MAKE UP | Your Super Easy 5 Minute Face

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March 6, 2014 by Erin C

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Make Up you Have Time For

|When it comes to make up for work or play, I’m all for it.  Looking your best (and radiant) is so easy these days with all of the multi-tasking products right now that it doesn’t even make sense to walk out of the house without a little glow. Being glow-less is a choice.

If you do it right, with the right products, make up only takes a couple of minutes but makes a huge impression on everyone you interact with – AND how you feel about yourself.

Who wants to look shiny and blotchy when it’s totally preventable?

But what do you do if I don’t know how to apply make up?

Let’s be real. Makeup doesn’t need to be crazy, over-the-top complicated but with all the products out there I get how it can be intimidating. This five minute face is simple and I will show you step by step how to do it flawlessly.  

But what if I’m a Mom and seriously don’t have 5 minutes to myself to apply make up?

Listen…I’m a mom of two so I  know what “no time” looks like in the morning. The trick for me is to get the kids ready and eating breakfast so that I can finish my last steps of getting ready, like make up.

That said, if you really and truly can’t find 5 consecutive minutes at home because you are juggling 4 kids… then just do one thing at a time. BB Cream, check. A little while later – powder. You get the idea.

My Tips for a Super Fast 5 Minute Face

1. Eliminate Discolouration

Start with a clean face. Apply your favourite eye cream and then use BB Cream all over your face. Start with a small amount (the size of a pea on your finger, dab all over and blend with a beauty sponge or fingers).

BB cream is a multi-tasking foundation/moisturizer all in one and usually also has a pretty solid SPF as well.

I love Maybelline’s DREAM FRESH BB Cream. It’s light yet moisturizing and the pigment blends well into the skin. It provides just enough coverage to even out colour imbalances in your skin but not so much to look or feel cakey.

The best budget BB Cream

Maybelline DREAM FRESH BB Cream

2. Target Problem Areas

Dab a little concealer under your eyes, in the corners and across the lid for a little extra coverage and blend well.

I really like the CoverGirl/Olay Simply Ageless product. It’s also got moisturizers built in so the blending is seamless and it melts right into your skin.

The best budget concealer

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer

3. Leave Shine in the Dust

Take your pressed or loose powder and a large powder brush if you have one (or the tool the compact provides is fine too) then sweep a little across your T-Zone (forehead, nose, under eyes and chin) until shine isn’t noticeable.

Performance wise I haven’t noticed any difference between high end and low end products so here are two options.

If you want to go high end I recommend:

Make Up Forever’s HD Pressed Powder (~$41)

Make Up Forever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever’s HD Pressed Powder

For a more budget friendly powder I like:

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Pressed Powder(~$4.50)

N.Y.C. Pressed Powder

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Pressed Powder

4. Sweep On Colour

If you want to look fresh and add some dimension to your face I recommend adding blush to your routine. There are two options here – cream or powder – but I highly recommend going with a cream blush if you are short on time because it can also double as a quick lip colour in a pinch. Also, the creamy texture looks much more fresh on mature skin types where powder can make the dryness in aging skin a bit worse.

To apply, dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend toward your ear. Blend well though to avoid a harsh 70s vibe. You just need a little colour.

For a mid-range version try:

Josie Maran Argan Colour Stick ~$26

double Duty cheek and lip colour

Josie Maran Argan Colour Stick

For a more budget friendly option try:

The NYX Stick Blush ~$4

The Best Budget Cream Blush

NYX Stick Blush

BLUSH APPLICATION TIP #1 – to prevent “over blushing” – make sure to apply in natural light. The light in bathrooms can sometimes make it seem like you haven’t applied anything and it’s easy to go over board.

5. Make Your Eyes Pop

This is an easy two-step process.

First – line your upper lid with a gel, waterproof eye liner (I would avoid the liquid liner if you are a newbie to the make up seen- It’s a bit tricky).

Start at the outer eye and line the lid in a tapering line ending right around the pupil (no need to line the lid all the way to the corner). This opens your eye and makes your lashes look fuller and darker.

I like Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner because it’s affordable and has a long-wear formula so you don’t have to constantly re-apply.

Second – brush on 1-2 coats of mascara.

If you want a washable eye make up that is easy to remove then I recommend:

L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

The best non-waterproof budget mascara

Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

If you want your mascara to stay put and not crumble part way through the day, it’s hard to go wrong with Covergirl’s LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara.

The best budget waterproof mascara

CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof

So it’s that simple:

  1. BB Cream
  2. Concealer
  3. Powder
  4. Blush
  5. Eye Liner
  6. Mascara

I hope it works for you!

Do you have any favourite low cost beauty products?

Tell me all about it in the comments! I’m dying to know (and save a buck).

Hey I gotta get back to New York somehow!



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So glad you made it. I'm Erin. I've got 2 kids, student loans and a shopping habit. Luckily I've also got a knack for finding great deals and a passion for making sure moms take care of themselves too. I hope you love my blog!

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