend Veronica turned me on to Laura Mercier’s awesome tinted moisturizer that also has SPF 20. It’s really sheer and I can build it up in layers on days that I need more coverage. I tend to have dark circles around my eyes, so I apply an extra layer to the inner corners and underneath. I prefer to buy the travel size.

Step 3: Eyelash curlers are the scariest looking beauty tool ever devised, but they don’t hurt at all when used properly (unlike fiendish tweezers). I leave a little space between the clamp and my lash line, otherwise it can tug uncomfortably. The idea is to crimp the eyelashes up into a vertical position. This makes them more prominent when viewed from the front and creates the effect of “opening up the eye.”  Ten seconds on each eye does the trick. If you have a blow dryer handy you can warm the curler up a bit first and it will work even better.  Make sure to test the temperature first so you don’t burn yourself!

Step 4: To make lashes really stand out, you have to pile on the product. Using a lash primer gets the same effect but without all the clumping. Maybelline makes this really great mascara kit that includes a primer, and I kinda comb out my lashes when applying it. While the primer sets, I go on to Step 5.

Step 5: Blush is my must-have product, along with tinted moisturizer. Nothing else is perks up a tired complexion like a couple of swipes blended into the apples of my cheeks. Unlike a powder, this cream blush from Make Up For Ever, has no shimmery stuff so it looks a lot more natural. I squeeze a pin-head sized amount onto the back of my hand, then use my fingertips to swirl it into my smiling mug. I used it nearly every day and it took me two years to get through one of those little bottles.

Step 6: White eyelashes are a really cool editorial look, but most days I prefer to darken them with the second part of Maybelline’s  mascara kit. Although one day I forgot. No one at the office said anything. Go figure.

Step 7: I can’t handle lipstick. I always forget that it’s on and end up smearing it all over my face. I became a lip stain convert years ago with Benefit’s Benetint  and I went through several of those teeny, rose-scented bottles. But a few months ago Ipsy sent me a sample of Josie Maran’s Lip Stain in Flamenco and I became a convert. The magic marker-like applicator delivers a really saturated red that lasts through my post-work workout. It’s easy to apply: just outline the lips first, then fill in the rest. No need to blot or apply a finish coat.

Step 8: I tend to get a bit sweaty during my 20 minute ride to work, but as long as I give myself a good dusting of translucent CoverGirl powder with Sephora’s travel brush, my face is a lot less damp by the time I arrive at the office. You can really pile on the powder pre-ride as most of it will absorb sweat and shed along the way.

Step 9: Ride a bike.

Step 10: Optional. The only downside of the lip stain is that it doesn’t coat your lips in a veil of sticky moisture that you have to reapply throughout the day. Usually my lips are fine as long as I remember to lotion up in the morning, but in occasional moments of dryness, I’ll use a swipe of Burt’s Bees tinted chap stick in Rhubarb to slick up.

Travel: All of these products fit into the quart-size zip-top bag that the TSA makes you carry your makeup in. You can even cut down further by eliminating the first lotion, and the lip stain does double duty as blush if you apply it with a damp finger.

Sephora has made experimenting with different products really easy and fun, and it’s definitely my favorite place to shop for makeup. Another great resource is Michelle Phan’s beauty subscription service Ipsy. They never fail to send me high-quality and interesting samples that usually end up in regular rotation. For $10 a month, you get four to five samples plus a cute little makeup bag. I used to subscribe to a couple other services, but Ipsy’s Glam Bag is the only one I’ve kept.

Got any bicycle beauty questions of your own? Let me know!


Fashion Math: BikePretty deciphers the formula for Hi-Viz style on your bike

Here at BikePretty HQ, we take fashion safety seriously. Now that we’ve all quit Daylight Savings Time cold turkey, slapping on some hi-viz kit is a necessary evil great way to get the attention you deserve during your commute home.

“What if I look like a huge dork?” you may be asking yourself. But don’t worry! Just take a page from the workbook of the lovely ladies of Stylesight, a trend forecasting agency that is used by fashion companies all over the world: meaning these are literally the trendiest people on the planet.

The equation is pretty simple: avoid unsightly clashing and wear a pair of classic black trousers to complement the blinding fluorescent yellow and silver of a safety vest. Now that you’ve grabbed their attention, get them to admire your sun-deprived complexion by setting it off with dark, glossy locks and a captivating red lip. Just find three friends and repeat the look for each of them. Easy.

Many thanks to Kelly and her crew of cutie commuters at Stylesight London for sending in these great shots!

Note: Sadly, Kelly’s gorgeous yellow bike was stolen last week. She tells me that she has since acquired a new frame to build out, but in the meantime her hunky French boyfriend Seb is giving her rides to work on their tandem. Awww!

Bike Handsome: I lived with a male model

What’s it like to live with a male model? It’s effing awesome!

Photo by Hal Bergman

I met Mike Thomas when I was living in a converted warehouse turned gallery turned Burning Man artistic abortion. I had moved back to California after living away for about ten years and I didn’t really know anyone in town, so moving into a freaky party house seemed like a good idea back then.

Photo by Hal Bergman

One of my new roomies was this incredibly talented photographer named Hal Bergman. Of course he knew tons of models.

Handsome Black Model on and Exercise Bike

Photo by Hal Bergman

Hal made good money selling stock photos. “Ethnic people looking at technology,” he told me once, describing his best sellers. But his real passion was taking pictures of imposing industrial landscapes like chemical plants and oil refineries.

Mike and Hal had known each other in LA and become really close when they both moved to San Francisco. Their relationship was adorable to watch. They would bicker like an old married couple, but you could tell from the twinkle in Mike’s eye that they still had a lot of affection for each other.

One day I realized that Mike had carved out a space in the gallery for himself and moved in. He’d worked out a deal with our crazy house manager. It was nice to have a handsome man around to tell me that I looked nice.

Almost every weekend afternoon, I would wake up to the smell of hash browns and sautéed onions. In addition to modeling, Mike was studying to become an EMT. A particularly gruesome lesson led him to a vegetarian diet. Gradually, over the course of many months with us, Mike was finally able to eat bacon again.

Eventually I had to leave the nut farm communal living experiment and find a place with a roommate to bathroom ration lower than 7:1. Mike’s modeling career really started to take off and he landed gigs at local companies like Betabrand and Huckleberry Bicycles.

However, Fate intervened and he had one last encounter with blood & gore:

A few months ago as most of you heard my fingers were amputated after an accident as a result I faced many monetary challenges…check out the nubs’, hear the story and…help support! All proceeds will go to helping the cost of losing digits.

Make donations to The Chopped & Screwed Fund here.