Gone are the days that I’m okay with leaving the house barefaced. I’m pretty sure it has to do with lack of sleep and/or lack of sun. Probably a combination of the two. How many more days until spring??? Anyway, I’ve mastered the art of condensing a full-faced makeup routine into a 5 minute thing. It might even be less depending on our morning status, because as you know, that isn’t always pretty.
Here are the steps I follow for my 5 Minute Makeup Routine:
Minute 1 – Conceal and Even
I.t. Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye – I put a small amount on my finger and dot below the eyes. Gently blend from the inside out.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (I used shade FAWN for reference) – Rub a dime size in your palm and evenly distribute over face and blend into the neck to avoid a makeup line.
Minute 2 – Color
Bobbi Brown Bronzer (I use shade MEDIUM 2) – I give my entire face a generous dusting of this, blending into the neck as well.
Smashbox Blush (I use color RADIANCE, fuchsia is similar) – I use this to brighten up my face. It’s a super, bright pink but is actually pretty subtle when applied. Nars blush in color “orgasm” is also one of my favorites. It’s top rated and a color that looks good on every skin tone.
Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil (I use shade MEDIUM) – This is my new obsession. It instantly gives your face an airbrushed finish and gets rid of any shiny spots. I do a quick dusting on my t-zone and eyelids.
Minute 3 – Highlight
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (I use BRONZE) – For a daytime look I blend all the colors together and do a quick sweep over my entire lid. It gives a pretty yet understated glimmer. The shimmer brick is extremely versatile; you could use individual colors for contouring (if you had more time) and also as a cheek highlighter.
Minute 4 – Define
NYX Two Timer – This is a two-for-one liner with both liquid and crayon. I’ve been using the liquid end and in an attempt to my eyes look a little more awake, I usually just line the top. I try to get as close to the lash as possible and before it is dry, I do a quick once-over with my ring finger to soften the line a bit.
Minute 5 – Flare
Diorshow Blackout – I’ve been using this based on a recent recommendation (thanks, T!!) and really love it! It is very dramatic and gives serious length. I’m still figuring out how to make it clump a little less, but I think a lash brush would solve that problem for me.
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