Hey all! So I'm back with another day face inspiration. Today I'm showing you how I put together a simple face to wear during the day with slightly more skin coverage and eye makeup..in 5 minutes! Yes I gave myself only 5 minutes!
Wanna know a secret? The picture above was done on the train and specifically for this blog post. It's not easy to do your makeup on the train and there are definite limitations. But it's just a realistic situation. Sometimes that is the only time and place you will have to get yourself ready and you have to work with what you are given.
I wanted to pull together a really quick face in an extremely short amount of time to show you all that you can put together a polished face with minimal makeup and minimal time. It really is possible :-)
In 5 minutes, complete makeup perfection most likely will not be achieved. I did not achieve makeup perfection with my challenge and honestly that is OK. You may go about your day and catch little mistakes here and there the more you look in the mirror. But really, that is where the learning takes place. Because next time, when you put together a quick face, your skills will be stronger. And they will continue to grow! You'll get better. With a quick face like this, the devil won't be in the details. But we will be focusing on major and very quick improvements to the bare face that can be made in a small amount of time.
Below I've outlined my steps and products I used:
First, I used the Maybelline pencil to fill in my brows. It's hard to get it close to perfect when you only have five minutes. So, in this case it's perfectly ok to follow the ole' "brows are sisters, not twins" rule.
I use the Smokey crayon to draw an opaque layer of color on my lids, just up to a little bit past my "crease", just so that the color is visible. I used the bronze shade from the wet and wild palette to blend the color out a little more. And I used my press powder to have a skin tone based shade under my eyebrows to help the area look neat. I lined my eyelid with the black nyx liner. I also swept some of the dark brown matte shade in the wet and wild palette under my eye to just make it appear a little larger. I see that one of my eyes got more shadow underneath than another, but once again, when you only have 5 minutes, you may not achieve perfection and that is OK :)
If you have less than 5 minutes, you can really get away with just using the pressed powder as eyeshadow on your lid, lining the lid with a brown or black pencil and then going back over it with the pressed powder to set it. You can also use mascara on your lashes. I didn't for this photo.
I pat the la girl concealer on with my ring finger
I apply the pressed powder with any powder puff or sponge I have near. I only apply enough to apply about one good layer to the skin. I apply two layers on my forehead because my forehead is naturally several shades darker than the rest of my face. Be careful not to over apply the powder because it will go from clean skin to kind of chalky if you apply too generously.
After that I use my bronzer to contour my forehead (because it is huge!) And softly contour my cheeks (because they are chubby :-). I don't usually contour my nose for daytime if I only have five minutes.
I apply my blush along the cheekbone
I use the same pencil on my brows and lips, then I fill in my lips with one coat of lip gloss.
And in five minutes, you have the gentle transformation that I've shown to you. You don't have to spend all day in the mirror to look polished and "pretty"...sometimes minor enhancements make a big difference.
I hope I've inspired you and challenged you. When you feel that you don't have time, trust me you do. If you have five minutes, you can pull together a pretty decent day face and feel better going about your busy day. :-)
LA Girl pro conceal in toffee
Repechage blush in passion
Beauty blender (or any puff or sponge to apply powder)
Travel kabuki brush
Small Blush brush (used for contouring)
Wet and wild color icon vanity palette
NYX slide on pencil in black
Cover girl queen pressed powder in light
Revlon luxurious color Smokey crayon in bronze smoke
Maybelline expert wear pencil in dark brown
NYX natural lip gloss
Cover girl queen bronzer in ebony bronze