I definitely did not wake up like this... 

I recently read an article where a famous make-up artist said that for runway shows they often spend 20 minutes "prepping" the skin with serums, lotions and oils... and only a few minutes actually applying make-up. While I'm sure their skill at fast makeup application comes into play here, I definitely see the difference in my make-up application when I adequately prep and especially moisturize my skin,

So when I had a big day recently I decided to focus on this 20-minute prep instead of going crazy on my make-up application. The results were amazing. Not only did my skin look velvety and poreless... but it lasted all day! I was blown away.

Best of all - the next day, when I normally pay the price for caking on my make-up, my skin looked even better than it did the previous day. I am going to coin the phrase "skin dividends". I could also see how this would be awesome for the wedding weekends, when there's a brunch on Sunday and I'm too lazy to go all out again but still want to look impressively effortless.

Selfie taken at 7pm
with only a quick mirrorless touch-up on the nose in between
(hat's 9 hours of running around later
Selfie taken at 10am
right after the video was shot
immediately after makeup application

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Clinique Sonic Cleansing Brush
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye
Origin's Eye Doctor
Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
Korres Rose Oil (in sample bottle I reused)
Jenu UltraSonic Infuser
Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 
Glossier Mist
Beauty Blender
Glossier Stretch Concealer