Low Maintenance Maintenance

Very few people like to spend hours in front of the mirror or in the chair at a salon. And if you are one of those few that do enjoy, it’s hard to find enough time to add that type of maintenance into our schedules. No matter how much time we spend getting ready, we very rarely want to look like we’ve spent hours doing so. This brings us to a very desired look: effortlessness. Whether you’re a Victoria’s Secret Angel or a working mom, it takes time to get to the coveted #iwokeuplikethis look.


With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to wear this low maintenance look. Here’s what it actually takes to keep things simple.


Hair color: The key to easy upkeep with our hair has a high overhead cost, but it’s worth it in the long run. We don’t want it to look like we just exited the salon from a fresh cut and color, and we don’t want it to look like we are late for our next salon appointment. Techniques like balayage, ombre and lived-in color may start with longer and more costly appointments, but the upkeep will free up your time and so much more.


Skin: Keeping your skincare regime to a minimum is a dream for most. Once you get past acne and dry patches, there is fine lines and discoloration. You don’t need to look like you have a lot of makeup on when you are trying to enhance your appearance. You also don’t need to have an abundance of steps in your nightly and morning routines. Once a month or every other month facials will keep your skin brighter longer. Facials go beneath the surface and deeper into your pores than you normally do during a nightly cleanse. These treatments will also prevent unwanted ailments from forming further down the road, such as sunspots and wrinkles. If you can’t schedule a facial as often as you’d like, Aveda offers a diverse line of skincare products to help you achieve your best appearance. From Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Creme to the Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque, you can create a mini facial in your bathroom every week.


Makeup: There is no way to look like you have makeup on without actually putting it on. To make this part of your beauty routine low maintenance and easy for summer, take out a few steps and embrace a more natural look. After accumulating a base tan on our face, we can ditch the bronzer. A complexion with a little color can negate the need to use as much eye makeup as well. Go for a mascara only look. Your almost bare eyes will be complemented by your darkened skin tone instead of looking washed out. To keep the mirror glances to a minimum, use a sheer lip color. Choose a shade that is almost the same as your natural lips or one shade darker. Reapply often in small amounts so you can layer the color without having to worry about missing your lips. To help the color stay, start your day with a coat of lip liner over the whole lip.


There is a difference between low maintenance and no maintenance. With that said, it’s important to figure out a beauty routine that fits with your schedule and makes you feel good. We want you to enhance your imperfections and unique characteristics instead of completely covering them up.