Most of the time I’m happy to blend out 6 different eyeshadows, but sometimes…I simply don’t want to.
Like on the weekends (hey, man, it’s summer!). The last thing I want to be doing on a sunny summer Sunday is spend 20 minutes making those little circles in the outer corners.
That’s time I could be hiking or walking my cat or eating an ice cream cone outside.
So, along those lines, here’s the 5-minute makeup (using just one brush) I wore to run errands and hang out with my girlfriends last Sunday in SF (we went to a spa!).
It’s not fancy or fussy at all, but I think the whole thing still looks reasonably well put together.
1. Good evening…skin
Evening, as in “evening out the skin.”
Since time is of the essence in a 5-minute makeup look, sheerer face products like BB creams, sheer foundations and tinted moisturizers are great (they make it easier to get away with mistakes than full-coverage, opaque products). They also make blending a whole lot easier.
Here I used MAC Face & Body in shade C5 and applied it with my fingers.
And, uh…because of that whole dark circle action happening under my eyes, I also used concealer, specifically a brightening concealer, YSL Touche Éclat in 4.5. It comes in brush pen packaging, which makes it really easy to swipe.
Then I blended that out with my fingers…
Sunday Funday 5-Minute Makeup: Products Used
- Foundation: MAC Face & Body in C5
- Concealer: YSL Touche Éclat in 4.5
- Brow pencil: Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso
- Waterproof eyeliner: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Santal
- Thickening Mascara: Guerlain Cils D’Enfer Waterproof Mascara
- Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Malice
- Sheer Pink Lip Balm: Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in My Pink
Speaking of targeted brightening, I’m a big fan. 🙂 So, for some extra highlighting on my skin, I also swiped Touche Éclat in the middle of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, just above my Cupid’s bow, and around the corners of my mouth, blending all of that in with my fingers.
2. Define the eyes
We’re looking for big impact steps here because we don’t have much time (just 5 minutes), and with eyes, I like filling in my brows, because I think does a lot for the overall look, and adding some thickness along the upper lash line, which I think just makes you look more awake.
I used a brow pencil that has a brow brush on one end (that’s some tool efficiency right there!), quickly filling in the outer tail and middle portions of my brows but leaving the inner portion alone (just to save a little time, but I think it also looks more natural).
To thicken your upper lash lines, grab one of your go-to waterproof pencils. This way you can skip eye primer (ding-ding-ding!), saving you even more time.
Line your upper lashes with that, and really try to get between each lash near the root. Then soften out the edges with a Q-tip.
Feel free to any shade that strikes your fancy, but I like bronze liners for quick looks like this, again, for the forgiveness factor. I think they make it easier to overlook little mistakes than black or dark brown liners.
For this look, I choose a twist-up pencil with a skinny tip so 1) I wouldn’t have to deal with sharpening, and 2) I could really get down in there between each of my lashes.
To finish the eyes, coat your upper lashes with a thickening (also known as volumizing) mascara, getting down in there near the base of each lash to really make that upper lash line look thick and full, and depending on time, you might also want to do your lower lashes, too.
3. A hint of color for cheeks and lips
Now, for a couple of colorful kisses, I swept a peachy coral blush on the apples of my cheeks with a blush brush — the only brush (other than the ones that come built into a product) I used for this look!
Then a quick swipe of a sheer, light pink balm on your lips…
And we’re done. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,