My 5-Minute Face
I have a confession to make and you might hate me for it.
I can get fully makeup ready for the day in five minutes. Maybe even four if Little D is late for school. For big nights out on the town? It might take me eight to add a red lip and some eyeliner.
I just don’t believe in spending precious time on long, drawn out beauty rituals so my routine is swift, simple and surprisingly stylish…if I do say so myself.
Here is how I do it:
I start with a great base. I slather on my Mario Badescu moisturizer (built-in SPF = time saver!) before I brush my teeth so it has some time to soak in and creates a really nice, smooth base for my skin.
Then foundation. You know how I swear by my Stila one already (don’t forget to enter the giveaway here). I dot it on the key t-zone areas using the cute little spatula it comes with, blend with a sponge and done. If I have a blemish to cover up, the concealer built into the foundation lid is quick to access and super effective.
I screwed up the order on my collage above, but my next step is the eye lash curler. I have a fancy Chanel one, but you can opt for any one. As long as you opt for one. It makes SUCH a difference. I give a quick 10-second hold to each eye and then let it sit while I…
Add a little color. I play around with blushes and bronzers but my daily go-to is usually my Bobbi Brown one. I use a bronzer brush and do a quick swipe on the apple of each cheek, down the nose and lightly around the eyebrows/temple area for added glow.
Back to the eyes. I skip eye liner for day but always wear a dark brown, blue (surprisingly great on brown-eyed girls!) or black mascara. I love the Cover Girl LashBlast ones because they are affordable, don’t leave me with clumps, and stay put.
I am obsessed with grooming my brows (because otherwise they would be big, bushy Romanian girl caterpillars) and always find time for a quick comb with a brow gel. I like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills. When I have time, I fill them in with her brow kit, but that definitely falls into the eight-minute routine category.
Finally, I give my lips a little love with a gloss or balm. This Dior Glow one is a new favorite. It goes on clear but slowly brings out your natural lip color over time and feels yummy and super moisturizing.
And…done! And I still have time for another sip of my coffee before I am out the door 😉