My Five Minute Face

Ideally, I take at least fifteen minutes to do my full makeup routine.  For special occasions, it could take as much as thirty.  But sometimes — like today, for instance — I am running late and can’t do it all.  That’s when I slap on the five minute face.*

Pre-Step A

Moisturizer — This is probably the most important step in any beauty regimen.  I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF15. 

Pre-Step B

Base — It’s good to start with a base.  When I have time (and manage to remember), I use MAC Prep+Prime.

Step 1

Foundation — For a face in a hurry, I use a powder foundation.  On most days, it’s MAC Studio Fix.  When I’m having a very good face day (ie. I wake up not looking scary), I can make do with a heavy application of a sheer powder.  Today I wore MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.  

Step 2

Cheeks — Depending on how my face is looking after the powder, I can either include or exclude this step.  Today I went without, but some days I use a blush that gives me a strong punch of color to brighten up my face but with little effort.  In the winter and spring, when I’m at my palest, I use Peaches  or Mocha.   In the summer and fall I like Format.

Step 3

Eyes — I like a simple wash of color.  Some days I use something bold like MAC powder eyeshadow in Club, and other days I want neutral.  MAC Vex  is a soft neutral with an iridescent twist.  Sometimes a little creme color in a neutral lighter than my skin tone is enough; for this look I like MAC paint in Bare Canvas (which I usually use as a base for eyeshadow).

I finish off the eye area with a little clear mascara (I use Maybelline Great Lash in Clear) to groom my eyebrows and a coat of black mascara on my lashes (Maybelline Define-a-Lash in Black).

Step 4

Lips — Glosses go on easily and add just the right amount of subtle color for a low-key makeup day.  I like MAC lipglass in Atmospheric  or lipstick in Shitaki  .

* I can’t wait to get a digital camera so I can share photos.  I know it seems dumb to do this kind of post without one, but it’s something to do, right?

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