Makeup of the Day

MOTD: Every day, 5 Minute Makeup

I’m not a morning person, I like to sip coffee and stare at a wall for at least 30 minutes if time permits, during this time I don’t speak, don’t think and I let the coffee do its thing.  No surprise therefore that I’m usually short on time once I do get a move on.

After a shower and a quick blow dry (yes I have to wash my hair every day) I usually have about 5 minutes to put on some face slap and get out the door.  Sound familiar?

Here’s my current daily makeup routine, it’s easy, it’s quick and it lasts most of the day with just a touch up needed in the early afternoon.

I cleanse my skin in the shower with the Clarisonic.  It gets the circulation pumping, clears the puffiness of sleep and leaves a fresh canvas for makeup.  I don’t apply a lot of skin care in the mornings because experience has taught me that piling on too much products just shortens the life of your makeup, so I opt for a lightweight sun cream and my beloved eye cream.

I like to switch up my foundation and am obsessed with trying new formulas.  My current foundation is something I’ve used on and off over the years and often go back to, Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua (available in David Jones).  It’s so light and easy to blend and feels like you are not wearing makeup at all.  A light coverage that has a soft velvety finish and leaves a subtle healthy glow.  I’d say this would be suitable for anyone with combination to dry skin.  I apply this to the face in 5 quick dots and buff it out using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

I then follow with the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in Shade 1 (available in David Jones), which is a peachy shade.  This is one of the greatest under eye concealers I’ve ever used and my search has been extensive.  I’d even say it has pushed my beloved Bobbi Brown Corrector out of my makeup bag for now.  Why I love it?  It has all the benefits of the Bobbi Brown Corrector which hides dark circles brilliantly; however it’s less creamy and more liquid so I find it doesn’t cake quite as much but just melts into the skin.  I just swipe this beneath the eyes and blend it out with my finger by patting it gently and voila, no dark circles. The bonus is that you don’t have to powder it to set it so your fine lines remain obscured instead of enhanced!

I follow with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Etheral Light on a large fluffy brush.  This sets everything and gives the skin a subtle sheen.  I was confused about this product when I first tried it thinking it was a highlighter; however I’ve since discovered that this magical powder is an airbrush for your entire face and I’m hooked.  It never looks caked and always makes your skin look luminous and fresh.

I swipe the eyes with my Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Trash, a vivid bright purple colour that looks a lot more subtle on the eyes than it first appears.  I literally colour in the lid up to the eye crease and blend out the edges with a soft shadow brush, then sweep a little along the lower lash line and soften that with the same brush.  My eye shadow literally takes about 1 minute to apply and blend and it stays put all day.

I pop some colour on the cheeks, currently I’m using The Balm Instain Blush in Toile (available in David Jones), an intense peachy colour that blends out to leave a gorgeous natural flush. It is a powder but sets like a cream so has incredible staying power!

I then apply a few coats of the Kevin Aucoin Volume Mascara, on the top and bottom lashes.  This one doesn’t smudge (a real bonus when you have heavy lidded eyes) it doesn’t sting and is easy to remove with water.  What more could you want?  Oh yes, and a lovely fine brush which gives both length and volume and is ideal for those tiny lashes that larger brushes often miss.

I finish with a quick swipe of the delicious Covergirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Strawberry Splash which is super nourishing and makes your lips look youthful and rosy and I’m done!

Do you have a 5 minute makeup routine? Please share your time saving tips with us!