Shelley GoodStein is a 47-year-old (yes, really!) mother of three, a Ford model, and most recently, the author of Face This, a guide to how the everyday girl can pull off picture-perfect photos. So, of course, we couldn't think of a better person to eavesdrop on while she did her makeup. We were SHOCKED to find that, despite her 8-year-old daughter buzzing about, GoodStein's morning makeup routine took a mere five-minutes to complete!
Step 1: Conceal trouble spots
"Foundation ages me!" says GoodStein. Instead, she uses a concealer to brighten the areas that need it the most, like under the eyes, around the nose and on any pigmented spots. Then, she sets the base for longer wear with translucent powder.
Step 2: Make eyes pop
Pinched for time? Make your blush do double duty by sweeping it on your eyes from lid to crease. Then trace a black eye pencil along the top lash line, making the end a little thicker, à la a Nike Swoosh. "Pencil looks more natural than liquid and it's faster to apply than shadow," says GoodStein.
Step 3: Define cheeks and brows
"No one over 40 should skip blush or brows," notes GoodStein. For a goof-proof way to add radiance to her complexion she sweeps a fluffy brush dipped in blush from her temples to the apples of her cheeks. Then, using an eyeshadow the same color as her hair, she uses a stiff angled brush to quickly fill in her brows.
Step 4: Lengthen lashes
Before coating fringe with mascara, go the extra mile to really score the wide-eyed look by curling your lashes. GoodStein swears by her Shu Uemura Curler, plus L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.
Step 5: Brighten lips
Who has time to touch up every half hour? Fake the look of long-wear lip color by lining and filling in lips with a pencil that is the same shade as your gums. Then, apply gloss, balm or even good ol' petroleum jelly on top for an instant hydration boost.